In last week’s post we learned how Kate and Andy Spade created vibrant energy in their Park Avenue apartment by mixing modern art with Aubusson rugs and explained that energy is created when we mix objects from different periods and in different styles as explained by David Kleinberg’s famous saying “When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy.” Today we will learn four additional ways of creating energy in interiors: by creating pop with colors, through the interplay of different shapes, by mixing large and small scale patterns and fourthly by juxtaposing different textures and materials. We will learn these four methods from studying the Spade’s apartment.
Kate and Andy Spade living room shows a vast richness of textures and materials. The flat-weave texture of the Aubusson rug contrasts with the brushed cotton texture of the red and black floor pillows, the polished wood of the Chinoiserie coffee table, matte wood frame of the French chairs, the polished chrome floor lamp, the shiny black plastic sculpture, the gold metallic lampshade near the window, the marble of the fireplace, the textured surface of the black and white abstract painting. Now lets study the rich interplay of shapes: The curved contours of the French armchairs resonate with the black disk in the abstract painting, the black spheres of the sculpture and the round lampshades. Image courtesy The Selby.
This view of the living room shows the pop of red against white and black against white in the pillows on the sofa and in the floor pillows. The pillows on the sofa and the floor pillows are connected by their by the common coloration. The black door frame pops against the white lamp and against the grey blue walls. The red, black and white contrasts continue in the room that is visible through the open doors. The pop of red against gray and black is picked up in the Aubusson rug and in the black Chinoiserie table. Image courtesy The Selby.
The large scale pattern of the Aubusson rug contrast with the small scale pattern of the black on white upholstery fabric on the sofa. The red pillow pops against the black and white fabric and the theme of black, red and white continues here. There is also a mix of materials ranging from the metal legs of the coffee table, the polished wood of the floor and bookcase, the smooth sofa fabric and the fine woven texture of the Aubusson rug. Image courtesy The Selby.
This vignette shows a continuation of the red and white theme with red piping on white upholstery. The abstract painting partially visible on the right continues the red, white and black coloration. The polished wood of the floor and bookcase contrast with the cotton upholstery and the metal picture frames. Pictures in round and rectangular shapes, art in many styles, family pictures, books and a simple bookcase with a chest for placing picture frames all contribute to the energy in this apartment. Image courtesy The Selby.
The red, black and white theme is expanded with the addition of yellow and blue in the chairs and in the needlepoint rug. Piles of books here and there lend a warm feeling of family life that is open to the world. Image courtesy The Selby.
The juxtaposition of abstract art with a Chinese vase lamp, bird photographs and a childs fishbowl covers a very wide range in a small vignette. Image courtesy The Selby.
In the guest bedroom a gold Aubusson rug anchors a bright yellow silk quilt with a contrasting black pattern. The black, white and red theme is carried into the bed sheet, pillows and headboard. The cobalt blue walls make the yellow and coral in the pictures and quilt pop. Image courtesy The Selby.
Objects in a variety of materials and shapes and from very different cultures and time periods are juxtaposed throughout the apartment. Image courtesy The Selby.
Andy and Kate Spade at home. Image courtesy The Selby.
Chambery Aubusson Rug is inspired by a 19th century French Aubusson rug. Aubusson rugs are handwoven with fine wool yarns in hundreds of colors. 19th century French Aubusson rugs have neoclassical architectural motifs intermixed with floral motifs rendered in a typical French style. The weave of Aubusson rugs is the same as that of the magnificent tapestries adorning the walls of French palaces and castles.