At 27, Kyle Schuneman has already created a thriving interior design and art direction company for himself. His first book, appropriately called The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces, is a handbook of sorts for small-space dwellers trying to get away from the bachelor pad feel. We chatted about his work wardrobe and the places that inspire him.
What city or destination always reboots your creativity?
Well, I grew up in downtown Chicago, so that’s kind of my hood. It’s a beautiful city for architecture and design.There’s a chapter in my book about it. It’s a big inspiration and I think it’s a really beautiful city and sometimes overlooked.
What was the last great book you read?
The Steve Jobs book was fascinating because that one guy has touched so much of my life and everyone’s life. I found him really interesting because he’s a flawed person, for sure, but his strive for perfection was pretty impressive. I think so often it’s easy to say “Ok we did the best we could” but that was never his choice. There are these products now that we use every day that are beautiful and functional; I’m still kind of stuck on that even though I’ve read other books since.
What's your go-to work uniform?
Usually a button down, dark jeans, and sneakers. I’m kind of not the designer that you are used to in that regard; I dress like a 12-year-old.