Q&A: Schuyler Samperton

Schuyler Samperton
(Photo courtesy the designer / © Robert Zuckerman)
Name: Schuyler Samperton
Occupation: Interior Designer
Resides in: Los Angeles, CA
Best known for: Modern classic style, infused with an imaginative blend of low key and elegant pieces.

1. Antique or modern?
Although I personally gravitate towards antiques, I like to combine styles within the interiors I create. I find it more interesting to see an unusual juxtaposition, versus creating a pure “period” room. Of course, the interiors should complement the architecture, and I’m thankfully comfortable working in both the traditional and modern realms. Having the opportunity to work in both settings makes every project an exciting challenge.

2. City or country?
Ooo, that’s tough for me, because I absolutely crave both. I love the excitement, colors, noise and activity of a city, but feel most at home in a more rural setting. I love the bombardment of visceral treats that city living offers, and I’m constantly inspired by museum visits, boutique windows and street fashion. On the flip side, the country feels like home, and I adore the serene pace I slip into, as well as a more intimate interaction and connection with nature.

3. Which colors do you use most?
Claret, peacock blue, and black. I also love deep pinks and olive greens.

4. Favorite materials or textures?
Linen, velvet, fur, leather, antique concrete tile, and vintage textiles.

5. What is your favorite interior design-related word or phrase?
I suppose my favorite phrase would be to hear a client say, "I absolutely love it!!!"

6. Does your current home look like the one you grew up in?
Not at all. My father designed the house in which I grew up, and it was a traditional-midcentury modern hybrid. There was no color on the walls, and the “playroom” as we called it, was covered in black and white architectural plans. Our living room had a pair of simply lined sofas covered in a men’s wear grey flannel, a very sculptural silver Donald Drum coffee table, and a fur rug that was lined in lilac colored velvet. When I designed the lobby of Imagine Entertainment, I used the grey flannel idea—it’s a fantastic neutral. Although I’ve incorporated a lot of my parents’ pieces in my own place, I’m a freak for color and pattern, and have a more bold and reckless approach to paint and prints.

Schuyler Samperton | Lonny.com
(Photo courtesy the designer / © Grey Crawford)
7. Does a room need a view?
In a perfect world, you bet. However, it’s not absolutely necessary. I happen to be obsessed with wallpaper, and you can create some very gorgeous environments with a perfectly chosen pattern. The amazing French company Mauny has some lyrical, floral options that make my head spin.

8. Favorite designer or architect?
Of course, my father (now retired, but just as fabulous as ever!). I can also add Thomas Jefferson, Andrea Palladio, and Roman & Williams to that list.

9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
World of Interiors, The Bloomsbury Life, and Remodelista.

10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
Comfort, color, eccentricity, patina, and charm.

11. What is a forbidden word in your house?
I can’t abide “chic,” or “divine.”

Schuyler Samperton | Lonny.com(Photo courtesy the designer / © Grey Crawford)
12. Design rule you love to break?
I shamelessly and unapologetically mix an abundance of patterns in one room.

13. What is your favorite room in the house?
I love a cozy library with dark walls, a comfy sofa, a cashmere throw, tons of books and a bunch of sleepy dogs.

14. What is your most treasured possession?
My dog Tricky is my constant companion, but I can’t really call him a possession, so I’d have to say the breathtakingly accurate paintings of my dogs by Dean Larson, old letters, and certain pieces of jewelry.

15. What do you wish you could do without?
Self tanner.

16. How does West Coast design differ from East Coast design? Does it?
The West Coast has a decidedly more relaxed approach to design, among other things. I was raised and educated on the East Coast, and I appreciate the sense of tradition that infuses most of the interiors there, but I prefer a more quirky, less formulaic environment.

17. What is your favorite thing about the West Coast—design-related or otherwise?
Eternal sunshine, waves, and mountains.

18. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Vanessa Bell’s Charleston.

Schuyler Samperton | Lonny.com
(Photo courtesy the designer / © Grey Crawford)
19. On what movie set would you like to live and why?
There are two: in my mega glamorous reincarnation, I’d like to live in the Villa Necchi Campiglio from I Am Love; my louche bohemian alter ego would reside in The Wings of the Dove. A tent in the Arab Hall of the Leighton House Museum will do.

20. To which city or country would you move for the design?
England and Morocco.

21. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
I’d like to be an antique crystal ball, or a squishy toss pillow made from a vintage, exotic embroidered textile in Mick Jagger’s country estate, c. 1973.
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