Damon Liss Design

Clearly a mid-century furniture aficionado with an elegant feel for neutral palettes, Liss tones down those sleek, tapered silhouettes with contemporary handcrafted pieces that impart earthy élan to his interiors.

All photos by Joshua McHugh

Joseph-André Motte. Pierre Guariche. Philip and Kelvin Laverne. The names that ring in collectors’ ears these days are often those of makers of high-style seating and low-aspect tables, like the ones on view in this Tribeca living room (all via 1stDibs). But it takes clever decoration to make trophy pieces fall into line among assorted basics, forming a nuanced and never-discordant whole. Damon Liss achieves this and more, resolving storage issues behind a custom wall of millwork and controlling what he calls “a quiet palette” to ensure that fine furniture never upstages fine art — here, works by Will Cotton and Alex Prager.

“I love the pair of Joseph-André Motte lounge chairs [one of which is seen here] flanking the sofa. They reference the elegance of the past with sculptural mid-century modernity. Timeless in shape and style, they are also hugely comfortable.”

Design philosophy?

“Our homes are an essential part of our lives, and this has seemed even more true in the past year. With that in mind, we always design for comfort and joy.”

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