In the Workshop: Tyler Chavers & Sam Titone

June 30, 2021

Welcome to the second installment of our ‘In the Workshop’ series, where we get to know a pair of Workshop/APD pros, their unique interests, inspirations and aspirations. This month, our talented duo includes senior interiors project manager Tyler Chavers and architectural designer Sam Titone, whose work spans a range of residential and hospitality projects. Read on to learn more about how the members of our architecture and design collective bring unique perspectives and experiences to the team.

An Architecture or Design trend you wish would go away:
Influencers purchasing coveted vintage pieces and diluting them for the masses. When everyone buys the same pieces and mimics a style instead of creating their own – we’ve seen this happen across social media with the Mario Bellini Sofa, the Caprani Floor Lamp, etc. I’d prefer to see everyone step more into their own style in a world full of clones – THAT is what makes a design unique and timeless.

A New (or new-er) A&D trend you love or see coming
Incorporating pops of color in an otherwise neutral palette. The popularization of an intentional mix of old + new furniture pieces – everything does not have to be hyper- modern and clean all of the time.

What’s your dream project?
A Modern Bahamas Oasis – similar in scale to our Bahamas Private Resort, but with a twist on the layout and a more muted palette. Heavy on texture and natural materials, greenery, and I’m all about glass windows… 😉

What’s your pandemic hobby?
Peloton! And of course buying home goods…shopping for secondhand vintage pieces, trying new luxury candles.

Describe your style in 3 words:
– Efficient (because I’m a New Yorker with limited space)
– Warm yet Refined (my personal space brings an elevated sense of “home” and personalization
– Original – I try to remain true to myself instead of following trends.

Your favorite building or room of all time
In NYC, the Public Hotel’s lobby really does a great job at transporting you to a new mindset and place through mood lighting, color, scent, materials, and layout. It’s the best place for a staycation that makes you feel you’re in a futuristic and refined world…elevating to the senses!

Sam Titone, architectural deisgner

Name an Architecture or Design trend you wish would go away.
A particular trend doesn’t come to mind, aside from trying to make too many statements in one design. Whether it’s related to the massing and detailing of a building, or architectural elements in an interior, or with furniture pieces and décor. I don’t like when spaces are too busy, with competing elements. I like when the concept is clear, cohesive, and all the elements complement each other.

A New (or new-er A&D trend you love or see coming.
I’m a sucker for mid-century modern, so I love seeing this style being more of an influence lately. I’ve also been seeing a lot of simple geometric forms and monochromatic spaces that really immerse you and make you feel like you are in an other-worldly environment. I hope to see more designs pushing these boundaries.

What’s your dream project?
Any waterfront residential project, but one dream project in particular would be a boathouse with a dock, workshop, and studio apartment. (Very specific, but dreamers gotta dream.)

What’s your pandemic hobby?
Spending time with my kids on the beach and bringing my 100-year-old beach cottage back to life.

Describe your style in 3 words (can be personal or design aesthetic)
Minimal, Natural, Balanced

Your favorite building or room of all time.
This is such a hard question, but I’ve always been very inspired by the Oslo Opera House by Snohetta in Norway. I’ve never even been there to experience in person, but I’m just always fascinated by this folded architectural form that is so seamlessly embedded into the landscape and particularly the waterfront. The building is quite complex but appears so simple with its material palette, intentional architectural gestures, and how well it’s integrated into its surroundings. I have plenty of other favorites, but this one in particular just seems to stick out in my mind as a successful approach to a modern waterfront project.