Olivia Scott // Los Angeles, CA
GLB: Please tell us about West Haves!
Olivia: I started West Haves after deciding to take a pause from my career in Interior Design. I was feeling burned out and uninspired and wanted to get back to the root of what I love about interior design, which for me, is the discovery and curation of beautiful well-crafted furniture, objects, textiles etc. In many ways a well designed room is in itself its own "collection" so it felt like a natural transition to make.
GLB: How long have you been collecting?
Olivia: I first entered the world of Interior Design in 2010 and that is when I fell in love with the act of sourcing. I was working with a designer who used a lot of significant vintage pieces so all of a sudden I was spending a great amount of time on 1st Dibs and visiting local furniture galleries that had these remarkable inventories. While I couldn't necessarily start collecting the pieces I truly desired, it did jumpstart a passion for discovering and researching objects with historical significance.
GLB: Where do you find inspiration?
Olivia: I find inspiration everywhere, whether it be looking through one of the art and design books I have sitting on my coffee table, traveling, visiting museums and galleries or browsing online auctions and design archives. I'm constantly scanning for what I find to be aesthetically intriguing.
GLB: How would you describe your collection in 3 words?
Olivia: Timeless, Patinated, Soulful
GLB: What is your favorite piece that’s currently available for purchase?
Olivia: I really love the Ingeborg Flemming Lassen armchair that is upholstered in a ruby red velvet. I toyed with the idea of reupholstering it in sheepskin (as its most recognizable) but decided to leave it untouched and am so happy I did. It's impossible to capture in a photograph, the color is so rich and I just love the delicate curvature of the piece. It's one of those pieces that looks beautiful at every angle.
GLB: Anything new you have sourced that you’re excited about?
Olivia: I'm really excited to photograph a three tier Y Hayashi Liberty's London console from the 1900's. It has the most beautiful intricate floral carvings and a really unique shape. The piece seems to almost float on its carved legs and its curved shelves remind me of drifting lily pads.
GLB: How can we purchase from your collection?
Olivia: Although eventually I would love to have a showroom, for now the best way to view the collection is online. All pieces can also be viewed in person in Venice, CA by appointment only.