Mitchell Hill & Southern Style Now
Southern Style redefined...
We've asked your favorite Southern Designers how they define Southern Style now...
Q: What does Southern Style Now mean to you?
Mitchell Hill: Southern Style is the resurgence of what it means to be a community. It’s timeless design that reflects a special type of bond between people highlighting the memories shared amongst anyone who have lived in those spaces.
"Southern Style is the resurgence of what it means to be a community."
Q: Can you see a thread of Southern influence into the work of certain designers? If so, how does it display itself?
Mitchell Hill: The south used to be known for its table skirts, lace, and “chintz” quality to it. Today we see designers all over (north and south) incorporating similar elements in the cuts and patterns used, but modernized. For example, instead of using a table skirt they will opt for elegant placemats that give off texture and personality. Statement walls (especially in bathrooms) are created via the use of patterned wall-coverings that make a drab space into a spa! Tassels are being used in new, innovative ways, such as with sconces. Tyler Hill has been experimenting with ways that he can create a “jewelry-like” element in his upcoming lighting collection.
Q: Finally, do you have a favorite Southern Style Now (Festival or Showhouse) anecdote that you can share with us?
Mitchell Hill: Last year at Southern Style Now, Tyler and I had been on Toma Clark Haines’ Antiques tour in Savannah, when we were introduced to the Traditional Home events/publishing team. (We’d had more contact with editorial in before) and through talking antiques, design, we naturally got to the topic of ‘Where will SSN be hosted next?’ and we can safely say that one year later, we’re having the pleasure to be workign with TH team, Robert Lelux, and his husband, Michael. We’re going to be making history!
Mitchell Hill is a Charleston-based design house that focuses on creating stylish, of-the-moment interiors that are executed with a refined perennial sensibility. Founded by Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill, Mitchell Hill has been nationally recognized for their shared love of a traditional-modern mix.
Established in 2010, the firm has since expanded into product design Mitchell Hill Atelier. Lead by creative director Tyler Hill, Hill creates lighting and furniture pieces that serve both fashion and functional purposes. Inspired by the arts, Hill is constantly finding ways to incorporate glass, mirror, metals and wood to reflect the world around us.
Mitchell Hill has been celebrated in home and shelter publications such as Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Home, Charleston Style and Design, and Traditional Home Magazine and Interior Design Magazine.