On Monday we announced the new class of Young Guns, who came out at the very top in Curbed's annual search for the best, brightest young talent in the design world. Every winner is 35 or under, currently employed in the United States, and, of course, produces amazing work. But only one hails from San Francisco.
When Denise Cherry, 32, started at San Francisco-based interiors firm Studio O+A in 2005, it was a six-to-eight-person shop. She was the intern. Fast-forward 10 years: Cherry has risen to become the studio's principal interior designer and director of design, driving a project portfolio that now encompasses a parade of innovative, one-of-a-kind office spaces for some of most successful tech companies in the Bay Area, including Facebook, Yelp, Evernote, and Uber, to name a few.