Kaki Hockersmith, owner of Kaki Hockersmith Interiors, has established a national client base during her 38 years in business. During Hockersmith’s career she has given lectures all over the country for corporate groups, design centers, art and cultural museums and presidential libraries. Her work has been featured in both national and local publications and she has made television appearances on various programs from HGTV to “Good Morning America.” She was honored as “Distinguished Alum” by both William Woods University and Henderson State University. She redesigned the interior of The White House during the Clinton Administration including the Oval Office, Treaty Room, Family Dining Room, Solarium, and Music Room, as well as many other family and reception areas. Acting on behalf of the Navy, Hockersmith also designed selected buildings at Camp David, including the President’s Cabin “Aspen” and his dining hall and lodge “Laurel.”
In 1993, Hockersmith was appointed as a member of the Committee for the Preservation of The White House. She played a leading role in the successful renovation of the Blue Room, Cross Hall, the Grand Entry hall and Staircase and the State Dining Room. In addition, she initiated a series of exhibitions in conjunction with major American art museums. Entitled, Twentieth Century American Sculpture, the eight total exhibitions in the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden were seen by 1.25 million tourists, visitors and guests to The White House annually. Hockersmith’s accomplishments are included in Hillary Clinton’s book An Invitation to The White House; In Celebration of American Culture, published by Simon & Schuster in November 2000.
Hockersmith’s appointment to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for The Kennedy Center (PACA) was in 2010. Members of this prestigious committee serve as national ambassadors for The Kennedy Center and help communities throughout the country utilize the extensive resources and educational programs offered by The Kennedy Center.
Hockersmith was also appointed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) where she serves as a commissioner on the cultural Heritage Commission is responsible for determining which cultural relics and national scenery should be protected under the World Heritage Treaty. She has served on both the Arkansas Governor's Mansion Association and the Arkansas Governor's Mansion Commission.
Her talent lies in interpreting American design in its purest and most creative forms. Her commitment to the arts: painting, drawing, sculptures, and crafts, brings a rare and distinctive style to her designs. Her unique point of view is best seen in her innovative ability to bring together the best of American modern and traditional design.
A number of high profile projects have been completed by Hockersmith in her home state of Arkansas. She designed the Aerospace Education Center in Little Rock. The center, which features America’s history of aviation and space exploration, includes exhibition space and an educational complex with an IMAX theater, art galleries, classrooms, and gift shop. She also contributed to the design and refurbishment of the President Clinton’s boyhood home and visitor’s center complex in Hope, Arkansas. She created design plans for the refurbishment of the historic Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs. She directed the recreation of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room in the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library. This historic recreation included the accurate reproduction of Hockersmith’s original designs. She was also chosen to create the architectural and interior designs for the entire executive level floor of the Clinton Presidential Center. More recently she oversaw the refurbishment of the historic Packett House in Little Rock which has become the home of The 1836 Club. The renovation of the Markham Executive Center in Little Rock is Hockersmith's most recent commercial project.
Hockersmith has designed numerous private residences across the country from Florida to California. Her commercial work has included retail stores such as Dillard’s and a number of banks and restaurants. She successfully executed the award-winning design of a corporate office building in Sacramento, California.
She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Arts Center. She recently designed and commissioned a magnificent chandelier for the Great Hall of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, which incorporated iconic symbols of the State of Arkansas. Hockersmith has been honored by the national ASID organization as well as the Washington D.C. chapter. Her projects have won 23 regional ASID awards, including 7 gold awards. In 2015, Hockersmith was awarded a Governor's Arts Award for her contributions to the arts.
Kaki Hockersmith lives in Little Rock with her husband, Max Mehlburger, in an Italian-style home she designed and built in the Edgehill neighborhood. She enjoys frequent entertaining for charitable organizations in her community, and her years of experience in design are reflected in the creative style of her events.
Kaki Hockersmith Interiors is a design firm that offers a full range of services, which enables us to execute projects small and large, in both residential and commercial spaces.
* Design and draft residential and commercial floor plans and elevations
* Electrical plans
* Reflected ceiling plans
* Interior space planning
* Design of architectural elements, i.e. fireplaces, windows, molding, doors, etc.
* Assist in coordinating and managing projects
If you need it we can provide it.
* Furnish specified materials to client and contractors through our extensive network of product resources
* Furniture, lighting, and accessory selections
* Wall, floor, appliance, and plumbing fixture specifications
*Original works of fine art
If you can imagine it, we can provide it.
* Capacity to produce custom furniture, flooring, carpeting, wall covering, lighting, and accessories
* Custom millwork designs
*Have strong relationships with industry leaders and manufactures
*Utilize current software with 3d capabilities
*Maintain an extensive library of samples and catalogs
*Execute a wide range of design styles from classic traditional to modern
*Regularly attend CEUs
*Maintain current knowledge of ADA regulations and local codes