Baldwin Hardware Design Competition: Q&A with Kathyrn
Finalist of Baldwin’s Hardware Design Competition, Kathryn Scott, founder of Kathryn Scott Design Studio from Brooklyn, New York sat down with Baldwin to answer a couple of questions about her design entry, her design aesthetics and what inspires her to create beautiful interiors.
What was the inspiration behind your design?
Kathryn Scott: My design was inspired by the artisan detailing found in historical hardware, but used in a simpler, more minimalist context. I like styles that fit or clash comfortably in both contemporary and historical settings.
What is the design process you typically go through to design a space that meets your vision?
Kathryn Scott: I start out making some basic sketches, and often look through images of places, patterns or things that can inspire proportional ideas and new ways of combining materials. Sometimes new styles are not much more than taking pieces of existing things and putting them into a new context.
Is there anyone in the world of art, architecture and design that you think is a pioneer and/or role model? Why?
Kathryn Scott: I love the pure, minimalist simplicity in the work of the Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. For the same reason I have always admired the work of my first boss, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, and of course, I am deeply influenced by the artwork of my husband, Wenda Gu. As an interior designer, I love serene, sculptural spaces that transcend the latest fashion style.
If you had to describe your design aesthetic in 1 sentence or less, what would you say?
Kathryn Scott: I am passionate about searching for new ways to intertwine historical and contemporary elements, hoping to stumble on something fresh.
Do you have any advice for homeowners who want to create a space that reflects their personal style?
Kathryn Scott: It is extremely satisfying to express yourself in your surroundings. It really begins with an introspective process. It is more difficult than you might realize to identify yourself and what you want to express about who you are. Once you have overcome that feat, your challenge is to translate your personal identity into visual elements while maintaining a functional space. In the end, the harmony you create between your personal thoughts and your environment makes you feel grounded and at peace in our fast-paced world, which is a wonderful gift.
What are three things you can’t live without?
Kathryn Scott: The three things I need in my life are my family, my dreams and enough quiet time to use those dreams to inspire my projects.