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22 30 Features 22 International Flair London-Based Fiona Barratt-Campbell Sets up Shop on US Shores By Cahy Whitlock
30 Ode to Joy From Montana to Moscow, Joy Moyler is in Demand By Cahy Whitlock
36 All Roads Lead to 200 Lex These Companies Bring Global Sensibilities to Décor By Liz Logan
Volume 17 Issue 1 SPRING 2021
Departments 6 STYLERADAR By Rebecca Parke John Douglas Eason shops the world at 200 Lex.
10 BOOKS By Cathy Whitlock Perfect for the armchair traveler and design aficionado, these sumptuous books span the globe.
12 TROVE By Rebecca Parke
STYLESPOTLIGHT Featured highlights of craft and design.
DEFININGPIECES Items that sum up what a showroom is all about.
HIGH-TECH ANTIQUES SHOPPING IS HERE The Gallery at 200 Lex powered by Incollect.
EVENTSAT200LEX A look at a few recent celebrations.
NEWSHOWROOMS Fresh faces and new designs.
SHOWROOMDIRECTORY A complete list of who’s where in 200 Lex.
BACKSTORY By Tom Scarcella Ngala Trading Co. and ethical sourcing.
Shop these luxury purveyors without having to leave the comfort of home.
14 FRESHPICKS The most current products in the 200 Lex showrooms.
44 CULTURECALENDAR By Rebecca Parke Embrace your creative side with new, on-screen entertainment.
46 EATS’N’SLEEPS By Tom Scarcella Explore global cuisine and hotels all within city limits.
48 GALLERY A picture-perfect showroom exhibition.
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LETTE R F ROM T HE E DI TOR Dear Readers, Since the time of the early explorers, design has continually absorbed and interpreted influences from around the world. From Baroque carvings to Japanese minimalism, styles, trends, and techniques have crisscrossed the globe for centuries. Today, technology has made the world a much smaller place. Designers can teleconference with clients in Asia in the morning, remotely walk through a jobsite in the Hamptons at lunchtime, and then review samples with colleagues in São Paulo before dinner. In this issue, ARRAY celebrates global design, a term that references the myriad choices available to us, and the fact that we can work on projects just about anywhere, without ever leaving our desks. We also highlight designers whose numerous international projects have racked up enough frequent flier miles to take them to the moon and back. Fiona Barratt-Campbell, the granddaughter of a noted British homebuilder, was raised in England and educated in London and New York. Her interiors are a mix of opulence and simplicity that pay homage to history, reflecting a love of ancient artifacts and an appreciation for clean, modernist lines. After bringing her signature style to many exotic destinations, Barratt-Campbell’s London-based company, featuring her own furniture line, is touching down here in a new Manhattan outpost (International Flair, p. 22). Joy Moyler gained a world of experience even before launching her own firm, working with giants of both fashion and architecture. Since then, she’s garnered an impressive roster of clients including international resorts, celebrities, and media moguls from Moscow to Montana. One reason for her enormous success is that she can’t be defined by a single style (Ode to Joy, p. 30). To go globe-hopping, all you have to do is explore 200 Lex to see and touch designs from six continents (sorry, Antarctica). We broke out the atlas to show how the world beats a path right to our doorstep (All Roads Lead to 200 Lex, p. 36). Until we regain our ability to move about unrestricted, it’s nice to know that your designs can still reach all four corners of the Earth. Happy travels,
Paul Millman Editor-in-Chief
Photo by Andrew French
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G L O B A L L Y S O U R C E D John Douglas Eason Shops the World at 200 Lex
In this Central Park West home, John played with varying hues of greys and silvers in multiple textures.
By Rebecca Parke
ravel disrupts and refreshes my perspective. When in unfamiliar territory my imagination isn’t crowded with prejudgment or a need to meet a deadline,” said John Douglas Eason, interior designer. “I find that color sensibility is especially geographic; bright colors in Buenos Aires, muted patinas in Milan, rich smoky tones of London.” Born and raised in Dallas-Fort Worth, John brought the style-obsessed culture of the south to New York City for a balance of modern sophistication and traditional style principles. This primary bedroom suite John designed for a client is peppered with vintage French furniture. The custom bed is his own interpretation of an early 20th century German design.
“Every room I design takes into consideration classical aesthetic values,” John said. “I also believe the adage ‘think globally, act locally’ applies to design; we need to be aware of the big picture but being sustainable means prioritizing the local.” The inspiration behind Eason’s design stems from time-honored traditions. His rule of thumb for longterm design?
“While I don’t put stock in trends, I do believe in representing an energetic mix of new, recent, and historical. My design philosophy is simple; a home should assert the values and interests of the client.” John Douglas Eason
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Some of John’s favorite items from 200 Lex:
1. Goldoni Wallpaper From Fromental “A manipulation of wet/dry velvet which is then embroidered and hand painted over is the kind of fresh work that I bring to all of my projects,” John said. nydc.com/showroom/fromental 2. Angela Armchair from Sossego “Handsome and classic is always a winning combination in the rooms I design,” John said. “The Angela chair from Sossego is both, as well as constructed from sustainably harvested Brazilian hardwood.” nydc.com/showroom/sossego
3. Bulbo Dining Table by Roberta Schilling “The power of girth and a good two-tone finish combination can anchor a room without overwhelming,” John said. “The Bulbo table from Brazilian designer Roberta Schilling easily incorporates both.” nydc.com/showroom/roberta-schilling 4. Matlight Studio Table Lamp from Cosulich Interiors and Antiques “As much as I love texture, I also love the contrasting effect of pairing textural elements with those that are simple and elegant: like this striking table lamp designed by E. Elizarova, with roots in Russia and the UK,” said John. nydc.com/showroom/cosulich-interiors-antiques
5. Mirror by Ettore Sottsass oﬀered by Donzella exhibiting on Incollect “This is a super handsome mirror, circa 1958 with brass detailing to provide the textural element that I incorporate in every project. Vintage pieces also have the advantage of being very sustainable,” said John. nydc.com/showroom/donzella 6. Esme Sofa from Verellen John said, “a super luxurious and comfy sofa is key in any home we design. The Esme collection from Verellen hits all the right notes for comfort: bonus points for its sustainable construction and Belgian origins.” nydc.com/showroom/verellen
7. Ngala Shaggy Bench “I’m delighted by the wildebeest effect of the fringe on the Ngala shaggy bench,” John said. “This is just the type of piece that I like to incorporate dressed up or dressed down for a touch of modern sophistication.” nydc.com/showroom/ngala-tading-co 8. Proﬁles Brentwood Chair “I’ve long been a fan of William Haines and his eponymous design firm. The Brentwood Chair fits easily into any living room with its clean mid-century detail and traditionally tufted seat,” John said. nydc.com/showroom/profiles FEB MAR APR MAY
Alberto Pinto: World Interiors Alberto Pinto and Julien Morel Flammarion September 2020 256 pages $34.98
Architectural Digest: The Most Beautiful Rooms in the World Marie Kalt Rizzoli September 2020 336 pages $65
The late interior designer and photographer Alberto Pinto needs no introduction: his eclectic and classic work is known worldwide. A graduate of the École du Louvre in Paris, he later honed his skills in New York City, specializing in photography and architecture, and eventually founded his interior design firm in the 1960s at the Place des Victoires. Pinto was also known for his home collection, which included furniture, tableware, and linens for Raynaud, Pierre Frey, and D. Porthault.
As a global authority on interior design since 1920, who better than Architectural Digest (AD) to pen a book on the most beautiful rooms in the world? AD’s French editor-in-chief, Marie Kalt, culled through the magazine’s vast international archives and the result is a wonderful curation of varied houses, apartments, villas, and exquisite interiors across the globe.
From corporations and hotels to yachts and residences, the designer’s global work is heralded in the new book Alberto Pinto: World Interiors. Featuring a study in refinement, eclecticism, and luxury, the book explores his innovative approach to well-established design principles. A fitting tribute to the legendary designer, Pinto’s work is also chronicled in the books Moderns (2003), Bedrooms (2006), and Alberto Pinto: Today (2010).
The illustrated tome features a who’s who of international designers from Jacques Grange, Joseph Dirand, and Peter Marino to Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Biijoy Jain. Readers can get an upclose-and-personal peek at Marc Jacob’s townhouse in Manhattan and Tommy Hilfiger’s Connecticut home, along with a country house in Russia, summer home in Majorca, and a palace in Morocco – just to name a few. The book is equal parts design source and a travelogue as it takes the reader around the United States and Mexico to France, Italy, Germany, and in-between. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour pens the foreword.
