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Sophie Burke Design
Interior Design by Sophie Burke Design seen at Private Residence, Whistler - Interior Design
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MOUNTAIN RETREAT 1

From inception this house had an ambitious brief: create a family home equal parts warm, modern light filled ski cabin that also incorporates the best locally sourced materials, natural fabrics, and leading eco-friendly standards and building practices. The result is something truly unique: a contemporary family home that incorporates the most innovative building practices without feeling compromised or industrial. For SBD this project represents the evolution of design and architecture at Whistler and was incredible to be a part of. Locally sourced hemlock, whitewashed and used for all interior millwork, along with marble from Vancouver Island creates a soft Scandinavian aesthetic that is still very much West Coast and adds local context to this iconic Canadian location.

One of our challenges was to take a space that is very contemporary with many hard surfaces and make sure that it was still family friendly, cozy, calm and inviting. On an architectural level, we worked with the builders to create functional details such as solid baseboards and casings concealed to look like seamless drywall returns. Perfect for kids, ski boots, dogs, etc. On a design level we worked to add organic, natural elements through our use of materials and finishes. The den for instance, the one room which has minimal natural light, has grey wool wallpaper on all walls and a built-in sofa to ensure it feels comfortable and warm. The powder room and eating nook and custom bunkbeds are clad in solid hemlock to add warmth and texture. Ceramics from a local designer add an earthy, elemental feel. SBD was involved in every aspect of this design. From the layout, space planning, staircase and millwork to the bedding, towels, artwork and vases, we were able to execute on a vision of serene simplicity and warmth.

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Sophie Burke Design (SBD) is an award winning Vancouver based design practice known for its creativity, subtle sophistication and warmth. The focus of our work is private homes and select retail.

Understated, elegant, and classic design combined with the raw beauty of the Pacific Northwest shape our designs and approach. We strive to design simple, timeless and beautiful spaces that are meaningful for the people who live in them.

As a full service design firm we collaborate with the client to define the vision of each project, overseeing it from creative inception to project completion. Bringing design to life requires the trust, dedication and skills of our amazing community of partners. We proudly collaborate with leading architects, landscapers, builders, developers, furniture makers, skilled tradespeople and suppliers to achieve world class and award-winning results.

The firm’s work has been consistently featured in national and local magazines and on multiple design blogs. Sophie Burke Design won Western Living's Robert Ledingham Memorial Award in 2013. Canadian House and Home magazine said of Sophie: ‘The designer’s sophisticated, eclectic sensibility is spot-on’ and she has been labelled ‘Vancouver’s Design Darling’ by the same magazine.

PRINCIPAL: SOPHIE BURKE
Sophie studied design in London, and stayed there working for the preeminent firm Conran and Partners for 4 years afterwards. Her experience working and living in the UK and abroad cemented her love for classic, contemporary elegance and provided the backdrop for her refined design sensibility. "I gained an appreciation for a broad range of design styles; I love the tension between old and new, high and low, modern and classic." Moving back to Vancouver to found Sophie Burke Design, she carried this aesthetic with her and blends it with the inspiration she finds in the beauty of the pacific northwest. The colours, natural materials and rugged textures have found a way into her designs. She is creating a new Pacific Northwest look that blends this inspiration from nature with a global perspective.

Her belief is that homes should have layers that speak to the character of the people who live in them. They should be feel natural and easy, reflecting a modern way of living.

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