Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art, and technology. This event began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world. The Show House receives as many as 15,000 guests annually from across the nation. Since its inception, the Show House has raised over $19 million for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.
Twenty-two of the United States most celebrated interior designers and architects will participate in this year’s 42nd Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House hosted by New York’s most prominent youth organization, the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. In a span of just eight weeks, each designer will transform a distinct space of Manhattan’s iconic Villard Mansion at 457 Madison Avenue, The Mansion on Madison.
Since 1915, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club has focused on improving and enhancing the lives of New York City’s children who are economically, socially or recreationally disadvantaged. Each year, Kips Bay offers innovative programs to more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 at ten locations throughout the Bronx, with essential afterschool programs aimed to help them recognize their potential for growth and success. Today, the club is proudly one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization.
Hand-selected by the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Committee, this year’s designers will revive the historic interiors of the famed building, which was originally the north wing of the famous Villard House. Today, The Mansion on Madison sits adjacent to luxury hotel, The New York Palace, and is connected by a grand courtyard. Together, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House will offer visitors to the hotel unique packages and limited edition offerings throughout the month of May.
The New York Palace, a luxury midtown hotel on the corner of 50th & Madison, recently completed a $140 million redesign in the fall of 2013. The renovation transformed the property’s premier rooms and suites in The Towers, a hotel-within-a-hotel. Additional upgrades included new lobbies, specialty suites and six new restaurants and bars – two of which are helmed by renowned Chef Michel Richard. With 909 rooms and suites, The Palace is known for unparalleled splendor, spectacular views, spacious rooms and exquisite service. Located across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and only steps from Rockefeller Center — the hotel’s world-renowned courtyard incorporates motifs from several 15th-century Italian cathedrals and has served as the entranceway to the historic Mansion on Madison since 1882. The New York Palace gracefully blends the landmark Mansion on Madison with a contemporary 55-story tower.
“We are honored to invite such an illustrious team of designers and architects this year to transform one of the nation’s most legendary mansions and pay tribute to its rich history,” said Bunny Williams, celebrated interior designer and this year’s Show House Chair. “With this extraordinary team, we are confident that we will surpass this year’s fund-raising goal for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to further enhance after-school and enrichment programs for both our region and the nation’s youth.”
An estimated 20,000 people are expected to tour the finished Show House which serves as the non-profit organization’s premier fundraiser. The house will be open to the public seven days a week, May 1 through May 29.
The 22 Designers Announced are:
Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd.
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the husband and wife duo behind Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd., create utterly chic yet comfortable rooms adored by fashion designers and media moguls alike. Carrier and Company interiors nod toward understatement – distilling rooms to their essence. They are as confident, distinctive, and comfortable as they are restrained and timeless. Each project reflects the personalities and style of the client, yet each possess the quintessential Carrier and Company qualities of comfort and style, achieved through tailored details and editing. Clients include such luminaries as Anna Wintour – Vogue, Bob Pittman, Jane Rosenthal, Catie and Donald Marron, Jay Fielden – Town and Country, Jessica Seinfeld, and Jason Wu. Carrier and Company is listed Architectural Digest’s Top 100 since 2012, and Elle Décor’s “A List” since 2013. Current projects include private residences in New York City, Southampton, Shelter Island, New Canaan, Greenwich, and Salisbury, CT.
Christopher Peacock counts more than 30 years’ experience as a professional designer, having begun designing fitted cabinetry in London in 1979. Synonymous with the finest quality and service, along with elegant and understated designs, his work has graced many of the world’s most luxurious private estates and residential developments. Whether it is a Kitchen, Library, Master Bathroom, or a simple Laundry Room; his attention to detail and practical design follow through the entire process. Christopher’s work includes many high profile clients from the world of arts, sports, and business, including several rooms of cabinetry for President William J. Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Proprietary hardware provides jewelry-like finishing to the furniture, and the exceptional joinery and material selections ensure that beauty is not only skin deep.
Cullman & Kravis Inc.
