Outside the Box

An interior decorator's approach to creating chic and comfortable rooms
By David Scott

Interior Design
May/June 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9833889-5-1
224 pages / Over 150 Illustrations

$75 USD

David creates mood boxes–compositions of materials, textures, samples, and photographs of art–for his clients whenever he presents them with an interior scheme, to give them a feeling and overall impression of what the space will become.

This living room of a Connecticut colonial house evokes a sense of drama and gives the feeling of a glamourous Manhattan townhouse. Luxurious silk rugs, as well as many of the upholstered pieces of furniture, were designed especially for the house. Amongst the many design elements and furnishings are a Maison Jansen-style couch, brass-legged tables with agate tops, and a side chair from Mecox Gardens.

David chose modern shapes, forms, and a warm color palette for the furnishings of his Manhattan apartment. Each of the pieces of furniture is beautiful, comfortable, and appropriate, but not expected. On the right, Citterio designed the armchair covered in Mongolian lamb, which came from B&B Italia. On the left is a 1973 work by American sculptor Louise Nevelson, as well as Serendipity, a contemporary oil and gouache by James Kennedy.

This classically formal city residence is cohesive as a whole, but each room maintains its own distinctive personality. On the left, Mysteries: Lumina Blue, a 1999 painting by American artist Kenneth Noland, is centered over an early 1940’s rosewood side-board by Osvaldo Borsani. On the right, the reflection of a 1960’s Venini Sputnik chandelier sparkles in an etched Italian mirror.

Reds and Blacks, March 26, 2008, a print by contemporary American artist Donald Sultan, offers a vibrant counterpoint to the neutral-hued dining room.

The vignette on the Roman Thomas console in the foyer of this dramatic and eclectic city apartment includes a cubism-inspired nickel mirror and a pair of ceramic vases. On the right, a mid-twentieth-century Murano vase has been paired with a kinetic sculpture by jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris.

The 40-foot-long entrance gallery of this classically formal city residence opens onto the living room and media room at one end, and the bedroom hallway and dining room at the other.

Because this city apartment overlooks the reservoir in central park, David had the walls covered in de Gournay panels, hand-painted with koi. Jonathan Browning designed the jewel-like sconces that frame the white enamel faux-twig mirror from Mecox Gardens.

On the left, pop artist Andy Warhol’s Interview 7 volume Set stands at the doorway to the sitting room of this Chelsea apartment. On the right, Paolo Buffa, a Milanese architect, was the designer of the late-1940’s table.

Two paintings–one early, one late–by the American master Hans Hoffman, the 1940 Still Life with Fruit and Coffee Pot on the left, and the 1965 Proprie Moto on the right, flank the fireplace of this living room in a contemporary residence out West.

David designed the master bedroom of this Miami Beach apartment in tones of white, ivory, and celadon. The furnishings were selected for their organic modern shapes.

The French vintage leather oiled chair, on the left, in the high-ceilinged living room of this English-style country manor came from Lorin Marsh and, with the Chinese root stool from Mecox Gardens, adds to the masculine feeling of the room.

Situated at the end of a long private road and set on the Atlantic Ocean, the glass and limestone house was designed by the New York-based firm 1100 Architect. David wanted the outdoor and indoor spaces of this house to flow into each other, so he chose a netral background, and fabric with strong textures–linens, cottons, and outdoor fabrics–in beige and taupe.


The first monograph on New York-based interior designer David Scott, Outside the Box is a delightful behind-the-scenes look into eleven of his most stunning projects. Scott’s interiors seamlessly combine his adoration for the elegance of antiques with his admiration for the functionality of modernity, creating environments that are at once visually stimulating and inherently calming. Each space is custom-designed to emphasize and reflect the personal style and character of his clients. Outside the Box takes a look at the elements of inspiration that have been the guiding force for Scott’s innovative and striking spaces, where comfort and chic harmoniously coexist.

About the Author

David is the principal and founder of the New York based firm David Scott Interiors. His projects have appeared in such renowned publications as Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Gotham, and The New York Observer, among others.


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