Joe Lucas, photo by Karyn R. Millet
Joe Lucas
photo by Karyn R. Millet

Joe Lucas started the high-end residential interior design firm Lucas Studio, Inc. with his then business partner Parrish Chilcoat in 2005. In 2008 they added Harbinger, a multiline design showroom to the growing business. Joe and Parrish met while working as senior project managers for acclaimed Los Angeles designer Michael Smith. Joe became the sole owner of both companies in 2015.

Known for a classic east coast traditional style meets West Coast cool, Traditional Home magazine named Lucas Studio, Inc. one of the “Top 20 Young Design Firms to Watch” in 2009. House Beautiful magazine recognized the firm as one of their American Design Trailblazers in 2011. The firm has completed residential projects in Los Angeles, Montana, Florida, Chicago, Memphis, Philadelphia and several houses in Rumson, Little Silver and Bay Head, NJ. Current work includes ground up construction projects located in New Jersey, Seattle and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

In 2008 when Harbinger opened, initially just a small retail shop, it showcased trend-resistant and traditional finds while mixing in edgier pieces such as acrylic bookshelves and modern art. Harbinger then expanded to the design trade representing an array of chic fabrics and wallpapers from designers throughout the United States, Milan and London, as well as a growing Harbinger Collection furniture line.

In 2011 Harbinger and Lucas Studio, Inc moved to a greatly expanded 5000sf retail location on famed La Cienega Blvd. The showroom currently represents over 40 lines of fabric, wallpaper, furniture, lighting, carpets and decorative arts including such well-known brand names like Merida Studio, Moore & Giles, Katie Ridder, Amanda Nisbet, Coleen & Company, Sister Parish and John Stefanidis. Joe is committed to representing lines that felt like an organic extension of his design aesthetic and takes great pride that the showroom is one of LA’s most sought after design destinations.

Lucas Studio, Inc. & Harbinger have been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Elle Décor,Veranda, Architectural Digest, Luxe Magazine, Domino, the LA Times, Angeleno, Angeleno Interiors, Wired and Design NJ.

Lucas Studio, Inc. was honored to be part of Veranda Magazine’s first California Show House “The Great House at Historic Greystone Estate,” the “Stately Homes by the Sea” Show House in Rumson, NJ in 2009 and 2013, the Traditional Home Hamptons Design Show House and the Traditional Home “Napa Valley Show House.”.

Joe has sat on the executive board of the La Cienega Design Quarter and is a member of the Leaders of Design Council. Joe also was proud to donate the firm’s time and talent designing the interiors on the massive historic restoration project for the Bay Head Yacht Club on the Jersey Shore. The 25,000sf project spanned over a year as the club was restored following the structural damage from Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.