It’s not often that a designer is able to design for both residential and commercial clients but interior designer Jamie Drake excels at doing both. His projects range from New York City landmarks, to a L.A. showplace for Mondana, to a medical facility in Florida.
His use of bold color choices and his ability to mix the traditional and glamorous are what set him apart and has earned him a seat in the Interior Design Hall of Fame along with numerous other awards in the design industry.
Here are some things Jamie keeps in mind as designs his projects:
You don’t have to be conventional
Jamie designs his projects for the people who live there, rather than always doing what is traditionally expected in a space. For example, in his own New York City apartment he does not have a dining room table. He realized in his last apartment he used his grand dining table a total of 3 times in 10 years. So rather than waste space in the typical way he created seating at the kitchen island and in two separate sitting areas that is perfect for entertaining in his own style that is comfortable and welcoming.
Don’t be afraid of color
Jamie’s primary design tool is color. He uses it boldly and confidently in ways that most people would be afraid to. He’s designed spaces that have deep jewel tones and furnishes with reflective surfaces to reflect the richness. He’s created rooms with salmon colored walls with black furniture to ground the design and bronze accents to add a level of sophistication. If a room is flooded in light he’ll choose a deep, rich dark color, such as a plum purple because it can handle it and works well together.
Find design inspiration and go with it
Jamie is known for picking themes for his projects and designing around that theme. He was chosen to create House Beautiful’s 2013 Designer Visions Apartment which is located in Walker Tower in Manhattan. He said the moment he walked into the 1929 art deco skyscraper he was transported back in time to the glitzy and glamorous Jazz age. He used the Jazz age as his inspiration and incorporated geometric patterns, luxurious materials, and straight lines to bring the theme to life.
In his own apartment he dubbed the theme to be “Playboy After Dark”. In an interview with Architectural Digest, he describes the theme by saying it not only “reflects his urbane sensibility but also functions a bit like a chic cocktail lounge. People come here for drinks before or after dinner and to hang out.” So with that in mind, as he designed his apartment he made sure it was geared toward “company and cocktails”.
Drake’s ability to create truly livable spaces comes from his talent for seeing a space and bringing it to life by paying attention to detail, bringing in bold colors, and his ability to mix traditional and modern.
Does your home have any themes that served as inspiration for how you decorated? Share with us in the comments below.