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Kips Bay Post Script: Gideon Mendelson

closing thoughts on show house participation

Gideon Mendelson Kips Bay Showhouse 2In the 11 years that the Mendelson Group has existed, Gideon and his staff have produced sensational interiors for clients in New York and the Hamptons that have graced the pages of several shelter publications – and last year the firm participated in the Designer Showhouse of Westchester, for which it won critical acclaim in the press.

Then this year, as if balancing life with his husband, his 3 children, and a thriving design studio weren’t enough, he created a ladies salon for The Kips Bay Showhouse – which closed last week after an incredibly well attended run.  What you may not know is that he literally created the room from raw space – even going as far as to conjure a decorative paneled ceiling to help unify the room’s awkward ‘L’ shaped configuration where no ceiling previously existed.  It was the kind of room you’d want to read in by the fireplace, pen thank you notes to friends, or chat with gal-pals over a civilized game of bridge.

So in a follow-up to Monday’s post in which John Eason shared his closing thoughts on the experience of participating in this years Kips Bay, I caught up with Gideon for a Q&A about his experience, and for some advise for designers who aspire to create a room for what is widely regarded as the country’s premiere design event….

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Kips Bay Post Script: John Eason

closing thoughts on show house participation

Damon Adjusted A As is often the case with show houses, designers who are making their debut in the venue are often ‘gifted’ with a small or challenging space – calling in to play the essence of their creativity to make a lasting impression.
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In years past some designers have knocked it out of the park – I immediately think about my departed friend Randy Ridless’s jewel-box room for Kips Bay in 2000 that garnered him not only the lead coverage in the Times, but eventually lead to his redesign of the Burberry Store on West 57th in conjunction with Barteluce Architects and Associates.
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This year 2 charming and talented friends were given such rooms to decorate in the Villard Houses – John Eason the ‘Grand Staircase’ and Gideon Mendelson a rather oddly proportioned ‘L’ shaped room.  In my opinion they both pulled off a design coup – leaving the visitors to their respective spaces with a long-lasting impression of luxury in keeping with the Roman renaissance architectural tour-de-force Stanford White created.
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And now that the event is over, I thought I’d catch up John and Gideon to learn about the experience, and to get some advise for designers who aspire to participate in Kips Bay – ‘The Academy Awards’ of interior design.
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Today’s Q&A is with John Eason, later in the week I’ll be reporting back with Gideon’s insights…
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Master Class: Scott Salvator

a candid assessment of today's interior design industry

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With an illustrious career spanning more than 30 years Scott Salvator has been celebrated on the pages of countess shelter magazines, and has created rooms for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse – the Academy Awards of interior design as he calls it – a record 4 times: in 1994, 1999, 2002, and 2007.

Our design editor Carl Lana has had a personal friendship with Scott for more years than either of them are willing to admit to, so when I conceived of the idea to interview him for a Master Class post Carl made the introduction.

We were invited to Scott’s insanely chic Upper East side apartment (honestly one of the most creative spaces I’ve ever seen!) for a candid chat.  What Scott had to say about contemporary interior design; about what someone new to the industry needs to know to succeed; and about what he learned from Mario Buatta, Gary Crain, and Robert Metzger makes for invaluable insight every design professional will find helpful.

Carl Lana conducted the interview, here’s a recap.

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41st Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2013

Highlights and Impressions

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This year’s Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House features 18 interior designers who have spread their creative wings and have something to tell us about how they envision design in the present day.  From the understated elegance of the English style to a Vasarely-esque tableau, these 18 are making their statements via art, historic reference, classic appointments, and color.

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