Larry Laslo has had a love affair with art since he was a little boy. As a child, he would see a beautiful scene and think, “Wouldn’t that be a fabulous painting?” But Larry was born and raised in the steel town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where the norm was not a career in the arts. Nonetheless, the budding artist defied local convention and remained true to himself by following his passion. His perseverance was rewarded far more than he ever could have imagined, and Larry grew up to become a world-renowned artist and interior designer.
Larry attended the Philadelphia College of Art. His innovation and interpretations, whether in painting, sculpture or ceramics made a huge impression on his instructors, and after his junior year he was given a cash award that would allow him to study in Europe. But like most young adults, Larry was tired of school and eager to jump into the “real world,” so he instead opted to move to New York City.
Larry’s talent was quickly recognized. He first worked at Doyle, Dane and Bernbach Advertising Agency as the art director. He created illustrations for such notable magazines as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Playboy and The New York Times. He painted and illustrated entire issues of The New York Times.
Larry eventually left to start his own freelance business, and one of his first projects was to design the Bergdorf-Goodman store. He designed for Mikasa and then branched into furniture design, which was so successful that he has his own line. Larry continued to expand and designs silver, gold, glass, carpet and lamps, displaying outstanding and exciting creations in every arena. Quickly winning international acclaim as one of the nation’s top designers, Larry modestly describes his work as a “twist on the classics.” His chameleon-like approach to art allows him to be ever changing and not be put into a box.
As multi-talented as Larry is, drawing and painting remain his favorite artistic expressions. Finding inspiration in nature, Larry never attempts to copy it too closely saying, “Nature is the best painter.” He loves beautiful colors and is intrigued by form. Not preferring one genre to another, he can paint abstract art or figurative.
Larry has previously been chosen as the Best Product Designer by IFDA. He is in high demand and travels all over the world, speaking and lecturing to diverse groups ranging from designers to college students. Despite the fact that his travel allows him very little time to spend in his beautiful Manhattan apartment, which has been shown on HGTV, and prevents the dog lover in him from having a dog, since he is gone so frequently, Larry considers meeting those who have purchased his work one of the perks of his job.
Larry received the distinction of being chosen one of the Best 100 Designers by House Beautiful in October of 1999 and 2002. His designs and work have appeared in all of the highly noted journals, such as Architectural Digest, and his accessory collections are sold in premiere stores around the world. Despite his busy schedule, Larry says that unlike Van Gogh, he does not create in the midst of deep angst. Rather, he says, things just flow.