Banish the Beige! Or why our world is a half-full glass of hooch…
“Imagine Nick and Nora Charles of The Thin Man film series—martinis in hand, with Asta in tow—plunked down in the early twenty-first century… They would be our dream clients: sophisticated, witty, a bit irreverent, and dashing.” So say John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of New York-based Madcap Cottage, a firm whose designs reflect a respect for tradition tempered with bold splashes of color and playful patterns.
Madcap Cottage’s designs also demonstrate a passion for fun and vitality. Says Loecke, “Banish the beige and the boring. Saturate your world in color-rich whimsy and sophistication. Most important, have fun with your home.” Adds Nixon, “We love glamour and style and are able to bring that passion to the most contemporary of home as well as the ultra-traditional. Frankly, we are all about the ‘F’ words: frisky, fabulous and fun to be around.” The Madcap Cottage gents have designed everything from Manhattan aeries and cottage-style Hamptons beach houses to a 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa and a slick, spare, and sleek penthouse in Los Angeles.
The Madcap Cottage duo can also whip up a potent daiquri and dance the rumba—all-important skills at those intense installations. Notes Nixon, “As children, we sort fell in love with Auntie Mame and her ever-changing Sutton Place apartment. That’s us: We segue from Chinoiserie chic to modernist marvels without missing a beat. Just add a splash of vermouth, and voilà!”
Madcap Cottage’s designs have appeared in numerous magazines and blogs, from the gone-but-not-forgotten Domino to British House & Garden, House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, Country Living, New York, O at Home, Family Circle, Gotham, and Better Homes and Gardens.