Green Room Studio is a design-led practice run by Samantha Elliot in Auckland, New Zealand.
Sam grew up on a remote high country station in South Canterbury, holds a Bachelor of Design (Interiors) as well as a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and Level 1 Reiki Practitioner Certificate. She sometimes thinks of herself as an “Organic Interior Guru” as her different trainings have given her a more considered, sustainable and holistic approach to her designs.
“On average we spend 90% of our lives indoors. There’s an obvious link between well-being and the spaces we spend time in. The balance between materials, light in a room, textures and functionality all play a part. Equally as the balance of mind and nature create harmony in ones self.” Sam says.
Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, one of Sam’s inspirations, believed in designing in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture.
“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957
“Workplaces have adopted this method to improve the work-life of their staff, yet we don’t often have this approach in our own homes. We live a fast, busy lifestyle and stressed out professionals and families need a space to come home to that feels welcoming, well-balanced and put simply, feels like home. Ultimately this all comes back to sustainability and an organic way of living. When you eat well you feel well, and you know when you are in a space you love and feel at home in, you feel better. The impact of natural light in a space impacts your mood just as much as natural materials, elements and greenery do.” says Sam.
Sam has a strong belief In simplicity, less being more. “I’m forever learning this approach within myself, take only what we need, being present and letting go of the things that don’t serve us.”
This approach is equally as beneficial in design. Having a simple, functional space and pairing down on the everyday clutter that we find so hard to let go of, which in return focuses on a simple, yet impactful interior.
The idea of minimalist isn’t about living in a white box, it’s about showcasing exceptional, functional design while artistically creating a simplified way to live. This equates back to my love and passion for mid-century architecture. One of the first to embrace minimalism is one of Sam’s favourite architects, Mies van der Rohe.. In fact, the term “less is more” came from the German architect and educator, who used glass, steel and wide-open spaces to create his unembellished modern visions.
“I’m forever inspired by the way well placed shapes create a sense of order. Like a simple floating wall, dividing a space but doubling as a concealed storage piece. This is the art, the focal point..” She says.