"The end result speaks for itself"

Magni Design was originally founded by James Magni in 1988. Jason Kalman became a partner in 2016, forming Magni Kalman Design. Magni Kalman Design is located in Los Angeles, California in the chic Larchmont Village neighborhood. In addition to the Southern California office, James Magni's signature furniture and lighting collection, Magni Home Collection, is showcased in 9 showrooms across the United States.

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JAMES MAGNI

James Magni has been recognized as one of the foremost modernist designers of our time. His inimitable style—rigorous, impeccable, sophisticated—has left an indelible mark on the worlds of architecture and interior design. More importantly, however, it continues to move modernism along the stylistic continuum, elevating and ushering it into a new era. For this reason, Magni has achieved the highest accolades in his field. Architectural Digest named him to its AD100, the publication's distinguished annual compendium of the world's top interior designers and architects. He has been similarly honored by Robb Report (one of the top 40 worldwide) and by Luxe magazine (where he holds a place on its annual Gold List).

After earning his architecture degree from the University of Nebraska, Magni was recruited by Dallas-based H.M.B.H. (Haldeman, Miller, Bregman & Hamann). At 26 years of age, he became the youngest vice president of the firm, overseeing a cadre of designers. There he undertook various projects for the Lay family, including the headquarters of their flagship company, Frito-Lay. In 1988, he established his own eponymous firm, Magni Design, in Los Angeles. And in 1996, he created the Magni Home Collection, which showcases lighting, rugs and furniture of his design. The collection boasts over 200 pieces made with the finest materials: masterfully worked bronze, luminous cast glass, natural stone, magnificent hardwoods and supple leathers. Exhibiting the highest level of craftsmanship, it is represented in eight prestigious showrooms across the country.

Since embarking on his career, Magni has developed a style characterized by environments that simultaneously telegraph a sense of sumptuous luxury while also clearly subscribing to modernism's promise that clean lines and uncluttered spaces are instrumental in delivering serenity and comfort amid the chaos of contemporary life. His approach to the programmatic and aesthetic concerns of his clients is purposeful, meticulous and thorough, whether it manifests as an immaculately white, art-filled Beverly Hills mansion, a sprawling Mexico City penthouse or a palatial Moscow manse.

Magni responds to the modernist palette of glass, steel and concrete with rich, sensual textures, flawlessly executed custom furnishings and the dynamic aesthetic impact of contemporary art. His passion for fine art has made him a favorite amongst major collectors, museum directors and trustees, though he is equally sought-after by innovators and entrepreneurs of many fields. Always it is Magni's signature excellence and restraint that characterizes every project.

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JASON KALMAN

Jason Kalman's design gifts, coupled with his business background, create a formidable force at Magni Kalman Design. A native Californian, he embarked on a career in finance after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University. But after several years with the multinational technology firm Cisco Systems, he felt called to pursue his lifelong passion and earned an additional degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, San Francisco.

Kalman launched his new career with a position at the renowned Los Angeles firm of Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, where he worked on several projects for Gwen Stefani and a large residence on Washington State's Mercer Island. It wasn't long before his natural talents were noticed by James Magni, who recruited him to work for Magni Design, Inc. in 2010. Kalman initially worked alongside the firm's senior designers on wide-ranging national and international projects. But his holistic belief that "A residence should deliver one cohesive message from the moment one drives through the gates to when one walks into the private study" rapidly propelled Kalman through the ranks. Soon he was managing mammoth projects of his own, scaling upwards of 20,000 square feet, for a high-powered clientele that included industry-leading CEOs. Many of these projects—which span everything from an Asian-inspired contemporary residence in Santa Barbara's exclusive Hope Ranch to a 20,000-square-foot estate in Barvikha, Moscow—have appeared in, among others, Luxe Interiors+Design and Robb Report Home & Style magazines.

Kalman continues to be a versatile, chameleon-like force at Magni Design, maintaining the contemporary focus and impeccability for which the firm is known. He is currently at work on both a sprawling, yet warmly organic contemporary residence in Pacific Palisades with magnificent ocean views, and an Art Deco-inspired estate in the San Francisco Bay Area's elite Atherton enclave, among other projects. Over the years, Kalman has also collaborated with the Magni design team on many custom furnishings for his projects, several of which have since become signature offerings within the Magni Home Collection.

After many years with Magni Design, Kalman was named partner in 2016, resulting in the firm's name change to Magni Kalman Design. With his solid financial background and know-how, he manages the day-to-day operations of the company, while maintaining his role as designer on several high-profile projects.

 
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