Millennial Design Star Ryan Saghian Picks His Favorites From Our ’40 under 10′ Sale

The Los Angeles-based designer shares his picks and let us know how he'd install the works, too.

The living room for the Loma Vista residence. Courtesy of RyanSaghian.com.

Ryan Saghian is a design world star—and he’s not even 30. The talk-of-the-town designer launched his own design firm at just 21 years old, then creating his own furniture and wallpaper collections. He went on to become the youngest designer ever awarded Interior Designer of the Year by the city of Los Angeles. Fans of Bravo television might recognize him too —  he competed on Bravo’s Best Room Wins last year.

The Los Angeles native often looks to his hometown for inspiration, and his work mixes vintage design and Old Hollywood touches. And as a young designer, Saghian has adeptly leveraged his social media following to his advantage. “I have become somewhat of a social media influencer in the world of design, and I owe that all to being not only a millennial but using millennial-created platforms like Instagram and Facebook to grow my brand,” he told Robb Report last year. “That has impacted my work significantly and is my primary way of getting new clients,” he explained. 

Ryan Saghian. Image courtesy the designer.

Saghian is certainly a designer to watch in the coming years as he continues to expand his portfolio and hone his craft. With such a discerning eye, we could think of no one better to ask to choose favorites from our current 40 Under 10 sale, our popular online auction of desirable contemporary prints—each under $10,000.

See his picks and suggestions for how he’d hang these works below.

Sean Scully
Grey Robe (2008)

“My palette on the dot,” Saghian exclaims. Saghian’s design work specializes in beautifully neutral, elegant interiors that would be perfectly suited to this muted Sean Scully etching with aquatint. “I’d love to see this in a corridor with a brass deco art light!” he mused.  

Damien Hirst
Fenbufen (2012)

The original YBA star Damien Hirst just does it for Saghian. “I just love him, love him, love him,” he says, with particular enthusiasm for this bright and bold polka-dot print.

Robert Mangold
Seven Original Woodcuts (complete set of 7 works) (2000)

A series of prints offers a wide-range of options for hanging. This group of abstract woodcuts by Robert Mangold could be hung as gallery wall or in an even grid. Either way, “I want to use these in a dining room. I just love the composition,” Ryan declares.

Bernar Venet
Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines (one print), 2019

“Another palette that is me to the tee,” Ryan jokes about this moody abstract etching by French artist Bernar Venet. “I like this for a bedroom because it reminds me of a bed. Don’t ask me why, it just does,” he muses. 

Jeff Koons
Balloon Dog (Yellow), 2015

“Need, need, need!” Saghian exclaims about this editioned sculpture of Jeff Koons’s iconic balloon dog, which is cast in porcelain, coated with a yellow reflective finish, and anchored to a silver-finish plate. “I die for sculpture and this is just too playful and fun not to have in a home,” he enthuses. 

Explore the rest of our online auction 40 Under 10 now through February 20 on Artnet Auctions.


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