Fawn Galli Interiors

Galli vivifies interiors with colorful palettes, unabashed pattern mixing and a mischievous, witty sense of invention.

All photos by Costas Picas

If observers of the New York real estate scene still term this lively Upper East Side apartment “a classic prewar” after designer Fawn Galli has come and gone, you have to wonder, What history books have they been reading? This is clearly the future. Galli has made a specialty of updating family homes with insouciance, color and contrast. That translates here into a primary bedroom with a black-and-white scheme that Galli playfully describes as “based on an M.C. Escher drawing — up is down, and down is up.” Extending the lighthearted mood is a cadre of vintage pieces, including a Saarinen Womb chair and ottoman, a Stilnovo chandelier sourced on 1stDibs, a 1970s floor lamp by Neal Small, a Keith Haring print and a 1940s console from High Style Deco with a mirrored finish — all the better to remind you which way is up. 

“I love the Saarinen Womb chair upholstered in Missoni’s Kandahar fabric. Throughout the room, the patterns are meant to have a surreal feel, while the color scheme remains restful.”

Design philosophy?

“Creating a home to reflect one’s fantasies and inner world enriches and validates life. The outside world has become more complex, and it is important to have a safe and inspiring refuge.”

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