Partner Spotlight: Chad McPhail, Interior Designer and Owner, Chad McPhail Design
“Luxurious is around the feel of something,” said Chad McPhail, owner of Chad McPhail Design, a complete service Los Angeles-based interior design studio specializing in high-end residential interiors in addition to commercial design for creative-based industries. McPhail is among the five designers chosen to take part in Perspective Los Angeles, a design event showcasing luxury Sunbrella fabrics throughout the eyes of top interior designers.
“A design must appear and feel comfortable, but additionally, it needs to be usable,” said McPhail. “I think ‘ease of dwelling’ is a really important part of a lavish way of life.”
Drawing inspiration from your recent visit to Istanbul, Turkey, McPhail made a modern spin on a traditional Ottoman tent replete with intricately patterned pillows, a sofa, ornate ceramic perform along with sultry lighting. The end result is an exotic hideaway perfect for lounging by the pool while sipping on Raki, a favorite Turkish aperitif.
“When I went to Istanbul, I had been completely motivated,” McPhail said. “I love fabrics and ceramics, and that I asked myself, what would I do if I had a poolhouse, or a distance that could function as an escape from the main residence? The end result is an area that’s different and special, and the cloths remind me of my travels.”
McPhail isn’t a stranger to travel, with relocated to his native Southern California after nearly ten years working and living as a interior designer in new york. McPhail graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2003 and began his own career as a programmer and project manager at the exclusive New York residential and luxury retail design firm MR Architecture + Décor. He then worked for several years at the helm of the insides department for famous interior and product designer Laura Kirar, prior to moving back to Los Angeles and launching Chad McPhail Design.
“Color and fabric are among the very first things that I go into in my design process,” McPhail clarified. “The way light falls in a room and the manner color plays off that lighting becomes among the building blocks of the design. [For the Perspective LA vignette] I wanted to balance both the layout and color [found in Ottoman décor] which may be overwhelming and tone down it and update it.”
McPhail’s holistic approach to style not only spans various influences, periods and styles, but his complex comprehension of color, texture, scale and light, enables him to create spaces which are comfortable, interesting and timeless.
Check out more of McPhail’s designs by seeing Chad McPhail Design. How can you incorporate your travels in your own designs? Let us know in the comments.