David Netto.
Photo: Rishad Mistri

David Netto Curates the Perfect Room Based on a Sol LeWitt Masterpiece

The designer’s ‘artful home’ idea draws on the painting’s color palette, then mixes in classical and contemporary furnishings

For interior designer David Netto, it’s about getting into character and telling a story—and tell a story he always does, with savoir faire, finesse, and quite often a surprise ending. His ease of style may come across as breezy choices that magically fall into place, but each one is carefully considered and the result of an astute study of interiors.

“My choice of this Sol LeWitt can’t be overintellectualized—I just like blue and yellow together,” says Netto. “Industrial Brutalism offsets the prettiness of the painting, then I added a Cubist rug but mixed with more classical pieces, calling to mind how Bunny Mellon would hang contemporary art in her traditional interiors.”

Irregular Form (1998) by Sol LeWitt.

Sol LeWitt, Irregular Form, 1998. Photo: Courtesy of Pace Gallery

Hamilton lantern by the Urban Electric Co.; urbanelectric.com.

Hamilton lantern by the Urban Electric Co. Photo: Courtesy of Urban Electric

Forward Slant chair by Donald Judd; judd.furniture.

Forward Slant chair by Donald Judd. Photo: Courtesy of Artware Editions

Cubist rug by Miles Redd for Patterson Flynn Martin; pattersonflynnmartin.com.

Cubist rug by Miles Redd for Patterson Flynn Martin. Photo: Courtesy of Patterson Flynn Martin

Magic Cube clock; store.moma.org.

Magic Cube clock. Photo: Courtesy of MoMA Design Store

Arch Window mirror by Bower Studios; bower-studios.com.

Arch Window mirror by Bower Studios. Photo: Courtesy of Bower Studios

Recommended: Sara Story Designs a Fantasy Room Based on Work by Neo Rauch

Untitled 2018 19 lamp by Netto Nocon; davidnettodesign.com.

Untitled 2018 19 lamp by Netto Nocon. Photo: Courtesy of David Netto Design

Industrial bookstand with leather inserts by RT Facts; rtfacts.com.

Industrial bookstand with leather inserts by RT Facts. Photo: Courtesy of RT Facts

Rectangular rush basket by Mecox; mecox.com

Rectangular rush basket by Mecox. Photo: Courtesy of Mecox

Falcon bar by Jane Hallworth; blackmancruz.com.

Falcon bar by Jane Hallworth. Photo: Courtesy of Blackman Cruz

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Summer issue in the section The Artful Home: Living Masterpiece. Subscribe to the magazine.

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