Christopher Knight is an interior designer who creates an atmosphere of gravitas, learning and depth. His spaces feel at once familiar and joyful, layered and reserved. I’ve admired this work for years. We sent him our set of written Qs…
What's your favorite room in the world?: The long gallery, Haddon Hall, River Wye, Derbyshire, England. DREAMY.
What building or space would you most like to re-design, and why?:
Hard to say just one! Everywhere I go I’m re-designing spaces in my head… it’s really hard not to for me. I always see ways to improve on or re-configure spaces.
Name a little trade secret worth knowing:
A good piece of anonymous (furniture or art) is better than a bad piece by a known designer or with a provenance…
I say buy with your eye and gut.
Mix high and low, it’s always much more successful as a whole.
What recent project have you most enjoyed and why?:
I’m currently working on a large loft in a converted warehouse in the TriBeCa neighborhood of NYC. It has wonderful light and great scale. Amazing views onto the Hudson river and gorgeous sunsets to the West. It also helps that my clients are both really lovely!
Can you describe your style in one sentence?:
I really don’t have a ”defining style” but try to interpret and craft my clients wants and needs into more than they expected or knew it could be. I do tend to favor the more tailored and edited side of things even when doing excess.
Do you have a pet decor hate?: I don’t like matchy. Unless of course the whole room is in the same fabric … but i think a certain natural / organic feeling is lost when things are forced or overworked to match or even line up.
Is there a part of your process that might surprise people?: I’m a pretty quick study. While I enjoy the design process greatly, I usually know what the room calls for almost immediately. I then work from that and flush out the practical side based on the scale, budget and what’s available.
What designers or other artists do you most admire?: There are so many ….but I still look mostly to the past for inspiration. Inigo Jones, Sir John Soane, Christopher Dresser, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Roger Fry (Omega work shops), "Renzo" Mongiardino, Jean Charles Moreux, Madeleine Castaing, Stephen Sills, Jacques Grange, Veere Grenney…
Is there a craftsperson or tradesperson you most love working with? Plug 'em here!: Daniel Scuderi. He can literally restore or build anything! Daniel Scuderi Antiques Inc.
What do you most look for in textiles? What's hard to find?: I love textiles ! I love fabrics that have a hand and certain patina. I love mixing patterns and layering different textures, even mixing on a single piece. I’m always on the look out for the perfect muted colors.
Interior decor in 5 years - what does it look like?: I think there is a return to historical periods as inspiration… they never really left, but now being subtle mixed in a fresh way… I don’t think anyone wants to live in a “period” interior (well I might be in the small majority who does) just like I think people are tiring of living in very curated, cold contemporary spaces.