Designer Crush Q&A: Studio Hatch

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space?

Rebecca: SF’s Inner Sunset neighborhood. The great thing about where I live now, other than the amazing existing craftsman style architecture, is that it’s the first place my husband (a graphic designer with impeccable taste) and I moved into together and meshing our two styles has been a fun process. His artwork, usually consisting of typography and blocks of color opened my eyes to brighter palettes and have combined well with my love for warm neutrals.  

Kate: I live in Oakland and recently built a work studio off of the back of our house. The room is lined with windows looking out on our yard and gets incredible sunlight. With all white walls and simple furnishings the space becomes a perfect blank canvas allowing creativity to ensue as I plaster the walls with inspirational imagery, sketches and materials at the onset of each new project.

2. What's your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)?  

Rebecca: My dream project is a rustic log cabin retreat in the mountains. I can’t get enough of the simple coziness, warm neutrals, and natural materials. It would be for my family to enjoy together.

Kate: My dream project is to design a hip hotel in Oakland, CA. As an Oakland native I love the idea of translating the rich history, diversity, grit and beauty of our neighborhoods into a unique hospitality experience through a collaborative design process inclusive of local artists, craftspeople, musicians, and furniture makers. Drawing on my hospitality design experience, and passion for my hometown, my vision is a vibrant hotel that engages and builds community.

3. In real life, what's your favorite design project you've completed to date?

studio hatch: We’ve been fortunate to work with a handful of really great clients, but our favorite project to date would have to be the San Francisco Headquarters for the tech industry giant, GitHub. Translating their core values of collaboration, community, and personality not only resulted in one of the more innovative designs we’ve ever produced, but it also taught us at studio hatch about non-traditional organizational models that promote collaboration while nurturing a wide range of individual working styles. Our partnership with Github has influenced the way we work as a design firm and our approach to designing workplace interiors. Oh, and we got to build a hidden speakeasy and an exact replica of the oval office!

4. You've been gifted a fabulously furnished dream home but can only bring one item from your current space. What would it be? 

Rebecca: I’m a sucker for family heirlooms. If I had to narrow it down to one category, it would be family photography/artwork.

Kate: I Iove the idea of starting completely fresh! One item I would have a hard time parting with is a Moroccan Berber dresser that I bought off of Ebay years ago. I went on a lengthy and slightly sketchy excursion deep into the Santa Cruz mountains to pick it up but it was totally worth it. The hand carved detailing is stunning and the intricate patterns provide constant inspiration. 

5. What's your creative process when designing a space?

studio hatch: It is important that a space not only looks beautiful but must function beautifully too. The initial goal of each project is to learn as much as we possibly can about our client; their lifestyle, their vision, aesthetic preferences, and the challenges they hope to resolve. These details help us to custom tailor a space that is truly and uniquely theirs. We round up inspirational imagery, materials, furniture and lighting selections from all of our favorite sources to inform our design direction. When appropriate, we love to also explore the history of the building or home and the surrounding neighborhood and community to help tell a collective story through the final design experience.

6. Where do you score prized interior design items? Any shopping tips?

Rebecca: I seem to find more prized design items when i’m not really looking for them.  Coming up with reuse ideas for items is my favorite - and if you’re hitting up a flea market (which I can only last at for a few hours) then go bright and early, and always suggest a better price. 

Kate: I love to design custom furniture pieces in collaboration with local manufacturers. For our most recent job we designed a variety of beautiful tables and chairs with Ohio Designs in San Francisco. We also love to work with Concreteworks in Oakland for custom concrete furniture and planters and Form and Reform in Oakland for gorgeous industrial lighting.  

7. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never take on again yourself?

studio hatch: It depends on how you define “disaster”.  If by collecting bruises - then all of them are disasters.  Kidding aside, it usually takes longer than anticipated, but we like to get our hands into the process and create something one of a kind and unique for each client when possible.

8. What new design trend are you excited to integrate into your next project?

studio hatch: It’s been trending for a while and we hope it stays that way - we love the “maker” culture that has emerged in the design industry over the past few years. The popularity of shopping locally and hand made goods has broadened our product sourcing significantly. So many amazing shops have popped up on-line and in our neighborhoods. We have connected with incredible craftspeople and artisans who elevate the quality of our designs and inspire innovation.

9. Lightning round! (pick one)

Beach or mountains?

Definitely mountains 

Instagram or Pinterest?


Architectural Digest or Wallpaper?


Should you spend money on a fabulous bathroom or kitchen?


Would you rather shop new or vintage?


Great view or perfect pool?  


SF or LA?


10. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the design world?

Rebecca: Not only to get over fear and trust in your talent, but that you have to be able to sell it. 

Kate: One of the most important skills to develop as a designer is the ability to listen.