Design Q&A with David Scott

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While most designers create moodboards when beginning a project, David Scott takes it a step further, filling boxes with a collections of items — a feather, a rock, a fabric swatch — that inform his, and his client's, inspiration for a space; his book, Outside The Box, illustrates how these tactile elements evolve into rooms.  No surprise then that the New York-based designer's (one of the few out-of-staters participating in this year's La Cienega Design Quarter Legends of La Cienega event) work has often been defined as textural, inviting, sensual and lush.   

What is your favorite design moment (house, restaurant, building, public space) in Los Angeles? 

LACMA’s outdoor lighting installation. 


Let’s pretend you have $400 to update a 250 square foot space — how do you spend it? 

Paint the walls and buy some great ready-made pillows 


Tell us a little bit about your window for LCDQ's (La Cienega Design Quarter) Legends of La Cienega event??  (David is designing the windows for Hollyhock)

“Paint the Town Red!” Glamour & creative energy… NYC and Hollywood together!


What 5 things would you put in a time capsule?(NOTE: The theme of this year's LCDQ event is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design).

An iPad, my book “Outside the Box”, an incandescent light bulb, a bottle of Ambien, and a charger for the iPad. 


What period of history would you most like to have lived in? 

To me there’s nothing more exciting than living in the present! 


What would you bring with you if you were time traveling? 

My boyfriend, Alex, and my 2 dachies, Ethan & Josie. 


What 5 things do you recommend keeping on hand for unexpected guests? 

Wine, roasted almonds, frozen hors d'oeuvres, toothbrushes and soft terry cloth robes. 


What’s your biggest design or home-related indulgence? 

Freshly pressed linens every other day. 


What’s your favorite home from a movie or tv show? 

Colin Firths’ house in “A Single Man”. 


What do you love most about LA? 

L.A. has creativity wherever you look: store windows, creative stylish people walking around, vintage and postmodern furniture stores, stunning architectural enclaves in the Hollywood Hills, the Palisades, Malibu and the canyons of Beverly Hills. Plus the good weather keeps the spirits up! 


What’s your favorite cheap design trick or tip? 

A few of my favorites are: find some great photos and frame them in inexpensive ready-made frames of the same color, but different sizes, then group them artfully together on a wall; use natural found objects, like shells and branches, to create a still life on a mantle or tabletop; and, install dimmers on your lights and then augment it with candlelight. Everything looks better in soft golden light.


To learn more about David and see more of his work, click here; for more about David's new book, Outside the Box, click here.  To learn more about the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends of La Cienega event, which begins May 7th in Los Angeles, click here.


(Image: David Scott)