Q&A: Will Wick

(A library designed for the Elle Decor Showhouse featuring a midcentury Italian leather sofa (above left) and the designer. Photos courtesy of Wick Design and Aubrie Pick)
Name: Will Wick
Occupation: Interior designer and founder of Wick Design, and owner of antiques and accessories showroom Battersea
Resides in: San Francisco
Best known for: An organic modern aesthetic with an emphasis on tailored, architectural, masculine-leaning interiors. 

1. Antique or modern?
A juxtaposition of the two makes each uniquely special. The sum of both is greater than the individual parts.

2. City or country?
The city for its energy, excitement, art and urban grit. And the country to relax, reflect, recharge, and unwind surrounded by nature.

3. Which colors do you use most?
Black, off-white, charcoal, and gold.

4. Favorite materials or textures?
Worn leather, distressed and lacquered wood, denim, parchment, and brass.

5. What is your favorite interior design-related word or phrase?
Organic modern. You can leave your own thumbprint without leaving a footprint.

(A Pacific Heights sitting room featuring a teak root focal point. Photo courtesy of Wick Design)6. Does your current home look like the one you grew up in?
Not really. My father's home had an incredible collection of modern art and simple spaces. My mother's home had lots of early Americana pieces which gave me an appreciation for it, and the rooms were bold hues like teal, turquoise, sage and salmon. Now I live in a home where the living room has black walls filled with glitter-art nudes.

7. Does a room need a view?
No. Some of the most elegant rooms can be inspired by thoughtful design. A view can sometimes detract from that.

8. Favorite designer or architect?
Oscar Niemeyer. He's a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture, especially in his use of curves and abstract forms. There's a vast expansiveness and simplicity of space to his design.

9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Munchery. A beautifully designed site for incredible food delivered to your home for around $12 a plate. With four kids at home, I can safely say we all love that site.

10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
The feeling the space evokes and the use of scale. The eye finds natural pleasure in scale that corresponds with the golden ratio.

(Neutral bedroom with a vintage C Jeré wall sculpture and a custom bed by the designer. Photo courtesy of Wick Design)11. What is a forbidden word in your house?
Classy.

12. Design rule you love to break?
I love to mix metals like brass and nickel. It feels less decorated and more natural.

13. What is your favorite room in the house?
Our living room. It's collected, lived-in, and eclectic; with walls covered in art, high ceilings, and white French doors that lead to our terrace. We have portraits of our four kids and musical instruments everywhere; guitars hanging on the wall, a drum set, and a black grand piano.

14. What is your most treasured possession?
My wife and kids. Easy!

15. What do you wish you could do without?
I'm pretty sure everyone around me wishes I could do without my phone. I'm always on it.

(A Brutalist-inspired console with a salon-style gallery wall curated by Jen Wick. Photo courtesy of Wick Design)16. How does West Coast design differ from East Coast design? Does it?
I live in San Francisco but I was brought up on the East Coast and we have a base in New York. While steeped in tradition, the East Coast has more progressive design. West Coast design incorporates more outdoor elements—and has some fantastic architects.

17. What is your favorite thing about the West Coast—design-related or otherwise?
The weather and the innovative food. From institutions like Alice Waters to young chefs like Thomas McNaughton, the restaurant industry maintains an incredibly high standard. Where else in the world can you eat as well as in San Francisco?

18. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
The Prince's Palace of Monaco.

19. On what movie set would you like to live and why?
The Talented Mr Ripley. Montebello. Rome. San Remo.

20. To which city or country would you move for the design?
Coastal Brazil for the modern, contemporary architecture or Antwerp for the creative renovation of old buildings.

21. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
A piano. They're usually the life and soul of a party, and who doesn't want to have a tinker on a piano?
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