Collaborator Spotlight: Charlotte Lucas
Charlotte-based interior designer Charlotte Lucas is known for her love of color, pattern, and sophistication. So when tasked to design her hardware line for Modern Matter, she drew inspiration from her most recent project, the Southern Living Idea House 2022 in coastal North Carolina.
The collection features a fusion of coastal motifs with a modern edge and is inspired by the golden hour at the shore. Each piece of hardware in this capsule collection brings the charm of the seaside and exudes the elegance, attention to detail, and whimsy Charlotte is known for.
Q: What was your journey to becoming an interior designer?
A: My mother is an interior designer, so you could say it was in my DNA. Growing up, we moved around every couple of years, and my mother was constantly fixing up new houses for our family in each city. She was very hands-on and allowed my sisters and me to be a part of that process to help make each new house a home. I have memories of stripping wallpaper, rag rolling walls, and scouring fabric stores for the perfect toile fabric! I can still remember the smell of those wallpaper books we would look through for hours! I knew I wanted to be an interior designer as I entered the University of Georgia in 2000. After graduation, I worked for many talented designers and eventually started my own business in 2012. This year marks a decade of Charlotte Lucas Design!
Q: What is your creative process when designing a space for a client?
A: Getting to know the clients I'm designing for. Each project and client is unique and different, so my goal is always to create the best version of the people that live in the homes I'm designing.
Q: How has living in the south influenced your design?
A: My love of antiques and family heirlooms for one! My designs always include a mix of old & new, which is a quintessentially southern design value. Also incorporating monogrammed bed linens in my bedrooms. That might be the ultimate southern touch :)
Q: What was your inspiration for this hardware line?
A: I draw a lot of inspiration from outside of work. I find that when I'm not surrounded by the pressure to design, that I'm flooded with new ideas and inspiration. My eyes become more open to my surroundings and the smallest details can provide the jump start to a beautiful new idea!
Q: What do you look for when sourcing hardware for your clients?
A: I look for scale, finish, and style that coordinates perfectly with the cabinetry designs.
words of wisdom
Expert tip: Go with your gut. Your authenticity will never go out of style!
Favorite finish: Unlacquered Brass
Favorite gemstone: Turquoise
Describe your style in 3 words: Bold, colorful, and ever-evolving—this applies to both clothing & interiors!
Pets: The sweetest 11-year-old Labradoodle, Saba