“Reds were the rage” channeled many of the designers at the latest Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Housed in a French Renaissance townhouse in New York City, this annual fundraiser brings top interior designers together to create spaces to their hearts’ desires.
Upon entering the limestone mansion built by Arthur Sachs, the founder of Goldman Sachs investment firm, we encounter Jamie Drake’s burgundy rich foyer. Luxurious materials abound – starting with the horn and bronze desk from Atelier Viollet and gold metal stools. The star of the foyer is Ralph Pucci’s flowing Psychose console, framed with an antique giltwood mirror.
Alessandra Branca warmed up her Salon Rouge with a color scheme of red tints. The whimsical floral and tree pattern by Pierre Frey on the throw, drapery, and chairs imbued the room a feeling of walking through the countryside, but of a very exotic land. Embracing the room are black and gilt lacquered Chinese screens. Abstract acrylics, Aperture in Red IV-VI, by Veronique Gambier, highlight the nook area.
Designer Mark D. Sikes imagined a fantastical retreat villa for his dining space. Using pattern on pattern technique throughout the room, Sikes melded the Schumacher check patterned fabrics with the exotic Malabar print from Bennison Fabrics. Gracing the walls are blue and white Chinese porcelain hurricanes from John Rosselli Antiques. Carrying through the summer home theme, Sikes brought in rattan dining chairs and table of his own design.
The Kips Bay Decorator Show House will be open to the public through June 11, 2015. For more information, visit www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/.