Dashan LaBang

DARSHAN LABANG, DESIGNER + STUDIO DIRECTOR

Ever wonder what happened to the kids on Ed McMahon’s Star Search? We know where you can find one of them! A star in the LMB Interiors office, Darshan LaBang is our Design Team and Studio Director. Darshan’s warm, welcoming, grounded spirit smooths the edges for staff and clients alike. Her genuine curiosity to get to know the lives of everyone around her makes all of our clients feel like extended family. Darshan is the first point of contact for our new clients, and she deeply enjoys the process of taking clients from their first phone call through to the final stages of completion of a project. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Fashion, focusing on Textile Design, the first stop on Darshan’s career path was in management with a Bay Area fashion retailer. Her interest in textiles soon led her to make a change, following her heart into the first phase of her interior design career, working at Donghia, one of the premier bespoke design showrooms in San Francisco. Next, she moved from the vendor side to the designer side, first with a position at one of the Bay Area’s most highly respected interior design firms in San Francisco for a decade; and then finally, happily landing with LMB Iinteriors in Oakland in 2012.

JOEY YODER, DESIGNER

Part rock star, part spirit leader of the LMB Interiors cheer squad, we all want to be Joey Yoder when we grow up. Very well-traveled, having visited over 22 counties in one year, and then enjoying an equally scintillating albeit shorter appearance on classic dating show, The Love Connection, Joey eventually settled down; first into a career in the hotel industry, and then shifting into her truer calling. She returned to school and obtained a B.A. in Interior Design, working first as a specialist in the kitchen-and-bath sector before joining the LMB Interiors team as an interior designer in 2014. Joey’s other true calling might have been as stand-up comedian, but for now she keeps us all endlessly entertained with her wicked wit and animated stories. Because of her globe-trotting history, Joey loves when she gets to the opportunity to create a design inspired by our client’s travels. She also has a gift with bringing together the old and the new in her design projects, bringing in “old things” like beloved souvenirs, or a piece of furniture that has been passed down through generations, and incorporating the story and the soul of those objects into a design that is current and fresh. When not designing, Joey runs a tight ship at home, corralling her blended family of three teenagers, busy biz-development-VP-in-tech husband, and a new puppy, with her seemingly bottomless reserves of strength and grace.

JOEY YODER, DESIGNER

Part rock star, part spirit leader of the LMB Interiors cheer squad, we all want to be Joey Yoder when we grow up. Very well-traveled, having visited over 22 counties in one year, and then enjoying an equally scintillating albeit shorter appearance on classic dating show, The Love Connection, Joey eventually settled down; first into a career in the hotel industry, and then shifting into her truer calling. She returned to school and obtained a B.A. in Interior Design, working first as a specialist in the kitchen-and-bath sector before joining the LMB Interiors team as an interior designer in 2014. Joey’s other true calling might have been as stand-up comedian, but for now she keeps us all endlessly entertained with her wicked wit and animated stories. Because of her globe-trotting history, Joey loves when she gets to the opportunity to create a design inspired by our client’s travels. She also has a gift with bringing together the old and the new in her design projects, bringing in “old things” like beloved souvenirs, or a piece of furniture that has been passed down through generations, and incorporating the story and the soul of those objects into a design that is current and fresh. When not designing, Joey runs a tight ship at home, corralling her blended family of three teenagers, busy biz-development-VP-in-tech husband, and a new puppy, with her seemingly bottomless reserves of strength and grace.

ANDI YABLONSKI, DESIGNER

A Designer/Artist/Dancer, before Andi Yablonski discovered her designer persona, she earned two BFAs: one in Art Education and Dance, and the second in Interior Architecture and Design. Andi began her design career working with one of San Francisco’s top firms, Scavullo Design. She then shifted to freelance design consulting, before joining the team at LMB Interiors in 2009. Andi channels her design inspiration through the eyes of a fine artist. In fact, her artwork happens to be the crown jewels in two of our firm’s commercial design projects, Lampwork Lofts and The Wolf. Something you would never expect from this sassy sister: She can ride a wave with the best of them. Look out Sage Erickson!

