John Loecke

High Point, NC, Designer/Editor/Stylist

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Designer John Loecke has long been known as an editorial darling given his talents as an editor and stylist, his list of credits for top shelter publications one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. With Jason Oliver Nixon, he founded the North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique viewpoint, which they describe as gimlet-eyed (and to which we say, “Hear! Hear!”).

“We are a little Auntie Mame, and a helluva lot of Carmen Miranda in one of those delicious Busby Berkeley films,” John remarks. “For life should be a little bananas, and if you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree!” They are not shy in admitting they live and breathe whimsy, but their projects are sophisticated and perfectly catered to their clients’ sensibility and brand.

Each project they create is also beautifully livable, a point of view that springs from the fact that they have a rollicking lifestyle filled with travel; and peppered with their pups Jasper, Weenie and Amy Petunia, and a gaggle of nieces and nephews. Their projects include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter; and a Grade II-listed former mill on the outskirts of London.

The Madcap Cottage gents run their ever-changing design laboratory from a former pharmacy in High Point, North Carolina. You can see their popular curated selection of vintage and antique finds on One Kings Lane and 1st Dibs, and can shop the Madcap Cottage line of bedding, window treatments, and pillows on HSN and at HSN.com. Proving their prowess with textiles, the Madcaps recently launched a fabric collection for Robert Allen @ Home.

John and Jason are currently writing a book entitled “Prints Charming,” the pages filled with tips on how to bring color and pattern into your home. Abrams will release the title in Fall 2017, which means everyone will see why Susan Crewe, the former Editor-in-Chief of British House & Garden magazine, says of the duo, “Madcap Cottage’s designs are fastidiously executed and are a joyful antidote to the beige-and-mirror, bought-the-shop school of design.” This makes his choice of Zero Interior’s ebullient Fisherman pendant so on point, doesn’t it?

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