ST. JOHN IN CONVO WITH MARY TA AND MEG MCGUIRE OF ANGELENO MAGAZINE
June 7, 2016
Angeleno Magazine and the St. John Beverly Hills Boutique hosted a discussion with Mary Ta, Founder & President of Minotti Los Angeles and Mass Beverly as she talked modern design and style with Angeleno Deputy editor, Meg McGuire.
With an incredible eye for style, Mary Ta not only specializes in interior design she excels as a woman of accomplishment. Mary began her career as a lawyer but then followed her passion for art and design and opened two showrooms in Los Angeles specializing in European furnishings and intricate pieces. In her conversation with Mary we learned everything from what her best quality is, her greatest achievement, design trends and how much interior design impacts the world of fashion.
“The fun factor in life is everything. If I want to do something I am going to do it!”
Meg: Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
Mary: I’m an actualizer, as I make things happen. I’m very modern which means I don’t have any rules; I’m very feminine because when you know whom you are and what you do you get to be soft. I’m really silly and I’m really spontaneous. The fun factor in life is everything. If I want to do something I am going to do it!
“…I really learned from other women, other women who were in the business.”
“Design is so powerful and amazing. It’s a reflection of your own personal space.”
Meg: So what do you consider your best quality?
Mary: I would say my best quality is loyalty. I think that’s such a feminine quality because women are really, really loyal. I look in the crowd this evening and there are people I know who we have gone through conflict and challenges, but we understand that in order to move forward we have to commit, and that’s loyalty.
Meg: I’m sure you’ve found that important to your staff at Minotti and MASS, is the loyalty aspect.
Mary: That’s very true, especially since we have been in the business for 14 years. I was an attorney and then I changed careers and I started in design. I was 29 when I opened my business. I really didn’t know much about the industry, and honesty I really learned from other women, other women who were in the business. We had to really understand each other and that’s what we’re talking about is that loyalty and commitment to each other.
Meg: In terms of design trends in L.A., what are you seeing currently?
Mary: Well I think design reflects life and society and history. Design is so powerful and amazing. It’s a reflection of your own personal space and your ability to control your own environment.
Meg: Obviously interior design very much impacts the world of fashion and fashion impacts the world of interior design. And you are wearing a beautiful dress from St. John. Why did you choose this piece?
Mary: The dress speaks for itself. It’s a bit of spontaneity so that’s why I would say I really loved it because it was the juxtaposition, which is the design, architectural word we use about contradiction. It’s the contradiction of the straight control and beautiful chaos. I can wear this to work and then here to a cocktail. I also travel a lot and go to a lot of events and it’s so easy and light. It’s just a really fun piece and I think that’s important for women today, even if you are in a working world and you have to be really serious and all those things, that we still have fun!