It is with great pleasure to have selected a unique grouping of spaces with designer rugs in the September 2016 Architectural Digest. These rooms share an elegant simplicity, while featuring bold artwork, custom furnishings and imaginative home decor. Matthias Vriens-McGrath delights us with his dreamy talents being used on his own Los Angeles abode. Since 2012, designer Stephen Sills has been on the AD100 list, and you can experience his work in a Central Park apartment he remodeled. Marc Jacobs brings us his unabashed design with unexpected techniques in his New York apartment and Laure Hériard-Dubreuil and husband Aaron Young share with us a glimpse into their East Village rowhouse.
1. Los Angeles Guest Bedroom
Fashion photographer, decorator and antiques dealer Matthias Vriens-McGrath and his husband purchased the former home of the silent-film star and legendary decorator William Haines. Matthias selected a blue and white flat weave rug to mimic the bed’s coverlet, and contrast the warm color palette appearing in many items including, his French Directoire wrought-iron bed frame, bench covering and antique toile used to drape the bed.
Directoire rugs derive their name from the five Directors (French: Directoire) who held executive power in France after the French Revolution, from November 1795 to November 1799. During this time no one wanted to give the appearance of belonging to the aristocracy and this led to a radical change in fashions in clothing as well as in the decorative arts. Inspiration was sought from classical Greece and Rome because these ancient civilizations symbolized democracy. Directoire architecture and Directoire rugs have a simplicity that is in sharp contrast to the embellishments of the preceding Rococo period. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
2. Central Park Living Room
Stephen Sills used his acclaimed classicism approach to enrich this New York living room. Stephen choose an antique blue and cream Persian rug to give subtle detail to the room without distracting from the incredible furnishings and works of art by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Asmara’s Anatolia BC Oushak rug detail view. This Oushak rug has hundreds of shade variations which naturally occur in fine hand spun wool yarn. Anatolia has a cream border and a sea blue back filled with accents of sea green and dark blue. The soft and antique look is natural and has not been created by chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
3. New York Television Room
Provocative designer Marc Jacobs creates an retro glamorous look in his New York townhouse. Specifically, Marc’s tactful television room features a sculpture by Paul McCarthy of Dopey from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a painting by Gerhard Richter and a custom Jonas sofa with two custom Jonas club chairs. His neutral scheme is complimented by a custom cream rug textured with an Art Deco pattern.
4. East Village Rowhouse Entrance
Owner of the luxury fashion boutique, The Webster, Laure Hériard-Dubreuil and her artist husband Aaron Young bought Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy’s East Village rowhouse apartment. Their remodeling of the eclectic entrance hall began with a gigantic contemporary white and red painting by Young. A golden and beige Oushak rug softens the room and delicately embraces the natural light entering through the street-side windows, and when the custom wooden doors are ajar.
Asmara’s Anatolia PC Oushak rug detail view. This Oushak rug has hundreds of shade variations which naturally occur in fine hand spun wool yarn. It has a cream border and a salmon back filled with accents of coral. The soft and antique look is natural and has not been created by chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
5. Los Angeles Living Room
Matthias Vriens-McGrath gently pushes the limits of design in his own L.A. living room. The original traditional wood paneling and molding remains today, and clashes wonderfully with his choices of some earthy decor that includes, Icelandic sheepskin throws, feather exploding sconces and a striped flat weave rug.
Images courtesy of Architectural Digest.