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James White

“I have a creative curiosity to explore beyond the boundaries of architecture and interior design.”

My training and qualifications are as an architect. It is only a single element, though, to the wide creative horizon I follow in my work. It brings a logic and objectivity to my process.

As far back as I can remember, I was fascinated by the appearance of places and objects. I was committed to aesthetics before I knew of the word, I suppose.

My work is a response to this innate desire for crafted and luxurious beauty. Beyond simply being pleased by the visual and tactile quality, I am intrigued by the psychology of luxury and beauty.

I find inspiration in film, art, fashion and history. Sometimes this is deliberate and concise. Sometimes it is subconscious and abstract.

I enjoy seeing these influences distilled and cross pollinated in the work we, Elliot and I, create with March & White. Our work brings us in very close, collaborative proximity with our clients. Learning how they live, work and enjoy their lives informs the work that we create for them. It is a very enriching exchange that informs more than just the specific project.

I love art and, in particular, abstract painting both as an admirer and as a practitioner. I occasionally design using paint, brush and canvas. Idiosyncratic perhaps but it feels absolutely natural as a medium. It feels very March & White. On reflection I can see a painterly, subtle layering of tone and texture in our work.

I treasure objects which increase in allure as they age. The patina on a piece of timber or leather as it evolves. These are nuances which enrich everything I am drawn to.

My tastes have always ignored the annotation of time. I am drawn to a very specific idea of understated, quiet and intriguing elegance. I can find this in something entirely contemporary or, equally, something of greater age.

A reverence for meticulous detailing is present in both my personal, and professional, expression.

There is not really though, a division between work and play. To be a great designer is to feed from every experience and engagement. It is life lived as creative field research.