A Day at Château de Chantilly: The Estate and Gardens of the Duke of Aumale Mathieu Deldicque and Adrian Goetz Flammarion October 2020 224 pages $35 The Château de Chantilly is also in the spotlight in the new book on the home of the Duke of Aumale. Rebuilt after the Revolution by Henri d’Orléans, duc d’Aumale (son of King Louis Philippe), the home is a museum and showplace for some of the most exceptional French collections of furniture, decorative arts, books, and paintings in Europe. It is also notable as the home of the Condé Museum galleries, that boasts the masterpieces of artists Raphael, Clouet and Ingres. Designers and antiquarians alike will enjoy the tour of Chantilly’s private apartments preserved in the elegant French Louis Phillipe style of the period. Landscape architect Andre Le Nôtré’s magnificent gardens and the opulent stables are also noteworthy. Conserved by the Institut of France, the cheateau featured in this book invites readers with rare access to one of France’s great cultural treasures.
A Château on the French Riviera: Modern Interiors by Oitoemponto Oitoemponto and MarieVendittelli Flammarion November 2020 224 pages $95 Chateau: the mere word conjures up images of elaborate palaces, refined interiors, well-manicured gardens, and all things grandeur. Since few of us reside in these architectural triumphs, a visit via an illustrated book will have to suffice. Flammarion’s new book, A Château on the French Riviera, features the work of the architects at Oitoemponto who oversaw the four-year renovations of Château Saint-Maur de Cogolin. Located on the chic Riviera (just 10 kilometers from Saint-Tropez), architects Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec take the reader on a design journey from preliminary watercolor sketches to before-and-after photographs. Bedrooms and master suites, secret chambers, reception rooms, and entertainment areas are reinvented with a modern slant in this immense 17,000 square-foot private family residence. The chateau is also known for its cru classé vineyard's high-quality rosé wines. Oitoemponto (translated as “eight o’clock precisely” from Portuguese) is known for its incomparable and timeless projects: from a piedà-terre in Paris and a summer penthouse in Ibiza to Paris’ La Maison du Caviar restaurant and the monumental Palace Hotel in Porto.
Perfect for the armchair traveler and design aficionado, these sumptuous books span the globe.
By Cathy Whitlock
de Gournay: Hand-Painted Interiors Claud Cecil Gurney Rizzoli October 2020 256 pages $75
Inside Marrakesh: Enchanting Homes and Gardens Meryanne Loum-Martin Rizzoli September 2020 272 pages $60
Pietro Cicognani: Architecture and Design Karen Bruno Vendome Press October 2020 280 pages $70
British Designers at Home Jenny Rose-Innes Hardie Grant October 2020 320 pages $35
A scenic wallpaper from de Gournay is a true work of art. Comprising hand-painted chinoiserie patterns, colorful flora and birdlife, nineteenth-century French pastoral scenes, and exotic Brazilian landscape designs, the renowned company’s work has graced the walls of some of the world’s most beautiful interiors.
Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once noted, “A visit to Marrakesh was a great shock to me. This city taught me color.” Author Meryanne Loum-Martin’s new book Inside Marrakesh affirms his view as the city is an enchanting sensory blend of tastes, sights, designs, and culinary delights. The marriage of contemporary design and the city’s rustic heritage can be found in the exotic houses and gardens of luminaries such as English entrepreneur Vanessa Branson, British designer Jasper Conran, heiress Lynn Guinness, and artists Brice and Helen Marden.
Italian-born and New York-based architect Pietro Cicognani’s first monograph is a study in diversity. Spanning some 30 years, he has designed everything from restaurant interiors and minimalist artist studios to country estates and Manhattan duplexes. He also specializes in one of the more unusual structures – the barn. A devotee of barn style homes, the book features an entire chapter on the subject, from structures he has designed from scratch to his converted Long Island home. The book features twenty of his sumptuous a-list projects – in city, country, and seaside locales – along with site plans and drawings from the past three decades.
Americans have long held an affinity with England – one need look no further than the success of the popular Netflix series The Crown for proof. Anglophiles with an English design obsession will no doubt enjoy author Jenny RoseInnes’ new book British Designers at Home. Twenty of the biggest names in the British design world (Nina Campbell, Jane Churchill, Emma Burns, Rita Konig, and Roger Jones to name a few) open up their doors and offer a rare glimpse into their personal spaces.
Founder and Chinese art and porcelain collector Claud Cecil Gurney’s book features a comprehensive look at the celebrated wallpapers' and textiles’ history and craft over the ages. Influenced by Art Noveau and Art Deco, Japanese Edo period paintings, as well as designs from the 18th and 19th centuries, the techniques (dating back hundreds of years) have remained the same, each telling their own unique story. In this book’s 256 pages, interiors from New York to Paris by renowned designers are showcased and readers will find design inspiration on every page. De Gournay has captivated the design world since its inception nearly thirty years ago with a look that is timeless and here to stay.
The author also takes a look at how the city that was coined the “Paris of the Sahara," influenced Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, and Bill Willis -- who often incorporated the unique wood, tile, and metalwork along with rugs and pottery into their work. Filled with design anecdotes and ideas, readers will also enjoy a tour of the Madison Cox designed gardens of Villa Oasis as well as the opulent riad owned by the Bulgari family.
Actress Isabella Rossellini tells the tale of her Cicognani-designed country home in the book’s foreword.
From country farmhouse to London townhouse, each designer profile details their personal journey, design philosophy, and carefully curated interior while offering valuable design tips, insights, and ideas. This book is a wonderful addition to any design library as is author Rose-Innes’ book Australian Designers at Home.
Author Loum-Martin is the proprietor of Jnane Tamsna boutique in the city’s Palmeraie district and has designed a dinnerware line for Meissen and an outdoor furniture collection. FEB MAR APR MAY
Shop these luxury purveyors without having to leave the comfort of home.
GOODEE BASKET This hand-woven bicycle basket hails all the way from Ghana and is perfect for zipping around town. The basket is hand-dyed and crafted from locally sourced Vetiver grass, making it as unique as your bike route. With two adjustable leather straps to easily secure your basket, this accessory is ideal for daily errands or socially distant picnics in the park. Its exceptional quality is endorsed by Goodee, a socially conscious, curated marketplace that focuses on good design and positive global impact. $95. Goodeeworld.com
DAILY BREAD The founders of Bourke Street Bakery traveled all the way from Sydney, Australia to share their bake goods with hungry New Yorkers. Their famous seedy sourdough is chock-full of organic pepitas, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds for the perfect, crispy loaf. If you want to take a break from making your own bread or want to pick up tips from these pros, you can purchase their treats two blocks north of Madison Square Park, or order online. $8.50. Bourkestreetbakery.com
MAIN SQUEEZE You’re going to want to clear the kitchen counter for this stunner. Each artisan citrus hand juicer is individually made and handcast, all from 100% recycled aluminum. The minimalist design will let the end result speak for itself. Demolishing limes, lemons, grapefruit, and oranges are no problem for this tame beast. Sturdy but beautiful, this kitchen tool will be the ace up your sleeve for cocktails, cooking, and baking at home. $150. Verveculture.com
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OLD SCHOOL IS NEW AGAIN Apple unveiled the noise-cancelling AirPods Max with swanky design touches like a breathable, knit mesh canopy and springy, pivoting hinges. There’s no creaking plastic here, and the quality not only shows, it tells. With tight bass and crisp highs, this is ideal for serious audiophiles. And the noise-cancellation is key as many folks continue to work from home. Pictured here in green, the headphones are available in five colors. $539. Apple.com
SEEDS OF CHANGE Johnny’s Select Seeds, based out of Maine, sets the bar for quality seeds. As a 100% employee-owned business, Johnny’s Select Seeds is committed to providing non-GMO vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardeners and professionals alike so you’ll feel just as good shopping there as you do enjoying the fruits of your labor. Their Ellagance Purple lavender varietal is ideal for a household accent or gift, especially now. Usher in spring with this aromatic and stressrelieving flower in your rooftop garden, window box, indoor flowerpot, or backyard. $5.10. Johnnyseeds.com
STOP, HAMMANN TIME As we spend more time on home improvement tasks, treat your next project to an upgraded toolkit. If you’re working on a basic household repair or ambitious DIY design, this tanned leather toolkit from F. Hammann in France will go the distance and look good while doing it. Unlock your inner craftsman for peak aesthetic while shopping at a family-owned business. The toolkit’s leather is tanned from skins from Germany and France, and is available exclusively from Todd Snyder. $448. Toddsnyder.com
INDOOR/OUTDOOR HEAVEN This cozy and versatile version of Birkenstock’s Boston clog isn’t just for your hacky-sacking dormmate. Made of high-quality suede and shearling, Birkenstocks are known for their lasting quality (even outlasting their popularity at times). Diehard fans of the German company will love that each pair incorporates cork, a sustainable material and natural product that provides superior insulation and cushioning. Your pair is available in either mink (as pictured) or black. $165. Birkenstock.com
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FreshPicks T H E M OST CURRE NT PR ODUCTS IN 2 0 0 L E X S H OWR OOMS.
