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.

 
Richard Rabel Interiors and Art Ltd . Entry Gallery and Grand Lower Staircase. The rug was created without knowing that it would so perfectly echo the droplet effect created by the 4-story-spanning mobile above.

Richard Rabel Interiors and Art Ltd. Entry Gallery and Grand Lower Staircase. The rug was created without knowing that it would so perfectly echo the droplet effect created by the 4-story-spanning mobile above.

The mobile  designed by Brian Gluckstein  and crafted by  Unitfive Design  is 40-feet high and has 4,000 hand formed and textured brass cherry blossoms. Read more about this and the inspiration behind the fan-motif staircase carpeting  here.

The mobile designed by Brian Gluckstein and crafted by Unitfive Design is 40-feet high and has 4,000 hand formed and textured brass cherry blossoms. Read more about this and the inspiration behind the fan-motif staircase carpeting here.

 

We also saw the droplet effect in the stunning Cullman & Kravis dining room in Dougall Paulson’s custom Ebb & Flow wall installation. Hundreds of 24K-gold-clad paillettes were hand-applied to the room’s sapphire-lacquered walls and fireplace mirror.

 
Cullman & Kravis Dining Room

Cullman & Kravis Dining Room

Ebb & Flow wall detail. Photo courtesy of  @dougallpaulson on Instagram

Ebb & Flow wall detail. Photo courtesy of @dougallpaulson on Instagram

 

Christopher Peacock’s English Flint Slab backspashes in the kitchen and Jennifer Cohler Mason’s Cambria-clad bar in a sitting room both employed the same pattern of mineral formations floating on dark backgrounds.

 
Christopher Peacock  Kitchen detail.

Christopher Peacock Kitchen detail.

The  Cambria -topped custom bar in  J. Cohler Mason’s  Sitting Room

The Cambria-topped custom bar in J. Cohler Mason’s Sitting Room

 

The hand-crafted finishes and high-end materials on these chandeliers take organic lighting forms to new heights.

 
Markus Haase Bronze & Onyx Circlet Chandelier in  J. Cohler Mason’s  sitting room by  Todd Merrill Studio .

Markus Haase Bronze & Onyx Circlet Chandelier in J. Cohler Mason’s sitting room by Todd Merrill Studio.

Jeff Zimmerman “Vine” Illuminated Sculpture by  R & Company  in  Jeff Lincoln Art + Design’s  Main Living Room.

Jeff Zimmerman “Vine” Illuminated Sculpture by R & Company in Jeff Lincoln Art + Design’s Main Living Room.

 

Free-form shapes in saturated colors are expressed on a pair of tables in an Eve Robinson Associates study and on the bold wall covering in Young Huh’s attic studio.

 
Another  Jeff Zimmerman light fixture by R & Company  is reflected in the vintage triangular coffee table (  Van Den Akker Antiques ) in  Eve Robinson’s  feminine bedroom-turned-office.

Another Jeff Zimmerman light fixture by R & Company is reflected in the vintage triangular coffee table ( Van Den Akker Antiques) in Eve Robinson’s feminine bedroom-turned-office.

The hand-painted  Fromental  wallcovering in  Young Huh’s  “Studio with Bathroom” is an exuberant free-form collage that contrasts beautifully with the space’s more traditional forms.

The hand-painted Fromental wallcovering in Young Huh’s “Studio with Bathroom” is an exuberant free-form collage that contrasts beautifully with the space’s more traditional forms.

 

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!

 

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