Designer Crush: Alison Davin
The force behind interiors firm Jute creates gorgeously comfortable living spaces without fuss or clutter—read on to find out why she's one to watch.
Since launching her interior design firm, Jute, in 2009, Alison Davin has received a number of awards and accolades both locally and nationally. In 2013 and 2014, Jute was recognized with a residential design award from California Home + Design. She also received a Blogger’s Choice nod from ELLE Decor and was named a designer to watch by the San Francisco Design Center. Jute also designed a kitchen and champagne cellar for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, a major local event.
After teaching dance for 15 years, Davin, who had a degree in art history, shifted focus in search of a more realistic long-term career. Always a creative type, she decided upon design, and began her career with a few part-time jobs with other interior designers in her late 20s. When she was 30, she began working for herself full-time, and in 2009, founded her own design firm, Jute.
Clean linens, no-fuss spaces, great light, and a fresh approachable feel. Linen, textured metal, and concrete.
Her comfortable yet well-edited spaces. Her use of neutrals, texture, and rustic, natural materials.
“We have several great Bay Area-based residential projects we are working on,” Davin says. “We just spent a week in Cabo this past month beginning work on a modern Mediterranean beachside residence there.”
“Next up for side projects is to build a home for myself,” Davin says. “I do it for clients every day, so it's hard to make time to do it for yourself.”
Boutique hotel design. “I love staying at small properties when traveling. They are such a great source of inspiration,” Davin says, “I also love the work of Malene Birger. I am looking forward to her new book, Move + Work, out this fall.”