A never miss event is always the Kips Bay Show House in New York. I am always dazzled and inspired. This year's show house did not disappoint. It is a privately owned home. Usually these homes are for sale. The former owner of this 10,000 sq. ft. neo-Federalist style mansion was John Hay "Jock" Whitney. A charming diplomat, art connoisseur, and bon vivant. The family of Disque D. Deane, a creative financier, owns the home presently and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mary McDonald knows how to make an entrance in her masculine meets feminine entry wrapped in lipstick red lacquer.
Turn the corner and you're met with Wayne Nathan's 80's inspired first floor stairwell. Aakash Nihalani, a street artist, uses electrical tape as his artistic medium to create a sense of falling thru space.
My favorite room this year was by Celerie Kemble. She gave me a lot of "take aways". The ceiling application is called verre eglomise. It is painting or etching on the reverse side of mirror or glass. Miriam Ellner did a breathtaking job creating a chinoiserie skyscape fantasy. I only want to know, "what's going to happen to this ceiling after the show?"
The paneling is original Norfolk pine and was to remain untouched, so Kimble Interiors pulled out every trick in the book to add light and life to this already show stopping space. A light carpet (hand stenciled sisal), fabrics, mirrored and gleaming surfaces, along with different light sources help achieve this. Another clever little trick is the way Kimble Interiors incorporated the sconces into the frame of the painting over the fireplace. I LOVED this touch! Sometimes the beauty is in the details.
Matthew Patrick Smyth designed the dining room around the existing wallpaper, a graceful hand-painted silk. It was a gift to the owners from the sister of Madame Mao. The room was infused with a French and Asian aesthetic. Couture details in the drapes frame out the panels and draw attention to exquisite details. The chandelier by Jacques Jarrige was made from a piece of brass to relate to the blowing branches in the wallpaper.
By New York standards the kitchen by Bilotta Kitchens is huge. It even has an a joining butler's pantry! You can never go wrong with neutral, textural and elegant.
The infusion of exquisite art-filled spaces was a theme in several rooms. Richard Mishaan, a self described "art-holic", masterfully mixes well known artists' work with clean traditional lines in this 40 x 20 foot living area. Not only did he incorporate a Fernando Botero (above the fireplace) from his personal collection, as well as a Damian Hirst series into the mix, he actually painted the two canvases on the opposite wall flanking the mirror (as opposed to the Botero which is flanked by gilt mirrors). I loved this application of opposites.
join me upstairs in part deux ~ next time