What do you get when you combine a design industry vet with a rising star? A dynamic duo and one of the most promising new firms in the business. Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson joined forces in late 2015, combining their talents and business acumen to create designs that bridge styles and periods in a fresh, compelling way. Drake, a regular fixture on the AD100 list, celebrated for his daring approach to color, and Anderson, a bright young talent, recognized for his fresh take on tradition and antiques, together have introduced a new dialogue on the design scene. caleb anderson sat down with us to tell us about his creative process, inspiration, and more.
What inspired this career path for you?
I have always had an interest and curiosity in design. At a young age, I would buy shelter magazines, and borrow big heavy books about architecture from the library. I loved to see and understand the way that other people lived. My earliest inspiration was my mother; I love design and botanicals, both of which, in her own way, my mom placed a great deal of importance on. Her interior would evolve, trying furniture and objects in new places, and I was a part of this process. This was certainly the spark to ignite my interest. To this day, when I visit her, we’ll “play” with the design of her home.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Without question my go-to for inspiration is books, followed by my love of travel. For as long as I can remember, I’ve collected books and have built quite the library. Lately I’ve been drawn to vintage design books; there is something so motivating and exciting about seeing a project printed 50 years ago, and it still feeling relevant and compelling today. These are the types of interiors I hope to create.
Tell us about your creative process.
I always start by finding inspiration and a strong point of departure; whether it’s looking at imagery or at an existing piece the client owns (it could be art, an antique, a favorite piece of jewelry, or an article of clothing). Once this is identified, we build palettes to create a mood or tone for the project. This acts as a guide throughout the process.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Glamorous, grounded, sophisticated, livable, timeless, luxurious
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
A gorgeous throw. It’s like wearing a beautiful scarf; it’s important to have these layers.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
There are so many designers and architects I admire; Jamie Drake (of course), Jean-Louis Deniot, Jacques Granges, Adolf Loos, Marc du Plantier, Glenn Sestig… I could go on and on.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to design many of what I would consider “dream” spaces for clients. Right now, my dream is to design a boutique hotel in an old city (especially London), where I can put a big emphasis on classicism, but in a modern way. I’d want it to appeal to those with a love for history, global travel, and luxury. This would be so fulfilling to me!
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines, it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” — Albert Hadley
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I can’t imagine the design world (or my world) without Instagram and Assouline Publishing. I am a big fan of Pinterest, too. I have dozens of secret boards that serve as inspiration for many of our projects.
If you are consigning: Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique back stories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.?
I’ve had the chance to consign multiple pieces through Viyet, including a custom bed/desk I created for a show house. The design was simple: a folded piece of steel that created a platform bed with a cantilevered desk at the foot. I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out, but because of its weight, moving it was a challenge!
What do you love about Viyet?
As a consigner, it is a great platform for myself and clients to part with pieces that no longer have a place in their home. As a buyer, there is a great range of amazing finds at attainable prices.