Ted grew up reading Architectural Digest. At some age he realized it was mainly celebrities and tycoons who owned the beautiful homes in that magazine, and he knew he wanted to bring that design quality to anyone who wanted it. He studied Architecture at the University of Virginia, under the tutelage of William McDonough, the creator of cradle to cradle. It was there he developed the commitment to sustainable design and architecture.
He used that knowledge at the office of Richard Meier in Los Angeles, working on the Getty Center, at McCarthy building condos at Mission Bay in San Francisco, and working at Lennar, the country’s leading home builder. While at the Kor Group, building Kelly Wearstler designed projects, he developed the appreciation of tangible materiality in interior design. This shows in the creation of his own brand of apartments, the York House. He travels the world searching flea markets and estate sales for stunning visual pieces, while looking for new artists and new production methods. The current environment has made wellness a necessity, and this is the impetus of Gast Home. We as a company are called to use our skills to find a path towards wellness, while using every technology available to us.
Ted lives in Los Angeles, CA in a hyper contemporary house inspired by Egyptian Architecture.
It was designed with the purpose of housing and protecting a collection of art. The visuals from inside the house provide a calm sanctuary within a hectic city. It is, by design, a place of wellness.
We believe an object should be a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, and ethically crafted artistic piece that helps create a visual environment that strengthens the soul and mind of the occupant.