Today marks the beginning of a new column here on The Elysian Edit where we sit down with some of our favorite designers for a quick chat (5 questions, to be exact) about their approach to work, what inspires them, and what’s ahead. We couldn’t be more delighted to kick it off with the designers behind some of our favorite Los Angeles spaces, DISC Interiors. DISC’s work is synonymous with refined California living, and their studio — run by Krista Schrock and David John Dick — is responsible for warm, modern residences throughout Los Angeles. Needless to say, we thought they would be the perfect duo to lend their perspective when it comes to designing a comfortable and effortless space. So let’s get to it…
1. A lot of what makes an interior successful is knowing when to bend the rules. What are three rules you always find yourself sticking to when it comes to designing a space?
DISC: We love to bend the rules just a bit, but there are a few hard and fast rules we try to follow in all of our designs:
• Let the textures and nuances of the materials speak — you don’t need color and loud pattern if you don’t love them. We prefer calm and relaxing spaces.
• Every room needs a little bit of black.
• Great lighting is key! It is one of the first things people notice, it sets the mood for a room, and it can be a great conversation starter.
2. Many of the interiors DISC designs are defined by their thoughtful pairing of materials. What is one material you think will never go out of style?
DISC: We love layers of linen in any space and don’t think this will ever go out of style. We use textured linens on drapery and window coverings, soft and cozy linens for upholstery, a little bit of patterned linen for pillows and accent pieces — it truly is a timeless material.
3. From light fixtures to accessories, vintage pieces make a heavy appearance in your spaces. What is your favorite era to draw from and why?
DISC: We are inspired by many different eras when designing and feel that layer of influences is what makes a room feel timeless and lived in. Right now, we are very into Belgian design; minimal yet luxurious materials that feel right now, but also feel many decades old. We are really attracted to things that feel good and are calming. We love spaces that just exude a relaxed and comfortable mood without feeling too precious.
4. DISC has lent an edited eye to everything from hilltop residences to tasting kitchens. If you could design any interior next, what would it be?
DISC: We would love to design a cliffside home in Big Sur. We are very inspired by the California coastline in our work; the tonal textures that nature creates. We love the idea of a home incapsulated by glass, where the exterior and light of the landscape informs the design of the interior.
5. Lastly, what are five of your favorite people, places or things that are influencing your work currently?
DISC: We are heavily influenced by architects such as Piet Boon. We love everything Studio Ko out of Paris is doing — their use of color is extraordinary. We are also very into cooking, especially a new Japanese stew by Melissa Clark from the New York Times. Cooking always inspires us to try new things and take risks in our own work. I know it sounds cliché, but we are always inspired by traveling. This year we plan to travel to Japan, Scandinavia, and perhaps South Carolina. Lastly, we are always inspired by nature. We feel so lucky to live in Southern California and be so close to the mountains, the desert, and the sea. There is an endless abundance of places to see, which really makes us appreciate the every day. As for what’s next? We have a line of rugs launching this spring with Marc Phillips that we’re really excited about!