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Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview with Darrell Wilson

Darrell Wilson, Principal Designer at Mark Weaver and Associates, lets neither time nor space limit his inspiration. A Princeton graduate with a passion for travel, Wilson combines creativity with experience in his work. His influences in design range from mid-century France to ancient Greece, and his creative pursuits have led him from New York to California. Since Wilson joined design firm Mark Weaver and Associates in 2000, Wilson’s and Weaver’s shared appetite for history has given the firm a reputation for diverse work. The firm has designed everything from Manhattan townhouses to suites in the residential ship The World, combining global contemporary and classic architecture, furniture, and articles. Wilson continues to find inspiration in his experience and his surroundings. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Darrell Wilson.

Designed by Darrell Wilson, this eccentric Malibu residence includes artwork by Damien Hirst, David Hockney, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Designed by Darrell Wilson, this eccentric Malibu residence includes artwork by Damien Hirst, David Hockney, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Andrew Joseph: Style (or design) icon?
Darrell Wilson: Bob Patino is definitely a style and design icon of mine. Patino and Vicente Wolf worked together for many years designing beautiful spaces that were modern, warm, and sumptuous, that respected classical design and architecture. Meeting Bob, seeing and experiencing his work, opened my eyes to a broader perspective on design and architecture.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Darrell: If I weren’t an interior designer, I would be a visual artist, painter, sculptor, conceptualist.

Ocean views can be seen from both the outdoor patio and indoor dining area in this Malibu home. This contemporary space is filled with light, style, and priceless works of art.

Ocean views can be seen from both the outdoor patio and indoor dining area in this Malibu home. This contemporary space is filled with light, style, and priceless works of art.

Andrew: What do you find yourself daydreaming about most these days?
Darrell: I daydream about travel a lot these days. Seeing the architecture, design, and artifacts of a place, and meeting new people, is so important to my creative process. Each excursion adds a little more to my creative archive to draw upon in the future.

Andrew: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Darrell: Newest Crayola color would be Flamingo. Recently, I was fortunate enough to see Flamingos in a bird sanctuary. Amazing, beautiful creatures that made me giddy with joy just seeing them. I’m basically a fan of all shades of pink.

Featured above is a Park Avenue space designed by Darrell Wilson. The calming neutral shades and variety of texture all come together to create a room that is equal parts functional, comfortable, and chic.

Featured above is a Park Avenue space designed by Darrell Wilson. The calming neutral shades and variety of texture all come together to create a room that is equal parts functional, comfortable, and chic.

Andrew: What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
Darrell: The best thing that happened to me this month was I got to travel to a small island off the coast of the Yucatan. Beautiful clear waters, white-sand beaches, and nearby in a sanctuary, Flamingos! Experiencing the beautiful murals painted on buildings throughout the town, dining under a thatch roof outside, seeing how new architecture combines with the more primitive, was invigorating and recharged my creative battery.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Darrell: Beauty isn’t something I think you define but rather experience. The Japanese have a concept called Wabi-sabi where the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” are center. Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man focuses on balance and proportion that connects man with the universe. These ideas help me experience the beauty that surrounds us.

Photography by Karyn Millet.


About The Designer | Los Angeles transplant Darrell Wilson joined Mark Weaver and Associates twenty-one years ago and found his creative home. After obtaining a Master of Architecture from Princeton, he worked in architecture and design firms in New York City. In the mid ‘90s, Darrell moved west to peruse a Master of Fine Arts from Otis College. He is now a Principal Designer with MWA. His approach to design has been shaped by a wide range of influences, from mid-century Italian and French furniture to classical architecture. The result is a point of view that is grounded in both the aesthetic and historical.


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