This year marks the 44th time leading interior designers have transformed a Manhattan mansion for the worlds most prestigious designer show house – The Kips Bay Decorator Show House which was started in 1973 to support the work of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club for the benefit of the children of New York City. We start with the artist’s sketch and see how the designer’s vision changes and develops as actual furnishings are selected and how the room comes to life alive only after the perfect designer rug is put in place.
David Collins Studio sketches and watercolors of a sculptural staircase and entry hall with gorgeous deep blue walls.
The entrance hall by David Collins Studio has cobalt blue walls, magnificent moldings and a black, gray and white striped marble floor that adds energy and movement.
Garrow Kedigians sketch of the neoclassical bedroom below.
In the Garrow Kedigian designed bedroom yellow, orange and red furniture is anchored on a black and white patterned floor surrounded by blackboard painted walls with neoclassical designs drawn by Canadian artist-actor Rajiv Surendra (2004’s Mean Girls).
A Chinoiserie-inspired wall panel and oriental rug adds glamour to the staircase sketched by Kati Curtis.
The deep blue and red oriental rug is intentionally mismatched with the green Chinoiserie wall panel thereby evoking a “collected, not decorated” look in the staircase landing designed by Kati Curtis.
David Kleinberg sketched an intimate library with several sitting areas and a games table.
An oversized blue oriental rug pulls together a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture in orange, gray, green and cobalt blue in David Kleinberg’s library.
Alex Papachristidis imagined a dazzling dining room in gold and cream with a mix of gilded antiques and contemporary art.
A cream designer rug defines a comfortable sitting area and creates a subtle contrast with the beige and white zig zag painted floor in the Alex Papachristidis designed dining room.
Timothy Whealon’s sketch envisions a bed canopy made of colorful geometric fabric to complement a cream cut and loop textured geometric rug in the master bedroom.
The white cut and loop geometric rug echoes the pattern of the colorful bed canopy fabric in the Timothy Whealon designed master bedroom.
The 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House runs till June 9 at The Carlton House Townhouse, 19 East 61st Street, New York, New York.