Q&A with Tim Clarke

Name: Tim Clarke
Resides in: Santa Monica, California
Occupation: Founder of Tim Clarke Interior Design
Best known for: Unique spaces inspired by the coastal lifestyle; his celebrity client list includes Sally Field, Matthew Perry, Ben Stiller, and Portia de Rossi. Check out some of Clarke's recent residential projects here.

1. Antique or modern? 
Antique used in a modern way. 

2. City or country?

3. Which colors do you use most?
The colors of nature.

4. Favorite materials or textures?

5. What is your favorite interior design–related word?

6. Does your home look like the one you grew up in?
No way!

7. Does a room need a view?
Yes! Preferably of an ocean. 

8. Favorite designer or architect?
Designer Michael Taylor.

9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?

10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
Comfortable austerity.

11. What is a forbidden word in your house?
"I hate…"

12. Design rule you like to break?
Coordinated color schemes. 

13. What is your favorite room in the house?
The outdoor room.

14. What is your most treasured possession? 
After once losing everything in a fire, my most treasured gifts are my dogs.

15. What do you wish you could do without?
A cell phone.

16. What are you afraid to DIY?

17. Have you ever had a change of heart about an object or a style?
Yes. My favorite colors continuously change. 

18. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Abe Lincoln's log cabin.

19. On what movie set would you like to live?
The Great Gatsby (the original).

20. What is your favorite design errand or journey?
Maison et Objet.

21. To which country would you move for the design?

22. What's your favorite hotel? 
Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah.

23. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
A wind chime.

24. What does "accessible home design" mean to you?
Functional, not fashionable.

Images from Clarke's book, Coastal Modern.

(Photography: Noah Webb)
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