From hotels to restaurants to some of the country’s most acclaimed bars, AIA award-winner Rick Kline has built a strong reputation for being one of the most sought after designers currently in the game. As a self-made designer, Kline cut his chops as a professional carpenter, building hand-made furnishings from scratch for various discerning clients. After departing from his home in Brooklyn to move west to San Francisco, he settled in as a union carpenter, working mostly on big commercial and public jobs, including the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Some of Kline’s furniture can be found at the Smithsonian and the Pacific Design Center. Eventually Kline headed to LA where he began making original hand-crafted furniture. Over the next decade, he built art studios for the artists that made up the “Venice Mafia” - Ed Ruscha, Judd Fine, Laddie John Dill, and Ed Moses, as well as homes for Hollywood stars.
With more than 20 years of experience under his Levi’s-branded belt, Ricki continues to combine his skill for design with his functional know-how from his days in the construction world and as a carpenter, to develop incredibly unique venues with furnishings you won’t find in any catalog. When he is not on site or planning his latest project, Ricki can be found entertaining guests, traveling to new cities, and exploring Downtown Los Angeles by foot.