The 47th Kips Bay Decorator Show House on 36-38 East 74th Street in Manhattan, New York, closed its doors on May 30, 2019. The 22 lucky designers who had been chosen from over 100 applicants gave their best to create, design, and decorate 23 marvelous spaces in the five-story Upper East Side house.
We had the opportunity to work with seven of the design and decorators firms and studios that set the standards for 2019 interior design in North America and beyond. Sheila Bridges, Christopher Peacock, Jim Dove, Vicente Wolf, Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron, Damian and Britt Zunio, and Young Huh used more than thirty of our products in their room designs in fresh and surprising ways.
Sheila Bridges of Sheila Brides Design and Sheila Bridges Home, who has President Bill Clinton, author Tom Clancy, music mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and many others as her clients, participated in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House for the first time. She was assigned a small room off the main entrance on the ground floor. This might have been less than inspiring for someone else, but Sheila rose to the challenge to design a provocative, colorful, high-minded dog heaven. She especially liked the closet that revealed a working shower where the MasterShower™ 60” metal shower hose was a perfect fit. The dog bath just off the front door is a practical and impactful idea to pay homage to four-legged friends.
We swooned over the Christopher Peacock luxury kitchen in our first Kips Bay Decorator Show House post, but there is more to say about the understated elegance of the space. The deep green tone offset with brass and metal accents made this a place where visitors lingered during their visit. With a contemporary design that called for sophisticated fittings, the functional Prolific™ under-mount kitchen sink with accessories and the Purist™ pull-out kitchen sink faucet added a perfect touch to the warmest room in the house.
Damian and Britt Zunino of Studio DB tackled their assigned room with a unique vision. The well-lit, small boudoir came to life with the Artifacts™ freestanding bath with ball-and-claw feet, the Caxton™ Oval under-mount sink, a Purist bathroom sink faucet and a Corbelle™ Comfort Height™ toilet. The designers enveloped the space with Benjamin Moore paint in the jewel-toned green shade of Viridian. Artfully used on the walls, it created a special moment and atmosphere for guests.
Flipping conventions on its head is Vicente Wolf’s signature. The New York City-based decorator replaced the dining room table in the breakfast room with a Ceric™ freestanding bath and a Loure™ floor-mount bath filler with handshower. If that was not enough to catch people’s attention, the dark burgundy walls lend the room a dramatic and exciting air. The inspiration for this bold design came from photography, art and travels.
When it comes to rich colors, Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron of Pappas Miron Design are no strangers. The master bathroom was left in the capable hands of these leading designers who transformed it into a modern, sophisticated space. The Betello™ Comfort Height toilet paired with a Pinstripe™ bathroom sink faucet and showerhead added the finishing touches to this timeless well-proportioned room.
Even the tiniest of spaces in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2019 twinkled with gold and amber. Jim Dove of Dove Design Studio, who has designed kitchens from California to Italy, created a champagne bar to remember. At the center, the Briolette™ vessel bathroom sink and the Karbon™ kitchen faucet shone with their warm, saturated colors. True to his design thinking, Jim took inspiration from art and architecture to decorate the sink’s and faucet’s surroundings in a way to emphasize the materiality of these centerpieces and remember movies long gone. The multimedia light box in the background showed stills from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The fifth-floor space was the ultimate reward for climbing all these stairs. Young Huh of Young Huh Interior Design tackled the attic space, ceiling and skylight effortlessly. She reimagined the unusual space to become a fresh, eclectic artist studio. The hand-painted wallpaper by Fromental, the Ironware International chandelier and the flower-filled Farmstead™ kitchen sink with transitional legs and a Purist semiprofessional kitchen sink faucet were elements that worked particularly well with the antiques and the contemporary furniture pieces to give the room a bohemian flair.
The seven design and decorator firms intertwined the popular interior design pulses perfectly and transformed this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House into an amazing showcase for the industry and interiors lovers. The project’s main purpose is to help underprivileged kids and the organization is doing a magnificent job to raise funds. It also gives interior designers a platform to show their best work and share it with the world.
Source: some photos are courtesy of Nickolas Sargent and Kips Bay Decorator Show House.