This years Hearst ‘Designer Visions’ Showhouse event is set up in 3 apartments at 250 West Street in NYC, and while the building is still a construction site, it’s very much worth seeing. I was invited to the preview breakfast last week. It was a very enjoyable time with the designers, magazine executives (including Newell Turner of the new Hearst Design Group), and fellow members of the press. I’d like to share some of the visual highlights.
New York’s Design Showhouses are among my favorite events to attend. They’re an opportunity to meet both the well established and the new-to-the-scene designers, and to see spacial creativity at it’s best. This years Holiday House opens to the public today, and I’d like to share a few of the rooms I had the pleasure of seeing at the press preview.
With the fall season in full swing in New York, Connie Lee and I spent the afternoon at what’s considered to be one of the most important antique exhibitions in the United States. The show was exceptional this year, but we picked 3 dealers whose booths stood out for both their collections and their presentation.
“As I think about my history in interior design, the things that have always been at the foundation of my work, my inspiration as it were, are history and culture.”
I look to the past for inspiration with each new project. Over our 20 years working in New York, my partner Randall Beale and I have referenced many periods. The locale, the people, and the culture lead to visual interpretation. I’m also a strong believer in the pursuit of fantasy. We like to create rooms that become a personal refuge for our clients while endeavoring to be elegant, innovative, and slightly edgy all in the same space.
When Dominic Lepere opened his namesake Lepere 6 years ago, he was a pioneer in the Flatiron neighborhood with a modern furniture showroom. Now it’s hard to imagine another part of New York City that’s more visited by the well-heeled in design and architecture.
KGB Limited is housed in a glorious light filled loft on (far) West 25th Street. Part architecture, part interiors, and part furniture design, this is one stop shopping for the homeowner who’s enamored with the firms aesthetic – or for someone in the market for a piece of sculpture disguised as home furnishings.
“Large Sunfish” 54″ x 40″. Pastel on paper (4 panels)
Ask any interior designer worth his or her salt, and they’ll agree. Art is an accessory – and arguably the most important one they assist their clients in procuring. Some go as far as to say that it’s the most difficult acquisition they assist with because it often represent a substantial financial commitment, and because art in the popular psyche is seen as an investment which will remain with a client for a lifetime (and beyond.)