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  • Writer's pictureSasha Huang

Ashley Sutton On Interior Design Alchemy, Imagination & Building “Secret Hangout Spots” For Friends

INTERVIEW




An embodiment of eclectic whimsicality and creativity in interior design, Ashley Sutton and his breathtaking designs have cast a captivating charm from Bangkok, Hong Kong to Tokyo.


The Australian-born interior designer has a childhood rich with a desire for exploration and a vivid imagination. He found solace in creative pursuits, transitioning from sketches of fairies during his mining days to the creation of a three-volume storybook series called "The Iron Fairies", the project that launched the establishment of Ashley Sutton Design.


Today, the fairy-making factory holds an impressive portfolio including enchanting spaces like the Iron Fairies bar in Tokyo and the innovative Bookshop in Bangkok, to his recent exquisite cocktail destination Maggie Choo's. Here, the talented interior designer Ashley Sutton gives us a peek into his fascinating artful mind.



The Iron Fairies

1. What are you inspired by?


I'm inspired mostly by my imagination and also by environments that take me to other worlds in my mind. I get bored very often with my current surroundings, so I'm always thinking of how this could be better.


2. How did you discover your passion for interior design?


When I was much younger, like back in school days, I used to get paid in cigarettes by school friends to build tree houses and underground cubbies for them, and I have to say, I built the best secret hangout spots for all of us back then.



Maggie Choo's

3. How would you describe your craft?


I will not describe it as "craft", it is just a mind that is overflowing with ideas visuals… it can be stressful sometimes as my mind seems never to let me sleep.



"When I was much younger, like back in school days, I used to get paid in cigarettes by school friends to build tree houses and underground cubbies for them, and I have to say, I built the best secret hangout spots for all of us back then."

- Ashley Sutton, Interior Designer




Maggie Choo's

4. Can you describe your creative process when designing for Maggie Choo's?


Maggie Choo’s was easy. Just follow the factual history of the bank space that was built by the East India Company in 1847 and marry the space with a fictional character (Maggie Choo).



Ink 360 Bar

"Be bold. Go as detailed as possible, from the vibe and lighting… everything should be taken into consideration. Allowing people who step into the space has his/her own sensual connection is important."

- Ashley Sutton, Interior Designer




Maggie Choo's




5. What did you enjoy the most about this project?


The owner is very happy with how the space turned out; that makes me happy and feel that is job well done.



6. Can you give 3 pieces of advice to aspiring interior designers?


Be bold. Go as detailed as possible, from the vibe and lighting… everything should be taken into consideration. Allowing people who step into the space has his/her own sensual connection is important.



The Dragonfly

7. Are there any exciting upcoming projects that you can share with us?


The Iron Fairies Bali is coming soon, like very soon, and also working on three projects in Dubai with original concepts.

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All imagery is provided by Spice Communications.


Address: Shop 1 Ground Floor 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong | Website: maggiechoos.com.hk | Phone: +852 6250 6000 | Instagram: @maggiechooshk | Facebook: @maggiechooshk

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