Black and White Reel Vase by Ettore Sottsass
Jonathan Savage moved to New York 'the epicenter of design and inspiration' and after working with two very talented designers of our time and finding his personal design aesthetic - modern with a classic twist - Jonathan went back home and founded his eponymous firm: SAVAGE Interior Design.
As a native of Tennessee, raised by a family prominent in real estate development, and a mother with a love for the fine arts, Jonathan’s southern heritage and upbringing is a compliment to his love of design. With this foundation, it’s no surprise that he found his passion for interior design.
After graduating Jonathan set his sights on New York City, the epicenter of design and inspiration. “I knew that if I wanted to do design as a career, I would have to spend some time in New York. Working under two of the most talented designers of our time, Albert Hadley and David Kleinberg, was icing on the cake,” said Jonathan. While designing a combination of modern and traditional spaces from the Hamptons, to lofts in New York City, he refined his eye and found his personal design aesthetic; modern with a classic twist. After spending a few years working at DKDA in New York, Jonathan headed back south, to set up his eponymous firm, SAVAGE Interior Design in Nashville.
Without good craftsmanship, design concepts can not come to life. Design quality over quantity has always been my rule of thumb
What does "Made in Italy” mean to you?
When sourcing a product with the merchandising mark “ Made in Italy”, I know the quality is superb and will stand the test of time.
Who/what has inspired the most your work and style?
I often find my inspiration traveling the globe but I am always inspired by style icon David Kleinberg. Not only is he impeccably dressed, his interiors come from a place of sophistication and exude style.
Describe your design approach and philosophy.
First and foremost, functionality holds the key during space planning but finishes and fabrics are determined by the client’s wants, needs and style. However, quality is never neglected.
What is the one design/decor you cannot imagine your clients living without?
Fresh flowers. They add a sense of warmth and showcases that the home is lived in.
What is your idea of the "Ultimate Luxury”?
Japanese style soaking tub. Nothing is better after a long hard day than soaking in a bath.
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