Million Dollar Decorating

Episode 422: Michael Friedes – Listen to the podcast here!

With over 20 years of experience, Michael Friedes is a nationally recognized, award-winning designer of timeless and refined interiors. His unmatched aesthetic blends the cosmopolitan sophistication of New York with the relaxed graciousness of California. The confluence of these two inspirations results in vividly authentic and inviting spaces that are punctuated by distinct colors, intriguing textures, curated art, and sharp details.

At a very young age, Michael knew he was destined to be in the world of design. As a child, he successfully convinced his parents to move from their New York City apartment so he could design a space that was a fresh canvas. At that moment, an interior designer was born.

After graduating from New York University, Michael honed his craft by working with highly reputable brands such as Giorgio Armani, and designing home furnishings for Ralph Lauren Home. Afterwards, Michael became the Design Director at Pottery Barn Kids, where he gained invaluable experience designing furnishings such as lighting accessories, beds, chairs, tables, and storage.

Fueled by this lifelong passion for interiors and equipped with a strong background in product design, Michael launched his own design firm in Manhattan. After several successful years in New York, Michael relocated his practice to the Bay Area in 2009. His distinct design philosophy enables each client to go outside their comfort zone to achieve imaginative yet functional designs. Along with his talented team of designers, Michael has worked with clients on projects in the most coveted locations across the country. His work has been recognized in esteemed publications including Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home and The San Francisco Chronicle. Michael is a winner of the 2011 Baldwin Hardware Design Competition, and Best of Houzz winner in 2017 and 2016. He is also a proud member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID).