Our Philosophy & Style

Design Philosophy at Scott Cooke Design

Residential

We create residential interiors that look "collected", and "object driven", and not contrived - as if the homeowner had slowly assembled all of the pieces over time. We strive to create an interior that is more focused on the silhouettes of the furniture, and the art and objects themselves, rather than the use of bold color and fabrics. The building of the layers is important, from the carpet, to the upholstery and case goods, to the art and accessories, working together in an organic way, and being collected over time. Our main goal is to incorporate dramatic focal points, and have the interior be as unique and as individual as the client.

Renovation

We approach renovations with the idea that the property may change hands in the future, and while paint can be changed in an instant — tile, stone and cabinetry cannot be. Our prevailing view is that any renovations undertaken should be with a "gender neutral" aesthetic, and that caution should be used when specifying the permanent finishes. A hot trend may not be nearly as hot several years down the road, and that truism needs to be taken into account.

Commercial & Hospitality

Drama and color work well for commercial and hospitality spaces. Large over sized graphics, bolder color, and use of the company branding in the design itself is important for this type of environment. Again, the element of surprise is essential, as well as the creation of a space that enlivens the spirit.

Design Style at Scott Cooke Design

We pride ourselves on not having an easily recognizable style; the style should emanate from the client, not the designer. The client's personality and lifestyle should predict the style, but filtered thru the designer's eyes, and using the designer's time tested experience to edit and form the plan. Good design comes in a variety of "languages", from period, to traditional, transitional and contemporary — we are fluent in the many languages of good design. The key goal for any interior is that it be comfortable and touchable; an interior should be truly livable, and durable, as well as dramatic and beautiful. As costly as renovations, furnishings and art are — they should be able to stand the test of time no matter what the style may be.