Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 ~ Part 2



Midnight Manhattan by Charles Pavarini III is moody in blue with its striking cobalt walls, the base coat of lapis with top coats of aqua mixed with eye shadow, then striĆ©d: sublime.  The Jeff Zimmerman chandelier was a highlight amongst a room full of highlights.  The pewter leafed travertine mosaic tile helped diffuse light and bring more texture to the lounge.  Charles demonstrates his motto perfectly in this room; drama thru restraint.




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David Phoenix's bedroom has a refined masculine/feminine retreat.  With it's layers upon layers of fabric, tartan plaid Colefax and Fowler upholstered wall covering, sumptuous club chairs, a pop of Fortuny fabric, the monochromatic books filling the book shelf, the Robert Kuo lacquered table ~ I could have moved right in!





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Michael Herold made the most of a tiny space.  In what was formerly the upstairs laundry room, Las Palmas transports you to an art deco bygone era.  Modern glamour reigns with the bold print walls, lacquered checker board painted ceiling, and select pieces that give the space a lot of bang for the buck!






Alessandra Branca always brings it in her signature red (or pink in this case).  She strikes a perfect balance always between living amongst beautiful things in a comfortable way without anything being too precious.  I love that!  Her beautifully curated living room is layered and livable with multiple seating areas featuring a European aesthetic.  The Pierre Frey Tree of Life print fabric is featured throughout the room and the Harve van der Straeten chandelier drove me wild.  I love everything that man does as well!








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Tom Felicia created a multi tasking "Study in Style."  He is "blurring the lines between work and play." Most of the furniture is from Tom's collection with Vanguard, mingling with vintage pieces.  The lacquered panels were custom made for the space and Robert Greene's "Frenetic Composure" sculpture, or the time out guy, as we took to calling him, sulked in the corner.  The room is a study in sophistication, elegance, playfulness, and comfort.


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From the starburst painted ceiling to the leaf lined bookshelves, McMillian Inc. had us celebrating Rio, within their zen like modern tropics bedroom.  The bed cleverly converted from masculine to feminine by turning the headboard and pillows over.  Pullout shelves and built in lighting provide everything you could ask for.







The sculpture is actually a light by DDC and the cane chaise was provided by R & Company.



Alan Tanksley's study is titled "Pavlo's Retreat."  His muse, his longtime friend Alexa Hampton's husband!  The walnut trim and mirror replace the more expected detailed, traditional trim for a decidedly modern, unconventional twist.  Quiet contemplation is held dear in this well traveled, masculine,  gentleman's garret like quarters with an interpretive mural of the Manhattan skyline by artist Matt Austin.


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This bathroom by Peter J Sinnott IV was exceptional.   The AKDO flooring, called Origami, was more like an M.C. Escher drawing.  There was so much movement and it had a surrealist quality to it.   The orange stripe was like an exclamation point on all this good design, as was the attention to detail within this jewel of a space.

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My back is to the shower here, when you turn around you are greeted by an unexpected powder coated sculpture on the shower wall.  I have never seen something like this before.  I love it!





Paula + Martha had the 3rd floor landing and stairs to the roof deck.  They created a gallery like space.
Hanging sculptures from Jacques Jarrige, pieces by Al Held, Jeff Zimmerman, and Robert Greene hold their own.  Fine art and a touch of the unexpected ~ they do it well.

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In addition to celebrating the Kips Bay Organization's 100 year anniversary, they can also celebrate another wonderful show house, being held this year at the Arthur Sach's mansion running thru June 11th.  It's always a treat and I am always left inspired!



Ph: *Rafael Quirindongo, others CLI




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 ~ part 1

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Walking thru the doors of a Kips Bay Showhouse is always special.  You know you are in for a treat, and this year on the Kips Bay organization's 100 year anniversary it is no exception.

 Jamie Drake's foyer grabbed our attention as soon as we stepped over the threshold.




Its dark wine walls mixed with Japanese mica is magical.  The furniture was few but strong, important, and held the space.  The cloud-like lighting floating below a beautiful blue lacquered ceiling are by Ayala Serfaty.




I kinda fell in love with the kitchen.  Never more just a utilitarian space, the design and execution were sublime.  Christopher Peacock's mastery of finely outfitted kitchens is well known. The Tanners Brown, low luster, Farrow and Ball paint was intriguing.  It took on the look of dark brown to charcoal to deep plum as the light changed around the room.  His hand brushed brass hardware was a nice counterpart to the other surfaces; throw in a live edge anything and I am "hooked."

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Akdo tiles in Balmoral Plaid are a fashionable nod to classic tailoring and warm the hearth behind the stove.  Dacor appliances were featured.  Their smart technology oven is the 1st of its kind.  Synced with your iPhone, you can control its features remotely.  I don't know about you, but there have been so many times I wished I could pre heat my oven while I was still out.










 I realized I have been living without a Nespresso drawer which I will have to rectify immediately!



 I immediately recognized Christopher Guy's furniture gracefully outfitting the eat in area.





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Bennett Leifer, one of Traditional Home's "rising star's" created a jewel of a space.  Organic in nature, the lounge packs maximum drama in minimum square footage.  Between the deGourney metallic paper with matching sheers (new to the company), crystal lighting and artful accessories, it is a nice respite from all the cooking you would undoubtedly would be doing (or your professional chef will be doing.)


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Ascending the back stairs you are whisked  away from the Upper East Side to the Crystal Palace in Pakistan.   An Escapist Retreat by the girls of Tilton Fenwick, who's  pattern on pattern style and color palette always delight, features their fabric from Duralee.  This small space packs a big punch, These ladies are on fire....


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Mark D. Sikes created a cheerful, layered look with equal mix of opulence and casual, Mark was inspired by Italian style icon Marcella Agnelli and features his rattan furniture collection with the British company Sloane.  It's meant to feel timeless and fun. "Nobody wants a stuffy dining room anymore."


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I loved the traditional style mixed with the more contemporary paintings by Harry Cushing above the antique chests.



The Princess and the Pea bedroom by Cathy Kincaid began with the bone inlaid bed from John Rosselli & Associates.  This richly layered bedroom, with a document wall covering is seeped in beauty and tradition that also has an escapist quality to it.

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Nobody does embroidery better than Penn & Fletcher.




Phillip Mitchell of Toronto created a gallery landing featuring much from his personal collection.  The space is an homage to his mother who recently passed away.  She loved toile and this Mulberry wallpaper is at once deeply meaningful, soft, contemporary. and a good neutral background for all the great art.

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Stop back for part 2

Photos: *Rafael Quirindongo, ** Bruce Buck via NY Times, all others CLI