Jason Sullivan is an interior design Guru who has an extraordinary ability to bring the very best out of every space he touches. His work is contemporary and fashion forward with a focus on sustainably restoring vintage pieces. We’ve known each other for 10 years from around the traps and it was my pleasure to hear his perspective on interiors style. I think you’ll enjoy…xHermione.
Describe your (interiors) style.
I have a love for collecting rare vintage pieces for my clients that appreciate in value rather than depreciate. I like to mix those pieces with my own custom designed contemporary pieces. I would say my interiors are restrained and unostentatious. I find a beauty in imperfection, sourcing very tactile handmade objects.
Which are the most important investment pieces?
When it comes to purchasing furniture the most important investments are rare vintage pieces that are hard to replicate. Due to unforeseen circumstances people often move homes so I try to recommend furniture pieces that would sit well in style of architecture.
Favourite sources for your interiors inspiration?
I find most of my inspiration traveling though Europe and the US visiting Mid Century Vintage and Antique stores. I can spend hours online perusing through websites Pamona, 1st Dibs and Decasa.
Favourite designers / stores?
My love for Axel Vervoordt’s work really inspired me to get into design and he is still one of my favourite designers. Don Cameron is my favourite collector in the world. My favourite LA based stores are Gallerie Half, Sumner, Obselete and Hammer and Spear. Castorina and Co in Melbourne. Vampt Vintage Design in Sydney.
Where should one start when looking to style their new space
When someone is looking to style their space I think they should first work out the best layout that suits the space. Draw up a furniture plan and measure the perfect sizes of the furniture pieces to fit the plan. I think people without experience often get scale and proportion wrong .
When trying to decide what style direction to take start collecting tear sheets from international Interior design magazines of spaces that speak to you. Likewise create a file folder on your computer with screen shots from design websites. If you are engaging the services of an interior designer its a great way for the designer to get a feel for what you like.
Best steals to lift a space on a budget?
If you are on a budget and you want to lift a space then a fresh lick of paint always helps. Furniture doesn’t always have to be expensive – I love a good flea market find and the key is to arrive early before they open to get the good pieces. I’d prefer to spend Money on a cool vintage armchair with a worn patina then a cheap knock from a furniture chain.
If you are on a budget and you want to lift a space then a fresh lick of paint always helps.
What inspires you?
Wandering through the streets of an ancient European town or village gives me so much inspiration. The detail in the architecture and furnishings of by gone eras is mind blowing. So many modern places are built to be dissposable and I hate that. I believe in trying to reduce the carbon footprint and refurbishing and reusing old furniture where I can.
How do you consider your clients personality & lifestyle when designing their space (or do people work with you for your style so it’s about working your vision into their space)?
A client usually engages my services having already seen examples of my design aesthetic. I definitely take into consideration their lifestyle and how they want to use the home but I try to find items that they may not have see before or may not even be aware of. I always start off by presenting the client with a digital mood board showcasing how I see the house and they tell when what they do and don’t like and the design evolves from there. The completed house definitely feels like a collaboration between me and the client rather than me just instilling all my ideas upon them.
I definitely take into consideration their lifestyle and how they want to use the home but I try to find items that they may not have see before or may not even be aware of.
If you could live in any home, anywhere… describe your perfect space
My perfect house – that is the most difficult question ever. Can I have one in Berlin and Sydney?
I love all kinds of architecture but my home must have beautiful light and be filled with my mid century finds sourced all over the world. If was in Berlin I could live comfortably at the Boros Bunker house or, in juxtaposition, a 1920’s ornate high ceilinged apartment in Prenzlauer Berg. Either way it be unostentatious furnished with restrain.
If I am Sydney however I would like a mid century style house close to the beach overlooking the water, one that is modest in size and where you use every room.
Hmm and my LA house….. 😉