The GE Monogram Experience Center brings designers to Louisville, Kentucky, for three-day experiences to learn about Monogram, the design process, our appliances – and even cook with them! We interviewed each designer to learn a little more about their background and design experiences.
Today’s profile highlights Curtis Popp with Popp Littrell Architecture + Interiors in Sacramento, California.
SRFD: How did you become interested in design?
Curtis: My father was a fine artist and an animator, and I was always interested in what he was working on as a kid. I knew I wanted to do something creative, but it wasn’t until later that I became passionate about design. In high school I became interested in transportation design and industrial design, but I knew that a career in car design would be limiting geographically, so I started looking at Architecture, Interiors and furniture design.
SRFD: Tell us about a recent project you really enjoyed.
Curtis: We have had so many, each project is so important to us. One project is a home we are working on for a couple of old friends that is currently under construction. It’s been nice working with friends and it is not a typical project for us. In Sacramento, our firm is primarily known for more modern work, but this is a large whole house remodel/addition to a grand Monterrey-style home in an older established neighborhood. We have mixed old and new, but kept the integrity of the Architecture.
SRFD: A trend you’re over?
Curtis: Reclaimed wood, not because I think it’s a bad idea, more because every restaurant, retail, and coffee shop looks nearly identical. Designers need to get more creative in its application.
SRFD: A trend you’re excited about?
Curtis: Designers designing everything in a space. We try to incorporate as much site-specific furniture and lighting as possible. Also collaborating with other local artists and designers on projects.
SRFD: What did you learn in Louisville?
Curtis: I learned a lot. From a cooking stand point, I learned how to make a soft boiled egg, the key is vinegar! I also learned about proper temperature of a pan before you begin cooking. As far as the appliances, I am very excited about several GE appliances, specifically the new 30″ convertible fridge and the speed oven. These are two ground-breaking products I can see myself specifying in the near future.
Curtis also founded CPopp Workshop, a small furniture design and manufacturing company on a mission to produce thoughtful modern pieces. He has been producing custom, one-of-a-kind pieces for homes, boutiques and other businesses across California for nearly a decade.