Studio Schicketanz is a full-service architecture, interior design and consultancy firm based in Carmel, California—sought after for its ability to weave together landscape, architecture and interior design, with an emphasis on livability. Founder Mary Ann Gabriele Schicketanz has been a practicing architect for over three decades, with a portfolio spanning the Western United States, as well as Europe. She is known for creating designs that offer classic simplicity and natural elegance.

Capture Mary Ann’s airy and practical design sense with her personally selected pieces from Sotheby’s Home.

How did you discover your passion for design?
My passion for art and design was kindled early. As a child, I attended a local arts academy every Saturday which was located above our modern art museum. During our break, we were allowed to go to the museum for free, so I visited my favorite Münter, Klimt and Schiele paintings every week.

Photo by Eric Rorer

What is your favorite decorative object at home?
I enjoy all of the art, sculpture and objects in my collection, but my most precious possession is a large portrait of my great uncle by Karl Borschke. When it comes to everyday objects, I enjoy and use my Rosenthal dishes by Walter Gropius daily.

Is design an art or a science?
Neither. Design is its own process, solving visual, functional and spatial problems creatively.

Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
No, I do not. We allow ourselves to respond to the specific site and situation.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

When do you consider a completed project a success?
When the clients are pleased and the project lives up to our design ambitions.

Share your biggest design secret.

What is the most common design mistake you see?
Scale. The accuracy of scale seems more difficult than finding harmony in color values. That does not only apply to the volume of buildings in the landscape, but to furniture and objects in a room as well. It applies to how patterns relate to each other and the room, or how the weave of a fabric relates to the furniture it’s on.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (Ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture.)
We typically start with the floor and build up from there, unless there is a special landmark or artifact which needs to be the center of attention.

What do you think about Sotheby’s Home?
Sotheby’s Home is a great resource! We are thankful to our Sotheby’s realtors for referrals, and Sotheby’s Home is a wonderful marketplace to add to this relationship.

Photo by Joe Fletcher

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