Amer­i­can beauty

In­te­rior de­signer Suzanne Kasler shares her de­sign phi­los­o­phy in this new book filled with in­spi­ra­tion to cre­ate so­phis­ti­cated sim­ple in­te­ri­ors

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In her lat­est book, So­phis­ti­cated Sim­plic­ity, Suzanne Kasler’s in­tent is to try to con­vey the ‘chal­lenge of edit­ing’. It is a chal­lenge that she con­cedes has be­come more dif­fi­cult be­cause, at its heart, the point of de­sign is to in­spire and, by her own ad­mis­sion, clients’ tastes, stan­dards and un­der­stand­ings of de­sign have im­proved dra­mat­i­cally over time. The bar has risen and so she is there­fore chal­lenged more sig­nif­i­cantly now than in the past. And yet it is a chal­lenge that she clearly rel­ishes and rises to. Cer­tain themes stand out - she strives for per­fect bal­ance, for in­ge­nious com­bi­na­tions, for a mix of old and new, rus­tic and re­fined. She has great ap­pre­ci­a­tion of colour and will pick out de­tails - whether it be the warmth of ex­te­rior stone or the tone of a ceil­ing - and build her de­signs around them. She is an unashamedly ex­per­i­men­tal de­signer and some­times sim­ply re­verses con­ven­tion. She is also an avid col­lec­tor - of vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing that could be used in her de­signs. And it is her bold­ness and her throw­ing of cau­tion to the wind that has led her to such suc­cess. She holds true to her fa­ther’s ad­vice “never lose your spirit” and she al­ways wants to place her sig­na­ture on her de­signs.

And so her book takes us on a cre­ative jour­ney through town, coun­try and shore - the three dis­tinct de­sign gen­res that re­flect her work and we learn how she be­gins her projects by get­ting to know her clients - so the homes will ul­ti­mately ac­tu­ally be­gin to look like them. She also shares some se­crets - the im­por­tance she clearly places on get­ting the architecture right be­fore start­ing on the de­sign, to play tex­ture off tex­ture or how she breaks up rooms into

cozy ar­eas and then places a unique ob­ject d’art in pride of place of each col­lec­tion. In this way, with richly pho­tographed pro­files, we see mod­ern fam­ily homes and invit­ing ocean­front es­tates from prop­er­ties in Maine to his­toric Rich­mond, to var­i­ous South­ern lo­cales plus the Kips Bay

Show House in New York City. There are a fair few prop­er­ties in At­lanta, her home city, and we are taken on an im­pres­sive tour of the clas­si­cal architecture of that city. Your abid­ing view is that her mantra “de­sign is about the de­tails” guides her work through­out - whether it be in use of colour, in har­mony be­tween the out­side and the in­side or sim­ply in the pres­ence of an­tique pieces. Her book of­fers us her view of time­less chic, and it will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to your in­te­rior de­sign li­brary.

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