Sutton’s unique childhood helped shape his design sensibilities: growing up in New York with a well-known travel journalist for a father and fashion model mother, he spent much of his younger years traveling around the world to exotic locations.
What inspired this career path for you?
As the son of a travel journalist, I traveled the world as a child. This left me with a vast and vivid memory of the world’s most beautiful places, and has been my inspiration as a designer.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Travel, first and foremost.
Tell us about your creative process.
We start every project by developing a narrative, or design brief of sorts, which is based on the hopes and aspirations of our client, the nature of the location,and any other influential element that will help us craft a point of view. We ask, “What is the story we are writing with this project?” For some projects, it may be about the energy of the location, like connecting to nature in a rugged mountain or beach front home, or capturing the spirit of a culture like a project in the heart of Manhattan. Or sometimes, as we just delivered recently, the story is about a family whose children had grown up and they wanted to create a new conversation about living without having to move. Once we have the story, all of our design decisions fall into place based on the clarity of the narrative.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Rooted, tactile, modern, comfortable, and warm.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Axel Vervoordt, Norman Foster, John Saladino
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
A library for William Shakespeare.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”