“The appeal of finite, one-offs is irresistible,” says designer Patrick Dragonette, who is known as much for his stylish interiors as the rare midcentury furnishings he curates for his Los Angeles shop, Dragonette Ltd. “And in most cases, the beauty is undeniable.” Dragonette has made his mark specializing in the hard-to-find furnishings of William Haines, but he also offers standout pieces by the likes of Tommi Parzinger and Samuel Marx alongside his own furniture designs, jewelry and artwork.
LX: I became interested in design when…
PD: I was 11 years old, and I got to redecorate my bedroom. I settled on electric green walls with a black-and-white op art bedspread and matching drapes.
LX: What’s inspiring you now?
PD: For a guy who’s built a reputation on midcentury design, I seem to be liking things a bit less severe and more ornamental. I’ve found that I’m attracted to Empire in particular—the extreme contrast of adorned with unadorned.
LX: Dream collaboration:
PD: I would love to work with Philippe Starck.
LX: Greatest influences:
PD: I’m a big fan of past designers like William Haines, T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Dorothy Draper and Samuel Marx.
LX: Favorite decorating sources:
PD: Donghia and J. Robert Scott. I also like outdoor furniture from Summit, wallcoverings from Maya Romanoff and fabrics from Kravet, Kneedler-Fauchère and Holland & Sherry.
LX: Describe your home:
PD: Modern luxury with comfortable seating, soothing greys and lots of texture. In the study, I covered the ceiling in Maya Romanoff’s silver True Paper Croc and the walls with Alchemy by Innovations in royal purple. It also has a purple rug, a Haines slipper chair and a white-lacquered desk paired with my lucite Santorini chair.
LX: Favorite restaurant:
PD: Comme Ça. It has the best burger ever.
LX: Words of wisdom:
PD: Trust your instincts. I think second-guessing is almost always a mistake.