Two weeks ago I attended BLOGFEST 2013 here in NYC. There is always lots of good socializing and networking going on at the event, plus you get the opportunity to attend several of the major design happenings in NYC which are going on at the same time. One of my favorites is
the KIPS BAY DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE. Kips Bay, as we in the industry call it, is the premier show house on the East Coast for interior designers, and I am proud to say that I have been a participant in it in the past.
This year the show house was in a lovely town house on the upper east side of the city. There were a lot of talented designers that participated in the event. One of the trends I saw was the use of lacquered colored walls and ceilings…a fabulous look, but also a super expensive way to finish your walls. The majority of the spaces were contemporary with smatterings of 20th Century pieces and lighting interspersed. We are definitely in a contemporary phase as far as what is “IN” in the interior design business, so this all seemed quite appropriate.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite rooms and design details:
You can’t go past the entry space of Andrew Suvalsky Designs without noticing his love of bright colors. His highly lacquered furniture…of his own design…and lacquered bathroom walls were really quite striking. Suvalsky has no problem dealing with color, which I think is great, and uses bold stokes in his design artillery to create an original look.
Kristen McGinnis Design Inc. created a fabulosa dining room with a wonderful dark blue green color lacquered on the walls and ceiling and moldings and then matched it all up with a chic low lustre rustic looking wood floor, I found this room really exciting. The furnishings were also extraordinary, as everything came from some contemporary artist or artisan that McGinnis was friendly with, including the lighting fixture specially designed for the show. The look was exciting and stimulating and worthy of a museum installation.
Sara Story Design created a clever sitting room with a pair of unusual lavender geometric sofas composed of cubes of upholstery. Not sure of the comfort level of these beauties, but dezign-wise they were very effective. Bold black and white FLOR carpet tiles and a patterned wall paper with lavender drapes completed this clever ensemble which was really quite eye catching.
Story’s bathroom was a continuation of her play on geometric shapes. The vanity was divine in it’s shades of purples and lavenders and the contrasting black and white tiles worked just perfectly with it. The gesture of filling the tub with crumbled paper added a touch of humor that was not missed by this dezigner.
This sliver of a room was put together by Dineen Architecture + Design PC and it was really quite stunning. The over-sized long narrow bench was the perfect foil for the two club chairs and I particularly adored the window treatments…simple elegant and chic.
The “Tailored and Handsome” look goes to Garcia/Moldonado, Inc. They had an over sized sofa/ bed/ lounge/ chaise as the centerpiece of the decor with wonderful detailing throughout. I particularly loved the fireplace design and the marvelous photograph above it.
Jack Levy Design room get’s the “Best Wallcovering Award” with it’s rich dark background and fish swimming in different directions wall covering from Lee Jofa fabrics. There are not many rooms that could pull this off well, and Levy managed to create just the perfect environment to integrate this whimsical fabric as a wall covering but still have very sophisticated interiors.
Just in case you thought classic design has disappeared, this room by Barbara Ostrom Associates will reconfirm that it still is desired by many and it’s still chic. Got to love the African stool with the Mongolian Lamb cushion and the zebra rug…two touches that might have come out of my dezign library.
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!