Sam Buckley Designed Home Is Unlike Anything We’ve Seen Before
November 25, 2021
Inside this Edinburgh home, an unexpected and unapologetic design scheme celebrates the power of color and shape. The sky outside might be gray and the bones of the building might be old, but inside, designer Sam Buckley has fashioned a spot of eternal sunshine that tips its hat to the transformative powers of color and instantly lifts the mood of anyone lucky enough to experience it. Take a look:
One such person is the homeownerBrenda Carey, a senior computer games designer at Rockstar Games. Carey had followed Sam Buckley’s career and was fascinated with what he could do with her traditional Victorian abode.
“I have always liked bold colours, for a long as I can remember. I grew up during the 80s when the world was being quite experimental with colours and I guess I’ve carried that through into my own work.” says Sam Buckley
The jump-off point for this project was a velvet by French textile house Lelièvre that both he and the client fell in love with. From there, Buckley envisioned a daring scheme, imagining the walls, ceilings, and floors of this house as his canvas.
“This scheme feels quite playful, but I think that’s maybe down to the super graphics rather than the choice of colours. I rendered the full design in 3d so I could experiment quite a lot with ideas and present them to the client.” says Sam Buckley
Once approved, it was down to the basics – Sam Buckley himself transferred designs from paper to walls using pencils, strings, and a compass. Here, the buck indeed stopped with Sam Buckley.
From pristine period architectural details that Sam Buckley celebrates in rather non-traditional ways and an unexpected design for the ceiling rose, to hand-enameled push-plates for the doors that echo the graphic codes of the concept, each corner of this home is intelligently calibrated in daring compositions of color, shape, and texture.
For a scheme that might seem extravagant, indulgent even, it is in fact born from Buckley’s deep appreciation for the impact color can have on how we live.
“Colour is a natural part of our lives. How often do you hear people yearning for green vegetation, or blue skies, or red roses? It baffles me that the default house colour is white. It’s the most unnatural colour, the hardest to keep clean, the harshest on the eye, and let’s be honest it’s kinda boring! There are infinite colours out there to enjoy, nature manages to make sure of them brilliantly, so why do we try and shun that?” Says Sam Buckley