Facial Feature For Portrait of a Lady, the artist was influenced by celebrated portraitists of the early 20th century. The hand painting has many textural elements that enhance the features of her face. Natural canvas, framed in a light, French oak float. Made to order in Southern California. Leftbank Art, Suite #609, 646-293-6694, leftbankart.com
This vintage Franco Albini for Poggi Rocking Chaise has a walnut frame and canvas seating tied with rope and red upholstered fabric with leather details. A 1956 design from Italy, it is now available at the Gallery at 200 Lex. Gallery at 200 Lex, 10th Floor, 646-293-6633, email email@example.com
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Built In, Not Boxed In Collector’s Series Shelving from Amuneal is versatile and adaptable, even in unique spaces. Cabinetry is available in a range of wood species and lining finishes, while the metal clad drawer faces are available in any of Amuneal’s 400+ patinated finishes on a variety of metals. Amuneal, Suite #1314, 215-516-5020, amuneal.com
Bang the Drums The modern Dante 2 Light Fixture at Profiles is made of grey steel, available with either black or brass trim. Made in California by Downtown LA. PROFILES, Suite #1211, 212-689-6903, profilesny.com
Iron Men The Hero Sculptures from Global Views are whimsical figures created from cast iron with brass geometric heads. The exaggerated texture of the body juxtaposed with the smoothness of the head makes each one a perfect conversation piece. Global Views, Suite #612, 212-725-8439, globalviews.com
Cooler Chest Sherrill Furniture Company announces a new color addition to the best-selling Essex Chest. This show-stopping piece features reverse painted glass in a luxe white finish with contrasting gold hardware and frame. Also available in blue painted glass. Made in North Carolina. Sherrill Furniture Company, Suite #808, 212-464-7060, sherrilldesigncenter.com
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Light Meal Dennis & Leen presents Giardino Bianca, a modern, clean approach to a permanent fruit bowl. This 11-piece set is finished in cloud white, for an everlasting temptation. Dennis & Leen, Suite #903, 212-706-9030, dennisandleen.com
Look at You Take an extra look at the Malaga Mirror from Formations and notice the details of this antique restoration, with curved edges and convex designs in a hand-painted finish. This piece is available as part of their Quickship program. Formations, Suite #903, 212-706-9030, formationsusa.com
Cloud Cove r The Pastel Rug, from Odegard Carpets, is a hand-woven, hand-knotted, Indian silk and wool combination. The design was influenced by natural aerial formations. Custom colors and sizes are available. Odegard Carpets, Suite #1209, 212-545-0205, odegardcarpets.com
The Davids Collection from The Bright Group is a modular series that is movable and interchangeable to allow for versatility in layout and spatial design. Designed by Douglas Levine and manufactured in New York. The Bright Group, Suite #902, 212-726-9030, thebrightgroup.com
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And the Winner is… The Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021 Aegean Teal 213640 – an intriguing blue-green that creates natural harmony and invites us to reflect and reset. Rooted in the elegant, handspun textures of the home, the Color Trends 2021 palette comforts as it uplifts. Benjamin Moore, Suite #814, 646-293-6626, benjaminmoore.com
Lattice Alone Carefully shaped and woven by McGuire craftsmen, the Lattice Chaise is laid back and comfortable. Its frame holds a decorative, woven rattan seat and a quilted, draped cushion. The inaugural Kara Mann for McGuire Collection represents the best of vintage design, reimagined for modern life. McGuire Furniture, Suite #300, 212-689-1565, mcguirefurniture.com
Fashion Models The Runway Bench from Baker Furniture’s Luxe Collection is a sculptural piece with the effervescent energy of the catwalk. Its row of bolster upholstery sits atop a solid bronze platform. The collection is an authentic, fashion-forward assortment imbued with an eclectic mix of 1970s modern, and infused with unique jewelry-like silhouettes. Baker Furniture, Suite #300, 212-779-8810, bakerfurniture.com
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INTERNATIONAL FLAIR LONDON -BASED FION A BARRATT -C AMP B E L L SE TS UP SH OP ON US S H OR E S
Barratt-Campbell’s husband’s study features a stunning pair of brass and glass doors and a mid-century light fixture. 22
By Cathy Whitlock
t’s often said that success is a mixture of talent and luck. For British interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell, you can also add
destiny to the list.
“I was surrounded by design growing up, and every time we moved it would be a new design project. Two years later we would be on to something different. It was great to go on that journey as a child,” says Barratt-Campbell. “My grandfather (Sir Lawrie Barratt, founder of Barratt Homes and one of the largest housebuilders in the United Kingdom) was a huge influence on me. He was a mentor who taught me the business side of things. I also got my very strong independent character from him.” FEB MAR APR MAY
Clockwise from top left: A pair of 1950s Swedish chairs owned by the designer’s grandfather flank the bookcases in this attractive study. The master bedroom features a pair of “shaggy chairs” and a pop-up television cabinet composed of sycamore veneer and 24 karat gessoes. Barratt-Campbell created a warm and welcoming wine cellar and sourced local materials and tiled the walls with cork, noting “It is very cool and inexpensive, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on everything that goes into a room.” International artifacts and a unique mixture of materials make a bold statement in the hallway. The Teres Bench is from the designers own collection FBC London.
Piqued by an interest of design and architecture, she studied at both London’s Chelsea College of Art and Parsons School of Design in New York, receiving the best of global education. “Chelsea College of Art was more conceptual and architectural, but they really didn’t teach you useful things to take to the workplace,” she details. “Parsons was the very vocational side of my studies, and it was really fantastic as both represented very different schools of thought.” The multi-faceted designer is known for her sophisticated interiors, a blend of globally minded materials, and timeless, elegant furniture often set against a neutral color palette. “There is a very strong accent to the work we do and it’s a reflection of my personality. My design is not stuffy,” she notes. BarrattCampbell’s first big design break came when she designed a ski chalet for mega-entrepreneur Richard Branson. Named to Wallpaper Magazine’s Top Twenty and House and Garden’s Top 100 designer lists, she and her staff of twelve work on ski chalets, villas, summer homes, and townhouses worldwide from Hong Kong and Moscow to Mallorca and Switzerland since the firm’s inception in 2006. Perhaps one of her biggest launches occurred this past year with the opening of FBC London at the New York Design Center, a showroom which shares its space with Rosemary Hallgarten. A favorite haunt for British designers (the showroom recently moved to London’s Pimlico Road); her furniture line grew out of the many custom pieces she designed for clients.
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At the urging of her husband, she created 32 pieces for the first launch. “My husband said, ‘how hard can it be?’ so off we went,” says the designer. “It’s one thing making an item once, but when you have to do it repeatedly for the same price and with the same quality, it’s really hard, involved work. We spent seven months in and out of all of our workshops, and I think we have a very unique, beautiful, and strong collection. There is a freedom in designing a piece of furniture and putting it out there. You never know who is going to buy it.” Drawing upon her upbringing near the terrain of Northumberland, England and its neighboring World Heritage sites, Barratt-Campbell’s furniture, lighting, and accessory line reflect her love of Ancient Rome: particularly artifacts, archaeology, and architecture. The designer incorporates her personal design credo of mixing heritage with local materials and antiques, as evidenced at her home in Chelsea’s historic Cheyne
Walk. “I love the thread of antiques whether it’s Regency, Georgian, or Mid-Century modern pieces. When you are designing, it’s a nice thread that ties in heritage with a sense of belonging and adds a provenance to the story.” Noting it’s hard to be your own designer, Barratt-Campbell details, “I wouldn’t say it’s an easy process, and you don’t approach it like you would a client’s house. I find it takes longer to design a room, as I find a piece of furniture I love and six months later decide to put it in a room, and it then becomes the starting point.” Barratt-Campbell and her husband have been collecting art for over fifteen years. “We like mixed media and photography and have never bought a piece of art for a room. Our collection has moved around with us from a big Georgian country house in Northern England to Cheyne Walk and to an Edwardian house in the countryside west of London. What is wonderful about art is it can fit anywhere in any environment.” Barratt-Campbell kept the main palette of her home neutral to showcase the art, and layered the rooms with
fabrics and her ceramics collection to add texture to the interiors. Her love of a wide range of materials is evident, as witnessed by antique copper verdigris, Namibian white marble, bronze and grey ash in the kitchen, textured plaster on the master bedroom walls, shimmering silk covered walls in the living room, and cork tiled walls in the wine cellar. And in a fitting tribute to her grandfather, the room features a pair of his Swedish armchairs dating back to the 1950s. She also added the title of author to her resume last year with the publication of her first book Elemental (Rizzoli). Showcasing her signature style of “simplicity meets opulence,” the illustrated tome is also a master class in interior design. Her grandfather would no doubt be proud.
