When I lived in NYC one of my favorite early summer events was the Kips Bay Showhouse on the Upper East Side. The showhouse always showcased high-profile designers and lots of great products. Showhouses are always such fun, as many designers see it as a chance to do something a bit wild and over the top to get noticed. And just the thrill of getting to wander through a multi-million dollar townhouse is enough to make me go each year, even if the designs are not so amazing. Those rooftop decks are ALWAYS drool-worthy.
I did not make it to Kips Bay this year, but thought I would share a few of my favorite rooms from the Architectural Digest slideshow. I was not terribly shocked to see a lot of mixing of styles and periods to great effect. There are a number of rooms that feel and look (at first glance) quite modern, but are actually full of period details. And vice versa.
While not a room I would necessarily find relaxing to come home to every night, I am quite taken by the drama of the entry hall by David Collins Studio. This space really feels contemporary at first, but I just adore the very neoclassical moldings surrounding and applied onto the mirrored walls, as well as the very 1920 Bauhaus simplicity of the staircase and pendant lights. Then there is a great nod to Dorothy Draper with the b&w floor and dramatic silk drapery.
The dining room feels VERY traditional at first, with lots of gilding, lots of white and lots of murals. However, I just love the funky dining table with a base that looks like huge chunks of abalone shell, and the stark painted chevron floors!
This sitting room by Sawyer Berson smacks of Italian Mid-Mod, but I just adore that they added two Old Master style paintings, breaking the period room feel.
And I cannot get over the genius of Garrow Kedigan who painted his entire room in blackboard paint and had an artist DRAW Neoclassical paneling onto the walls and ceiling. Together with the clean lines of the furniture this space is really fantastic.
Well, Kips Bay is certainly on the list for next year! All photos from the AD online article, which can be found here.