Luxury is expressed with exquisite subtlety in the work of William Sofield. A rigorous Modernist, Sofield believes in the credo that design must live as well as it looks. His work is defined not by a particular style, but by a holistic approach to design that addresses the requirements of living, and where luxury emanates from fidelity to craft.
Materials and architectural details take their cue from the context of the project at hand with careful consideration for function and a client’s individual personality and needs.
As might be expected from the creator of more than 400 boutiques for Gucci, New York’s Soho Grand Hotel, and swank furniture for Baker, Sofield crafts spaces that are almost decadent in their interplay of materials, history, and mood.
The Princeton-trained architect-designer has a luxurious, worldly aesthetic that spans from rigorous haute-industrial allure to theatrical pan-Asian refinement. Though he considers himself a modernist, his work often nods to 1930s Hollywood glamour and features hand-wrought finishes and custom pieces that celebrate the artisan.
The Manhattan designer’s rooms and architectural schemes gather strength not from outré decorative effects but from a quiet confidence that makes his unexpected juxtapositions of periods, styles, and materials seem almost effortless.
His furniture and product design are imbued with a sophisticated respect for materiality and a concern for how a design should improve with use and age to become an object of legacy. Mr. Sofield has been described by Interior Design magazine as a ‘choreographer’ of spaces.
Whether it’s an Aspen ski house that layers extraordinary furnishings and objects in a muscular wood-and-stone structure or a sleek Tom Ford boutique enrobed in lacquer and marble, Sofield’s interiors speak of glamour and discernment—traits that come to life in his furniture collections for Baker and McGuire.
And with recent commissions for top-end residential developments in New York City and Miami, the designer is turning his unerring eye to projects of ever larger scale.