05.20.24
 

The Designer's Mind

Meet the dream team of Shaun Lockyer Architects of Brisbane, Australia. From urban cool to coastal chic, the work of SLa never fails to inspire.

SLa Headquarters: Palm Springs numbers and letters in matte black. Photo Credit: Scott Burrows
SLa Headquarters: Palm Springs numbers and letters in matte black | Photo credit: Scott Burrows
Sorrel Residence: 8" Palm Springs numbers in brushed aluminum. Photo Credit: Scott Burrows
Sorrel Residence: 8" Palm Springs numbers in brushed aluminum | Photo Credit: Scott Burrows

Hi Shaun! We're long time fans of your work! From the city to the beach, you have a gift for making materials and space sing. Tell us, what's the SLa secret?

"Our collective passion for modern design is the biggest secret of our success. Our team is blessed with clients who grant us wide creative freedom. We also work with talented craftsmen who truly honor the materials and execute the details with great care and skill."

 The SLa design approach:
  • celebrate modern design
  • connect people and place
  • create memorable spaces that enrich lives
  • showcase the natural beauty of materials
  • modern details down to the final touches

What's your approach to swoon-worthy, modern curb appeal?

Simple geometries.

"At SLa, our aesthetic is the result of thoughtful compositions, a tapestry of exposed materials, and incredible detailing. Whether renovating or building ground-up, we strive to delight the senses using these elements of modern design. Keeping things ' simple' allows for maximum impact."

Michelton Residence: 8" Palm Springs address numbers in dark bronze. Photo Credit: Scott Burrows
Michelton Residence: 8" Palm Springs address numbers in dark bronze | Photo Credit: Scott Burrows
 

Balance and contrast.

"We harness the power of contrast and proportions, down to the last detail. Modern House Numbers offers a timeless and unique product that has become part of the signature of SLa and constitutes the ultimate punctuation mark to the story of our work." 

Hamptom Farm: SoCal 12" numbers and 4" letters in matte black. Photo Credit: Scott Burrows
Hampton Farm: SoCal 12" numbers and 4" letters in matte black | Photo Credit: Scott Burrows

Beautiful materials.

"We strive to integrate beautiful materials within the landscape to create memorable spaces and modern curb appeal. We're very lucky to work with craftsman who treat these materials and details with great care. When using such lovely and timeless products, we make the effort to let them to shine." 

The Vinrosen Residence: 6" SoCal numbers in matte black | Photo Credit: Scott Burrows
The Vinrosen Residence: 6" SoCal numbers in matte black | Photo Credit: Scott Burrows


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rick mclain, author

Rick is a licensed architect at Repp McLain Design & Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and an MS from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When he’s not designing and fabricating he enjoys spending time with Brandy, Jack, Avery & Taylor and restoring his grandfather’s Ford pickup truck. Learn more about Rick on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about Rick on the Repp McLain Website, on LinkedIn, at the AIA Website, or on Facebook.

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