Black’s design career started in floral design in 1999 as an assistant florist to world-renowned floral designer David Jones known for accounts with the White House, The Oscars, Michael Jackson, and Warner Brothers to name a few. Branching off on his own in 2001, Ryan started an event and floral design business that also led him into television producing and production design for several high-profile clients. Black’s talents created more success with the design and production for such notable clients as Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Ford, Gucci, and several others. Ryan Black’s discerning style and designs caught the eye of a luxury shoe designer in 2003 and Ryan became their Creative Director.
Ryan has many creative outlets – he’s an avid cook, baker, painter, singer, author, and carpenter. And now, with his design firm, Blackbird Chateau, Ryan will share his passion and eye with the world. Blackbird Chateau is a lifestyle brand experience where Ryan Black helps make people’s lives feel better so they can do better. Black’s curated, creative and eclectic designs speak with a juxtaposition of raw and beautiful to refined and whimsical. His belief is that happiness starts at home and your home is a place you should love to be. “If the home is aligned, your life follows through.”
A Los Angeles native, Ryan has had a multi-faceted career spanning many genres. Black started his career as a lead performer in Broadway musicals touring all 50 U.S. states and worldwide. Black has authored one novel currently being edited and is a contributing writer for Huffington Post. He has a series of paintings and is honored to have sold one of his paintings to art collector and entrepreneur Lynda Resnick (founder of the Lynda & Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion for new art designed by Renzo Piano at LACMA). Most recently, Ryan brought his design style to television, designing the apartment of Bravo TV’s hit show “Shahs Of Sunset” reality star Mercedes “MJ” Javid.
Ryan hosts his own radio show every Tuesday from noon-2PM called “Life With Ryan” in Los Angeles on OUT NOW 97.1 HD2 and radio.com online and in app stores nationwide. It is produced by the worlds leading radio syndicator, Entercom, with over 250 stations & over 100 million listeners each week. He speaks with celebrities and experts about lifestyle, home, renovations, interior design, D.I.Y., gardening, restaurants, recipes, and culture.
Ryan resides in West Hollywood with his dog Milk and his partner, celebrity makeup artist Kip Zachary.