Business partners Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson chose the confrontational moniker in response to extended philosophical musings on the essence of the architectural metier. ‘To us it encompasses a lot more than just designing buildings,’ says Rebecca. ‘Architecture takes in all forms of cultural creation and all forms of design, as well as a little irreverence and wit. And so, in answer to the question “What is architecture?”, we would say “It’s design, bitches”.’

‘It’s our way of making architecture a little bit more fun,’ adds Catherine. 'An attempt to make both architecture and design more accessible to a broader audience. We take our work very seriously, but perhaps don’t take ourselves so seriously.’ 

Design, Bitches (the comma being crucial to correct pronunciation) specialises in retail, restaurant and residential spaces, the duo’s urban Californian aesthetic merging at the intersection of culture, pop, design and architecture. Recent commissions have extended their project portfolio to Nashville and San Francisco. ‘Our style is very eclectic, an ad hoc combination of elements that we find in everyday life, and everyday materials used in unexpected and interesting ways,’ says Rebecca. ‘We like to combine inspiration and ideas, references from different time periods and different styles, and see what we can mix together to create unexpected things.’

‘The odd combination is more interesting than the individual parts,’ continues Catherine. ‘Rather than subscribing to one design movement or particular era, it’s the combination that we’re interested in. Rather than creating totally new ideas, we’re taking the interesting bits of old ideas and remixing them.’

Visiting clients and suppliers, gathering inspiration, teaching and lecturing across LA’s vast metropolitan sprawl means the Design, Bitches girls do a lot of travelling. As well as driving, Catherine and Rebecca walk and cycle, engaging with their surroundings. ‘We are on a mission to activate the pedestrian edges of this car-centric city, and make them more interesting with places for people to pause amidst their travels.’

The revolutionary Bugaboo Boxer system is currently helping Design, Bitches with its pedestrian activation mission. Gliding in front instead of dragging behind, the modular case is changing the way travellers move around and explore. Elegantly revolutionising global mobility via an Easy Steer chassis construction, ingenious retractable wheels, effortlessly interlocking cases and bags, tactile inner lining fabrics, and a quick-access organiser for your boarding card and passport, the Bugaboo Boxer is beautifully rendered, contemporary architecture on wheels.

‘When I travel, I have all these extra elements, such as a coat and laptop, that are always floating around,’ says Rebecca. ‘The Bugaboo Boxer system is great because you can slide the laptop bag perfectly onto the other case, and attach the coat with the elastic strap. Everything fits really well together.’

‘When I’m travelling around LA, I am often carrying multiple things,’ continues Catherine. ‘I have had a really hard time finding one bag that will consolidate everything, so using the Bugaboo by Jannissima trolley is ideal because it has lots of different pockets inside. Also, if things get too heavy you can simply roll it around town. It’s a good size, it’s effortlessly functional without being excessively large or cumbersome, and it’s stylish.’ It’s the Bugaboo Boxer, bitches.