The following interview with SIZED Founder & Creative Director Alexander May was originally published by Swedish rug design company, Nordic Knots.

NK: Alexander May, the innovative Founder and Creative Director of SIZED, stands as a maestro of aesthetic fusion, seamlessly navigating the realms of fine art, design, and hospitality. Nestled in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, May’s multidisciplinary creative studio offers clients forward-thinking branding, content, and experiential services, while also hosting acclaimed pop-up exhibitions. His personal style, rooted in the influence of brutalist architecture, manifests in tones, textures, industrial materials, and elemental shapes. With a background steeped in fine art, May emerges comfort within clean, gallery-like environments, maintaining an unwavering commitment to a minimalist aesthetic. Describe who you are in one sentence.

AM: I am the Founder and Creative Director of SIZED, a creative studio working across a range of industries including fine art, design, and hospitality.

NK: Where are you based and what do you work with?

AM: My studio is based in Los Angeles and I like working with a variety of mediums. Collaboration is at the core of what I do, so the medium varies depending on the project.

NK: How would you describe your style?

AM: I am heavily influenced by brutalist architecture – simple tones, textures, industrial materials, and elemental shapes. With my background in fine art, I feel very comfortable in clean, gallery-like environments. So, I stick to a minimalist aesthetic.

NK: What inspires you? Where do you find your inspiration?

AM: I find inspiration all over, from marble quarries, to late 80s and 90s interior design books, to construction sites, to 90s runway fashion archives.

NK: What does home mean to you?

AM: That’s a complicated question, since I have not spent more than four years living in one city besides New York later in life. Home for me has shifted and changed, and because of that, I find solace in minimalist spaces that act as a blank canvas for my creative needs.

NK: How would you describe your interior style?

AM: My interior style has always been rooted in a neutral palette, which allows me to play with scale and texture. I tend to prefer low, simple seating, while elevating unique art and design objects as focal points.

NK: Do you have a favorite object/design piece?

AM: It’s always changing, but I still find myself obsessed with Diego Villarreal Vagujhelyi’s work, especially his barbells. Because of their form and utility, I find that they complement every environment.

NK: Any ongoing or interesting upcoming trends you see?

AM: I see sterling silver coming back in a big way as an accent material in furniture and collectible home accessories – grandma’s silver is back.

NK: What are you currently working on?

AM: I have recently put a lot of energy into our SIZED-branded exhibition series, SIZED SELECTS, which we’ll be bringing to cities around the world over the course of the next year. It’s a special project to complement that client work we do, and we’ll be announcing more information very soon.

NK: Any special interior tips or advice you can share with us?

AM: I always find it important to neutralize a space by starting with an all white palette for the walls and ceiling, and then addressing core elements before expounding.

NK: Which is your favorite Nordic Knots rug, and where would you use it?

AM: I love the Grand in Walnut. It grounds my living room and perfectly complements the black leather seating I have throughout the space.


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