Sophie Burke Design
Sophie grew up in a Vancouver home where design was always front and centre. “My parents adored antiques and, from a young age, I remember tagging along to shops with them while they poked around looking for pieces to round out their eclectic collection,” she says. “Having a well-designed home was important to them, and their enthusiasm and interest in design was infectious—even to a child.”
After finishing her undergraduate degree in BC, Sophie moved to London to study interior design and, upon graduation, landed a job with the legendary Terence Conran at Conran and Partners. “I was young, just out of design school and ready to soak it all up,” she recalls. Working on projects in London, Paris and Tokyo cemented her love for classic, contemporary elegance and provided the backdrop for her refined design sensibility. “I gained an appreciation of a broad range of design styles: I love the tension between old and new as well as high and low that exists there,” she says. “Seeing a beautiful, traditional building fitted out with contemporary finishes, furniture and lighting was transformative.”
Once she returned to Vancouver, the designer launched Sophie Burke Design, which blends the aesthetic she honed while abroad with the singular beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Sophie and her team create a bespoke portfolio of work that seeks to define a new Pacific Northwest design ethos: interiors that take cues from nature – like deep colours and rugged textures – but dovetail with a global perspective.
But there is never a one-size-fits-all formula. While Sophie’s design hews modern, her spaces always have multiple layers that speak to the character of the people who live in them. Design should always be functional and practical to meet the needs of the inhabitants, she believes, but it should also feel natural and easy. Each home should bear a unique personality that reveals the very essence of the people who reside in them.