Australian-born Mark Cutler may call
the land down under home, but his eclectic designs and sophisticated style
translate effortlessly in any part of the world. With a background that blends
architecture and interior design, Cutler customizes original homes,
renovations, and additions, calling on his creativity and in-depth knowledge of
complex construction. Though he’s up to speed on the latest trends and
innovations, Cutler favors classic, elegant designs that are influenced by
history and stand the test of time. From Hollywood mansions to Asian villas,
this man from Oz clearly knows how to lend some intercontinental magic to any
1. What is your favorite place in the world and why?
I’m torn…if looking for quiet solitude, I head straight for
Zihuatanejo on the Mexican Pacific Coast. It is the perfect blend of great
beaches, great food, and just far enough away to feel like I’ve left everything
behind. If I want a more of an urban getaway, I simply can’t beat Rome. I go at
every opportunity and discover something new every time.
2. Who is your dream celebrity client and why?
(Laughs) Well, I think I would have to go with George and
Judy Jetson. I go weak at the knees for new tech toys and I think that with my
style and their tech, we could truly make magic happen!
3. What’s your favorite space you've created and why?
I did a home for a couple who had recently married after both losing their previous spouses to various health issues. They decided that
the new house was a great way to honor their past and build a new future. It
was a life lesson in turning adversity into advantage.
4. If you hadn't become a designer, which career would you have pursued?
Well, I did briefly go to dental school, but I don’t think
that was ever my calling. I think if I was anything else, I would be a crazy
inventor, locked in a basement somewhere. My mind is always going a mile a
minute, asking, “What if I…?” So that would probably be a good career for me.
5. Where do you find your favorite pieces? Any shopping
My favorite pieces are the ones I find in unusual places,
tossed on the side of the road, or in a megamall in China. I love to take
things and turn them into something else, so wherever I travel or wander, I am
always on the lookout for that odd little piece that just hasn’t found the
right home yet.
6. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never dream of taking on yourself again?
Yes! I was once invited to decorate a Christmas tree with a
whole bunch of other designers for a charity function. My idea was to use the
fabric from the showroom that sponsored my design to create rings on the tree
symbolizing Christmas traditions, like the ripples in a pond, passing from one
generation to the next. It was all going well, till the fire marshal showed up
and insisted that I dip the rings in fire retardant before putting them on the
tree. My idea went from crisp to soggy in a matter of moments and it was definitely
my greatest DIY fail to date.
7. What new design trends are you excited to integrate into your work?
I think we are starting to see a lot more color and bright,
happy work and my newer designs reflect that. I am doing a showhouse at the
beginning of 2015 and my bedroom will be all white and chartreuse, which I
think will totally be on trend.
8. Where do you gain inspiration from for your design process?
am a reading junky, whether it’s stopped at a traffic light or hanging at home
on a weekend, I am constantly browsing something usually on one of my tablets
or laptops, so I am always clipping and reposting; there is a never-ending
stream of ideas in front of me.
9. Beach or mountains? Beach!
10. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram? Facebook.
11. Should you spend money on an eye-catching piece of furniture or
high-quality lighting? The eye-catcher.
13. Would you rather shop new or vintage? Vintage.
14. Great view or perfect pool? Great view of a perfect pool.
15. SF or LA? LA
16. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the