Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

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Known for fresh, subtle interiors, Atlanta-based designer Suzanne Kasler has released her third book, Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli). Kasler's latest book features residences ranging from oceanside cottages to historic southern homes, as well as creative showroom set-ups. We talked to the designer about the inspiration behind the assorted projects and her process of "editing" — as both an interiors artist and design book author.


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Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

Q. You published your first book, Inspired Interiors, in 2009, and your second, Timeless Style, in 2013. How have you evolved as a designer since publishing your first book?

A. As a designer, every project and everything you are involved in continues to inspire you. It is so interesting how much you learn from each experience. As you evolve as a designer, your experience continues to deepen, and it makes all you do that much more interesting and multi-dimensional.

Q. What are some of the most unique houses or showrooms included in Sophisticated Simplicity?

A. One of the very unique homes was the restoration of the Canterbury Estate in Richmond, Virginia. Working with architect Madison Spencer, we made it into a house suitable for a young family while still maintaining its historic integrity. Another project that was interesting to work on was taking the historic warehouse space of the Hickory Chair showroom and creating a real interiors space in that environment.

Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

Q. Some of the projects in the book are very different from each other—from a Hickory Chair showroom with a whimsical, pom pom wall hanging to a glamorous neo-Georgian home outfitted in neutrals. What ties the various styles together?

A. When working on a project, I always begin with a focus on the architectural envelope and the sense of place — these are two key elements that inspire my designs. So with whatever you see from me, whether it’s a causal beach house or a historic English country house, I try to keep a fresh, edited approach, so that it is not over-decorated and the focus is on the architecture.

Q. Are there any projects that pushed you outside your comfort zone?

A. One thing that pushes designers out of their comfort zone is designing show houses. For example, I worked on the iconic Kips Bay Show House in New York and was the honorary chair of Southeastern Showhouse. Working on these type of projects really inspires you to go out of your comfort zone.

Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

Q. Some of the projects in the book are very different from each other—from a Hickory Chair showroom with a whimsical, pom pom wall hanging to a glamorous neo-Georgian home outfitted in neutrals. What ties the various styles together?

A. When working on a project, I always begin with a focus on the architectural envelope and the sense of place — these are two key elements that inspire my designs. So with whatever you see from me, whether it’s a causal beach house or a historic English country house, I try to keep a fresh, edited approach, so that it is not over-decorated and the focus is on the architecture.

Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

Q. Both writing and designing are creative experiences, albeit vastly different ones. What inspired you to create a book?

A. As a designer, I am always wanting to share and inspire, and to have a reference to our work. A book gives a designer a chance to present their work in their own way, which is different than being published in a magazine. Everyone has a certain viewpoint on how to showcase their brand, but when working on your own book you get the chance to really show your signature style.

Q. In the book, you talk about the process of “editing” a room. What do you mean by that, and how would you describe the process of editing the images and projects in a book? 

A. How people have a certain style, a way they dress and express themselves — it is the same for an interior. You want to have enough in a room that is unique and stylish, but not overdone, and it is the same in the process of editing images and projects in the book. You want the book to reflect your signature style, but not in a way that is overbearing. It is really all about the edit.

Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

Q. You’re an interior designer and writer, and you’ve also created product lines, including a colorful collection of ranges for La Cornue. What’s next for you?

A. As a designer, my passion is working with great clients, talented architects, beautiful homes and amazing product partners. I look forward to continuing to stay exciting, energized, and relevant as I keep creating new ideas.

Designer Suzanne Kasler on her Latest Book, "Sophisticated Simplicity"

Suzanne Kasler's latest book, Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli), is available now.

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