Over the next week or two I'll be spending a lot of time ruminating over all that I took in during my visit to the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. There were so many palettes, layouts and concepts to take in that spending this rainy morning in the Upper East Side house became an exercise in rapturous collegiate concentration. There are photos to edit and professional ones to collect and add, all of which will educate and challenge the aesthetic eye.
The above photo is an amateurish snapshot of the feeling that swept over me when I first entered the foyer on opening night. It is snapped with my iPhone, capturing a bit of haze that obstructs the first impression of the room. When I arrived for the cocktail preview last night, the foyer was a steamy blur of bodies and geometry that overwhelmed me as I made my way through the crowd. At first glance, the foyer seemed to be a rather startling, if not garish, introduction to the house. But perhaps it was simply a case of intoxication due to the cocktail of humidity, heat and color that I was drinking in. When I returned this morning for the press preview, it struck me that the Wayne Nathan Studio creation was more of a statement about living within a work of contemporary art rather than living with pieces that are simply acquired and passively hung at eye level. The more I looked, the more I became drawn to the room.
Brooklyn-based street artist Aakash Nihalani constructed the "Brick" tape pieces that appear on the vibrant walls. The idea of having a conceptual artist who works with electrical tape is indicative of what I found throughout the house. At every turn, whether the room leaned toward the traditional or modern, something appeared to challenge my aesthetic comfort zone. It made for an experience that was never boring, extremely conversational and quite thought-provoking. This foyer is the perfect introduction to the 2011 house, as it provides all three of the afore-mentioned qualities in a shocking greeting that guides the visitor to carefully think while perusing the designers' rooms.
I hope you'll enjoy the upcoming Kips Bay posts as I scatter them throughout the next several days. Be sure to comment, as I'm sure we will have a lively conversation!