Top left: Namibian marble, antique copper verdigris and grey ash are just a few of the exotic materials used in the designer’s kitchen.
Top right: Barratt-Campbell’s living room in Cheyne Walk represents her love of design sensibilities – rooms filled with texture, unique materials, and glamour set against a neutral palette.
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FIONA BARRATT-CAMPBELL’S INTERIORS COLLECTIONS, AVAILABLE AT FBC-LONDON.COM
Housestead Console Table
Aurora Coﬀee Table
Fiona Side Chair, Outdoor
Armour Media Unit
Antibes Chaise Lounge, Outdoor
Evolution Side Table, Bronze
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ODE TO JOY JOY MOY LE R’ S MAG I C A L MI X
By Cathy Whitlock
Left: Dining vignette for the Raevo Golf & Country club in Moscow. Top right: The designer looked to her former roots at Ralph Lauren for the club’s Americana look. Bottom right: Contemporary lighting mixes with traditional caramel leather upholstery for the dining areas.
t’s rare to see the project of an interior designer and not know who created the room. A trademark color scheme, a recurring chair, a favorite fabric, or perhaps a quirky accessory always gives a clue. In the case of interior designer Joy Moyler, like a snowflake, no two designs are the same.
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“I don’t have a particular style, and learned early in my career when you mix things up, it makes things more interesting. There is a beauty in mixing it up.”
Left: Moyler created a tranquil respite for singer John Mayer’s ranch in Montana. Middle: The hanging textile is a centuries-old kimono from Mayer’s collection. Right: Furnishings from Ralph Lauren (as shown here) and Aero Studios were used for décor of the Mayer ranch. Photos by Nick Carter/Verasson Creative Services.
International interior designer Joy Moyler
“People say they can’t look at my projects and immediately know if I did it. To me, it’s a blessing to do something new, and that is what my clients pay me for. They are in a very small world where they know one another and have multiple residences. I work on a lot of referrals, and the one thing you don’t want is a client to go to someone’s house and see the exact same thing.” Moyler’s design philosophy clearly works – just ask her celebrity clients Leo DiCaprio, Adrien Brody, music and film producer David Geffen, and singer John Mayer. A self-professed modernist, she describes herself as a classical designer with a modern heart. “I love the tension between the two; it’s like water that flows between rocks, it finds its way and if you are a designer that is what you do. If you’re copying something and stuck in a groove, that is what you do. The interesting part is creating it yourself.”
Influenced at an early age by the classical architecture of her native Manhattan, the designer spent her childhood wandering the neighborhoods on the weekends with her parents. There, she fell in love with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A trip to Spain as a young girl also introduced her to the colors, light, flavors, and culture, which proved to be influential as well. As an adult, her studies at the New York Institute of Architecture preceded her thirty-year career, which included jobs at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Ralph Lauren, John Saladino, Thierry Despont, and head designer of Giorgio Armani Interior Design Studio. While Joy Moyler Interiors is based in New Rochelle, New York, her projects span from California and England to Italy and France. Primarily working remotely with a staff who work on three projects a year (many take from two to five years), balancing and organization is paramount.
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One of her more unique global projects was a golf resort in Russia – two things you don’t often read in the same sentence. Working with architect Greg Tuck who was a colleague during her days at Ralph Lauren, the pair designed the Raevo Golf Resort and Country Club, which was purely Americana in style. Located just outside Moscow, the private club featured a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, a wellappointed clubhouse with a full-service restaurant, lounge,
Left: The beauty of the designer’s various projects is the fact that no two are alike. Shown here is the sky library in Central Park South's Hampshire House. Middle: Moyler also honed her design skills with luminaries Thierry Despont, Giorgio Armani Interior Design Studio, and John Saladino. Shown here is a residence in Manhattan. Right: Artwork provides a bold focal point in a Westchester, New York residence. Photo by Nick Carter/Verasson Creative Services.
spa, wine cellar, office suites, swimming pool, and entertainment areas including a snooker room. “The client loves the [Ralph Lauren] lifestyle and were drawn to the heritage, lineage, and culture. They adore and just eat it up,” Moyler says. Built from the ground up, the project took five years to complete, and the designer notes she has some 300 pages of specs and CAD drawings. The Russians chose to design the majority of the furnishings themselves, right down to chiseling the fireplace mantles. “This was all done in English and had to be translated into Russian for the contractors. We were constantly doing conversions on everything.” Deadline-oriented, Moylar takes her full-service work to the next level. Such was the case when she received a call from client John Mayer who called to say he was returning three weeks early from a tour. Working on his unfinished ranch house in Montana, she advised everything would be ready for his arrival, but it would be temporary. Sourcing furnishings from Aero Studios and Ralph Lauren, she set up a speaker system for his music and a working kitchen. “He was very surprised we could do that in such short order,” she reflects. And while more travel is in her future with the designs of an English country house, a flat in Paris’ Hotel Plaza Athénée, and a seaside villa in Portofino, Italy, the multi-disciplined designer is also rolling out plans for a private label dinnerware collection. “Tabletop is something I have always loved, and we will see where it leads!”
Bottom right: Inspired by the Beresford in New York, her new line of dinnerware is available on her site, joymoyleratelier.com.
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ne mark of a well-designed home is that it feels worldly. Perhaps it’s in the all-embracing feel of a room, or its carefully curated pieces that are reminiscent of memorable travels or cultures that fascinate. These five designers put the world at your fingertips, through European decorative arts, Brazilian modernism, Tibetan weaving, Belgian tranquility, and more. They also keep the world in mind with their sustainable practices.
Roberta Schilling rscollection.com
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Castrads castrads.com FBC London fbc-london.com Julian Chichester us.julianchichester.com Timothy Oulton timothyoulton.com
Cosulich Interiors & Antiques cosulichinteriors.com Fermob fermob.com Kifu Paris kifuparis.com J.D. Staron (work with makers in France and Nepal) jdstaron.com Japan
Milano Smart Living milanosmartliving.com
Okamura okamura.com Nepal
Odegard Carpets odegardcarpets.com
Kenneth Cobonpue kennethcobonpue.com
Renaissance Carpet & Tapestries renaissancecarpet.com (work with artists all over Europe and Asia)
The Rug Company
Harbour Outdoor harbouroutdoor.com
Ngala Trading Co. ngalatrading.com
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ased in London, Fromental is dedicated to creating handpainted and hand-embroidered silk wallcoverings. Their elaborate creations hearken back to centuries-old ornamentation and craftmanship. “We strive to create timeless decorative arts,” says Lizzie Deshayes, who founded the company, along with Tim Butcher, in 2005. The company strives for sustainability: wallcoverings are made-to-order, so there’s minimal waste, and they can be removed and customized for reuse. Fromental is a fully global operation, from its painters and embroiderers in China, to its design studio in London, to its offices around the world. Its flagship showroom opens in the NYDC this spring.
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Ngala Trading Co.
ounded in 2016, Ngala Trading Co. specializes in bringing African designed and manufactured luxury lighting, and curated home décor to the U.S. with Ghanaian glass beads, basket lamps from the Buhera region of Zimbabwe, and the like. Lawson Ricketts, co-founder and creative director, says he “fell in love with Africa” and wanted to see the continent’s artistic traditions have a wider reach. “Every piece has a story and an artisan’s name,” he says. “There are many imitations of African crafts, but our pieces are authentically made by true craftsmen.” The company makes sure artisans are paid a living wage, and that any animal products used are sourced ethically.
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n Portuguese, sossego translates as “peace,” but according to Jonathan Durling, founder and CEO of Sossego, the word has an even deeper meaning. “It’s a uniquely Brazilian way of life, of easygoing warmth,” he says. The company’s mission is to share that way of life with the world through modern furniture and lighting from three of Brazil’s top designers: Aristeu Pires, Domingos Tótora, and Guilherme Wentz. “Brazil is a melting pot of nationalities, tribes and cultures, so, it’s only fitting that each of our designers has a unique perspective,” Durling says. The company uses sustainably harvested woods and, for its Domingos Tótora collection, recycled cardboard.
The Rug Company
and-knotted carpets from The Rug Company aim to “combine forward-thinking design with ancient techniques,” says CEO James Seuss. The company commissions designs from renowned artists—Dale Chihuly is one example—and then the rugs are made by artisans in Nepal, who are experts in the age-old art of Tibetan weaving. One of the largest importers of rugs from Nepal, the company is proud to provide sustainable employment to many Nepalese. Nearly all of the carpets are made of wool, or a combination of wool and silk, which are among the most environmentally friendly and sustainable fibers, according to Seuss.
