By: Robert Haywood
A Patrick Sutton interior is likely to take you to a place you have never been before, and, depending on where you have traveled, to reveal facets of a particular locale or incite memories of a distant place. His interiors are geographic in that they often evoke regional textures, colors, forms, and light. Like a trip abroad, his environments are designed to enrich the senses, but at the same time they are conceived for human traffic and comfort.
Sutton choreographs spaces that evoke a physical place. He often achieves this by knocking down walls, raising ceilings, or removing or replacing windows and doors. With training at Carnegie Mellon University in architecture, Sutton has the skill and eye for composing whole spaces, with one room or space flowing effortlessly into another. After practicing architecture for many years, first with the large firm RTKL and then with his own architecture firm, Sutton discovered that he was not only concerned about structural forms but also with what takes place in a space. Where and how will people dine, where will they sit for relaxed conversation, where will a family gather, how will they live?
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