One of my philosophies as someone who now runs an online boutique, has studied Art History with Christie’s (and Art Business admittedly with Sotheby’s) and worked in a design Gallery is that art and design really should and ought to go hand-in-hand. Of course art and design are single entities which are marvellous and simply wonderful on their own, but when they are paired together in harmony, they have the ability to transform a space into an even greater work of art, almost a Gesamtkuntswerk.
Today on this dreary, rainy (and typical!) London Friday morning, I’m exploring three of my favourite projects by three top interior designers: Doran Taylor, Douglas Mackie and Kelly Wearstler.
Doran Taylor’s “Federal Style” combines a sleek, clean and modern overall aesthetic with traditional features allowing the wondrously punchy contemporary art to be the main provider of colour. In the living room, neutral colours of grey, cream and ochre are used in the furniture and soft furnishings to form unity within the design while fun and unexpected pops of colour tastefully and stylishly jolt out from the art, especially the Robert Indiana diptych print above the mantle. What I especially love is the repetition of the lime green velvet fabric seen not only in the dining room but also in a separate seating area of the living space. The bright pink Warhol print and Murakami artwork are a fun focal point breathing life and vibrancy into the dining space.
A huge factor of Douglas Mackie’s style that I admire is how he extracts hues from a work of art to then integrate various shades into the remaining design of the room. In an 18th Century lateral conversion and extensive renovation of a home in Marylebone, he incorporates a variety of contemporary art, antique textiles and custom furniture as focal points to complement each other. In this sophisticated and comfortable home, it appears that each room tells a story, which is so enticing and unique. A different type of interior design to Doran Taylor’s style where unity and harmony are shared throughout the overall design, Mackie creates a subtle drama to each room with an artwork as a focal point.
Extravagant and bold is Kelly Wearstler’s “Doheny” Residence located in Beverly Hills. This has to be hands down one of my personal favourite projects because of its homage to an elegant bohemian style while keeping up with contemporary trends. This homage is seen in the use of hand-painted wall coverings, antique Khotan rugs and the involvement of Egyptian and Oriental influences noticed in the sculptures and textiles.