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his two-decades-old furniture brand, founded by Tom and Sabine Verellen, takes its cues from their hometown of Antwerp, Belgium. The company’s pieces, featuring neutral hues and natural materials, exude an easygoing elegance that’s quintessentially Belgian. The Verellens imported this aesthetic to High Point, North Carolina, where the company is headquartered.
Sustainability is a significant focus: Verellen uses postconsumer recycled metal coils, water-based glues and dye, and ethically sourced fabrics. Ultimately, the design itself should be sustainable, according to Tom Verellen: “Our goal is to create heirloom pieces that will last for generations.”
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Embrace your creative side with new, on-screen entertainment.
KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature Check out Yayoi Kusama’s latest project. With a profound connection to the natural world, Cosmic Nature is influenced by Kusama’s childhood, spent in the greenhouses of her family’s seed nursery. Studying themes of obliteration, infinity, and eternity, this work is backdropped with the colors and patterns at the New York Botanical Gardens 250-acre landscape. In order to enjoy the jawdropping splendor of the gardens and Kusama’s exhibit, this spring debut promises to be well worth the wait. Ticket purchases and exact dates for the exhibition are pending New York State’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, but this multisensory presentation has been rescheduled for the spring of 2021.
Akhnaten at the Metropolitan Opera In the performance world, the Metropolitan Opera is streaming the third installment of Phillip Glass’ Portrait Trilogy, which focuses on revolutionary figures from around the world. Entertainment meets history lesson in the composer’s inventive finale, which follows Akhnaten, an Egyptian pharaoh. The performance fuses an orchestra-conducted score with choreographed visuals and performances on stage for a mind-boggling sensory delight. Originally recorded in November 2019, the hypnotic performance is available via streaming from the Met Opera™ on Demand, which is available for Amazon Fire™ TV and Tablet, iPad®, iPhone®, Apple® TV, Android™, Roku™, and Samsung™ Smart TV.
By Rebecca Parke
The Cultivist To combat FOMO and for unrivaled access to art across the globe, The Cultivist is a private member’s club with head offices in New York City and London. VIP members are granted access to private museum events, art fairs, and tickets to sold-out museum shows. Pre-pandemic, The Cultivist offered access to cuturally enriching in-person events that included studio visits and private dinners. Today, you can tune in virtually to Cultivist Academy, a series of one-on-one video classes with art experts. The Cultivist app also features exhibition listings, exclusive news, and art world insights. Catered to those with a growing hunger for art-themed experiences, The Cultivist allows users to travel the globe and skip the line at hundreds of museums. The app is available for Android™ and iOs.
Traveling While Black
This powerful experience immerses the viewer in the history of restricted movement and need for safe spaces for Black Americans. The film begins at the historic Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington D.C. and guides you to a series of intimate moments with patrons as they reflect on their experiences. This film explores the way Americans understand and talk about race, while showcasing the need not only to remember the past but to acknowledge the challenges of the present. This virtual reality experience can run on the Oculus Quest.
If you want to take an LSD-free trip, check out this platform, voted Best Use of VR For Health and WellBeing by the Académie des Lumières. TRIPP is a breakthrough wellness platform administered through the immersive support of virtual reality – not your mother’s meditation. TRIPP leverages technological advances in virtual reality with mental wellness research to provide mindful visuals and interactions, targeted sound frequencies, and other devices for a non-chemical alternative to manage mental health challenges. Described as “fitness for your inner self,” TRIPP gives each user a self-regulation toolkit with new experiences added regularly. You can run TRIPP on the Oculus Quest.
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Explore global cuisine and hotels all within city limits.
Sylvia’s 328 Malcolm X Blvd. 212.996.0660 sylviasrestaurant.com
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong 1 E. 32nd St. 212.966.9839 baekjeongnyc.com
Awash 338 E. 6th St. 212.982.9589 awashny.com
Buvette 42 Grove St. 212.255.3590 ilovebuvette.com
The paragon of New York soul food, Sylvia’s has been serving up the city’s best Southern cuisine since 1962. This Harlem staple offers an array of homestyle dishes - the famous fried chicken, tender short ribs, all manner of catfish, and Sylvia’s “sassy” wings. Mouth-watering sides include collard greens, potato salad, a must-have mac & cheese, and grits. Wash that all down with an iced tea or any number of soulful cocktails, and you won’t believe you’re up north. The generous family meals evoke a true “gather ‘round the dinner table” atmosphere for getting takeout or dining in. Family is everything at Sylvia’s, which is owned and operated by the children and grandchildren of the late Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food” and restaurant’s founder. Remember that Sylvia’s offers a special “gospel brunch” on Sundays and live music on Wednesdays.
This Midtown eatery is renowned for its superiorquality meats and lively atmosphere. Unlike in many spots where you grill the meat yourself, the impeccably friendly staff at Baekjong handles everything for you. Baekjong further distinguishes itself from the Manhattan K-BBQ pack by enlisting smoke vacuums at each table to keep you from smelling like charcoal, as well as a delightful halo of egg batter and creamy corn cheese circling the grill, which slowly cooks over the meal’s duration. A few standouts include the thinly sliced brisket, beef tongue, pork belly, and pork skins. Combo packages of beef and/or pork make large orders a breeze, and you can opt for singular meals such as bibimbap or kimchi stew. Lines are notoriously long, so make reservations or be prepared for a long (but worthwhile) wait.
Awash has been providing deceptively affordable, delicious Ethiopian fare since 1994. With two locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, Awash is a humble establishment (meals range between about $11 and $30), but it punches well above its weight class. Even the staunchest of carnivores will be tempted by the enticing, varied vegetarian options, including Shiro Wat, a ground spiced chickpea and split pea stew; savory veggie sambusas; and various bean, collard greens, and beet dishes. You’ll also find plenty of meat-based options like Doro Wat (a flavorful chicken dish) and beef-cube Tibs stew. It all comes together with the Ethiopian staple of injera sourdough bread to scoop and sop up whatever fillings tickle your fancy. Embrace the relaxed pace when you head to Awash that gives you time to appreciate the subtleties of these rich, textured dishes.
One of several acclaimed ventures from the virtuosic duo of chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, Buvette is a wildly popular French bistro in the West Village. The Michelinrecommended “gastrothèque” lets patrons escape into a rustic setting filled with old-world charm, Parisian coziness, and a range of unassailable dishes to satisfy any craving. Bread abounds happily at Buvette, whether topped with salmon and steamed eggs for breakfast, dipped into a creamy crock of mustard sauce and rabbit for dinner, or served as a late-night sandwich (the buttery croque monsieur does not disappoint). These rich offerings pair transcendently with the wellcurated wine selections, but a disciplined cocktail list offers a great way to start the meal if you’re so inclined. French excess continues with dessert, which you absolutely should not skip -- Jody Williams’s chocolate mousse is sublime.
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Walker Hotel Tribeca 77 Walker St. 212.735.8000 walkerhotels.com/walker-hoteltribeca
The Beekman 123 Nassau St. 212.233.2300 thebeekman.com
The Jane 113 Jane St. 212.924.6700 thejanenyc.com
Baccarat 28 W. 53rd St. 212.790.8800 baccarathotels.com
The Walker Hotel group’s trendy Tribeca location, one of its two boutique Manhattan hotels, is a stone’s throw away from a plethora of unmissable city experiences. The 10-story hotel offers a glimpse into the city’s storied past, as it occupies a Renaissance Revival-style historic structure that was once a button ribbon factory. The interior pays homage to the historic neighborhood’s mercantile roots, with turn-ofthe-century touches and ample traces of Golden Age New York City. This old-fashioned aesthetic is blended with the sleek, modern furnishings and conveniences one would expect from any of Manhattan’s newer luxe lodgings. Luxury is the name of the game here, as exemplified by the marblelined bathrooms and tailored linens that are at once cozy and grand. Soon, you’ll even be able to revel in a subterranean speakeasy that will complete the Gatsby-esque experience.
The Beekman inhabits a landmark site with roots going back to 1761, offering an unparalleled blend of old charms and new comforts. The Beekman’s distinct architecture features a 9-story iconic atrium topped by a pyramidal glass ceiling, while the upper stories are flanked by opulent balconies. The Beekman is located near multiple subway lines for quick access to just about anywhere you’d want to go. Still, the hotel itself has plenty to keep you engaged inside, thanks to a spacious bar under that marvelous atrium; two fine-dining establishments, including one by star chef Tom Colicchio; and in-room spa services. You’ll definitely want to indulge in these treats, preferably while wearing the supplied bathrobe, as you bask in the room’s Art Deco charm. Among the upscale amenities are rainfall showerheads -- the perfect way to both start and end your day.
