Urban Theory Interior Design

Urban Theory Interior Design

Photographer credit: Colin Corneau

Our designer spotlight is on Urban Theory Interior Design and the firm’s owner Crispin Butterfield. Crispin shared some of the background story about a design that incorporated Hubbardton Forge’s Brindille Pendant and Brindille Mini Pendants. Read on to learn more.

Urban Theory Interior Design HF: Who was the lead designer on the project?
CB: I was hired by the client to design the exterior/interior architecture, and source all of the materials and finishes for the build. This was a fantastic dream project! Together with the client and the builder, I was able to design a modern, yet organic executive haven off the lake.

HF: What was the biggest challenge with the project and why?
CB: Because the home is so open-concept, one of the main design elements focuses on using the open space to create natural pause and placement. This was accomplished by crafting expansive furniture arrangements, a floating wall at the front entry, and bringing the kitchen island out of the kitchen nook slightly and into more of the main dining space. Playing with these groupings and the layout helped perfectly define each individual area within the open floor plan.

HF: What aspect of the space is your favorite?
CB: The whole home feels energetic, yet grounded; which creates an amazing sense of comfort and ease. The master ensuite with the semi-opaque 3Form textured acrylic panel in the shower is a clever design feature, and the linear structure of the corner windows above the soaker tub offer an incredible view of the lake and wooded areas. We also love how much sunshine washes in and illuminates the walnut flooring running throughout.

HF: How did Hubbardton Forge get selected to be included in this design?
CB: We have always loved the whimsy and distinctiveness behind Hubbardton Forge pieces, so tailoring the selections for prominent yet airy fixtures was fairly easy to do. This build required fixtures with character, but clean lines, and the Hubbardton Forge design story complemented the build scheme perfectly.

HF: Did you work through a showroom?
CB: Yes, we ordered our lighting through BA Robinson in Brandon Manitoba.

HF: Is there a style you’re particularly known for?
CB: Urban Theory Interior Design has come to be known for our ability to execute dynamic, contemporary/organic design. It’s not too rigid or austere, and with just enough temperament and playfulness. Truthfully, we are able to work with almost any design style, because our emphasis is on bringing out the very best of our clients’ personalities, and we then infuse our ideas and inspiration to help create the most authentic, soul-hugging spaces they all love coming home to.

HF: Does your firm focus more on commercial or residential spaces or is it an even mix?
CB: Depending on the season, we typically have a mix of residential and commercial projects on the go. We’ve seen more clients wanting to stay closer to home and invest in their properties as of late, making residential renovations and new builds the majority of our work this year.

HF: What’s the one style trend that you wish would make a comeback?
CB: Rattan and macramé without a doubt! Although we’re starting to see some of that come back currently with woven textiles and Bohemian-style wall hangings.

HF: What trend do you wish would fade away?
CB: Grey-everything… it’s so limiting! Blending greys with creams, pearls, rich browns, and wheat tones makes for a much more gorgeous palette to play with.

HF: As a firm, what would be your dream project to design?
CB: We opened a second office in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia a few years back, and the ability to work on projects overlooking some of the most majestic natural scenery has completely opened up and expanded our design focus. Lately we’ve been dreaming in hints of L.A. and Big Sur… we would love to take on a substantial luxury coastal retreat for a client wanting to create the utmost in well-being and leading-edge, personalized living.