Trip Haenisch, Los Angeles-Based Interior Designer Talks Design Aesthetic, Career Advice and The Future [Exclusive Interview]

Los Angeles-based interior designer Trip Haenisch reveals his inspirations and what career he would pursue in his next life in this week's "Identities."


(Photo : Courtesy of Trip Haenisch)

Haenisch left his hometown in Kansas after finishing college and moved to Los Angeles without any job prospects. Today Haenisch is an award-winning interior designer known for his sophisticated design approach that conveys the quintessential lifestyle of a true Californian.

Trip has been featured in over 70 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Vogue and the New York Times to name a few.

Read below to find out more about Haneisch on this week's Identities!


MB: Early bird or night owl?

TH: Night owl. 

MB: Inspired by?

TH: My parents. 

MB: Your design aesthetic in 3 words?

TH: Collected, comfortable and restrained.

MB: Favorite object in your home?

TH: "Backflip, Paradise Cove," 1987. A gift from Herb Ritts


(Photo : Courtesy of Trip Haenisch - Richard Powers / Trip Haenisch's Living Room)


MB: Every person should have...

TH: A sense of humor.

MB: Designer/label you would love to collaborate with?

TH: Bottega Veneta

MB: Career in your next life?

TH: Therapist. It's the degree I needed for my current career. 

MB: Best life advice you've ever received? 

TH: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.


(Photo : Courtesy of Trip Haenisch - Richard Powers / Trip Haenisch's Entry)


MB: Favorite quote?

TH: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the does of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusaisms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - T. Roosevelt. 

MB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 

TH: Los Angeles.

MB: Travel essentials include? 

TH: Something to read, iPad, pen and notebook, device chargers, clean underwear, toothbrush, Airborne and healthy snacks. 

MB: Idol?

TH: No idols.

MB: What does your perfect day look like?

TH: Laughing, loving, creating and exercising. 

MB: Favorite book?

TH: "The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer

MB: Film you could watch over and over?

TH: Goodfellas. 

(Photo : Courtesy of Trip Haenisch - Richard Powers / Trip Haenisch's Bedroom)


MB: Most adventurous thing you've ever done?

TH: After college moving to L.A. from Kansas with no job, a car, a TV and $2,000. I drove straight through and never looked back.

MB: What keeps you happy?

TH: Friends and family.

MB: You're different because...?

TH: Not really. We all pretty much have the same needs.

MB: The song in your head?

TH: "Imagine" by John Lennon.

MB: Most proud of?

TH: My son.

MB: The future is...

TH: Going to be fun and exciting!

(Photo : Courtesy of Trip Haenisch - Richard Powers / Trip Haenisch's Dining Room)


MB: Men should always...

TH: Pick up the check.

MB: Women should never...

TH: Rely on a man.

MB: There is too much...

TH: Suffering in the world.

MB: In the end...

TH: Everything will be OK.

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