Interior Design Perspective: CLB Architects

CLB Architects pride themselves on their ability to create custom designs for their clients. This allows the individual’s personal taste to shine and for each space to be entirely unique.

Q: Not everything in a space has to be designer, but we all hope to have at least a few special pieces. What unique or custom elements of art/design do you think are worth buying?

When considering custom pieces, we like to consider the hierarchy of spaces. Attention to detail is especially important in the public areas like living and dining spaces, as well as the kitchen, and master bedroom. Custom items in these rooms help to integrate interior architecture and make spaces more playful.

Q: As a professional interior designer, you play the role of visionary, curator, and project manager. What aspects make it challenging to find unique art/designs? What’s good and bad about the process of working with Creators on custom pieces? 

The ability to create new details and customize furniture to fit the scale and proportions of a room is the biggest benefit of working with a custom creator. It can be challenging to find craftsmen that product high quality items that have the same level of detail as some of our favorite mainstream manufacturers. 

Q: How often do your clients request something unique or custom? What do they typically ask for and what are their criteria/priorities for bigger budget items or focal pieces? (ie. they want to buy local, made-to-order or sustainable goods) 

In almost every project, approximately 25% of pieces are completely custom. Typically, this includes beds, dining tables, and accent tables. 

With that said, there is often comfort from both designer and client with going with trusted brands for some items that have spent 50+ years in R&D for example a minotti sofa.

Q: Does buying unique make a positive global impact? How do interior designers play a role? 

Handcrafted items are absolutely more environmentally positive. 

Q: While they’re both creatives, Creators sometimes don’t understand the challenges of accomplishing projects as an Interior Designer. Do you have any advice for Creators (like painters or furniture designers) who’d love to connect and collaborate with designers like you?

Overall, we have had great experiences working with creators. We work hard to connect with creators that product high quality goods, and the quality we expect for the level of our projects. It is also important to consider scheduling. 

Q: What are your top 3 favorite items or Creators you spotted on Wescover?

  1. Muuto
  2. Tina Frey
  3. Gabriel Scott
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