Staying at The Jane effects an electric feeling of youthful adventurousness. You might just fancy yourself a sailor staying at a lodge - which would be fitting, since the circa 1906 landmark building was first built to rent discounted rooms for seamen. The whimsical nature of this establishment is readily apparent from the distinct red-brick exterior with a popping pastel undertone and mysterious corner tower. It all feels straight out of a Wes Anderson film, which did inspire the fanciful hotel decor, including oversized keys and a backwards clock. The Jane also has two respectable eateries, a suave rooftop terrace, and a hip cocktail lounge. A key part of the appeal is the prime location near the Whitney Museum, the High Line, Chelsea Market, and some of the city’s best restaurants.
A product of the worldrenowned crystal company Baccarat, this Midtown hotel shines brightly. Each of the 114 luxurious rooms features shimmering Baccarat crystal accents and bountiful amenities. This posh paradise also boasts a cutting-edge gym, top-class spa, grandiose indoor pool, and gourmet dining options complete with bespoke cocktails and a tea sommelier for your afternoon cup. Everywhere you look here, you’ll find first-rate opulence: contemporary Parisian decor, well-considered artwork, a splendorous mica-adorned vaulted ceiling, walls of pleated silk, and much more. At this highly centralized location, the Museum of Modern Art is across the street, and you’re blocks away from numerous hotspots like Rockefeller Plaza, Radio City Music Hall, and Central Park, to name just a few. If you’re looking for a Manhattan experience that’s truly “king of the hill, top of the heap,” look no further than Baccarat.
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Gallery A P ICT URE-PERFE C T SHOWR OOM E XHI BI TI ON
C’est La Vie Collection – Perennials Gallery by David Sutherland Showrooms, Suite #117, 212-590-6200, perrenialsandsutherland.com
Ocean Ripples by Leftbank Art, Suite #609, 646-293-6694, leftbankart.com
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Plateau Collection by David Sutherland Showrooms, Suite #117, 212-590-6200, perrenialsandsutherland.com
Perch Accent Table by McGuire Furniture, Suite #300, 212-689-1565, mcguirefurniture.com
Buttercup Swivel Stool by PROFILES, Suite #1211, 212-689-6903, profilesny.com
Pagoda Mirror by Sherrill Furniture Company, Suite #808, 212-464-7060, sherrilldesigncenter.com
Mitchum Sconce by The Bright Group, Suite #902, 212-726-9030, thebrightgroup.com Pearl Mirror at Baker Furniture, Suite #300, 212-779-8810, bakerfurniture.com
Marble Slate Dining Table Signed by Frederic Saulou – Galerie Philia, Gallery at 200 Lex, 10th Floor, 646-293-6633, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tessuto Chandelier, Dennis & Leen, Suite #903, 212-706-9030, dennisandleen.com
Playa Lounge Chair, Formations, Suite #903, 212-706-9030, formationsusa.com
Wine Saddle Display Unit in Black Leather at Amuneal, Suite #1314, 215-516-5020, amuneal.com
Framed Console by Global Views, Suite #612, 212-725-8439, globalviews.com
Ganten Runner by Odegard Carpets, Suite #1209, 212-545-0205, odegardcarpets.com
Paint in Moonlight White (walls), Snowfall White (trim & door), Blue Eco (accent wall), and Sangria (staircase wall), Benjamin Moore, Suite #814, 646-293-6626, benjaminmoore.com
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StyleSpotlight F E ATURED H IGH LI GHTS OF CR AF T AND D E S I G N .
1. Brass Kicking (left) Smart, sculptural, and whimsical, the brass Bella Chest, from Baker Furniture’s Luxe Collection, is inspired by the imaginative foliage of a botanical garden. 2. Wrap It Up With its rattan frame wrapped in Danish cord, the Echelon Occasional Chair, from the Kara Mann for McGuire Collection, is a relaxed vintage form that’s ideal for smaller spaces.
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3. Start Here Muslin OC-12, part of the Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2021 palette, was chosen for modernity as much as time-tested appeal. The 12-hued palette provides an easy starting point for homeowners.
4. Round and Round At the Gallery at 200 Lex, you’ll find this signed pair of fantastic circa-1970 chandeliers by Curtis Jere, comprising circular polished brass sheets grouped to create a bubbly cloud formation. 5. A Real Corker This Natural Cork Wallcovering at PROFILES features hand-painted finishing in 12 colors, with inlays of gold, silver, pewter, or white gold leafing. Shown here in pearl on gold. 6. Read Into It The Rorschach Sideboard at The Bright Group features a lively, hand-painted and lacquered resist, creating a one-of-a-kind, batik-like pattern that is further enhanced by hand carving.
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7. Black and Bronze Amuneal’s LOFT Series of Open Kitchen Shelving has a larger scale and a more industrial visual language. Its thin glass shelves allow the stone behind them to shine.
8. Screen Star The Idina Concealed Television Cabinet from Dennis & Leen features exquisite faux ivory detail, creating a stunning focal point in every room. Hidden within is a pop-up TV with 360-degree viewing. 9. Nailed It! The 1440 Chair is a beautiful new transitional style added to the Sherrill Furniture portfolio. It features a pyramid track arm, loose back cushion and comfortable seat with a low back.
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10. Pattern Recognition Ankara IV, from Odegard Carpets, is a study in geometry, small scale, and texture. Hand-knotted in Nepal from Himalayan wool. Available in custom sizes and colors.
11. Homegrown Art A series of beautiful works of art were created in-house for Global Views by Creative Director George Sellers and Designer Ely Sellers. They are reproductions of hand-painted originals on a coarse weave canvas. 12. Know When to Fold ‘Em Illusion in Green, from Leftbank Art is made from folded origami paper under glass in a white shadowbox frame. One of a series available in six colors, each featuring an ombre effect. 13. Hide Me Conceal prized possessions within Formations’ Salton Chest, done in a distressed, aged finish with iron-like fittings. It can also be built with a pop-up television lift.
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De.FIN.ingPieces I T E MS T H AT SUM UP WHAT A SHOWR OOM I S A L L A BO U T.
Amuneal A rolling oak frame and perforated screen doors with machined brass allow for an elegant solution to display or conceal a media system. The ability to mix and match finishes, shelf cabinetry configurations, and hardware allows you to create a truly bespoke display at the center of the home. Amuneal, Suite #1314, 215-516-5020, amuneal.com
Sherrill Furniture Company Modeled after Sherrill’s best-selling sofa, the Upholstered 2364 Chair is a highly requested new piece. With a transitional flare to a sock arm and a unique nailhead design, this style adds luxurious, cozy comfort to any room. It is shown here in rindle camel fabric, with black nickel nail finish. Sherrill Furniture Company, Suite #808, 212-464-7060, sherrilldesigncenter.com
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Benjamin Moore The free Color Portfolio app is available for Apple® and Android™ mobile devices. With it you can access virtual fan decks, photo and video visualizers, and renderings to use innovative technology that applies Benjamin Moore color to surfaces in real-time, allowing users to “try on” colors, save, and share images. Benjamin Moore, Suite #814, 646-293-6626, benjaminmoore.com
The Gallery at 200 Lex A fine small neoclassical Antique Mirror of carved carton-pierre, crested by a double c-scroll, framed in rocaille, the inner border with carved husks. The frame has been dry stripped with some refreshed gilding. The period glass plate is original. Cartonpierre is a papier-mâché type material that was easily molded and carved. Gallery at 200 Lex, 10th Floor, 646-293-6633, email email@example.com
McGuire Furniture The Bound Arm Chair is an iconic Kara Mann creation: chic, edgy, and high-texture. The chair is crafted from rattan (shown here in coffee) and wrapped Danish cord (shown in black) in a classic McGuire silhouette and approachable style. Over 200 fabric and 45 wood finish choices are available. McGuire Furniture, Suite #300, 212-689-1565, mcguirefurniture.com
Odegard Carpets The Twig Rug features a delicate border of Himalayan wool and silk blend, giving off a shimmer from every angle. Hand-knotted in Nepal. Custom Colors and sizes are available upon request. Odegard Carpets, Suite #1209, 212-545-0205, odegardcarpets.com
PROFILES The Duchamp Sectional, shown here in Braveheart silver with parchment front arm panels, is part of the Antonia Collection. Made in North Carolina, it is available with many custom options. PROFILES, Suite #1211, 212-689-6903, profilesny.com
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DefiningPieces Dennis & Leen You will want to place this Louis XVI Library chair in every room. This beautifully carved piece enhances any space, including the library. It is the perfect chair to unwind and relax. Dennis & Leen, Suite #903, 212-706-9030, dennisandleen.com
Leftbank Art Angle, Folded & Double Folded is a series of nine works designed by Bobby Berk for Leftbank Art. Bobby likes incorporating geometric shapes and texture to his designs and these are no exception. Giclee on natural canvas with frayed edge, floated under glass, light oak frame. Created to order in Southern California. Leftbank Art, Suite #609, 646-293-6694, leftbankart.com
Formations A contemporary twist on old world details makes the Formations Cubic Wall Lantern shine brightly. It is made of hand forge combed iron and has an antique iron finish with old world seedy glass panels. Custom sizes are available. Formations, Suite #903, 212-706-9030, formationsusa.com
