by Marisa Marcantonio

So, what's it like to get carte blanche inside the halls of Sotheby's? Lets find out, checking out the six designer vignettes created for the first-ever Sotheby's Designer Showhouse. A design takeover is happening on 6th floor at 1334 York Avenue.

Having free reign over spring auction items, the diverse mix of designers got to work, creating inspired spaces around their selections. Mixing in fine antiques (a George III Chimney Piece), stellar art (a Francis Bacon) and precious decorative accessories, Ann Pyne, Max Sinsteden and Catherine Olasky, Ryan Korban, Daun Curry, Rush Jenkins and Shaler Ladd integrated the goods on offer into their living spaces. Take a look at the fully realized results below, sponsored by Sotheby's International Realty, Town and Country and Bespoke Global.  The featured pieces are included in upcoming spring auctions at Sotheby's, and are on view until Sunday March 30th. Go, get inspired!

Photos courtesy of Sothebys

Ann Pyne, McMillen Inc.

"A dining room featuring formal neoclassical style with Chinoiserie whimsy and modern design."

Daun Curry of Modern Declaration embraced pastels and unique upholstery with mass. 

 "Le fauteuil vert by Jean-Pierre Cassigneul is the centerpiece behind Daun’s drawing room, inspired by the vibrant green and soft pinks. She used innovative materials and had an artist cover the walls with four pounds of commercial grade eye shadow, which created a subtle sparkle on the walls and married beautifully with the painting's hues. The room is “old meets new” featuring the Cassigneul, a Lalanne money table and works by Warhol, Picasso and Miró."

A wide angle of the space, where you can get a better look at the gorgeous eyeshadow-infused pale mint walls.

The Lalanne table set up as a bar.

Max Sinsteden and Catherine Olasky created  a yellow-walled enclave of elegance.

"A drawing room anchored by a George III marble chimney piece and the modern Title Unknown 2: Past and Present by Françoise Gilot blends living in the present with antiques and combines numerous periods, styles and textures in furniture, carpets, art and accessories."

Vivid yellow walls a la Sybil Colefax very 39 Brook Street, London.

Rush Jenkins, WRJ Design Associates

"This luxurious and handsome living room is a sophisticated blend of exquisite Belgian upholstered furniture, sensual textures, exotic woods and some of the world’s finest textiles.  The room has been inspired by the brilliant work of Picasso’s, L’ Homme au Baton, juxtaposed to the arresting console by Albert Paley and the Art Deco Masterpiece of Walter von Nessen, blended with dramatic African wood sculptures, all reflecting subtle complexities of tonality, line and textures."

The intricate Albert Paley piece anchors the wall.

Shaler Ladd, Shaler Ladd Design Corporation

"A library housed in a tent called "Library for Travel Through Time and Space" featuring a color lithograph by Francis Bacon, Etude Pour Une Corrida and a ceiling light by Angelo Lelli. The library is enclosed in silk panels and the floor laid with a sisal matt and altogether these elements create the experience of nomadic travel. "

The lush mix of gilt finishes and rich woods at play.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Two things, Zebra and Malachite, have been on New York-based interior designer Lindsey Coral Harper's collecting radar for some time.  If you read Elle Decor and House Beautiful's websites, you may have noticed Lindsey got a double-dose of coverage recently, featuring her vibrant, color-filled Upper East Side apartment, and its proliferation of both black and white striped Zebra and shades-of-green Malachite accents.  Take a look, and get the collecting bug. What are you really into collecting, everywhere you go? Perhaps this will inspire you to pursue your passion for a particular theme.

Photos courtesy of House photography by Kelly Stuart

With a major affinity for decorative objects with color and flair, Lindsey's love for ornate objects with meaning and purpose have been a consuming passion over the years. 

I found this Zebra at C. Bell in West Palm Beach last year, and knew it was the perfect gift for my friend, the Zebra collector.

Working alongside Richard Keith Langham, she absorbed a love for pure color.

I have visited Casa Harper and this dresser is to die for.

Lindsey's nightstand, custom painted by her friend artist Jay Lohmann, is a wonderful interpretation of  Zebra.

A papier mache mask adds a bit of charm to a Chinese Chippendale chair.

Zebra's strategically placed on her etagere.


Switching gears, lets take a look at the malachite details she has incorporated in addition to the zebra.

An assortment of malachite boxes collected from near and far displayed on a malachite painted surface.

Lindsey's well-stocked bar with accessories with malachite accents.

Fantastic malachite plates found at a great vintage shop.

A brass-bordered box atop a stack of books.