darra bishop

darra bishop

Los Angeles, CA, US



I believe everyone is entitled to surroundings that enhance their lives. Design can inspire, alter your mood, create a sense of calm. We are markedly influenced by our environment.  A well-designed space is more than meets the eye; it is an opportunity to connect with its inhabitants in a meaningful way that is functional, pleasing, and a reflection of their personality.

Each project needs to be approached as a story. How does this family live? Do they love to entertain crowds or are intimate gatherings more their style? I see my job as taking a client's life and ideas and translating or transforming them into reality. As a designer, this means tirelessly researching products, furnishings,  designs and ideas and combining them in freshly tailored ways. 

I crave designs that offer an element of surprise, are unconventional and playful. The loft included in my portfolio reflects my Mid-Century-Modern-meets-Verner-Panton aesthetic. The challenge was to take a large, 3,100 square foot space and introduce elements to make the space approachable whilst maintaining its industrial loft roots. I incorporated curved walls and cabinetry, warm, distressed wood flooring and bold colors to achieve an environment that is both inviting and stimulating. 



bespoke design, LLC, Los Angeles, CA, US, Principal

Intent on designing unconventional spaces, bespoke design is a boutique, full-service design firm focused on changing the conventional view of design and how that design applies and relates to its clients. bespoke design prides itself on creating exceptional interiors that tell personalized stories.

One notable project was the design and interior renovation of a 3,100 square foot loft in downtown Los Angeles. All materials and furnishings were sourced, detailed design drawings and construction documents were executed, and the construction and installation of the $500,000 project was overseen to completion.

This project sold in 2012 as is, including all furnishings and accessories, adding an 11% premium to the sale price.

Mar 2006 - current

make | model | method, LLC, Hollywood, CA, Partner, Principal

make | model | method, LLC is an award winning commercial design + branding firm focused on boutique hospitality + commercial (tenant improvement) projects including a major common area renovation and branding of a 90 unit apartment building in canoga park, ca beginning november 2015 and a design, branding + project (construction) management of a singular juice bar in north hollywood, ca

May 2014 - Dec 2017

The American Society of Interior Designers, Los Angeles Chapter, West Hollywood, CA, Los Angeles, CA , Director-at-Large, Director of Professional Development, President-Elect, President

Held the position as Director-at-Large (2013), Director of Professional Development (2014), President-Elect (2015/2016) and President (2017)

Responsibilities included working with the chapter’s industry partners to create design expos, continued education events and fund-raising events from 2013-2017.

Involved in all marketing and communication efforts to improve the status and brand awareness of the professional design organization

Oct 2013 - Oct 2017

ASID LA Design Magazine, Los Angeles, CA, Editor-in-Chief

As Editor for The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) LADesign Magazine, my role is to choose and edit articles presented for publication. I also contribute to the advertising and brand marketing of ASID in shelter magazines.

Feb 2013 - Oct 2015

Charlie M, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager/Designer

As a Project Manager and Designer for Charlie M, I researched and presented Interior Design solutions for residential projects with budgets ranging from $60,000 to $100,000, as well as:

• Sourced furnishings and decorative objects
• Presented fine art work for client approval
• Managed projects on-site, presenting design and construction solutions for residential projects

Jan 2012 - Oct 2012

Kinkead Contemporary, Culver City, CA, US, Gallery Assistant

This Gallery Assistant position allowed me to explore how the presentation of art is influenced by the its surroundings. I designed and implemented custom-designed interior wall color solutions for new gallery exhibitions and special events including the 2010 Culver City Art Walk.

I also executed a variety of day-to-day activities including updating the gallery’s art inventory, preparing art work for transport and patching and repairing gallery walls for new exhibitions.

Apr 2010 - May 2011

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, Design Intern

As a design intern for Martyn Lawrence Bullard, I executed design directives, ordered materials and assisted in the management of a $300,000 design project in New York City.

I was also given the opportunity to research, source and install products for the firm’s Greystone Estate design showcase. Additionally, I managed the execution of the Greystone Estate design project across various vendors and trades.

Aug 2008 - Dec 2008

Eames Case Study House #8, Pacific Palisades, CA, US, Docent

As a docent to the Eames Case Study House #8, I conducted tours for this extraordinary house constructed in 1949, as well as performed various office duties including scheduling and coordination of Eames events.

Feb 2008 - Dec 2008

OgilvyOne Worldwide, Marketing Consultant

As a professional intern, I conducted exploratory research into the nutritional supplement industry to gain strategic marketing and communications insight for one of OgilvyOne’s clients. Later as a Marketing Consultant, I continued work for the Whole Foods account. I was responsible for evaluating client's existing marketing and advertising efforts and proposing better targeted marketing communications for the grocery chain.

Oct 2000 - Dec 2000

PPG Industries, Inc., Inside Sales Manager, Website Initiator

As my first "grown up" position outside of college, I provided sales support for a 5 million-dollar sales territory. As someone who knew my happiness depended on exploring new horizons and finding imaginative ways to connect with clients, I spearheaded - PPG's first retail-oriented website which offered tools like paint color selection and tips for achieving the best product results.

Nov 1994 - Apr 1998


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Masters, ARCH ID/Masters of Interior Architecture

As a candidate of the ARCH ID program and graduate of Cal Poly's Interior Architecture Master program, studies focused on Space Planning, Color Theory and Application, Material Research and Implementation, Construction Documentation Interior Design Detailing and Conceptual Design work.

Computer skills include: AutoCAD 2012, Archicad 15, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Apr 2005 - Apr 2011

Northwestern University, Masters, Integrated Marketing Communications

Curriculum focused on Strategic Marketing, Branding, Industry Analysis and Market Research.

Sep 1999 - Dec 2000

Carnegie Mellon University, Bachelors, Industrial Management

Studies focused on the Business and Marketing realm - Accounting, Marketing, Case Study evaluation and strategies.

Sep 1991 - Dec 1993

Areas of Specialization