Chinese Jesus is a Venice, California based design studio devoted to modern and luxurious residential interiors and furniture. 

Led by designers Mike Lee and Deborah Rumens, Chinese Jesus is comprised of dedicated individuals with diverse backgrounds in art, design and construction who approach every aspect of their projects with integrity, innovation and imagination.

Our design vision is sculptural in sensibility with refined proportions that integrate seamlessly yet inject vibrancy and soul into modern architecture. Each project is infused with graceful luxury, warmth and attention to detail.


As artists we believe that great spaces, like great art, transcend time and trends. Rather than following any period or style, we prefer to find a tone that guides us holistically, from room to room, from material palette to design detail. 

We draw from a compelling array of warmly finished woods, nuanced stone, luxurious textiles, bold and glamorous lighting, and chic vintage elements to bring form to that tone. Our network of artisans understands this approach and ensures that flow and artistic wholeness are preserved throughout each project. The resulting vision has a timelessness and integrity that will endure into the future.



Over our years of experience, we have conceived, developed, and built many of our designs right here in our studio, using time honored woodworking and finishing techniques.

Our heritage of in-house manufacturing means that our creativity continues into the shop environment, whether in the careful consideration of a particular piece of wood, the burnish of a metal detail or the exact sheen of a hand-rubbed finish. The intimacy and experience we have with the entire process allows us to be precise and meticulous not only with ourselves, but with the contractors, tradespeople and consultants that may be involved in a given project.

Our CAD drawings are also created entirely in-house, allowing us to collaborate with clients in real time to explore options and make creative decisions.

We consider it essential to provide our clients with guidance and support along the way, and emphasize not only the quality of the end result, but the quality of the experience getting there. 



With over 25 years of design experience, we excel in all aspects of interior design and construction:

• Detailed spatial planning

• 2D and 3D CAD drawing and rendering

• Interior and exterior architectural detailing

• Material specifications and finish schedules

• Selection and specification of furnishings, fixtures and appliances

• Budget creation and management

• Installation coordination and supervision

• Furniture design and manufacturing

• Fine woodworking and traditional wood finishing

• Sourcing of rare vintage furniture & lighting

• Art comsultation

Chinese Jesus believes in: boldness and beauty • timelessness • enduring craftsmanship • integrity and authenticity • letting materials speak • being intimate with the details • living and working with passion • our clients • enjoying the ride together