7
Oct

Behind the Scenes with

Nick Richter of Saturday Studio

Mosman House - a Saturday Studio & Hare + Klein Project
Mosman House - a Saturday Studio & Hare + Klein Project
Mosman House - a Saturday Studio & Hare + Klein Project
Mosman House - a Saturday Studio & Hare + Klein Project
Marimekko - a Saturday Studio Project
Wollstonecraft House - a Saturday Studio Project
Wollstonecraft House - a Saturday Studio Project

We’ve had the pleasure of working with architect Nick Richter on three projects over the last few years – two commercial and one residential. He is a delight to work with, his ‘Saturday’ philosophy imbues his work and his working relationships, a rare quality and one that we and his clients have benefitted from. Why architecture? I can’t imagine anything else. My brain has become hard wired to design, I can’t help but do it and can’t imagine the void in my life if I didn’t. When I was younger I was very drawn to innovation or ‘new’ in design. It’s not that popular at the moment, but as I get a (little) older I am starting to appreciate and seek ‘mastery’ over just ‘new’. What is Saturday Studio? Saturday for most people is the best day of the week, why not make every day feel that good. That’s my aim personally for how I want to live every day, and it describes the nature of the relationships I look build with clients and collaborators alike. And… How would you describe your aesthetic? This follows a little from the previous question, I like to make sure each project brings at least a little ‘Saturday’ to it, hopefully a lot. So that means its relaxed, its honest in its purpose and use of materials, and it seduces you into relaxing. I like to play with are light and shade, natural materials & I try to find the sweet spot between restraint and richness. What inspires you? 1. A client that really knows themselves and how they want to live, or what they want out of a project. Its such a joy to have a client that can honestly articulate what it is that drives them, what is it that they want from life and why they have come to me to help. Its the best way to start a project and is an essential ingredient for the really excellent projects. 2. Creative masters in any field, close to home its Meryl Hare (and I am not just sucking up!), but they could be authors, actors, film-makers or musicians. Its possible for me to be in awe of a work, even if I don’t really like it. Do you have a favourite project? Harry Seidler used to say ‘the next one’, which does appeal to me because I am constantly curious. However I have had the good fortune of being able to build my family a new home, I am getting close to finishing it, and have just moved in a week ago. Its such a pleasure to be able to do exactly what I wanted (albeit on a budget), and I am already seeing it bring the joy I intended it to my wife, my 2 small children and I guess myself – why not!