Rooms Delight at 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

From the tranquil oasis of a blue, white and green living room into a “Black, White, and Red All Over” bedroom to a sofa with an indoor swing, Apartment 2102 in the Kips Bay Decorator Show House (one of 2 flats in the showcase) was full of surprises. Come on along as we begin our excursion in the warm and welcoming foyer.

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Timothy Miller termed his design for the foyer of Apartment 2102 “Making an Entrance,” for obvious reasons, but also as this is his first time working with all the display home. He extended the foyer up the stairs to give people a feeling of flow and connection to the rest of the living spaces.

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To the right of the entrance, the Hudson River is visible via a wall of windows, also it had a direct influence on Susan Zises Green’s design for the living room. “The outside and the water motivated all of the color options,” she states. “And the light is intoxicating.”

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The living room flows into the dining room, which Patrik Lönn envisioned as a room for supper. He was motivated by the furniture designer Carl Malmsten.

The table is set with things from Hermès.

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James Rixner designed an open living room and kitchen area. He notes that the inspiration for his design began with the Nocturne area rug from Orley Shabahang. Greens — in the grass cloth and also the metallic-glazed linen draperies from Osborne and Little — are a soothing contrast with the white leather upholstery.

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The kitchen is totally open to the family room and includes a similar colour palette. The white counters connect to the adjoining room’s white leather upholstery.

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A door from the kitchen leads out to a 3,000-square-foot terrace, designed by Gunn Landscape Architecture and Vert Gardens, that has views looking south and west. “I really like the simplicity of this aesthetic of a boccie court, and in addition, it functions as a social and fun gathering spot,” says Alec Gunn.

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This writing room “is a painted fantasy,” states Chuck Fischer, who is an artist and muralist. It was motivated by the chinoiserie paintings of 19th-century artist and designer Jean-Baptiste Pillement. The 1950s lamp is out of Alan Moss.

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The window is framed by a trompe l’oeil valance that encircles a Hunter Douglas colour.

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The “Black, White, and Red All Over” bedroom, by Charles Pavarini, features butterflies that “signify the kids of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and their development as fully developed individuals flying out to the world.”

Bed: habit, Pavarini; bedside table lamps: Modulightor; mattress linens: habit, Casa del Bianco; mirror: Mirrors by Jordan

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A corner of Pavarini’s bedroom features a classic Valentine Sofa from actor-turned-interior-designer William Haines that is available through Profiles. The ebonized walnut dresser is from Craig Van Den Brulle.

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A eclectic wall composed of organic LEDs — it senses your body as you approach it is in the entry to Pavarini’s bedroom. “Lighting in the next decade is going to take a great twist,” he states. “There’ll likely be fabrics and wall coverings that are going to be lit. You will not be turning to a lamp; you will be turning to a lampshade.”

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A indoor swing having a view of the Hudson River is not something you see daily. Shawn Henderson definitely had some fun putting together this lounge.

The chaise is Henderson’s design.

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This “Extra Sensory Child’s Room” from Laura Bohn includes a space-saving unit out of Resource Furniture that converts from a desk into a twin mattress — ideal for a city apartment. The walls have been painted Bohn’s signature high-gloss chartreuse from Benjamin Moore.

Round shag rug: Edward Fields

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Upstairs the master bedroom has been designed by Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku of Coffinier Ku Design. They have been motivated by a new collection of fabrics such as Missoni Home in Stark. The bed includes a headboard trimmed with white leather and a velvet Missoni Home chevron in the middle.

Over the mattress, Coffinier and Ku designed a piece of art “based on Japanese clouds, to give a feeling of peace as you get in bed,” Ku says.

Lamps: glass cylinders, Blanche Field

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This corner of the master bedroom includes armchairs designed by Coffinier and Ku that are upholstered in a striped Missoni fabric “that has a waterfall effect with the chair cushion,” notes the organization’s description. They also designed the high-gloss walnut and orange lacquer audio-visual cabinet.

“We played character,” Ku says. In addition to the clouds over the bed, there’s a sheep in the style of artist Francois Xavier Lalanne out of Demisch Danant and forged wooden mushrooms from Lars Bolander.

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Designer Alexander Doherty’s belief that real people live in real chambers was the jumping-off stage for his “Collector’s Bedroom.” He made the room for someone he’s known for years who is a collector of art by both English and American painters in the 1950s and ’60s.

Daybed: fabricated and upholstered by Zelaya Interiors; daybed cushions and linen/silk fabric: p Le Cuona; art: all from private collections

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“The Cabana,” by Scott Sanders, provides a refreshingly bright burst of colour. His choice of the grass-cloth covering on the walls is all about bringing the outside in. It’s Named Split Pea, and it’s by Philip Jeffries.

More eye-popping layouts in the event:
Two Apartments Enthrall in 2012 Kips Bay Show House

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