After a 17-year career in the film business in which Marjorie was the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions at Skouras Pictures bringing the Swedish language Oscar nominated hit My Life As A Dog to the United States, as well as serving on the feature film selection committee for the Sundance Film Festival to which she brought Steven Soderberg’s Sex, Lies and Videotape, Marjorie decided that a life change was in order when she had her daughter India and turned 40. With a BA in Art History from UCLA (with a minor in Pre-Columbian Art, which would come to roost many years later,) and a lifelong passion for design and a famous designer mother, Patricia K. Skouras, she jumped headfirst into interior design. The segue into product design was a natural transition. Marjorie Skouras Design LLC has now been fruitfully in business for 21 years.
Using her own house, a testing ground, Skouras honed her skills in both design work and shopping for unusual pieces. A mix of both periods and styles, a generous use of color as well as her extensive world travels and interest in different cultures distinguish her aesthetic
Over the course of her design career, she has worked on many diverse projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Deer Valley and Merida, Mexico. In addition to her interior design work, Skouras has an eponymous line of luxury home products and lighting, which she continues to expand, servicing clients the world over.
Since 2010, Ms. Skouras has enjoyed a wonderfully creative licensed collaboration with Currey and Company www.Curreyandcompany.com. The venture has allowed her creations to reach a broader audience, as well as to work in new mediums. She shares a unique vision with Currey & Co. that allows for the creation of both beautiful and unique pieces which have garnered much press as well worldwide.
Her design work and products have been featured in Architectural Digest USA, Interior Design Magazine, Elle Décor, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Harper’s Bazaar, Angeleno, San Francisco Magazine, AD France, House Beautiful, House Beautiful Greece, The World of Interiors, Veranda, Traditional Home, AD Italia, AD France and Departures Magazine as well as many more international and regional publications. In May 2007, Skouras had the cover of the Metropolitan Home Design 100 issue and was hailed as one of the most influential designers in America. She was also nominated one of the most prominent designers in Los Angeles in the October 2007 issue of Metropolitan Home Magazine. Ms. Skouras has also been seen on several television shows.
In the fall of 2015, Ms. Skouras’ home was prominently featured in the Rizzoli book “Heart and Home” by Linda O’Keefe, which features some of the most celebrated and innovative figures in the worlds of interior design, architecture, fashion and art. It was also featured at the same time in Lisa Borgnes Giramonte’s book, “Novel Interiors”. Prior to this, her home and work have been featured in an additional 5 books on interior design.
Ms. Skouras was born a fourth generation San Franciscan, and was raised between San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Napa Valley, with a 2-year sojourn on the island of Corfu in Greece, which was to help shape her destiny. She travels the world on a regular basis, which is a great inspiration for her work. She lives with her first true love (from the island of Corfu in 1975) Bruno Bardavid and their fur child Albert in their restored Art Nouveau mansion, a listed historical monument, in Merida, the Yucatan and continue the adventure with the boutique, La Malaquita, a design studio which will not only produce the current lines but new pieces as well working with local artisans and materials. It is also home to her collection of 200 Mexican dresses from 1961 – 1974, on which she is currently working on a book. Come visit this fantasy at www.lamalaquitamerida.com.
To frost her cake, Marjorie and Bruno have bought Quinta Kookish, a ranch northeast of Merida, on which they will be building a house with a studio and gallery.