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SFA Design Studio is a leader in the international design world, borrowing its tastes to the most premier resorts, hotels and private residences. Directed by industry leaders Sue Firestone and Kara Smith, SFA Design demonstrates fundamental values of incredible vision and meticulous execution to create sophisticated interiors for their elite clientele, including top hotel brands and “A-Lister’s” of entertainment, sports and Fortune 500 businesses.
Kara Smith leads the SFA Design team in cultivating luxury interiors which creatively extend beyond the everyday life. Kara Smith seeks inspiration from travel, art and culture in Los Angeles and around the globe, so her work does not encompass a singular look, instead integrates unexpected moments which are functional, harmonious and sophisticated.
As the visionary behind SFA Design, Kara Smith brings passion and curiosity for fresh, innovative design to each project. With an incisive ability to identify and understand each of the clients’ authentic style, Kara Smith’s ability to refine and elevate a design has strengthened her reputation among top hotel brands, a-list celebrities and high-profile clients.
Sue Firestone has spent more than 35 years cultivating her personal passion for design. With a client list that features the world’s premier five and six-star hotels as well as an A-list residential clientele, Sue has become a taste-maker for those seeking the ultimate luxury lifestyle.
In 1996, after nearly two decades leading Design 1, Sue turned her focus toward creating a boutique design firm, large enough to execute projects of a grand scale, yet personal enough to provide devoted and intimate attention to each client.
SFA Design Studio boutique firm practices a philosophy of collaborative design and principal attention to craft spaces which are not only tailored to their clients’ styles, but also to their personalities and lifestyles. Strategically located on both coasts, with offices in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and New York, SFA Design is able to provide clients personalized conception to completion.
SFA Design has an extensive experience in delivering exclusive designs for both Residential and Hospitality clients, therefore cultivating an unparalleled fusion of experience and services to provide their clients the ultimate luxury living.
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