Celebrated in the grand Villard Mansion on Madison Avenue, the 42nd Kips Bay Decorator Show House event saw some very expressive rooms by a premier group of talent this year.
Cullman & Kravis, a New York City- based interior design firm, created a sultry suite that really turned things upside down. This is an attention-grabber. Appropriately titled “Some Like it Hot”, the room is inspired by the iconic Marilyn Monroe movie from 1959. The room has a vibrant sensuality, a sexy-laced-with-innocence allure. It seems to be infused with the spirit of Marilyn herself.
A contemporary collection of fiery and glamorous photography draws an intensely provocative note. It is powerful. The room, according to designer Ellie Cullman, is all about women and their different manifestations. Moody and intimate, the black and white images provide visual resting points.
With all its sex appeal, this room has a quiet refinement. Neoclassical Bergeres, Regency brass grilles on the closet doors and a contemporary Phillipe Starck Ghost Chair provide an elegant classicism. Vintage Art Deco furnishings and elements such as the French Rosewood Bronze cabinet and the Gilt Gesso floor lamp playfully juxtapose. The eclectic ensemble reflects a very personalized and ‘evolved’ space.
The finishes in this room are flattering. The walls were inspired by Ellie Cullman’s rose gold bracelets. The metallic patina was achieved with aluminium leaf and rose gold glaze and the panels were picked out in layers of copper and gold metallic paint. Reflecting the sparkle of the Murano chandelier, a white high-gloss Venetian plaster ceiling provides an ideal backdrop.
The centre piece of the room is a custom C&K peacock blue lacquered bed. The four poster bed is completed with an upholstered headboard of gold metallic fabric. It is glorious and unites beautifully with the Beauvais “Givenchy” carpet. Adding to the fun of the room, the faceted mirror acts as a large diamond above the bed.
This suite is full of masterful detail and layering. A luxurious white fur throw, a sculptural gold-painted iron bench with faux sharkskin leather upholstery and a stack of colourfully bound books speak ‘beautiful’.
Elegant curtains are layered with an iridescent material within a horizontal geometric band. The understated detail instantly grabbed my attention. Embroidered pillows and Japanese lacquered boxes add to the personalized touches. Honestly, I could have spent the entire day in this room discovering all the bespoke nuances. The grouping of crystal obelisks in the fireplace is one of those creative, thinking-outside-of-the-box additions bringing the room to another level.
Of course, the radiating Rosewood marquetry of this 1938 French cabinet really caught my eye (and perhaps also the New York City fireman). Sizzle.