Interior Designer Crush: Todd Stricklin
June 15, 2017 - table lamp
Interior engineer Todd Stricklin hails from Yazoo City, Mississippi, though he admits he was unequivocally a child of a world. “My childhood was filled with some extraordinary trips to smashing places,” says a Memphis-based seat and accessories designer, who has designed nature-inspired pieces for John Richard, Neiman Marcus and others. “My mom was always meddlesome in holding us to museums and to cities with implausible architecture. She would buy me books on art, and we was always coloring, sketching and painting. we was advantageous to have such an extraordinary mom who was unequivocally understanding and speedy all my creativity.” Laughing, he adds, “She would take trips, and we would redecorate her house. She’d come home and say, ‘I like it, though put it behind a proceed it was.’” Today, Todd does a same thing in his possess home, redesigning frequently formed on his changing collections and whims. “My space constantly evolves,” he says. “And my partner of 27 years will tell we that if he were blind, he’d have bruises all over his knees. Everything moves.”
Tell us how we got your start in design. Is this something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve always known, and I’ve always been unequivocally creative. I’m not ashamed to acknowledge that I’m unequivocally ADHD. But we think, for people with this kind of suspicion routine who are mostly right-brained, it’s a curse; it’s what we have to understanding with.
Where did we study, and what were some of your beginning jobs?
I attended Delta State University and also Westville College in Massachusetts. we have a grade in design. For my initial pursuit in a field, we was a product and wrapping engineer for an ad group in Atlanta. we would indeed pattern wrapping for opposite products — cosmetics, food — we had a far-reaching operation of clients. we once designed a tag for oil cans.
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How did lighting pattern and appendage pattern turn your sold niche?
It was unequivocally by accident. we consider one of a best traits of a unequivocally good engineer is how they light a home. That’s unequivocally critical to me, and we started thinking, wouldn’t it be smashing if we could pattern my possess lighting? A lot of my lighting started out as tradition pieces, and we would indeed conform them. we took clients’ personal pieces and illuminated them for their home, and it kind of took off from there. Antique statuary, wrought iron pieces. I’ve done lamps out of mannequins, bowling balls. Whatever a room commanded or if it was only a hold of caprice that was needed. we consider anything, if it’s treated good in a pattern process, could be a lamp. My initial pursuit conceptualizing lighting was with a John-Richard Collection, a high-end pattern company. we did some smashing things for them, and they’re still for sale.
Where do we find impulse for your designs?
One of a things that is unequivocally singular about what we do is that we tend to demeanour during shapes everywhere. we see a shapes around a space too, a disastrous space. That’s where a lot of my designs come from — how a shapes demeanour that approximate a space. One of my lamps is a ginkgo root lamp, and we adore a figure of a ginkgo root and how when we put them together in this flare it creates such a good change in that space. we unequivocally compensate courtesy to how tighten things are, how a shapes describe to any other. And we consider it’s unequivocally important, each shade of a spatial relationship, when I’m designing.
A lot of my designs are desirous by inlet or architecture, and all in inlet inspires me. we collect sticks. I’ll find engaging sticks, and we only have a smoke-stack of sticks on my veranda. Each one of them has come from a opposite place that desirous me, either it’s New Orleans or Rome. On my small veranda area there’s a raise of sticks that somebody would only chuck away, though we would kill them. Rocks, seashells … those all seem simple, though we take them and use them in a proceed that’s unequivocally different.
Who are your courtesy purpose models or mentors, and why?
I consider Tara Shaw is one of a many implausible designers. She has such a cool, worldly neutral palette. And my books are good resources. The book that’s desirous me a many was called Epoustouflant: The Style of David Snyder. David was a remarkable, inventive interior designer, and he designed store windows. His character was only amazing, and he was a vital influence. But Tara Shaw is a stream “someone to watch.” And then, trust it or not, Tom Ford, who got his start as a conform engineer for Gucci, has turn a man to watch. He does movies, set pattern and still does fashion. He’s only got his finger on a beat of everything.
I journey a internet like crazy for pattern resources. And one of my best pattern resources that influences me is 1stdibs. They understanding in each form of antique, from postmodern to 17th and 18th century French and English. we also consider to be a good designer, we have to demeanour during each repository on a market. we consider we have to compensate courtesy to trends and not be trendy.
Tell us about a hallmarks of your work. What’s your go-to aesthetic, if given giveaway reign? How do we interpret that to a client’s space?
I always provide any room we see as a vacant canvas, even if it’s full. But a initial thing we do is ask a client, what one thing in this room is your favorite? Just one thing. They’ll uncover me, and say, “I adore this rug” or “I adore that mirror” or “I adore this square of pottery.” we say, “What about it do we love? The shape, color, hardness or where we got it?” Most of a time it’s since of where it came from. And we say, well, how would we feel if this room looked like an Italian room? Whatever inspires them is a instruction we will take. And it’s successful for a many part. Most people have a favorite intent in a room, and we can build a whole pattern intrigue around that.
You’ve already told us your residence is constantly evolving. Tell us some-more about how we proceed conceptualizing your possess space.
Nothing stays in a same place. we change things up, pierce things around. If I’m feeling down or blue, we go to work in my possess home. My favorite thing to do is play with art. we have a outrageous art collection, and I’ll take a wall and only spawn it with art — and mirrors. we adore mirrors.
I consider an critical partial of any collection is that it’s eclectic. If something is too matchy-matchy, as we contend in a South, it’s boring. we don’t wish there to be a protected place in a room for my eyes to stay. we wish there to be excitement. we wish to demeanour around and have each small vignette pronounce to me. we always provide it like my mom used to dress — demeanour in a counterpart before we leave, and take one thing off. It’s a same thing to dress a room.
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What’s your favorite plan or square you’ve ever completed?
My many favorite interior pattern pursuit was conceptualizing a bar to make it demeanour like Sardi’s grill in New York City for my client. She had collected a garland of Hirschfeld strange drawings, and we incited her sunroom into a small speakeasy like we would find in New York, and it incited out great. The walls were black, and we had dozens of those Hirschfeld drawings sparse on a walls about an in. detached so we never knew a walls were black. And there were potion shelves that we illuminated from a building and roof and put all of her barware on there. It kind of glowed out into her yard.
Name some of your favorite internal pattern resources.
I do adore to go into antiques shops, of course. we adore Palladio and Market Central. I’m furious about some of a things they’re doing during La Maison since they’re not only traffic in antiques; they’re doing my thing that we adore — they incorporate a new with a old. That’s so important. Then we go to hardware stores. we get shabby from parts. we adore selected shops. we consider there’s zero improved than selected valuables to enthuse me to do chandeliers and lamps. we have boxes of collections of selected pieces. I’m a hoarder of smashing things.
What’s something outward your pattern life that others should know about you?
My passion is design, though my adore is a dogs. we support each dog classification in this city as many as we can. All of my dogs are rescues. They’re a many critical things in my life, and we inspire people, as everybody says, to have your pet spayed or neutered. In general, we can’t do adequate for animals, though dogs are my passion.
Thank we to Todd for holding a time to share his story, insights and extraordinary present for design. To perspective some-more of Todd’s work or to hit him, revisit toddstricklin.com.
And interjection to Micki Martin of Micki Martin Photography for a fanciful print of Todd!
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