Who We Are

 
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Bradley Schnell

PARTNER

Bradley Schnell is the principal and co-founder of playground. He 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 in LA. 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. 

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 cocktails. 

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

— Aldo van Eyck

 
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kristine schnell

PARTNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

kristine schnell is the creative director and co-founder 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 dedicated yogi and playground’s resident hedonist. When she’s not designing, you’ll find kristine traveling the world in search of the exquisite, sipping rosé in Sonoma or out on the trails. Adores champagne, fine leather goods and creating signature spaces. 

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

— Karl Lagerfeld

 
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Rafael Romero

DESIGNER

Rafael is a designer at playground and is responsible for a wide variety of project tasks, from drafting and designing to project management and permits. His cheerful, can-do attitude make him the person that everyone wants to work with, and as such, he always gets things done. Passionate and purposeful, Rafael helps to ensure that all projects move seamless through each phase, with an eye toward maintaining the integrity of design, the timeline and the budget. 

Alexa Chavez

DESIGNER

Alexa has a unique combination of skill sets, with an architectural degree, paired with many years working in interior design, as well as construction. She is the swiss army knife of our project team and has worked on several high profile international projects.

Obsessed with materiality, Alexa brings a passion for the details to each project she touches. 

 
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Peter Rutherford Schnell

MASCOT

Taylor Simmons

DESIGN ASSISTANT

Taylor is a highly organized and motivated design assistant. With a background in client relations and professional organization, she brings a unique skill set to our team that rounds out the design process. Inspired by beautiful design all across the globe, Taylor is eager to make an impact in the city she lives in by helping to create timeless, memorable spaces.