For Hubert Zandberg’s London home, a historic canal-keeper’s house, the interior designer created an otherworldly “cabinet of curiosities” to display his personal collection of contemporary art, curiosities and objets trouvé in combination with design furniture and industrial salvage pieces. “We wanted to form a dialogue between all of these different items without presenting them in a way that was overly academic or intimidating,” Zandberg says. He had the walls painted black to “correct” the strange proportion of the room (it is as tall as it is wide) and to make his collections pop. The dark canvas is a dramatic backdrop for pieces like vintage oval mirrors by Tommi Parzinger, 1960s Brazilian Jacaranda chairs and other items Zandberg collected throughout his life and travels. Photo by Simon Upton
“When you spend most of the year in the midwest, you know the winters are tough, but the over-the-top tropical look just wasn’t right because the client really loves a more refined and elegant look,” Summer Thornton says of this Naples, Florida, home. “The client’s favorite color is blue, so we found a few favorites – Chinese ginger jars, Audubon bird prints, and a riot of blue and white coral to serve as accents that would pop from a traditional elegant foundation in her Florida retreat.” Photo by Brantley Photography
“I love the tactile quality of works on paper; this wall in my Gramercy Park bedroom combines vintage photography, Indian miniatures from the 1700s, and watercolors and prints by many of my favorite artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Hurvin Anderson, Gabriel Orozco and Kiki Smith,” says Timothy Whealon. “For me, what makes the wall dynamic is the juxtaposition between period and contemporary elements. The 1970’s sunburst mirror above the 18th-century northern Italian inlaid chest was made by Zajac and Callahan.” Photo by Max Kim-Bee
In this traditional, wood-paneled living room by Suzanne Kasler, built-in shelving illuminated by brass lamps is used to display a collection of porcelain plates and bowls. Photo by Simon Upton
“‘Where a visual artist would use paint or bronze, I use furniture or decorative items. They are the eclectic palette at my disposal. They give me my drive. I have to have them around me,” Gert Voorjans says of the maximalist, mix-and-match look and feel of his Antwerp home.
In this Santa Barbara, California, home by Barbara Bestor, the interior walls are built with exposed fir studs and wide plank board. The dining room’s built-in shelves are used to display a collection of pottery and objets. Photo by William Abranowicz
Posted on October 19, 2017