Kristen grew up in the Chicago suburbs and received her master’s in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation, after a short stint as a ski bum (it was an epic snow year in Colorado) she, along with her husband and dog, moved to Southern California.
Kristen Penfold Design was founded in 2011 as a residential, interior design firm- a small side job Kristen greatly enjoyed. It quickly snowballed into partnering to work on larger residential projects for prominent Los Angeles residents and socially conscious companies. During this time, Kristen found her passion and a niche in the design industry. Her trouble finding appropriate design pieces that were both eco friendly and designed and manufactured in the USA led her to design and build her own pieces to fulfill the need. Using her creativity and spacial awareness proved to be a perfect combination in furniture design and a true passion for Kristen. Kristen Penfold Design, as a furniture company, was launched in 2013 as a small ecommerce site and sold in a select boutique furniture stores around Southern California.
The furniture has been featured in HGTV’s Design Star as well as Modernism Week in Palm Springs, CA. Everything Kristen Penfold Design sells still meets the initial vision and is made in the USA and completely eco-friendly- down to the glue and screws.