We chatted about the Glass House, keeping your sanity during a project, and his very complicated and, you guessed it, very cool drink order.
Q&A With Tyler Wisler
Casaza: How did you get your start?
Tyler Wisler: It was sort of an accident. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in some way, shape or form within the arts, but I didn’t know the path to take. I entered university with the intention of getting an “Art Design” major, which to this day I have no idea what that actually translates to. Hehe! I lived in the dorms, as many freshmen do, and everyone used to come into my room and say, “You should be an interior designer.” Huh, it had never even crossed my mind, but it sparked something. I completed my first year, transferred schools, and changed my major to interior design. The rest is, as they say, history.
C: How would you describe your style?
TW: My style is inherently what people like to describe as “masculine,” which I don’t think means a lot. I tend to use dark colors and love a bit of an industrial vibe, with a touch of glam. I don’t know how to roll that into a tight, two-word description.
C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
TW: I get inspiration from literally everywhere. Total cliché, but true! I get inspired by nature, travel, food, fashion, everywhere!
C: Favorite room in the house?
TW: I love designing all rooms to be completely honest. I just try to make sure that whatever room I’m tackling, it serves its purpose for the client’s needs and looks far more spectacular than they ever could’ve imagined.
C: Design rule you don’t subscribe to?
TW: I don’t believe there are rules in design, so there’s that…
C: Recent project that inspired you?
TW: I’m still in the midst of working on a project in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco, and it’s inspiring because the clients are open and receptive to my designs. Ask any designer what their favorite or most inspired projects are, and I guarantee the project is mentioned largely in part because when the client appreciates what we as designers bring, it makes us dream even bigger! That’s when the magic happens in a space.
C: Favorite texture/pattern/color?
TW: I love distressed leather. There’s a warmth, a depth, a story that only leather can give. It can look super chic, super glam, or super rock and roll.
C: What is “good design” to you?
TW: Good design is something that evokes an emotion. Period. It’s like art. Design will always be subjective, but it will make you feel something when it’s done.
C: Pack your bag! You’re moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
TW: I’ve always had a fascination with The Glass House by Philip Johnson because it was so ahead of its time. The fact that all the exterior walls are glass was a breakthrough in the way modern design was approached, and 70 years later it is still an impressive sight.
C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
TW: Prepare as much as you can in advance, then when the party is going on, go enjoy it. Be a part of it.
C: Best advice for DIYers?
TW: Small projects are best! Don’t ever tackle a kitchen or bathroom on your own. There are too many moving parts and trades involved for you to do on your own. Keeping your sanity is more important to me!
C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
TW: If you can get referrals or, even better, if you can physically see their work, that will give you the quality of what they can provide. When it comes to designers, you should make time and sit down with them. You need to vibe with that person because the relationship with a designer, depending on the scope of the project, can last a few months to years. Make sure you like this person and trust your gut!
C: What is one design trend are you most excited about this season?
TW: I’m not a trend kind of guy, but one thing that has been more prevalent in design is the love and understanding of black. Black is the single most powerful and important color and finish in design. It screams chic! Whether it’s matte black faucet or glossy black range, it’s something so ethereal, that is becoming more mainstream.
C: How do you take your coffee?
TW: I actually prefer espresso if we want to get into specifics. Quad espresso over ice with a little liquid sweetener and a splash of coconut milk. You know, a simple drink. Ha!