Kips Bay Showhouse Zeitgeist: It's all in the Details
The 47th Annual Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House wraps up next week, and, as always, it offers a fascinating look at what products and trends the industry’s top design talents are embracing.
Each space is independently designed by a widely diverse group of professionals in terms of approach and style, which is why it’s interesting when we see certain motifs, products, and techniques repeated throughout the house.
Here are three that jumped out:
Organic Shapes and Droplet Patterns In Luxe Finishes and Textures
From Richard Rabel’s spectacular ground-floor entry gallery to Young Huh’s top-floor atelier (or, officially, Studio with Bathroom), many designers incorporated free-form shapes in fresh and exquisitely-crafted ways.
This wall covering by MJ Atelier was hand-sculpted on a 10-ft tall canvas. The custom stair runner and rug by The Rug Company mirrors the droplet effect of the stairway-spanning mobile designed by Brian Gluckstein and crafted by Unitfive Design.
The hand-crafted finishes and high-end materials on these chandeliers take organic lighting forms to new heights.
No Ceiling Left unadorned
Whether wood or metal appliques, metallic leaf, patterned paper, layers of white lacquer, a grand carved medallion, or a shadow medallion created by the carved pattern of an antique dutch brass lantern chandelier, the 5th wall was rarely ignored in the Kips Bay rooms. And while showhouse rooms are, by definition, not notable for their practicality, when it comes to wear & tear, ceilings are literally above the fray, so it’s the one surface where you can indulge in a fantasy finish.
John Lyle Fireplace Accessories
Old New York City townhouses have lots of fireplaces, and this double-wide residence is no exception. John Lyle Designs seems to be a favorite source for andirons, screens, and tools.
Today, more than ever, artisan-crafted details like these are what defines luxury interior design. If there’s one quality every room shared, it would be the highest level of bespoke details and craftsmanship. With good product design accessible at every price point, it’s the labor-intensive techniques and custom creations that set these spaces apart.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!