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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Interior Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Peacock Blue
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Islands
Favorite Quote:
Got It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/3/1961
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Interior Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Peacock Blue
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Holiday Season
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Islands
Favorite Quote:
Got It.

Birthplace

Born:
5/3/1961
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Interior designer Linda Marie Allen was born on May 3, 1961 in Los Angeles, California. Her formative years were a combination of competitive figure skating and private academic tutelage. Allen placed in all state and national competitions that she entered. In her late teens, she became one of the few blacks ever to be a feature in the Ice Capades touring troupe. After touring for awhile, Allen attended California State University in Long Beach, earning her B.S. degree in interior and environmental design. Allen’s passion for design originated in her early experiences as a professional ice skater, learning about the importance of color from the spotlights that would flash during the Ice Capades.

Allen’s career began while working for lighting design firms that focused on hotels and in Las Vegas, but soon decided that lighting was only one piece of the puzzle. She began designing offices for such clients as American Golf, and in 1996, worked as a consultant for Earvin “Magic” Johnson when he was customizing Magic Johnson Enterprises’ Beverly Hills offices. With Johnson’s encouragement, Allen ultimately began her own interior design company. Soon, Allen was selected by Walt Disney Imagineering to work in their set design department as lead designer, focusing on custom light fixtures in Disney’s theme parks, a job that would lead to further work for Disney, including the Tokyo Disney Seas theme park in Japan, and Disneyland’s California Adventure. Allen was soon designing for both office and residential clients, including a variety of high-profile entertainers. With her design experience, Allen was hired to make television appearances, including a stint on HGTV’s Designing for the Sexes and You’re Home, plus Area, the Style Network’s design program.

In 2004, Allen’s housing design tips appeared in the pages of Essence magazine, a feat she would repeat the following year. Her work has appeared in a variety of additional publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Interiors Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, Luxe Interiors Design, Better Homes & Gardens, Interiors, the Robb Report, California Homes and Designs, and Traditional Home Magazine. In 2015, Allen was named one of the top 20 African American Designers in the United States. She also invented the Live. Anywhere. Collection, a collection of wireless table and floor lamps, for which she owns a patent.

Allen was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 5, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Linda Marie Allen describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Linda Marie Allen describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Linda Marie Allen remembers her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Linda Marie Allen describes her introduction to ice skating
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Linda Marie Allen remembers her aunts and uncles
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Linda Marie Allen remembers her early ice skating career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Linda Marie Allen describes her ice skating training schedule
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Linda Marie Allen remembers her fellow black figure skaters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Linda Marie Allen describes the expenses related to figure skating
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Linda Marie Allen describes her experiences of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Linda Marie Allen remembers her first ice skating competition
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Linda Marie Allen describes her high school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Linda Marie Allen describes her social life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Linda Marie Allen talks about her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Linda Marie Allen recalls her aspiration to become a professional ice skater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Linda Marie Allen describes her competitive figure skating career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Linda Marie Allen remembers the end of her Olympic aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Linda Marie Allen describes her career with the Ice Capades
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Linda Marie Allen recalls racial discrimination in the Ice Capades company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Linda Marie Allen remembers touring with the Ice Capades
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Linda Marie Allen describes her college experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Linda Marie Allen remembers California State University, Long Beach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Linda Marie Allen describes her assistantship at Lite Source, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Linda Marie Allen describes her work with interior design firms
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Linda Marie Allen remembers designing for Magic Johnson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Linda Marie Allen talks about Linda Allen Designs, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Linda Marie Allen recalls designing for Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Linda Marie Allen talks about her ex-husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Linda Marie Allen describes her work on the Pasadena Showcase House of Design
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Linda Marie Allen describes achievements as an interior designer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Linda Marie Allen describes her friendship with Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Linda Marie Allen reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Linda Marie Allen describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Linda Marie Allen reflects upon her values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Linda Marie Allen reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Linda Marie Allen narrates her photographs