By Laura Eckstein Jones By Laura Eckstein Jones | March 17, 2023 | Home & Real Estate People Home & Real Estate Art People Feature Home & Real Estate Feature Interviews Home Feature
Scott Burdick and Holly Ogden of Wiseman & Gale Interiors (wisemanandgale.com) reveal what makes them tick—and share their latest design inspirations.
Photographed by Brad Reed
“Wiseman & Gale has been a collective of interior designers and craftsmen for over 60 years now,” says Holly Ogden, who serves as a principal designer and partner at the firm. “There’s a visual history of timeless, interesting interiors that follows the trajectory of the Southwest.” Ogden, who started as an intern, works closely with managing partner Scott Burdick—whose own mother, Patty Burdick, also interned at W&G when Scott was in high school. “I remember her long nights studying and us kids helping her with her design projects,” he says.
Although Burdick is not officially a designer (“I’m not a designer. I run a design firm,” he says), he has a great love of interior design, something that plays into his role at the company. “I have a split personality that’s 50-50 analytical and creative,” says Burdick, who often sources art and antiques for projects and serves as an extra set of eyes on all things. “So this job is perfect for me—I do both in my day to day.”
“Scott and I have known each other for over 20 years now. We’re very familiar with each other’s personalities and working habits around the studio,” Ogden shares. “We have a similar ethos or approach to design and both carry a great amount of respect for the history and individuals that have formed Wiseman & Gale to the design studio it is today. As business partners, we often need to problem-solve and collaborate, or the reverse, and hunker down in our respective roles,” she adds. “When we do collaborate on design, we don’t always gravitate to the same things, which makes things interesting. When there’s crossover, we know we’re on to something.”
Currently, the firm is busy working on several projects, including new builds in Arcadia and Paradise Valley, an ongoing ranch project in Jackson, Wyo., and much more. So, where do they find their inspiration? See below to find out what people, places and things are inspiring Ogden and Burdick right now.
“I visited the John Hardy workshop in Bali and have been hooked ever since. The brand offers cool pieces with sustainable luxury business practices from start to finish.” John Hardy Remix drop link earrings in sterling silver, johnhardy.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARDY
“All I can say is the hype is real—your skin will thank you. And Violet Grey has long been the source for tried-and-true curated beauty products.” Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical serum, violetgrey.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF VINTNER’S DAUGHTER
“These Italian plates come in the most interesting color combinations, making them effortlessly cool.” Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano bread plate in Iris, ginori1735.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF GINORI 1735
“These are the perfect casual day boots, especially if you’re visiting construction sites.” Coclico Hop boots in Anthracite suede, coclico.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF COCLICO
“I discovered the artist Tom Hammick at Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson, Wyo., this summer. The play between the bold color palette yet quiet stillness in his work immediately resonated with me.” Tom Hammick, “Interlinked” (2022, oil on canvas), 77 inches by 95 inches, tayloepiggottgallery.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM HAMMICK
“Who knew the famed Paris shop and Tucson would become friends and smell so good?” Astier de Villatte Tucson fragrance, nickeykehoe.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF NICKEY KEHOE
“Howe is a favorite interior design resource based in London. Amazing people. Amazing product. Soooo English. Sooo my style.” Howe London pair of early 20th century director’s chairs, howelondon.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF HOWE LONDON
“The product at Ralph Pucci is definitely pushing a boundary for me. It is far more contemporary than you’d probably expect for me. … The quality is so incredible. Mixing it in is a way to update myself—just a tiny bit!” Works by John Koga, Vladimir Kagan, Ted Abramczyk and Richard Meier Light, ralphpucci.com. PHOTO BY JONATHAN TESMAYE SALVADOR/PEXELS
“There’s so much happening in Oaxaca, Mexico. It’s so interesting and creative down there.” PHOTO BY BRAD REED
“Tilda Swinton—yes, please! Love her personal style. Love the movies she chooses. A Bigger Splash and I Am Love are very inspiring stylewise.” PHOTO BY JUAN PABLO CASTRO/COURTESY OF RALPH PUCCI