Ellie Cullman founded Cullman and Kravis 30 years ago. Since 2000, Ellie has been listed in the definitive “AD 100” Architectural Digest’s designated best designers and architects. Additionally, she was included in the AD list of “The Deans of American Design” in January 2005, and was the recipient of the “Stars of Design” award at NYC’s D&D building in October 2009. Along with longtime colleague, Tracey Pruzan, Ellie is the coauthor of “Decorating Master Class: The Cullman Kravis Way” (NY: Harry Abrams, 2008) and “The Detailed Interior: Decorating Up Close with Cullman & Kravis” (NY: Monacelli Press, 2013.) She chairs a variety of antique shows; such as the Metro Show, the Park Avenue Antiques Show, and the American Patrons Committee for Masterpiece in London.
Darryl Carter Inc.
Darryl Carter, a lawyer by training, made an unorthodox career change after his home was highlighted in Rizzoli’s book, Private Washington, and featured on the cover of Metropolitan Home in 1997. With more than a decade of commissions behind him, Darryl’s design is identified by its unusual dexterity and unique sense of person and place. While none of his commissions are the same, his work has a discernable hand and is a study in contrasts. His design vocabulary honors the classical elements of the past and present: balancing the modern with the antique, the simple with the ornate — tailored bespoke environments. Darryl has collaborated with several iconic American companies in the design of furniture and home furnishings; from a line of paint with Benjamin Moore to lighting with the Urban Electric Company. In 2008 he published his first book, The New Traditional, which continues to be embraced. Darryl’s second book, The Collected Home, (Clarkson Potter) launched in late 2012, which was in tandem with the opening his first retail boutique in Washington, DC.
Edward Lobrano Interior Design, Inc.
After a successful career in real estate development, management and syndication, and after working as senior designer for such firms as Bunny Williams Inc., David Anthony Easton and the Wiseman Group in San Francisco, Edward Lobrano Interior Design was established in 1997 to provide high-end design and development services to discerning clients. The company’s experience extends into areas of commercial and hospitality including having completed several country clubs; The Dye Preserve in Jupiter Florida won the award as one of the five best new clubhouses in America the year it was completed. Having lived and worked on the West Coast for 10 years Edward Lobrano’s experience extends to all parts of the United States and abroad and there is no project on or off shore that the company is not able to understand and complete.
With over 30 years’ experience in architecture and interior design, Tony Ingrao has become one of the preeminent designers in the country, sought after by the financial and social elite of New York and beyond. Since his education at Rhode Island School of Design followed by a thirteen year period of living in Paris, Tony Ingrao’s firm has continually grown, reaching a team of 40 of architects and designers. Ingrao’s Creative Director Randy Kemper, who joined in 1998 after a career as a fashion designer, has been collaborating with Tony within the interiors division for 15 years. Kemper started his professional life as a fashion designer in Paris under Hubert de Givenchy. Together the two designers went on to create homes for Jack Welch, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern, Donny Deutsch and Kim Cattrall as well as America’s financial power brokers and real estate moguls and continues to design the most prestigious of penthouses in New York. From sculptural and modern to sophisticated classics to artistic handcrafted statements, Ingrao and Kemper’s work is dynamic, livable and unique, while invariably a showcase for the rarest antiques and the finest art to highlight the home as a whole.
John Douglas Eason Interiors
John Douglas Eason is a New York based interior designer with more than twenty years’ experience decorating homes in New York City and its surrounding communities. His sophisticated urban sensibility is tempered by his foundational years working in Greenwich Connecticut’s grand homes. From Manhattan pied-à-terre’s to country estates as far-flung as Texas, John’s serene and smoky interiors are curated for the cultured but also built for living. As a designer, John’s full service approach focuses on channeling his clients’ aesthetic interests through his trained and skillful eye in order to create well edited rooms that exude a handsome glamour, while remaining structured and functional. His attention to clients’ needs has resulted in more than just stylish rooms; it has nurtured relationships that have lasted through the decades.
Juan Montoya Design
A truly original thinker, Juan Montoya is not wedded to a particular style or period. Initially labeled a minimalist, his work has evolved dramatically since he first came to public attention. The great diversity found in Juan Montoya’s work notwithstanding, it is possible to trace elements that constitute the Montoya look in all his interiors. The exquisite juxtaposition of textures, colors and volumes, together with thoughtful attention to shadows, scale and spatial quality, result in interiors that exude refinement and elegant simplicity. Through the careful placement of objects, that often reflect his interest in a variety of cultures, Montoya enhances the qualities of a room.
