by Marisa Marcantonio

Photo courtesy of Kips Bay
This is the 40th anniversary of one of the most esteemed showhouses in the country, Kips Bay. Visitors will venture to the far west side this spring, as the "house" as it were, is located in The Aldyn, an uber-modern sleek building on Riverside Boulevard between 62nd and 63rd Street in a cul de sac past West End Avenue . Given that most city dwellers are apartment dwellers, there will be loads of takeaways from the setting. Chaired by The Energizer Bunny, Bunny Williams, the participating designers this year are prepared to delight and inspire, since they know they are part of something very special. You may notice repeat performances of some Kips Bay all stars, like Charlotte Moss and Jamie Drake. Proceeds benefit the Bronx-based Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club along with their after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. This year, generous sponsors include 1st Dibs, Architectural Digest, Benjamin Moore, Frette, Hearst Design Group, Koroseal, Lexington Home Brands, Scalamandre and Sferra. The elevator doors open May 16th through June 14, 2012. And don't forget about their wonderful on site shop, where you can donate home accessories as well as purchase design finds.

Let the transformation begin!

Here is the top talent:

Alexander Doherty Design
Andrew Tedesco
Brian del Toro
Brian McCarthy
Bunny Williams
Charles Pavarini III
Charlotte Moss
Chuck Fischer
Coffinier Ku Design
David Kleinberg
David Scott Interiors
Gunn Landscapes
James Rixner
Jamie Drake/ Drake Design Associates
Laura Bohn
Lynne Scalo Design
Mark Hampton LLC
Monica Rich Kosann
Neal Beckstedt Studio
Patrik Lonn Design
Raji Radhakrishnan/Raji RM & Associates
Scott Sanders LLC
Shawn Henderson Interior Design
St. Charles of New York
Susan Zises Green, Inc.
Thom Filicia
Timothy Interior Designs
Todd Romano
Vert Gardens
Zoya Bograd of Rooms by Zoya B.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Taking it from the top! Ascending the spiral staircase, I continue my coverage of this year's Kips Bay Designer Showhouse. It closes tomorrow, so the time to see it is nigh!

Cool sister act Jayne and Joan Michaels of 2 Michaels added warm minimalist modern design and a bit of edge to this year's lineup. Organic shapes, neutral tones and mixed materials made their room extremely exciting. The hearth has a space age yet Flinstone quality to it-- a work of art in itself.

Their meditation room was made up of carefully selected objects that added layers of meaning to the space.

Photos by Brian Fender
The stack of buddha heads made out of recycled telephone books from artist Long-Bin Chen adds urban zen. The meditation chair is at the ready for those that want to escape the madness of city life.

On the 5th floor landing, Nancy Boszhart created relaxing yet formal space, covering the walls with faux shagreen embossed wood cut outs. The results are stunning-- a true installation feat! Neutral cream colors and lush dark woods work together to create tonality.

By the staircase, the inlay work mastery continues with a floral detail.

A pair of elegant armchairs with custom embroidered upholstery frame the sitting area on the landing. Billowing silk curtains enclose the space.

A diminutive secretary for writing notes and journal entries was charming.

In collaboration with the glamorous clothing designer Maggie Norris, Aman and Carson created a tiny powder room, with chocolate lacquer walls, butterflies and a miniature sink.

Maggie Norris Couture at work...

The powder room was to the left of their main room, the Art Collector's Salon theme. The entryway was a chocolate lacquer box so shiny you just had to touch the walls.

Drinks at the ready on a beautiful piece by the window.

By backing the bookcases in mirror, the reflective surfaces enhance the artwork and books, making the space seem larger.

Collections abound. Note: this is how to display collections well, not in glass vitrines (!).

More of the mix-- books, sculpture and artwork mingle in a well displayed narrow bookcase.

A comfortable sofa with loads of textured pillows and small nesting tables.

On the 4th floor landing, Robert Verdi and Deirdre D'Elia created The Hideaway, a moody space with dark velvet upholstery and globe sconces flanking a white modern art canvas.

A gilded sunburst fixture looks great against the black ceiling.

In two smaller rooms, Etienne Coffinier and Ed Ku of Coffinier Ku Design created a sitting area and bath. A zippy mirror is a singular jolt of color in the space.

Cerused wood pieces, molding and fireplace surround warmed up the space that was filled with entirely customized pieces.

A killer Melvin Sokolsky print from Staley - Wise dominates the room.

Custom glass orbs float up from the tub on narrow chains creating bubbles. This space was created by the design duo working with pre-existing bathroom framework in the house already. They added sparkle and jazz.

Sherril Canet created The Front Room, a grand space with a large seating plan and areas to perch. She incorporated pieces from her Stark Furniture and Rug Collections.

The brass plant is a fun touch.

The walls are covered in an Yves Klein blue tone on tone stripe and broken up by creative roman shades.

A flame stitch rug and neutral upholstery let the walls work their magic.

A sideboard with a large mirror above is well scaled for the large space. Look out for Canet's new design book, A La Carte from Pointed Leaf Press.

