Designer Richard Read celebrated the opening of his interior design showroom with a catered affair for clients, friends and business associates. Guests were invited to tour the salon which is located in the heart of Palm Desert’s El Paseo shopping district and showcases Read’s own designed furniture as well as unique lines new to the Palm Desert area.
Read was born and raised in Sacramento — a fourth generation member of a family working in construction and architecture. He grew up on construction sites and had a drafting table at 11 years old. He spent many of his teenage years studying floor plans and drawing his own designs. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design graduating in 2007 from CSU-Sacramento. In his college years he discovered his passion for the desert when his family bought a vacation home in La Quinta. Following his first visit in 2004 he spent every break possible in the desert.
“I remember the first time I went to the Palm Springs Art Museum,” recalls Read. “There was an exhibit on architect Steven Erlich. He served as a major inspiration for the rest of my college education along with other local well known architects/designers.” During college Read worked on various projects in Carmel, Lafayette, and Lake Tahoe. And while his college peers were working on semester assignments, his college professors allowed him to use his actual clients as his school projects.
Upon graduation in early 2008, he packed his car and drove straight to the desert. Ever since, he has worked on various projects in Southern California including Laguna Beach, Hollywood Hills, and Bel Air. Throughout the past three years, Read’s business has taken off in the desert with major jobs completed in Palm Springs Movie Colony and Old Las Palmas, and Indian Canyon Country Club, and in the East Valley’s Thunderbird Heights and Indian Ridge Country Club.
Photography by Loretta Vlach