Clive Lonstein, Inc.
Contemporary Rustic Ready for Its Close-Up
“I am often told the spaces we design have the richness of movie sets,” says South African–born, New York–based designer Clive Lonstein. The living room of an art-filled Aspen, Colorado, home bears this out, with its Jean Royère–inspired winter-white sofas, mossy green shearling couch (which pops with colorful curls) and monumental blackened-steel I-beam light fixture overhead. Adding more cinematic drama are a 1950s Jacques Adnet floor lamp, sourced on 1stDibs and planted treelike in the corner, and a pair of 1940s stacked-wood table lamps by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, another 1stDibs find. “I drew upon strong geometries, earth tones, texture references to the outdoors and the history of the place to build a contemporary yet rustic mood,” explains Lonstein, who designed the cerused-oak coffee table with wood planks that call to mind the railway ties of westward expansion and a thick glass top that could have been hewn from an ice block found just beyond the windows.