James Northcutt, interior designer whose work included major hotels and resorts worldwide. Founder of Los Angeles-based James Northcutt Associates, he was known for classic design and introducing tasteful residential looks to luxury hotels. He decorated such local showplaces as the renovated Hotel Bel-Air and Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles, the new Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Surf & Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. His resorts included the Four Seasons Wailea and Hualalai on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Hawaii respectively, Tres Vidas in Acapulco and Thanos on Cyprus. Northcutt was inducted into Interior Design magazine's hall of fame in 1992. A native of Longview, Texas, he was educated at the University of Texas and New York's Parsons School of Design. The decorator had been a major benefactor of the Good Shepherd Foundation and the Longview Art Museum in his hometown and of DIFFA and Project Angel Food in Los Angeles. Northcutt specified that survivors not reveal his age or the cause of his death. On Monday in Los Angeles.