the 2017 kips bay show house has opened. it’s so fun to see all the buzz on social media and see all the inspiring rooms. it feels like dark and dramatic is the trend of the house. so many moody rooms with lots of layers and luxury overload.
of course every year there’s a particular room i’m drawn to and inspired by. without question nick olsen’s study (room 13) is this years room. nick is 35. so young to be so talented. he has a very elegant eye. you can see his references to the past, but everything feels fresh and always has a twist.
I asked nick what inspired his room 13. he said that he started to think about modernist rooms, specifically the living room Jean-Michel Frank did for Nelson Rockefeller in Manhattan. It was an oak paneled box containing all these dramatic flourishes and French curves. he was also inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge’s apartment on the Rue Bonaparte, with pure modernism meeting Africana- he imagined they brought one of their chintz chairs from Morocco back with them!
There’s also a bit of Christian Berard and Elsa Schiaparelli mixed in (the curtain pelmets), but the most dramatic gesture is the gray mirrored vestibule which i hadn’t seen many pictures of yet. he carved out this space to make the ‘salon’ more intimately scaled and to give it some moody, Studio 54 glam … have to say it worked!
every year there are so many beautiful rooms at kips bay. i always have a favorite and this year it’s room 13. i proclaim nick olsen the 2017 kips bays king.