Baker Furniture The Freeform Cocktail Table is an imaginative piece inspired by modernist forms. Its surface is a pool of amorphic polished Arabescato marble. A fashionably eclectic mix of 1970s modern, The Baker Luxe Collection represents a ready-to-wear approach to attainable luxury. Baker Furniture, Suite #300, 212-779-8810, bakerfurniture.com
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Global Views These unique Portuguese Fused Art Glass Wall Panels each have 33 individual tiles and no two are the same. They are held in place by stainless steel mounting hardware that allow panels to be hung vertically or horizontally. Global Views, Suite #612, 212-725-8439, globalviews.com
The Bright Group With its curved slit back and wood detailing, the Oanh Collection is minimalistic, yet luxurious modern. Designed by Douglas Levine and built in the USA. The Bright Group, Suite #902, 212-7269030, thebrightgroup.com
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1. Italian walnut occasional table circa 1700 from Clinton Howell Antiques
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2. Pair of Chinese blue and white sleeve vases mounted as lamps from Lawton Mull 3. Pair of low tables by Gianfranco Frattini from Good Design 4. Bauhaus brass wall light att. to Emil Fahrenkamp from Exante Antiques 5. Whimsical gold and black ceramic lamp by Charles Sucsan from Milord Antiques 6. Early 19th century Iznik pottery jug or pitcher from Modern Antiquarian 7. “Changes of Seasons” (2020) from Karina Gentinetta 8. Michel Boyer rare pair of ‘X’ stools from Soyun K 9. Pair of French 1970s chrome and aluminum table lamps from Prime Gallery 10. Horseshoe cantilevered bar stools by Warren Bacon, set of 3 from Dual
Modern 11. David Snyder for Thayer Coggin modernist leather sofa from Modern Retro Finds 12. Bespoke octagon pink murano glass mirror from Michel Contessa 13. Pair of armchairs by Louis Paolozzi from Portuondo 14. Re: 379 credenza in marlboro blue from reGeneration 15. One-of-a-kind contemporary mosaic low table in wood by Brazilian artist Katharina Welper from Equinoctial
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A look at recent virtual events from NYDC’s YouTube channel.
Social Media Etiquette Panel On Wednesday, November 11th, the New York Design Center hosted a conversation on social media etiquette with industry creatives Robert Rufino, House Beautiful Style Director; Mieke ten Have, Interior Stylist; Lori Paranjape, Owner of Mrs. Paranjape Interior Design in Nashville; and Keyanna Bowen, Interiors Photographer and blogger behind popular design site East+Lane. The panel discussed the unwritten rules of social sharing and the dos and don’ts of online crediting as it applies to designers, photographers, stylists, publishers, bloggers/influencers, consumers, and more. The event was moderated by Hadley Keller, House Beautiful Senior Editor.
How to Master the Next Age of Design On Thursday, September 24th, ELLE DECOR Articles Editor Charles Curkin and renowned designers Alexa Hampton, Keita Turner, and Jamie Drake joined the New York Design Center’s twelfth annual What’s New, What’s Next event for a virtual discussion about the current state of the interior design industry. Hampton, Turner and Drake agree, the business of creating interiors was once heavily dependent on personal, face-to-face meetings, but now, with self-quarantine mandates and travel restrictions, designers are having to find new ways to conduct business. In this conversation, the designers discussed the challenges of navigating the new digital landscape, and offered tips on how to master the “new normal.” This conversation was produced and hosted by Theodore Alexander, located at Suite #515 in the New York Design Center.
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Through a Designer’s Eye – A Conversation with Matthew Patrick Smyth and DJ Carey Matthew Patrick Smyth
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On Monday, September 21st, Circa Lighting hosted A-List interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth in conversation with CTC&G’s (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) Editorial Director DJ Carey for an in-depth look at Matthew’s new book, Through a Designer’s Eye: A Focus on Interiors, released in September from The Monacelli Press. This conversation was produced and hosted by Circa Lighting, located at Suite #103 in the New York Design Center.
Creating Calm in Diverse Spaces, With Wendy Goodman
On Wednesday, September 23rd, Lepere, known for its distinctive furniture, lighting, carpets, wallcoverings and outdoor products, hosted a conversation on the art and science of creating calm at home and the buildings we inhabit with Rachael Grochowski of RHG Architecture + Design, Anthony Watts of LAYER and Elena Brower, a best-selling author, global team leader for doTerra Essential Oils, and international yoga teacher. The panel was moderated by Wendy Goodman of New York Magazine. The Lepere showroom is located in Suite #1207 in the New York Design Center.
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Open Door Policy: An Inside Look at Designer’s Most Personal Spaces On Tuesday, September 22nd, Arteriors hosted past and present brand collaborators and designers Beth Webb, Jay Jeffers, Ray Booth, Windsor Smith and Frank Ponterio in conversation with Jacqueline Terrebonne of Galerie Magazine for an exclusive, in-depth tour of their most personal spaces: their homes. Each designer shared a window into a room within their home, speaking to the techniques, insights and inspiration that make their spaces unique. From sourcing products to styling family heirlooms and renovating to suit the needs of the whole family, each designer shared stories about how their industry insights have influenced their own designs. The conversation celebrated the connection between people and home through the personal lens of these designers, ultimately uncovering how in the most challenging of times, our homes remain our greatest sanctuaries. The Arteriors showroom is located on the 2nd floor of the New York Design Center, Suite #202.
A Conversation on Designing Naturally
On Friday, September 25th, Robb Report’s Helena Madden joined Guy Regal of Guy Regal NYC, fine art and antique dealer, John Greytak, founder of Studio Greytak, and David Scott of David Scott Interiors, for a conversation on how to incorporate natural elements into the home with respect to healing and history. The panelists also discussed the debut Studio Greyatk collection new to Guy Regal’s gallery this past month. The gallery is located in Suite #806 in the New York Design Center.
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Fresh faces and new designs.
Ann Gish Suite #402, 212-727-2122 | anngish.com Since 1991, Ann Gish & the Art of Home linens have been known for their exceptional quality, high design, and excellent value. The company’s new showroom presents the luxurious, practical elegance of Ann Gish’s signature bed linens as well as their price-conscious Art of Home line. In addition to the brand’s high-end bedding and decorative pillows, the showroom offers fabrics, drapery, furniture, and select home accents. Goods are stocked in the company’s Massachusetts warehouse for a one-day turnaround, and custom orders are available upon request.
Donzella Suite #1510, 212-965-8919 | donzella.com In their showroom and gallery spaces, Donzella showcases high-end, mid-century and contemporary furniture, lighting, ceramics and sculpture. With a strong emphasis on form and craftsmanship, works by noted and lesser-known architects, designers, and artists from the United States and Europe are represented. Donzella specializes in historical works by Max Ingrand & Fontana Arte, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani, Ico Parisi, Franco Albini, Angelo Lelii, Gino Sarfatti, Paul Laszlo, Philip & Kelvin LaVerne, and Paul Frankl. They also feature contemporary design pieces by Ghirò Studio, Alexandre Logé, Lori Silverman, and Roberto Giulio Rida.
FBC London Suite #401, 315-766-2200 | fbc-london.com Founded in London in 2013 by award-winning designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell, FBC London offers a line of sophisticated, bespoke furniture and home accessories created with a range of lush materials. The brand is renowned for a cultured design ethos, inspired heavily by the colors and textures derived from nature, alongside historic style references. FBC’s New York Design Center debut marks the brand’s first showroom in the United States.
JD Staron Suite #510, 212-203-9113 | jdstaron.com JD Staron, designer and weaver, has spent the past 18 years traveling the globe, sourcing the finest materials, and developing the most luxurious and elevated designs. Nearly two decades later, his vast original catalog has reached almost 10,000 items. Staron’s products have raised the bar in carpet design around the globe; his work traverses the continents, adorning the most prominent homes and commercial spaces throughout. The new showroom at 200 Lex will house carpets available for immediate purchase, in addition to a dedicated design studio, allowing architects and designers to work directly with Staron’s artists to create custom carpets and rugs for discerning clients worldwide.
markilux Suite #407, 914-909-3850 | markilux.us With more than 45 designs, over 250 timeless fabrics, plus lots of accessories, mariklux offers the opportunity to create an awning just right for you. The high-tech fabric is manufactured at their production facility in Emsdetten, Germany, setting standards for quality, UV protection, ease of care, and fashionable appearance. Every single markilux awning combines design, quality, and technology to create a solution perfectly suited for your needs. Additional lighting, comfortable operation and other features leave nothing to be desired, making the outdoors a pleasure, even when the sun doesn't shine.