MARY JONES, DESIGNER

Mary Jones is devastating like a sneak attack. At first you may notice that she is methodical, thorough, creative, and detail oriented, quietly effective. But when you see what she can do… BOOM, her designs Will Slay You. She packs a one-two punch with her degree in Interior Architecture and Interior Design from Ringling College of Art and Design. She worked previously for six years as a designer with Scavullo Design, then moving to Northbrook Design in San Francisco and Redwood City, where she worked for four years until that company closed its doors in 2016 — and luckily we were able to scoop her up. A millennial with a Modern aesthetic, she’s also a yogi and a foodie, and happens to be married to an exquisite baker who works at Tartine (she slays with design, he slays with bread).

JULIA COOK, DESIGNER

If Julia Cook could, she’d live in Spain for the siestas, and England for the tea. In fact, travel is a huge inspiration for Julia. Recent trips to Bali and Thailand provided new templates for ecological use of materials at Green Village and spiritual inspiration at Bali Tirta Empul Temple. A visit to Iceland to see family added the art, murals, and innovative designs of that country — have you been to the Icelandic Opera? Born and raised in West Marin, amidst the beautiful wonder of ocean, mountains and fresh air, Julia grew up riding horses and throwing pottery. She moved to a warmer climate to get her Interior Design degree at the Art Institute of Phoenix while working part-time at a furniture showroom where she learned the fine art of designing custom furniture. After college, she made her way back to the Bay, landing a position at a design-build firm in Mill Valley that specializes high end custom homes. There she designed and project-managed the building of dozens of new homes from the ground, up, wearing her many hats including creative visionary and skilled technical genius. After a sojourn across the water at another talented colleague’s design firm in San Francisco, Julia found her way to LMB Interiors. She says what she appreciates about working at LMBI is how it feels like family and that’s exactly the kind of energy she loves to bring to her clients.

JESSICA MASON, DESIGNER

A woman of clean lines and elegant balance, Jessica Mason began her career pointed towards architecture. From her internships in college and subsequent jobs at architecture-and-design firms, Jessica soon recognized interior design as her truer calling which led her to join us at LMBI, where she gets to combine both talents. Her love for structure combined with a deep intuitive knowing for exactly which fabric will work best with which rug, make her a thoughtful and skillful designer to be reckoned with. Originally from Massachusetts, Jessica graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in architecture and spent time in Italy developing her passion for cooking and beauty. Jessica loves working and living in Oakland — with her boyfriend who also happens to be a talented architect. While a piece of her heart will always belong to Boston, the beautiful weather and her weekend hikes here are turning her into a Californian, and who can blame her? Not to mention how she delights in exploring the local restaurant scene with its wide range of choices and her love of food (it’s a thing around here).

HANNAH GIPPERICH, DESIGN ASSISTANT

Discovered and referred to us by one of our vendors who juried final presentations for an Interior Architecture and Design class at U.C. Berkeley, Hannah’s prodigious design talents were already so apparent, we snatched her right up. Like many of us at LMBI, Interior Design was not Hannah’s first career, but all of her previous accomplishments – from Makeup Artist to Property Manager – led her to Rome, so to speak. She loves Ultimate Frisbee, and though a torn ACL ended her 20-year playing career, she still throws things for her beloved fluffy-muppet rescue dog, Milo. Hannah is the calm in the eye of the storm in the LMB studio, supporting, listening and getting all backs for the team as she steadily grows her skills as a designer. During her time off, she can be found whipping up a meal for her girlfriend or project-managing a building she runs for an Oakland real estate developer who also happens to be one of our beloved clients.

SUZANNE RASIC, EXPEDITER

The woman who keeps an eye on all of us and our client’s orders, Suzanne Rasic’s long and winding road to LMB Interiors includes stops at studying art history and owning a clothing store in Pacific Heights. From there, she followed her own love of textiles into sales at the San Francisco Design Center (De Sousa Hughes; Shears & Window Textiles). That experience led her to become an interior designer herself and start her own firm which she ran successfully for many years. The road turned again when, as a naturally-organized and detail-oriented person, she found her true happy place in expediting for design, and ultimately landed at LMB Interiors. Suzanne lives here in Oakland with her darling son and her husband — a chef-entrepreneur who has combined his two passions in a start-up, bringing prepared sous vide proteins to home kitchens.