Kirsten Kelli, LLC
Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford are both sisters and artistic collaborators who tackle each project with a fresh and uncomplicated vision. As interior designers they combine contemporary and classical elements to create incredibly livable and aesthetically beautiful spaces with a sense of the unexpected. In 2003, the sisters opened MADISON Dallas, a store filled with tasteful findings from around the world, and most often, from New York City’s renowned Madison Avenue. Understanding the importance of comfort, luxury and the art of living well, the intentionally curated items available at MADISON are perfectly suited to meet the needs for gifting, decorating and beyond. Kirsten Kelli’s modern, classic style has been featured in several home decor publications including Architectural Digest, Veranda and House Beautiful Magazine.
Mark Hampton LLC
Under owner and designer Alexa Hampton’s direction, the world famous firm Mark Hampton LLC has completed a wide range of designs for domestic and international projects, from New York City to Hangzhou, China, including apartments and large residences, private airplanes and yachts. A perennial member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and House Beautiful’s Top Designer list as well as a member of Elle Décor’s A-list, Hampton’s work is classic, traditional and eclectic. Her involvement in design goes far past her position as President and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC; she is on the board of trustees for the New York School of Interior Design, the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Institute for Classical Architecture. She was one of the three inaugural designers who launched Gilt Groupe’s Gilt Home Design Boutiques, serves on the design board of MyDeco.com and was the only ever female cast member of “This Old House” and was a co-host of PBS’ “Find.” Over the years, Hampton’s work has been featured in many national and regional shelter and design magazines.
Markham Roberts Inc.
Markham Roberts, a New York based interior designer, known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, brings a modern approach to classic design. Having trained with Mark Hampton before opening his own firm in 1997, Markham takes on a wide variety of projects across the country. Markham and his work have appeared in Architectural Digest, Domino, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Town & Country and The New York Times. Markham was named to the 2014 AD100 list of preeminent architects and designers. A monograph of Markham’s work, Decorating: The Way I See It, is due out in September from The Vendome Press.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer and is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4,000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Interior Design, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and many more. Currently his projects are featured in 10 coffee table books. Martyn’s first book exclusively covering his work was released by Rizzoli last year. ‘Live, Love, & Decorate’ gives us a window into the glamorous world of Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, featuring his dramatic spaces and exquisite eye for detail. Martyn’s A-List clientele includes Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Aaron Sorkin, Ellen Pompeo, Eva Mendes, Edward Norton, Christina Aguilera, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Rebecca Romijn, Felicity Huffman and William H Macy, both executive offices at Warner Brothers and Paramount Studios, Patti La Belle, Loree Rodkin, Cheryl Tiegs and many others.
As one of the leading experts in kitchen and bath design, Matthew Quinn has worked around the world providing his clients with original, memorable spaces. Through residential, commercial, multiunit, and hospitality projects brought to him by the world’s top architects and interior designers, Matthew increases the design and functionality of kitchens and baths. Matthew observes the environments, lifestyles, and desires of his clients to inform his custom design solutions. His innovative and creative concepts highlight his keen awareness of the synergy between design and lived experience. Function is amply addressed, but so are aesthetics and comfort. Matthew is a principal in Atlanta based Retrofit Ventures and Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio. He is also the founder of the Matthew Quinn Collection, a new showroom concept in luxury kitchen, bath, and architectural hardware that blends the best product available today with Matthew’s own expanding lines of kitchen, bath, and closet products.
Mendelson Group, Inc.
Mendelson Group was incorporated in 2003 by its principal, Gideon Mendelson. A graduate of both Columbia University with a degree in Architecture and The New York School of Interior Design, Gideon brings a classically based, yet fresh and modern aesthetic to his projects. Focusing efforts on interior architecture and decoration, Mendelson Group’s goal is to create functional, comfortable spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also timeless in design, youthful and energetic. While the firm’s projects are diverse in both scope and design, a single principle remains constant: from the initial consultation, through architectural and decorative planning, to construction and installation, the client’s satisfaction is the first priority.
Meyer Davis Studio, Inc.
Meyer Davis is a New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail and workplace environments. Founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis, the firm has established itself at the forefront of the nation’s luxury residential and commercial design practices, having completed over 150 projects to date. Meyer Davis has worked their charm on such prestigious hotels as Paramount in New York City, and the upcoming W Lakeshore in Chicago. Recent restaurant projects include Loews Regency Bar & Grill and Harlow (winner of an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award) in New York City, as well as King & Duke and St. Cecilia in Atlanta. The studio is also responsible for designing Oscar de la Renta boutiques worldwide, and numerous luxury homes across the country.
ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates)
ODADA (Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates) is an internationally recognized interior design firm whose expertise ranges from the development of interior architectural spaces to the design of the most detailed decorative elements, as well as the procurement of furniture, art and accessories. Mr. Diaz-Azcuy opened his own practice in 1987, after 12 years as Design Principal at Gensler Associates. In 1990, he was joined by the firm’s other principals, David Todd Oldroyd and Greg Stewart. All three have strong architecture and art backgrounds, bringing a clean, focused approach to both contemporary and traditional design projects.The principals are assisted by fifteen architects and designers, all of whom have experience developing solutions to the most technically and aesthetically demanding projects. The firm’s size allows the principals to be intimately involved with every project. ODADA has been published in periodicals around the world, including House Beautiful, Veranda, Interiors, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The New York Times, Objekt and Maison Française.
Robin Sacks Decorative Painting
Robin Sacks studied painting at the Tyler School of Art and founded Robin Sacks Decorative Painting in 1996 to provide custom crafted surfaces for any interior or architectural project. Ms. Sacks combines innovation with tradition to create a full range of decorative finishes, which encompass faux finishing, gilding, plasters, murals and mixed media.
SPAN Architecture brings together a diverse array of experiences and interests as practitioners, teachers, artists and theorists. Karen Stonely, Peter Pelsinski and Jean-Gabriel Neukomm are registered architects and began collaboration in 1998. Their award-winning work combines thoughtful and inventive conceptual design with technological innovation and creative material application. Above all else, SPAN shares a deep appreciation and reverence for architecture that guides their pursuit of creating superlative work.
Vicente Wolf Associates
A world-renowned interior designer, Vicente Wolf has been named one of the ten most influential designers in the United States by House Beautiful and has been inducted into the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior Design Magazine. Wolf has been at the top of the Manhattan design industry for over 35 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered, Wolf and his team build on his passion for design that’s guided by integrity and simplicity.
Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio studied at the New York School of Interior Design where, after obtaining their degrees, they decided to open their design firm in New York City. Alberto, whose nationality is Colombian, and Mercedes who is Italian, wanted to combine the eclectic and international sense of aesthetic acquired from their diverse cultural backgrounds, travels and education. Their successful partnership is driven by the fact that they seamlessly integrate their uniquely different viewpoints thereby maximizing their creativity. The result was the creation of Villalobos Desio, an emerging firm that has been commissioned to design homes in the U.S. and Europe for a discerning group of international clientele. Villalobos Desio is known for successfully mixing new pieces, antiques and contemporary art; their aesthetic is inspired by a wide range of cultural influences. In creating an environment, they tell a story that complements the backgrounds of their clients.
William T. Georgis Architect
William T. Georgis Architect has designed and completed numerous residential, institutional, and commercial projects in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. These include new houses in Southampton, New York, the Bahamas, Montana, La Jolla, California, many New York City townhouses, a pied‐a‐terre for a South American couple at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, the Tiffany Gallery at the Museum of the City of New York, Casa Lever restaurant in Manhattan, the interiors of a Gulfstream G650 jet, and the renovation of the public spaces of the landmarked Lever House in New York City. In addition he has completed the design of Manhattan condominium projects at 350 West Broadway and 530 Park Avenue, and completed designs for the Gramercy Park Hotel. In 1999, 2007, 2010, and 2013 he was included in the AD 100, Architectural Digest’s international guide to the top one hundred architects and interior designers.
Young Huh, LLC
Young Huh is principal and founder of Young Huh Interiors, a full service design firm specializing in residential and commercial interiors. With impeccable attention to detail, Young’s projects are conceived and tailored to fit each client’s personality and needs. Her philosophy is that each client has a unique point-of-view and her role is to transform that vision into reality while elevating it to its greatest potential. Well-versed in art and design history, yet with an ever vigilant eye on the popular pulse, Young incorporates ideas and styles from an expansive range of sources to create timeless design known for its classic proportions and eclectic, chic styling. Fluent in a wide range of styles from historic to contemporary, her interiors reflect her love of art and artisans, materials and textures.