Leadership

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kristine schnell

kristine schnell is the creative director and founding partner of playground. Enthralled with art, design and the built environment from a young age, she's known for designing elegant spaces with an edge. With a classical education in art, architecture and design, her love of beautiful details has taken her around the world in search of the exquisite, from the ruins of Greece to the rolling hills of Tuscany, exploring the markets of Mexico City to sourcing one-of-a-kind ceramics in southern China. As the chief creative vision behind both commercial and residential projects, kristine brings an encyclopedic library of visual knowledge, blending classical styles with an equal sense of restraint and irreverence. An avid reader, kristine also enjoys writing about design, working as a contributor for Dwell as well as several other home, garden and lifestyle publications. 

She is a voracious reader, a former model, an avid yogi and playground’s resident hedonist. When she’s not designing, you’ll find kristine traveling the world in search of beautiful objects to add to her collection (or the playground warehouse), sipping rosé in Sonoma or out on the trails. She talks to animals (frequently), reads constantly and is full of Steve Jobs quotes. Adores champagne, fine leather goods and adventure.

“I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.”

— Karl Lagerfeld

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Bradley Schnell

Bradley Schnell is a founding member of playground and holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a degree from Toronto's prestigious Institute Without Boundaries. With a design sensibility defined by his bi-coastal aesthetic his work ranges from radical modernist structures to restaurants and luxe residential ranches.

Before earning his Masters in Architecture, Bradley worked on some of the nation's best known advertising and branding campaigns. Bradley founded playground with an understanding that design functions best when it is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, merging branding and graphic design with building and interiors to create cohesive, seamless experiences. Bradley’s work runs the gamut from experimental to traditional, reflecting his background as an artist, historian and explorer. With post-graduate studies in the psychology of spaces, he serves as playground’s go-to for how spaces shape human interaction.

He is a reformed academic, a former collegiate athlete and always willing to debate the merits of social theory and design equity with anyone willing to listen. In his free time, you'll likely find him in the kitchen, preparing the most gorgeously plated food and high voltage cocktails. 

“What you should try to accomplish is built meaning. So get close to meaning and build!”

— Aldo van Eyck