C Magazine: Inside Job


Sayre Ziskin settles in as the west coast designer du jour


Growing up in an American Craftsman bungalow in Cheviot Hills – -one complete with double-hung windows and plenty of Stickley, Shaker and mission oak-Sayre Ziskin learned early on that there could be more to a California home than four bedrooms and a pool. Her commercial director
father and art director mother heavily influenced her path toward interior design. “My parents art directed my world. They taught me to appreciate everything around me-that the mix of styIe and materials ultimately mattered.”

Ziskin, now 28, completed her undergraduate studies at UCSB before enrolling in design classes at UCLA. With the guidance of mentor Larry Drasin and an internship at L.A. ‘s KM Nelson Design under her belt, she opened SVZ Interior Design in 2011.

A referral from an early client landed her with a job redesigning the Century City office of L.A. power lawyer Laura Wasser,
now, she’s also designing Wasser’s home in the Hollywood Hills. In addition to her residential work, Ziskin ‘s portfolio has come to include the furniture boutique Croft House on La Brea, The Churchill in WeHo, a modern commercial office for Keller Williams in Larchmont Village, and Brass Tacks. a bar in S.F. ‘s Hayes Valley. All of the custom finishes within Brass Tacks were completed in California, from the metal bar stools to the la-foot hand-blown glass chandelier; the photography is by local artist Christopher Felver.

Ziskin splits her time between her colorful Venice bungalow and a Lower Haight Victorian in S.F.-her next project is Mike
Goebel’s new bar Holywater. This month, she’s curating a selection of “fun colored purple and coral vintage upholstered chairs and lots of Mid-century brass pieces” as part of her Tastemaker Tag Sale for One King’s Lane. And her dream project? “An amazing boutique hotel where I bring a different personality to each room. Located, of course, somewhere in the Golden State.