Zen out in Jennifer Post's TV Lounge and Yoga Room, with her custom pieces with Desiron and carefully placed art objects.

Glossy black walls and white upholstery upended the typical spa feel.

A serene modern home spa felt European with its sophisticated details, dark woods and global feel.

A his and hers space with massage beds and wall of mirror. Yoga mats sit nearby when relaxing leads to motion.

The sweeping outdoor space was really a living room out of doors with a rug, dining area and sculpture.

Sculptures, African art and framed photos create a gallery within a spa.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Kips Bay is now open to visitors! After priming walls, papering, plastering, upholstering and installing, the designer rooms are ready today in their big reveal.
Starting off with Katie Ridder's entryway, the house amazes with stunning wall applications, well chosen modern art, and inventive schemes. Take a peek at my initial round up with more to come soon. Stop by the house at 106 East 71st Street over the next month to see all 17 rooms, shop the stocked gift shop and sign up to volunteer as a room docent if you have the time.
Beauty awaits.

Katie Ridder welcomes you to the house with her fantastic coral color - infused entry

An over sized custom pendant light with a hanging piece of coral from Ruzetti and Gow adds glamour and drama to the entrance. Her new Pagoda wallpaper from Holland and Sherry and a gold foil paper tie it all together.

Rod Winterrowd designed the parlor floor stair landing and stairwell

Design takeaway: use table surfaces an an opportunity to display collections. Add in a flower arrangement, candle and sculpture,and voila, a pretty moment.

Yet another great console moment in between two black lacquer doors

A shell console grounds a vignette with an eglomise mirror

The Rod Winterrowd - designed space continues on the second floor as seen here. Mottled deep blue Italian Venetian plaster covers the walls in a recessed niche. Antique pedestals hold matching Roy Hamilton gourd vases.

A plastered and wallpapered tiny nook is made important with architectural prints, a chinoiserie lantern, a pretty console and Roy Hamilton vase filled with purple Hydrangeas, a stair model and dark hurricane

A close up view

Eve Robinson's fresh take on a traditional kitchen with pops of lilac and pistachio green in a modern and traditional mix

A custom lacquer desk makes the space dynamic and workable

A sputnik pendant adds a vintage modern touch to the minimalist dining table

Beautiful vintage Murano glass hurricanes with a subtle stripe hang over the marble - topped island

Elissa Cullman and Tracy Pruzan of Cullman & Kravis created the dining room around the theme of Dinner at 8: celebrating the great celebrity chefs of our time.

Dutch modernists Studio Job's Homework Tower of cast bronze cooking pots adds a light hearted element in front of the windows, with their cream panels and embroidered leading edge.

1810 Biedermeier chairs are arranged throughout the room

Two arched bookcases encase artfully displayed books mixed with turquoise Foo Dogs and vases for a pop of color.

A killer Candida Hoffer print hangs above a 1930's Art Deco Maxime Old sideboard

A closer look at a Joel Meterowitz photograph of a city street

The table is set for the leading lights of haute cuisine

Darren Henault created His and Hers Dressing Rooms. He stands next to a magnificent Gilt Bronze Mounted Ebony Antique Cabinet with enamel plaques from Carlton Hobbs.

"Her" dressing room where a hard screen has a draping motif that is echoed in the window treatment valance. A Leleu vanity from Maison Gerard is exquisite with its clean lines.

The return of the daybed! Designers are dressing them up and making them the focal point in smaller spaces.

Mirrors on closet doors have been painted with the same pattern as the matching Fortuny fabric. Darren takes pattern and texture into every aspect of what he mixes together. From the stenciled floor to the walls, there is a geometric combination working together.

In "His" dressing room, a new Fortuny fabric covers a daybed in a niche lined with a Holland and Sherry embroidered haberdashery fabric. Art Advisor Kim Heirston works with Darren on picking art work suitable to the client's needs and location.

A deco chair from Berndt Goeckler on a round patterned silk rug

Elizabeth Pyne of McMillen Plus created a Room for Daydream in a girly escape

Another daybed-- I am seeing a trend here. Does this mean we should be turning out smaller spaces into nap rooms?! Made up in F. Schumacher's Birches Blue and Herringbone Aqua cover the daybed and canopy.

A Charming hard valence perfectly frames a wire tree sculpture by Pablo Avilla from Maison Gerard. Sherwood Park fabric from Osborne and Little covers the walls and valences.

Elizabeth's vast knowledge of art inspired her unique choices like this fantastic Portrait of her grandmother, Evelyn Sloane Pyne by Bernard Boutet de Monvel.

A modern chair and desk with clean lines and severe silhouettes stand out amidst the sea foam green and white scheme

Vicente Wolf took on a grand room with existing mill work and great architectural details

An engaging mix of antique and modern elements jazz up a classical marble topped console

A sleek chrome chair with chinese fretwork detailing supports a painting

Spare book shelves with a few white bound books celebrate the beautiful wood surround and millwork

Noel Jeffrey created a frothy glamorous bedroom for an imaginary young client

Black and white elements pull the large space together

Stay tuned for all the rest!