The creative eye behind it all: John Sofio
Tastemakers near and far can’t get enough of John Sofio’s vibrant, vivacious and varied work. And Los Angeles residents—especially—are profoundly impacted by his spaces long before they knew him.
The influence of hospitality and design groomed the city’s most prolific nightlife designer from a young age. As founder and owner of Los Angeles’ multi-disciplinary design firm, Built Inc., his enticing and captivating aesthetic can be credited to a love of hospitality from an early age.
John’s parents migrated away from New York City and into the suburbs in the early 70s. This instilled a sense of inspiration in him through their newfound love of suburban modernism, as showcased throughout their family home.
The award-winning designer and his company don’t just design spaces for the 400+ residential, hospitality, and commercial projects in their nationwide portfolio. Every aspect of the project is handled, from concept and branding through architecture, execution, interior and finishes.
John has shaped and constructed some of Los Angeles’ most exclusive hotpots, including The Nice Guy, Poppy, Delilah and many others helmed by the h.Wood group, a longtime collaborator with a deep Hollywood elite following.
When asked what is the single most important element to remember when designing such multi-dimensional spaces, he says: “Executing a singular thought.”
John has been designing spaces since 1995 and initially only worked on residential projects. Architecture was a natural choice for John, as he attributes the foresight, perception, and visualization that he developed as a photographer in his earlier life to choose architecture as his creative medium. He describes his process as soulful with a blend of modern organic.