From 1968 to 2007, the Swiss-born Gina was furniture maker to the stars, selling the luxurious, overstuffed upholstered pieces that were in vogue at the time to Dustin Hoffman, Prince, Priscilla Presley and scores of other celebrities. Known as a “designer’s designer,” Gina made custom upholstery for Kalef Alaton, Ron Wilson, Steve Chase and other noted interior designers.
Gina and her husband, Rolf, sold their iconic California luxury furniture company several years ago, and since then they had a change of heart. In spring 2012, they opened a full-service design showroom on La Cienega Boulevard with their daughter, Natalie Berschneider Wiweke, as managing partner.
Gina Berschneider offers furniture, lighting, textiles and accessories, most of it designed by Gina and made by craftsmen in the Berschneiders’ Southern California workroom.
The La Cienega showroom is beautifully layered with Gina’s latest classic larger-than-life upholstered pieces, hand-carved walnut and mahogany tables, modern iron tables and lighting, transitional lamps and mirrors, antique and vintage finds from all over the world, and art from Gina’s favorite artists. The showroom also features plush cashmere, vicuna and wool fabrics from the Loro Piana Interiors Collection, Gina Berschneider private label mohair, chenille and leather in shades especially chosen for Southern California palates, and leather and fabrics from Edelman Leather, Schumacher, Nettle + Fin, Lucy Rose, and Dandy Lion Designs.
While Gina fashions all variety of luxurious upholstery – from sofas, armchairs, chaises and beds to benches, poufs and boudoir chairs, she also has the capability of translating the vision of her clients into plush realities. One of her most extravagant commissions came from Prince, for whom she produced a huge sleigh bed exquisitely upholstered in white silk with hand-sewn pearls.
Gina Berschneider has been featured on Nate Berkus’ American Dream Builders, Dwell with Dignity with Mark Cutler, FIDM’s Chairing Styles, Viyet and One Kings Lane.
Gina Berschneider has also done all the upholstery for the last 25 years for the legendary James Goldstein Home designed by John Lautner.
Gina Berschneider is the real Gina B of Los Angeles.