I had the good fortune to have lunch with Scott Weston the other day. He is one of Australia’s top Architects and Interior designers. Scott has an imagination and an attention to detail that defy belief. There are so many ideas in his work, and lots of techniques and themes that can be used elsewhere.
I thought I’d share some of his amazing creations, and some of the lessons I’ve picked up.
If you absolutely love a strong colour – then why not use it for a stair carpet? You only see it in transit (you don’t sit down to dinner or on a sofa and stare at it for hours) so you’re unlikely to tire of it. And it really lifts an otherwise functional area. It just makes this stair and landing pop!
One of Scott’s trademarks is his use of unexpected colour, particularly for interiors and hidden areas. Every time you open a drawer or a cupboard there is a delicious surprise! For those who like to live with muted colour or neutrals, this is a fun way of having some colour in your life.
Scott uses this technique to draw attention to focal points. In this instance, a pond and tiled alcove in a courtyard. It makes the area feel exciting and vibrant without the need for any extra decor. A small amount goes a long way to brighten the whole area.
Even the mundane is special and glamorous when glossed with gold leaf. Here a pantry cupboard is slathered with it! This is the home of the editor of Vogue in Australia, so you’d kind of expect something luxe!
Scott personally works on every little detail and it shows. Drawers are divided into convenient sections and then lined with cobalt blue felt. How I wish the interiors of my drawers look like this! What utter joy I would feel on opening them every day. Maybe I’m inspired? Felt is such a brilliant idea as it’s easy to work with.
Scott actually makes models of all his projects. Look at this utterly darling little doll’s house of a bedroom! And once his client is happy, he creates the real thing for them.
Even shelves are constructed with colour singing on the wall behind – bringing the whole area to life. This is such an inexpensive way to liven up a room.
Here a linear kitchen is hidden by a long curtain. Don’t bother with the washing up and mess – just draw a veil over it. Don’t you love that?
This hair salon was designed by Scott and is a total fantasy for me. I’m sure Marie Antoinette would have come here to have her hair done (although she may have had some issues getting all the way to Australia…)
I love that Scott isn’t afraid of colour. It’s rare to see a designer use it in such proliferation. And even if that isn’t your style, maybe his work has sparked some ideas for you?