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