Tantalus Studio (tantalusstudio.com) founder Ginger Lunt is known for interior design work with a warm and inviting feel mixed with clean lines and eclectic furnishings. With ample experience working on award-winning residential and hospitality projects, perhaps her most stunning work can be seen at her home studio in a forest reserve atop Honolulu that gives it its name.
PHOTO BY MARIKO REED
You currently live in a historic home on Tantalus mountain. How does the house’s location influence how you approached the interiors?
I have tried to bring my personal style melding eclectic furniture, art and ceramic pieces from many different eras with a curated edge to create artful vignettes throughout. The home is really all about looking out—there are not many art walls, mostly floor-to-ceiling windows and doors looking out at various forest and garden scenes, and the view down to the ocean. I love living in a house with a history of place and family, and with so many thoughtful details and character, that is harder to find sometimes in newer homes.
Talk to us about your living room design.
I was trying to achieve a casual, inviting space that felt of Hawai‘i and the period of the home (1950s) and really lets the views into the garden and toward the ocean through the tall glass sliding doors be the focus. The challenge for this room was that there is not one wall to anchor the space, and so furniture has to look attractive from all angles and not make the space feel chopped up and compartmentalized. I helped alleviate this feeling by using furniture that feels light visually.