For me, the most dynamic, contemporary interiors are not confined to furnishings of any singular look or period. Rather, they often reference intriguing elements of the past, and harmoniously combine them with modern pieces to create something new and exciting. The dialogue that arises between seemingly unrelated objects becomes the design. Fine antiques live comfortably with contemporary furniture if anchored by a purposeful color scheme, balanced proportions, and a successful flow through the space.
In 2012, I was charged with creating a stand at Masterpiece London—a fair for outstanding design that showcases the modern, the traditional, and everything in between, presenting the best of the best in the decorative and fine arts—to explain and demonstrate to visitors how to embrace the concept of combining disparate periods and artistic movements into a melodious, well-integrated design.
I began by devising a strong architectural background of modern columns, deep cornices, and metallic silver sisal wall covering. Flanking a period mantlepiece, a pair of elegant, classical ormolu-mounted and marble-topped mahogany chiffoniers was surmounted by two contemporary still-life photographs by the American photographer David LaChapelle.