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Pindler Suite #615, 212-829-0152 | pindler.com Pindler’s new showroom at the New York Design Center is bigger and brighter, with natural light shining throughout. The décor and layout were designed to facilitate a user-friendly fabric shopping experience. The work area allows designers to spread out and collaborate with clients. Additionally, to meet the needs of busy professionals, the new space — like all Pindler’s showrooms — incorporates an easy-to-use self-service memo program, eliminating time spent waiting for memos to be pulled by a librarian. “At Pindler, our goal is to always provide the best possible experience for our clients,” said CEO Sean Quinn.
The Roberta Schilling Collection Suite 401, 315-766-2200 | rscollection.com
The Roberta Schilling Collection, based in Miami, Fl, is a diverse line of furniture and home furnishings that emphasizes impeccable design harmonized with comfort and function. Hailing from Brazil, the company’s founder captures the boldness and variety of her culture in her line of products.
Founded over 20 years ago, Roberta’s collection has consistently expanded to include an array of new and established designers. The company has amassed a distinct following of clients who appreciate a patchwork of unique pieces that comprise interesting and organic materials. Most of the line utilizes materials indigenous to Latin America, but within the design process, those original materials are converted into something completely unexpected. The Roberta Schilling Collection prides itself on maintaining a fresh and truly unique inventory of innovative pieces marked by contemporary elegance.
Rosemary Hallgarten Suite 409, 212-315-8270 | rosemaryhallgarten.com The experience of texture and a visually rich space awaits interior designers as they peruse this playful and creative environment, interacting with full vignettes and the entire line of rugs and fabrics made from the world’s finest fibers. Rosemary Hallgarten looks forward to collaborating with you on designs and custom projects within their new inspirational showroom.
The Rug Company Suite 1515, 646-713-1209 | therugcompany.com Their new showroom also represents an innovative concept for The Rug Company: combining showroom, design studio and office to create a unique client experience. Visitors are welcomed into an elegant multi-functional space to discover the latest collections from The Rug Company’s collaborating designers and in-house studio. Each room is painted in a complementary Farrow & Ball colour, part of a palette designed to subtly inform one’s journey through the areas, with a bespoke rug designed specifically for the individual workspaces. There is also a dedicated area where designers are invited to create unique custom rugs and carpeting for their projects, alongside The Rug Company’s highly experienced team of design specialists.
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Sossego Suite #1301, 312-470-2274 | sossegodesign.com Sossego [so-SAY-go] is a Portuguese word meaning a deep and pervasive sense of peace and tranquility that informs all of life. The company was formed following a serendipitous meeting between former software engineering executive, now award-winning furniture designer, Aristeu Pires, and young entrepreneur, Jonathan Durling. The pair now set their sights on bringing authentic Brazilian design, with its warm and modern aesthetic, to North America in the form of their hand-finished furniture collections. Whether workplaces, public spaces, home, or hospitality, Sossego is dedicated to providing beautiful pieces, value-added project solutions, and exemplary service to its discriminating and happy users.
Wexler Gallery Suite 413, 646-293-6603 | wexlergallery.com Wexler Gallery offers a focused look at contemporary design by both established artists and the emerging talent of today. Featuring functional and sculptural furniture as well as decorative art objects by artists who are known to push the limits of their medium, Wexler Gallery showcases a curated rotation from Gregory Nangle, Feyza Kemahlioglu, Andy Paiko, Gulla Jonsdottir, Timothy Schreiber, Trish DeMasi, Reynold Rodriguez, Mami Kato, and more. Challenging traditional labels in the worlds of art and design, Wexler Gallery exhibits artwork that coexists in multiple disciplines and traditions. Questioning and testing the boundaries of craft, design, and fine art, Wexler Gallery aims to present work that consistently celebrates formal innovation and conceptual content as much as aesthetic beauty.
ShowroomDirectory A Complete List of Who’s Where In 200 Lex
SHOWROOM Gallery at 200 Lex Access to DesignTM AERO Amuneal ANDREU WORLD Ann Gish & the Art of Home Apropos Inc. Arc|Com Aristeia Metro Art Addiction Arteriors Avery Boardman Baker Furniture Bakes & Kropp Bendheim Benjamin Moore Bograd Kids Boyce Products Ltd BRADLEY The Bright Group Brunschwig & Fils Calger Lighting Inc. Castrads Century Furniture Circa Lighting C.L. Sterling Clickspring Design CLIFF YOUNG LTD. Colombo Mobili USA Cosulich Interiors & Antiques Côté France Crosby Street Studios Currey & Company David Sutherland Showrooms Davis Furniture Decca Contract Furniture Delivery By Design (DBD) Dennis & Leen Dennis Miller New York DESIGNLUSH DESIRON DIRTT Environmental Solutions Donzella ducduc, kids Dune ENRICOPELLIZZONI ESI | Trendway FAIR FBC London Fermob USA Formations Fromental Giorgio USA Global Views Groupe Lacasse GUY REGAL Halcon Harbinger Harbour Outdoor Hickory Chair IFDA Interlude Home JD Staron Jiun Ho at Dennis Miller JSI/ Pringle Ward Julian Chichester Kasthall Rugs USA Inc. Keilhauer Kenneth Cobonpue KGBL KI and Pallas Textiles
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By Tom Scarcella
Ngala Trading Co. and Ethical Sourcing
gala Trading Co., the rapidly growing home-furnishings supplier with a new showroom at the New York Design Center, was founded in 2016 with a clear mission: to promote and market indigenous African design to a North American audience. Cofounders Lawson Ricketts and Nick Geimer believe in broadening American perceptions about African design, making these products readily accessible, and keeping sustainability at the forefront of their practice. Here in the US, prevalent conceptions of “African design” are often limited and outdated, but Ngala Trading Co.’s thoughtfully curated selections reflect the scope and complexity of modern South African design trends. “When Americans think of African design, they think of beaded items and wooden masks,” says Ricketts, who discovered an American appetite for wider-ranging African design at a home décor shop he and Geimer operated in Johannesburg before relocating to New York. He adds, “These items certainly have their place in telling the story, but there’s a lot more in African design, particularly that’s come out since the end of apartheid in South Africa, that wasn’t really seen on the world stage.”
Sabie Forest is the signature design of the Ardmore Sabie Collection. It encapsulates the vibrancy and richness of the South African bush.
To bridge this gap in understanding while satisfying a largely untapped market, Ngala Trading Co. works with designers, artisans, and manufacturers throughout South Africa to deliver handcrafted luxury goods to consumers across North America, including lighting, furniture, and décor accents. Through varied offerings such as the starling leather chandelier and wicker swing chair, Ngala Trading Co. provides sophisticated, functional pieces that avoid explicit references to classical European design and African tribal art. These items reflect a binary-shattering aesthetic that is at once authentically indigenous and highly contemporary. “Our role here really is to promote the talent that exists in Southern Africa,” says Geimer. Plus, thanks to a heavily stocked warehouse in New Jersey (with over 500 SKUs available for immediate delivery), Ricketts and Geimer get
these products into their customers’ hands with unprecedented speed at this scale. Broadening horizons for American consumers in a convenient fashion is the duo’s key objective -- and they make sure to do it sustainably and ethically. On the labor side, Ngala Trading Co.’s products are produced under fair employment conditions marked by living wages, safe work environments, and career training, as well as scholarships for makers and their children. In addition, the majority of suppliers are women-owned and -managed. As for the prominently featured animal products, strict measures are taken to facilitate ethical sourcing. For example, the company only purchases from suppliers that are regulated by national governments and conservation agencies, and the majority of animal products stem from conservational culling and natural deaths. No endangered or threatened animal species are used, nor are any animals that are poached for their hides or horns. This envelope-pushing, ecofriendly approach has helped Ngala Trading Co. skyrocket. “The response of our customers has been the number one, telltale sign that we’re doing something right,” says Geimer. “We’re growing even in the year of COVID-19.” The company has had a very strong year despite the unprecedented challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, which precluded their crucial, periodic visits to South Africa. “That’s been the most challenging, because being there with the manufacturing partners and organizing new products is important,” says Ricketts. Still, the coronavirus has taught the team some valuable lessons to refine their business model, and they look forward to continuing to develop, adapt, and grow. As we all navigate a post-2020 world, Ngala Trading Co. reminds us of the importance in thinking globally.
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