Designer Crush: Tim Clarke

With his sun-bleached blonde crop and Malibu-approved tan, interior designer Tim Clarke not only looks the part of the beach authority, he has written the book on coastal style--yes, literally, it's called Coastal Modern: Sophisticated Homes Inspired by the Ocean. His portfolio is a dreamy mix of visual meditations on this theme, proving there's more to the aesthetic than coral and seaglass.   dh-sara-story-header-09 Originally from Kansas, Santa Monica-based Clarke started out in clothing manufacturing before breaking into the design world as director of Waldo Fernandez's showroom, where he worked with such clients as Elizabeth Taylor. He then took a job as project manager for world-renowned Obama White House decorator Michael S. Smith before founding his eponymous business in 1996. His starry client list includes Ben Stiller, Matthew Perry, and producer Mark Gordon.   dsigner-crush-tim-header-02 Nautical stripes, neutral palettes, organic textures, woven textiles, rope detailing.   dh-sara-story-header-03 His tailored yet free-and-easy low-key luxe aesthetic, and the way each of his interiors makes you feel just a little bit like you're on vacation.   dh-sara-story-header-04 Landed the cover of Metropolitan World after designing Matthew Perry's home as one of his early solo projects. Tapped to design Coastal Living's 2010 Ultimate Beach Idea Show House. Dubbed the King of Coastal Modern by InStyle.   dh-sara-story-header-05 Tower 20, his west side home shop which sells everything from furnishings to art to books, and takes its name from the lifeguard station down the block. Also created his own line of ocean-inspired candles.   dh-sara-story-header-06 Residential projects in Hawaii and California, including a rustic-modern barn in Santa Monica, a California Ranch in Sonoma, and a Caribbean-inspired house in Brentwood with noted architect Richard Landry.   dh-sara-story-header-07 "I am currently inspired by the colors of the Bahamas," says Clarke. "The wind, sand, salt, and rain create a washed-out matte patina, yet it's still this vibrantly colorful place with natural style and easiness."   dsigner-crush-tim-header-01
dsigner-crush-tim-clarke-mvp Scott Szegeski surfboard gyotaku print: "Gyotaku is the art of Japanese fish-printing. But instead of using fish, artist Scott Szegeski uses surfboards," Clarke explains. "The work has scale and is incredibly graphic and strong, yet has a tranquil zen feeling." $3950, Dering Hall
   Photography by Noah Webb