SFA Design, also known as Smith-Firestone Associates, is strategically located on both coasts with offices in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and New York. Since 1996, SFA Design has been a leader in the international design world, bringing taste to the finest resorts, hotels, and private homes.
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Led by industry leaders Sue Firestone and Kara Smith, SFA Design emphasizes the fundamental values of incredible vision and meticulous execution to deliver sophisticated interiors for the most prominent clients.
For more than 35 years, Sue Firestone has cultivated her personal passion for design. With a client list that includes the finest five and six-star hotels in the world, as well as an A-list of private clients, Sue has become a trailblazer for those seeking the ultimate luxury lifestyle.
Kara Smith is the visionary behind this design firm. Driven by her curiosity and passion, she draws inspiration from travel, art, and culture in Los Angeles and around the world. She is always looking for fresh, innovative designs for every project. Her work is not focused on a single look, but integrates unexpected moments that are functional, harmonious and sophisticated.
Let’s take a look at some luxury living experiences ‘sponsored’ by SFA Design!
THE SPA – RITZ CARLTON, ABU DHABI
The Spa is a standalone building within the beautiful Ritz Carlton Grand Canal Hotel complex in Abu Dhabi. You will find this imposing and stylish jewel of the Middle East right on the beach and can enjoy holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a tranquil, meditative environment that takes guests on a journey of calm.
The main focus was to design luxurious interiors with a strong Arabic style, and we can say that SFA Design was very successful with the result! Using distinctive features and elements of Arabic architecture, such as oversized solid wood doors with metal hardware and iron fittings to enhance the sense of arrival at the spa, the team adhered closely to the brief.
In addition, pointed arches, a feature of the region’s traditional Islamic architecture, lead from the public areas to the treatment rooms, which are decorated with large wooden panels carved from mahogany with geometric motifs, adding a touch of grandeur to all sixteen rooms.
OLIVER’S – PLANT-BASED FINE DINING
Now, a different approach to the ultimate luxury living! Back in the United States, you can admire SFA Design‘s creations by going out for dinner, for example.
Under a canopy of delicate lights, Oliver’s outdoor dining area is framed by 20-foot-high glass doors and doors made of oil-rubbed bronze. Inside, exposed beams, luxurious finishes and a muted color palette create an atmosphere that blends elements of upscale cuisine with a relaxed California vibe. And if it’s not one of those evenings when you can gaze up at the night sky and count the stars, at least you have Oliver’s alfresco dining area.
The ultimate luxurious living experience can also be experienced within your own four walls. How to do it? Just take a look at some of their residential projects and get ready for a true wonder!
MANHATTAN PIED A TERRE
A pop of color in the heart of Manhattan! This space was created for a fashion industry executive who wanted a modern retreat in the Jean Nouvel building in Chelsea, NYC. SFA took into account the client’s passion for photography and embraced all the natural light that fills the apartment to create an experience akin to a stunning modern art gallery, perfect for entertaining. A place that would feed the soul with art all day long!
THE BOWER, HOLLYWOOD
Simplicity leads to ultimate sophistication, right? The interiors of this imposing penthouse live in a particular period of time with a modern interpretation of avant-garde refinement that evokes an old-world esthetic with a contemporary twist and a touch of European flair.
SFA Design practices a philosophy of collaborative design, offering a unique design experience that combines the hands-on approach of a boutique studio with the knowledge and reputation of a large firm.