Spot Light on Matt Loader at LCD Architecture.

Spot Light on Matt Loader at LCD Architecture – Find out what inspires him.

Matt Loader owner and architect at LCD Architecture  is based in The Printworks, 10 Otago Street with us and we love seeing his projects evolve from ideas through to finished buildings. This months spot light on Matt Loader lets us find out more about him and what inspires him as a designer and architect.

You can view some of his latest work at Loader Creative Design. My favourite is one that is at development stage – Trapezium House in South Lanarkshire. I love the plan for the black flamed timber that will form the primary building envelope. Or look at the stunning design & workmanship of the staircase and book shelves in The Modular House in Billericay.

We had a chat with him to find out more about what inspires him…..

How I would describe my personal interior style.

Colourful! I love Scandinavian modern design with its neutral tones, off-whites, use of wood and woven textured textiles, but I seem to gravitate towards more vibrant paints, fabrics and furniture.

I became an Architect because…

I enjoyed the creativity of art – particularly painting – at school (and was good at it). I struggled with the idea of art being an end in itself, though, whereas architecture has a tangible result with a permanence to it which is both inspiring and sobering in equal measure.Having a healthy respect for this permanence is, I think, critical in achieving good design.

My favourite interior item?

I have a bright yellow Eames RAR rocking chair which I love – I photographed my first child on it every week for the first year of his life, and consequently I really treasure it. I’ve just become a dad for the second time and have bought a Hans Wegner shell chair to photograph her on. I’ve no doubt that these two pieces of furniture will hold a special place in my heart formany years to come.

My favourite art piece that I would love to have in my home?

Any of the Damien Hirst ‘spots’ paintings – they have an uplifting effect on me and make me feel happy. I also love Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures.

When it comes to my style of interiors I love….

Scandinavian modern, and mid-century modern. I love the John & Sylvia Stag C-plan range of furniture, as well as lots of the old Ercol furniture.

My favourite colour combination:

I’m an architect so off-black was inevitably going to feature somewhere. I’ll go mid-grey and mustard yellow.

Favourite flea markets or place to shop around the world or online design resources:

I love the bric-a-brac in most of Ruthven Mews in Glasgow, but I particularly like the Vintage and Retro furniture shop, which has a larger warehouse on South Street.

I find myself spending a lot of time looking at Lovely and Co. online which has some great restoration pieces.

My favourite city and little gems to recommend –

I adore Budapest. We went there in final year of university for our thesis project (now 11 yearsago) and I found the place magical. It’s a city of contrasts – Buda (hilly) and Pest (pancake flat), older buildings juxtaposed with exciting modern architecture. It is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. It has great eateries and cafes, and markets where you can buy the raw materials, too. It is full of thermal baths, the most amazing of which is in the Gellert Hotel, on the bank of the Danube. I could spend a very long time in Budapest.

Who’s work you find inspiring architect and or building –

Alvar Aalto – his experimental house is one of my favourite buildings. I also admire Peter Zumthor’s designs and philosophy on architecture, which is unpretentious and obsessed with the crafting of tactile objects and edifices. Peter Aldington’s house Turn End in Haddenham is a perfect example of modern architecture fitting seamlessly into an historic setting, too. The structure of the house is formed into seats, book cases and the kitchen, so the house is tailored around Peter and Margaret Aldington’s life. It’s not big, but it is cosy and links visuallyand materially to the stunning garden beyond.

My current inspiration:

I like Liddicoat and Goldhill’s work who are based down in London. One of my friends from Architecture School in Edinburgh went to work there, and I’ve followed their work ever since.

I do find my work is influenced by designers outwith the field of architecture, too. I find myselfdrawn towards geometric patterns and restrained use of colours, which is why sharing studio space with the team at Natasha Marshall is great. Other than Nathasha’s work, both Bert and May & Neisha Crosland has some lovely modern patterns in their tiles. I suspect these resonate with me as a resident of Glasgow because of our tenemental closes, in which there are still the stunning wally tiles.

My favourite Natasha Marshall design and colourway:

It would be a toss-up between zip and drift, and probably I’d land on drift in nightshade. But it’s a tough call – they are both great.

Songs I love to listen to:

I love Arcade Fire, particularly their first album’ Funeral’. I do like Daft Punk, too, and think their latest album (Random Access Memories) is great. Knowing a bit about how Randoom Access Memories was made, the hard work, creativity and discipline which went into it is something in which I see direct comparisons with what I hope and aspire to do in my own field.

My favourite night out or in:

Has to be a night in with two children to look after – nights out are few and far between at the moment. I enjoy cooking so it would involve having some friends over and making something Italian. Learning to make dough has been something of a love/hate relationship (as my wife would testify), but I’m now competent enough to turn out a consistently good pizza and garlic bread. So that, with some Italian white wine, and ice cream to finish.

What are you reading just now –

I have 3 books on the go at present. I’m reading Peter Zumthor’s ‘Thinking Architecture’ for about the 10th time. I’ve also just opened up S, M, L, XL by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau for the first time since I was a student, and I wanted to see how it’s themes have aged in the 20 years since it was published with the proliferation of thhe internet and social media. Finally I’m just finishing Simon Pegg’s autobiography, which I’ve enjoyed very much.

My mantras in life:

Hard work always pays off. If not immediately, then it almost certainly will in the long run. So, work hard!