Libby Langdon, Guest of Honor at the LDB Interior Textiles/295 Fifth Avenue N.Y. Market V.I.P. party on March 18, 2019, explores the visions behind her career and licensing success
Libby Langdon’s versatility and ability to keep learning more every day have enabled her to build a successful presence in the design field. Today, she captains Libby Langdon Interiors and creates designs for licensed lines that complement each other—in outdoor/indoor rugs and pillows with KAS, lighting with Crystorama, outdoor furniture with Bradburn Gallery, and an artwork collection launching with Paragon in the Fall. Here are Langdon’s insights into the twists and turns of her fruitful professional path:
• How did you start your interior design career?
“I started my career acting in commercials, soap operas, shows and movies, as well as working behind the camera in production. In 2003, I ended up auditioning for the TLC Series ‘Trading Spaces’ as a host. I didn’t get the job, but the production company contacted me three months later and said they were working on a new show for FOX called ‘Design Invasion’, where I would be the host and interior designer. I got the job and spent the next eight months traveling to real people’s homes across the country, seeing how they really live and what they really want. I would have 12 hours and $6,000 to completely transform one room in their homes that I had never actually seen before.
“Once I started seeing the impact a refreshed space could have on someone, no matter the budget, I knew this would be my next career chapter. After this crash course in interior design, I started my own design firm in 2004.”
• How would you describe your style?
“My signature is ‘Easy, Elegant, Everyday Style’, be it my interiors or my products. The ‘easy’ comes from my accessible and simple approach to design. The ‘elegant’ has everything to do with having a comfortable and functional design, but also one that is beautiful and stylish. And the ‘everyday’ is all about creating spaces for real life. My designs are a direct response to the many clients and consumers I’ve worked with across the country.”
• What do you look for in a licensing partner?
“I want to create products that are good quality and a great value, so the companies I work with need to offer both. I want a true partner and to work with people who I have synergy with. When I announce a partnership, I really go to work. I want my collections to have my fingerprints all over them. Once designed, I do my part in promoting and selling the collection. No one tells the story about what I’ve designed better than me. All this being said, I want my partner to work as hard as I’m willing to work to make the collection a success.” LDB
Libby Langdon’s clean-lined modern style carries throughout all her licensed product lines, including this Hillcrest Collection luminaire from Crystorama.
From KAS, shown are an indoor/outdoor rug and pillow from the Libby Langdon Hamptons Collection. The rug (above) is hand-hooked in China with uv-treated polypropylene in a .5-inch pile height. The 18- by 18-inch Highview pillow (right) in navy is handmade with 100 percent uv-treated polypropylene and polyester fiber filling. Why partner with Langdon? Santhi Yarlagadda, vice-president, KAS, explains, “Our goal with this new partnership is to broaden our reach with retailers and designers. Not interested in simply adding a celebrity name, we were after a hands-on designer with real credibility on the product side. We are very excited to have found exactly what we were looking for in Libby. Her understanding of how consumers want to live today and her well-established relationships in the trade truly set her apart.” KAS, 800-967-4254, kasrugs.com