Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton

What makes a thing or space timeless?

I’m not so naive as to think we could ever scratch the surface of the query here. Such a discussion must address art, science, history, and likely every academic discipline in between. What I do know? When a designer aspires to align with the mysteries of timelessness, the work can become a sort of life-giving, creative synthesis of time and space…exhibit A: Patrick Sutton.

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Roger Davies. Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton.

Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton

About the Designer

Baltimore-based interior designer Patrick Sutton is well known for his evocative, story-telling work which is deeply informed by his experiences traveling the world. From a young age, the designer visited the world’s beautiful spaces with his travel journalist father and fashion model mother. His love for design led to a career first in architecture and ultimately to dream fulfillment as he designs interiors for clients.

Luxury kitchen. Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Roger Davies.

The New Book

Storied Interiors: The Designs of Patrick Sutton and the Stories that Shaped Them is Patrick Sutton’s first book chronicling a 24-year career, with ten residences as well as hotel and restaurant projects. The award-winning Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore is a stand out.

In every project, the designer translates a unique narrative into a pleasingly integrative and fresh interior. Each chapter takes the reader on a journey through the storytelling process which is illumined by more than 300 lovely photographs.

What is a Storied Interior?

Sutton’s work is forever interested in the interplay of the story carried in our mind of an ideal life, the spaces we live in, and the lifestyle we seek. What a treat that this collection of work does not simply park a load of pretty pictures on the pages. Rather, the stories within the evocative interiors are explained. We learn about the connections between the spaces and the souls who live in them. And we may even see more clearly how our own stories influence the interiors we choose for ourselves.

Luxurious kitchen. Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Roger Davies. Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton.

  

Meet the Designer

Personal Reflections on Timelessness

The quality and thoughtfulness of this work by interior designer Patrick Sutton has inspired me and sparked my own ideas about timeless design and why so many of us honor it.

Conversation about timelessness will never satisfy my own appetite for meaning unless it encompasses soul talk! For within my own sphere of psycho-spiritual understanding, the longing for timelessness is a movement toward qualities of love and beauty and away from fear. Objects and spaces which impart a sense of timelessness do seem to age and weather the ages outside any realm of fear. We feel comforted by them because they promise not to wither away or fall from favor. Metaphors about gardening or music are inevitable so here’s your double whammy: while timeless interiors bloom wondrously with their deep roots in classicism, they also lilt harmoniously with the melody of  passing time.

In terms of the intangible, is there anything more timeless than storytelling?

As I studied the images in Sutton’s new book, I became aware of the connections between great stories and great designs.

6 Connections Between the Narrative & the Design

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Roger Davies. Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton.

1.

Stories, Like Design, Need Structure & Purpose

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Roger Davies.

Luxurious bathroom with console sink. Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca.

2.

Skilled Storytellers & Creatives Are Highly Self-Aware

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca. Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton

3.

Like a Successful Design, Compelling Stories Surprise You

Luxurious marble shower. Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca.

4.

Both Storytellers and Designers Draw From Emotional Intelligence

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca. Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton

5.

Unforgettable Rooms, Like Stories…Involve the Unexpected

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca.

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca. Timeless Design & Storied Interiors: Patrick Sutton

6.

Beautiful Stories & Beautiful Interiors Have Universal Appeal

Classic and timeless interior design by Patrick Sutton. #patricksutton #interiordesign #luxury #timelessdesign

Interior Design: Patrick Sutton. Photography: Marco Ricca.

As I gaze around the room at this very moment, it tells the story of this blogger.  What a beautiful mess it truly is! Patrick Sutton’s book rests on the nightstand. An open suitcase on the floor is half-unpacked and spilling with items which traveled with me to London. Swedish fish candies swim on the dresser–fat-free and fair game after recent abdominal surgery. And paint swatch decks are visible in an open drawer because it’s a creative life I live, and there is always someone lovely asking for a color consultation.

IS THE STORY OF YOUR SPACE A COMEDY? DRAMA? TRAGEDY? ROMANCE? Do tell.

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Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

Midcentury-Modern Leather Lounge Chair
Linen & Oak Settee
French Linen Accent Chair
French Country Wing Chair
French Louis Style Arm Chair
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Antiqued French Lamp
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Linen Modern Wing Chair
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Column Table Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Tufted Chesterfield Sofa
Modern Brass Sphere Pendant
2-Light Chic Sconce
Black Tray Table
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Midcentury Teak & Leather Armchair
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair

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