In Ex Design was founded in 2001 when Deric Schmidt and Rick Pecarovich merged their talents. Gifted designers, both had previously successfully tackled creative endeavors in residential, commercial, trade show design, product packaging and development, as well as merchandising and marketing. Their collaboration provides clients a unique resource with more than half a century of design experience and expertise with a dual perspective.

Southern California was originally home to both partners. Los Angeles, Orange County, as well as the fashionable desert communities have been the location of many of their projects. Their work can also be seen in residences on the Central Coast of California, Aspen, Co and Austin Tx. The team is available wherever the project is located.

Beyond their fee based endeavors the firm continually supports and participates, along with many of the West’s most notable designers, in design industry events for charity. These have included a number of the Assistance League of Southern California’s "Design Houses" as well as the ASID – L.A. &  Beverly Hills “Greystone Manor Design & Garden Design Showcase”, Los Angeles "Downtown Women's Center" for the homeless, the Eames House Foundation and Palm Springs Modernism Week . 

The team has been involved in the Sustainable Lifestyle movement since it’s inception in the USA in the 1990’s. Our goal is to utilize sustainable design processes and products when possible ensuring a healthy planet for generations to come.