Monday, 11 March 2013


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Thomas Pheasant


Internationally acclaimed designer Thomas Pheasant is praised for his work in interior design (including his own furniture lines with Baker and McGuire – in addition to his studio collection) for good reason. A master of the effortlessly chic style which is not only comfortable to live in, but also timelessly elegant. His projects almost always include a nod to classical architecture – however subtle, which help to achieve his signature ageless aesthetic.


Thomas is no rookie either. His studio was established in 1980 and is still bustling with beautiful designs in his home state of Washington. He still personally attends to every design decision of his carefully selected projects making each project uniquely his.


Mr. Pheasant’s accolades are endless; from the magazines his projects have graced (Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Veranda and Traditional Homes to name a few), to books (9 and counting!), and the assortment of awards that have been bestowed upon him (countless from Architectural Digest, as well as House beautiful, among others).


I am so looking forward to sharing his responses with you – keep reading to get in on the conversation…


Iván Meade - What was your first experience with design?


Thomas Pheasant – My first experience was when I was nine years old and I decided to redecorate my bedroom.  I painted one wall black, pulled up my blue shag wall to wall carpeting to reveal raw wood floors and made a mobile of record album covers that hung from the center of my ceiling via wire coat hangers.  It was my first exercise in turning ideas into reality. From that day on my room became a constantly evolving space until I left for college. It taught me not to be afraid of trying new ideas and that rooms should not stand still.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade – How would you describe your style?


Thomas Pheasant – Modern classicism with an eye toward simplicity.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade – Why do you think the general public is very fond of your style?


Thomas Pheasant – I think people are attracted to the ease and serenity of my interiors. I believe in rooms that allow one space to breathe, so my interiors speak to a large audience. This direction is not exclusive to either modern or traditional spaces.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade – You have a gorgeous furniture collection with Baker Furniture - Do you have a piece from any of your collections that is your favorite and why?


Thomas Pheasant – My latest collection for Baker is a great representation of the direction I am taking in my interiors studio.  The collection is inspired by the past but presented as a modern take on luxury.  Perhaps my favorite piece is the Athens Chair. It is inspired by the classic klismos form but translated to a unique and modern silhouette. Not only is it beautiful, it is a feat of amazing engineering.


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Room scene by Thomas Pheasant (Baker Furniture)


Iván Meade - The selection of your furniture pieces is always exquisite - What inspired you to include pieces in your projects that are no longer commonly used in today’s homes?

Thomas Pheasant – I love that my clients bring diversity to my work through their interests and collections.  I enjoy building interiors that are inclusive of furnishings or objects that may not reflect the trend of the moment but are reflective of who my clients are.  I think that my own furniture designs have evolved into forms that, while distinctive, are easy to mix with a variety of styles.


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Room scene by Thomas Pheasant (Baker Furniture)


Iván Meade – Are you working on any new collections?

Thomas Pheasant - I am currently working on a new collection of limited edition pieces for my own Thomas Pheasant Studio.  This new collection will be an active and evolving process of presenting special pieces as objects of art for the home.  I am also working on a collection of tabletop items including crystal, silver and china, which will be debuting later this year.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade – You have a home in Washington DC and a Pied-a-Terre in Paris – With strong differences with American and European Design how do you translate your own sensibility to create a space that is truly yours, but also a reflection of where is located and your lifestyle?


Thomas Pheasant – I am always true to my ideals of creating spaces that reflect the uniqueness of the location. My Paris apartment was totally rebuilt architecturally in the style of 19th century Paris. I infused the space with my furniture and modern art that reflect my own personal interests. In Washington, my home is a study of classical architecture and my same love for modern furniture and art. The two homes reflect my serene style but they offer me two totally different experiences that connect me to my two favourite cities.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade - What would be your dream project?


Thomas Pheasant – I would love to create a luxury hotel that would express a totally new look in modern classical style. The idea of creating a new look in over the top classicism, from interiors to uniforms, would be exciting.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade – What do you enjoy about being a designer?

Thomas Pheasant – The constant challenge to evolve through the support and trust of a diverse clientele. It keeps you young and motivated.


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Interiors by Thomas Pheasant


Iván Meade – What is the best advice you have received as designer?


Thomas Pheasant – Don’t be afraid of taking your own road.



Room scene by Thomas Pheasant (Baker Furniture)


Iván Meade - What is the best advice you could give to somebody who is new in the world of design?


Thomas Pheasant – Be patient, find your own voice and give yourself time to build your vocabulary.



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Iván Meade - Lastly, you have already created a stunning body of work with many mediums and styles. What would you like your legacy to be?


Thomas Pheasant –Elegance through understanding the past while looking to the future


I invite you to visit Thomas Pheasant’s stunning body of work at his website:



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Saturday, 2 March 2013


As seen in SNAP magazine

The other day I had a very interesting question posted on my Facebook page – What is more chic, beige or taupe?


My answer was “beige is for contractors, taupe is for designers, but I personally prefer creams –which is a neutral option as well”.  No offense to Contractors, they do great work; but they have overused the same beige palette for so many years that unfortunately, it has become a very standard and boring colour.  On the other hand, beige is a comfortable colour for the majority of people.  It can add warmth to a space, and it usually looks good with other colour combinations and many light conditions, so it is a no-brainer.



Taupes & Creams – Interiors by Meade Design Group


I don’t want to advertise that beige is a bad colour, as a designer I think any colour can be a great colour - it all depends on how you are using it and the application of the colour itself.  However, many designers prefer taupes & grays as they are more current and sophisticated thanks to their gray/brown/white base.  Grays & taupes are soft and their colour value reads well with our West Coast light conditions as they are usually inspired by nature itself.  Because we are closer to the North Pole, the light in Victoria is whiter than if you were looking at the same colour in Central America where the natural light has an amber tone.  This is one of the reasons bright colours look so good in the exterior of many Mexican homes but not so much here.



Creams with Mauve/Taupe accents – Interiors by Meade Design Group


Light plays a very important role when choosing colour.  Light has colour, and white is a colour. You can live in a room without furniture but you can’t live in a room without colour.  And since a colour can shape a room as much as any furniture arrangement, your choice of colour is crucial.  If you are in the process of selecting a colour scheme, think about the quality of the light and the direction of your window exposure – East facing windows get a lot of light in the morning so the sunlight will be warm and yellowy before noon. West facing windows have a warm orangy-red sunlight after noon, and South facing windows have a warm orangy-yellow light all day. North facing windows have no direct sunlight, resulting in a cool bluish light all day.  Using this knowledge, a beige (for instance) can look great in an East facing window and rather green in a North facing window or under fluorescent light.   Always check a colour in the morning, afternoon and at night before committing to live with it.   A colour will change during the day and will be affected by the light.  


Are you a beige or a taupe person?

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