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EQUIPOISE STUDIO IS A LOS ANGELES BASED INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM WITH A BROAD INTEREST IN NATURE, HISTORY, ART, CRAFT AND THOUGHTFUL LIVING. WE BRING TO OUR WORK A WORDLY SPIRIT THAT IS AT ONCE CLASSIC, MODERN, AND HEARTFELT.

INTERVIEW BY TAEHOON KIM OF HOONITURE.COM

 

 

NAME: Taylor Scruggs

OCCUPATION: Designer & Founder of Equipoise Studio


LOCATION: Los Angeles, California


MORNING ROUTINE?: I set an intention for the day 

 

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF “BEAUTY”? It's a connection to what is true that is deep inside of you. It can be a spiritual experience, even if for a brief second.
 

 

FAVORITE WORD? Equipoise, meaning balance of forces or interest.

 

 

3 HOME ITEMS THAT YOU LOVE? • Rare plants • Found objects • Library furniture (i.e. Georgian articulating reading tables, folio stands, ladders). Furniture shouldn't be precious, it should get better with time, use, and age.

 

 

3 FASHION ITEMS THAT YOU LOVE? • Japanese indigo scarves • Well-worn and well-cared for captoe boots • Crested repp ties
 

 

FAVORITE SPOT IN YOUR HOME AND WHY? I live in a 1930's Streamline Moderne townhouse. In the corners of my bedroom the metal casement windows come together at a right angle. I love laying in bed, looking out the windows at the eucalyptus trees swaying in the wind

 

 

FAVORITE PLANT AT HOME? My installation of stag fern mounts

 

ALL TIME FAVORITE MEAL AND WHERE? La Super Rica, Santa Barbara. Their vegetable tamale is so simple with clear developed flavors. I love simple things done exceptionally well-- that's real luxury for me

 

 

VICE SNACK? BBQ Chips 

 

 

CHOICE OF DRINK (HEARD YOU MAKE GOOD COCKTAILS)? A Martinez, the well rounded precursor to the Martini

 

 

FAVORITE BAR? Tosca Cafe, San Francisco. I love the long patinated wooden bar, with the bar folk in their old school white dinner jackets. I love how they serve their martinis in a low ball tumbler with a huge hand chiseled hunk of ice keeping it really cold

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR CLASSIC UNIFORM? James Perse T-Shirt, tailored wool trouser with a good English boot

 

FAVORITE COLOR? I have an intimate love affair with the color green

FAVORITE FRAGRANCE? Comme Des Garcons Incense de Avignon

FAVORITE ART AT HOME? A photograph portrait of my great grandfather gifted to me by my great grandmother. It's a striking composition and beautiful heirloom

SCENTED CANDLE OF CHOICE? I gravitate towards smoky scents but there's something about Cire Trudon Abd El Kader (Moroccan Mint Tea) that's comforting

 

 

FAVORITE COFFEE TABLE BOOK AT HOME? Before They Pass Away, Jimmy Nelson

 

FAVORITE KITCHEN UTENSIL?  An ice pick that I found at an estate sale. I never thought I'd really use it but it is strangely useful for many things other than chipping ice

 

 

3 CURRENT FAVORITE TUNES IN YOUR PLAYLIST? • Anyone Who Knows What Love Is – Irma Thomas • The Fall – Rhye • Heartbeats – Jose Gonzales

 

 

FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? In nature. Some of my favorite treasures have been foraged pieces that complete a room

 

 

NEW OR VINTAGE? Vintage, preferably antique

 

 

ONE IMPORTANT INTERIOR ADVICE? Be true to yourself and what you like. My interiors are heavily shaped by memory and intended to invoke them. Surround yourself with things that make you feel good

PLEASE FILL IN THE (BLANK):

 

 

I THINK ABOUT (the feeling of color) A LOT

 

I AM GOOD AT BEING (a kind and generous person)

I AM CURIOUS ABOUT (the objectivity of 'good' design when it comes to measurably improving our quality of life)

 
 

I‘M GRATEFUL FOR (my friends, family, and health) 

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