This week’s Designer Friday with Andrew Joseph, comes all decked out in ancestral tartan and nailhead trim. Designer Scot Meacham Wood has taken his European and Southern sensibilities, as well as his famously large personality, and translated them into the development of his own line of bespoke, custom furnishings.
Andrew Joseph – What’s your wakeup ritual?
Scot Meacham – I greet the world each morning through very blurry eyes. I have about 4 alarms set – set over a time period of about 90 minutes – just get me out of the bed.
Andrew – What’s one ingredient you put in everything?
Scot – One of my mother’s best kitchen secrets… “If it calls for water, always use chicken stock.” Trust me… your morning grits will never be better!
Andrew – Secret talent?
Scot – I was a church organist for most of my life. But, my greatest regret is that I can’t tap dance. Not a bit.
Andrew – Favorite bad movie?
Scot – I can quote every line – from beginning to end – of Steel Magnolias. Every line.
Andrew – Favorite city to recharge?
Scot – London. Full stop.
Andrew – Sweet or savory?
Scot – Savory. All day, every day.
Andrew – Are there qualities in potential clients that you identify that make you know you have to run away.
Scot – An unwillingness to let decisions go. Residential design is such a collaborative effort… and watching a new client be unable to let me do my job is a clear red flag. I’m also very aware of how they speak to their house staff… or wait staff. I think how one treats people says volumes about them.
Andrew – Before leaving the house, you always…
Scot – It’s what I comically call a ‘five pat.’ In this very particular order, before I walk out the door, I touch my 1)sunglasses, 2)watch, 3)keys, 4)iPhone, and 5)wallet. It’s been decades since I locked myself out of the house!
Andrew – Style (or design) icon?
Scot – You kind of can’t go wrong with Alexa Hampton. She might also be my comedy icon too!Charlotte Settee
About Scott Meacham Wood | A genteel Southerner by birth, Scot built upon his inherited design tradition, love of bold pattern, and British ties to establish his eponymous design firm in 2001. Scot’s work is found at the intersection of old and new, classic and daring, international and domestic, but in all things, elegance. Since opening his lifestyle boutique in 2014, Scot Meacham Wood has expanded his realm to include textiles, furnishings, accessories and more, making him one of the most sought-after and distinctive personalities in design today.
About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.
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