Designer Friday: Brad Krefman

Everyone knows practice makes perfect. That’s why Brad Krefman’s BK Interior Design firm, based out of San Francisco, is such a force to be reckoned with. Beginning in New York, Krefman trained under a designer known for some of New York’s finest high-end hotels and homes, including the famously ornate Dorchester Hotel and Hamptons estates. When he moved across the country to San Francisco, Brad continued to learn under an exclusive architecture firm focused on luxury residential projects nationwide. Now his own firm, BK Interior Design, is a celebrated part of the Californian interior designs scene and takes on projects anywhere their clients take them. From California to New York, BK Interior Design’s projects are relaxed, rustic spaces with a hint of modern West Coast style. in this week’s Designer Friday, meet Brad and learn about his bulldogs, morning smoothie recipe, and more.

This Mill Valley home by BK Interior Design is subtle in detail and functional in form. | Photograph by John Merkl.

Andrew Joseph – What’s your wake up ritual?
Brad Krefman – First things first, I always take a few moments to get in as many snuggles from our French Bulldogs, Leo and Gemma, as possible. After tucking them in with my partner, Eric, I make an espresso and dedicate 5 minutes to mindful meditation. Then it’s off to a workout. I’ve been preferring swimming and yoga these days because they’re full body and low impact. I stop by my local smoothie spot for a cinnamon, date, and almond pick-me-up and head into the office.

Andrew – Vintage or new?
Brad – Always vintage. Vintage items add soul to the space.

Andrew – The most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?
Brad – Hands down, starting my own business. It seems like every day we’re thrown a curveball and while it’s stressful and challenging, the payoff of curating spaces that our clients love is incredibly exciting and very much worth it. I’m incredibly grateful for the challenge.

Andrew – How would you define your work in three words?
Brad – At the core of what we do at BK Interior Design, we strive to craft interiors that always reflect context, purpose, and place.

Andrew – How do you define beauty?
Brad – Wow, this is a tough one. I think beauty is a moment – a collection of original elements all working together simultaneously that grab your attention and bring you joy.

Andrew – Favorite city to recharge?
Brad – Definitely Palm Springs. The dry heat and nature is ideal for hiking, a tennis match, or reflecting in a pool. Palm Springs never fails to inspire design, whether it be architecture, interiors, art, or the stunning landscape.

A bright-white Monterey beach house by Krefman is as relaxing as its locale. | Photograph by John Merkl.

With a bit of wood and dark tones, Krefman adapts his Californian cool to an apartment in the city that never sleeps. | Photograph by Tim Williams.

About The Designer | Brad began his design career at the office of Thierry Despont, where he was fortunate enough to work on everything from five-star international hotels to high-end residential homes. It was a formal training steeped classical proportions, fine detailing, and luxurious finishes.

After a decade in New York, Brad moved to San Francisco to head the interior design department at Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects. While at Backen Gillam and Kroeger, Brad completed numerous high-end residential projects, as well as Sonoma and Napa Valley wine-tasting rooms. Working on more rustic, relaxed environments has built on Brad’s conviction that a home must function in its environment.

Brad holds a BFA in Art History and French from NYU, and an MS in Interior Architecture from Pratt Institute. He lives in Mill Valley with his husband Eric and their French bulldogs, Leo and Gemma.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here

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