Sormeh Lifestyle was co-founded by mother-daughter design team Paiman and Sormeh Salimpour.
The multidisciplinary design firm is a creative fountainhead whose work extends far beyond the conventional. Drawing from a variety of cultural and aesthetic traditions, Sormeh Lifestyle has successfully carved out a fresh perspective on design in residential interiors, commercial interiors, and landscape spaces. And although they may be best known for their work with Silicon Valley tech clients, like MarkLogic and Razzolink, Sormeh Lifestyle’s portfolio includes an array of projects for prominent figures in the worlds of tech, finance, hospitality, and healthcare.
Paiman’s extensive travel greatly influences her work. Culturally steeped locations like Italy’s Villa D’Este in the Lake Como region, Japan’s Kyoto and Spain’s Moorish Gardens, the Paris Opera House, Versailles, and the sheer metropolitan flair of Hong Kong are all drawn upon to produce some of the most intriguing and unique results. It’s not uncommon for Paiman to see an antique, 18th century French chandelier and imagine a matching set of elegant earrings, or using a necklace to decorate a simple coffee table. The unconventional application and merging of the old with the new are part of Paiman’s trademark. “I get inspired by street life,” she states, “I love taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.”
"We keep the Soul and modernize the rest!"
Watching her mom live and breath the craft, Sormeh grew up utterly engulfed in the world of design. Her own career began as an intern at fashion PR firm People’s Revolution, and then as an assistant to celebrity stylist Monica Rose where she worked closely with such celebrity clients as Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian, Keri Hilson, and Mindy Kaling. With fashion still playing a large part of her life today, Sormeh draws design inspiration from the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and Saint Laurent. “Although I am completely and unquestionably feminine,” she says, “I also have a rough and somewhat playful side to me.”
With Paiman’s more edgy style and extensive experience, and Sormeh’s fresh and modern outlook, the two find the perfect balance in their design style, which could best be described as Modernized Ancient. Utilizing local, artisan sources, attention to detail, and a soulful design approach, Sormeh Lifestyle’s work always results in an effortless, lived-in look with a surprisingly undecorated feel. Together they create beautiful, mindful spaces that help their visionary clients capture their commercial and cultural ambitions. “We believe that life is too invaluable to spend it in bland spaces – and that well-designed surroundings are the secret recipe to people living happy and productive lives.”
Sormeh Lifestyle has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. And Paiman and Sormeh pride themselves on the extraordinary sense of imagination they bring to every environment they encounter. #itsalifestyle