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Monday, November 1, 2010

Your thoughts please




[New York Social Diary]

40 comments:

Concrete Jungle said...

Love it!...not sure I want it but most original room I have seen in a long time...bold bold bold!

melissa said...

great room
terrible mixture of curves and geometry, very jarring.
don't like the unrelieved beige and grey colour scheme.
bloke with spikes in his severed head(s?) most unnerving but I prefer him to two identical plaster copies of the praxiteles (was it him? can't remember) statue ha ha

this room with its light and bones could have looked brilliant with almost anything done to it. except this, IMO...

pity

ampersand-design.blogspot.com said...

I don't mind the geometric flooring and I do like the grey eames like chair, but that's about it.

Sandy K

Topaz said...

Has anyone ever tried so hard only to achieve so little effect?

Mandi Smith T said...

Way too cool for me.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

In isolation I like that grey wing chair, chevron blanket, Hermes blanket and settee but all together it's a no. There's just too many pieces that look like they're from the local furniture store's 'modern section' - also not loving the milk toast bland palate:(

Maria said...

somehow unique. i don't want to live there but i like it

http://design-elements-blog.com/

Kerry said...

ancient rome goes to the new world?

ChrisToronto said...

The color palette is so tightly edited it really helps things hang together. There's a tremendous point of view at work here and while it's not my taste I think the room completely rocks!
BTW, I think Victorian-style sofas are on the upswing again after years in the designer dog house. Nine By Designer just featured some and I think they're on the ascendant. In this case, paired with all the modern and ancient references, I think it works.

susieq said...

Totally agree with Topaz. Trying waaaaay too hard.

Sketch42 said...

Ok- so first thought- a gay man lives here.

Second thought... and I went to look at the pictures on NYSD... I definitely like aspects of it. But all those nudes... not for me. And I dont like the carpet either.

I did like the bedroom...

All in all, I think its the home of someone who just let it all out in their own place! Nothing wrong with that.

thingsthatsparkle said...

i am not a fan. individually a lot of the pieces are really beautiful. but together, its ick. boring. a color palate of beigey yellow and grey would not be my first pick.

www.thingsthatsparkleblog.blogspot.com

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Phew, talk about a homo-erotic overload!
Respect the classics...in moderation ; )
I'm guessing this is definitely the handiwork of Diamond and Baratta.
Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Appletree said...

umm no thanks. too too many shapes for my taste

ktgirl said...

sitting on those dining room chairs would be like wearing a thong! ew.

erin@designcrisis said...

Where are the hordes of cats hiding? I know they are somewhere...

nkp said...

Hmmm, not for me. It's just all too Alice in Wonderland, albeit with an entirely different set of queens. ;0)

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

When I first looked, I thought it was all "above" me, that it was the room of a very cultured, important person. It's not my taste, but it's the taste of him and his fabulous, art world friends.

But then I saw the Hermes blanket and it took the whole place down a notch.

Jessica said...

first Memphis, now this - gold & gray, classical sculpture, too much geometric - the 80's really are back, bleck

but have you seen this?
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/10/20/garden/21WHOss.html

drollgirl said...

kind of a lot going on. not horribly offensive or anything, but it reminds me of these people i used to house sit for. every goddamn thing in their house was taupe or off-white. it was MADDENING to me. even the cocker spaniel matched the decor.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Looks like an assemblage of this person's version of great pieces. Lacks soul and comfort, but that rug is swanky!

tenderleaf said...

loving the mix of mid-century, classical and victorian. cohesive and still interesting. This is what they talk about when they say the color scheme unites disparate elements.

And yes I'm a gay man. Does that make me biased?

David said...

An acquaintance of Brett's once invited us over for drinks and to enjoy his new hot tub. At first I was struck by how dark his house was, all drapes drawn, dark wall colors and upholstery, dim lamps. Then I started noticing the Davids, at least one in every room.

When he decided it was tub time he directed us to change in the guest room where he'd laid out a pair of white terry robes. Very short, white terry robes. So short in fact that they left our bits literally swinging in the breeze.

I giggled as we filed out to the patio, and sadly (for our host and his obvious intentions) that giggle turned into an uncontrollable, hysterical laughter that hit me in waves even after drinks were finished and we'd toweled off and redressed.

So anyway, too much male statuary always reminds me of that. And I hate that sofa.

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Yes to the leopard sofa, no to decorating with palm fronds.

Brandi said...

Not so much, there are way too many strange lines and the dining chairs look like they would hurt your poor back. Definitely not a place to relax and have a glass of wine in. Does not look cozy or like a room anyone could actually live in.

The Zhush said...

The good. The bad. And the ugly. All in one room.

Raina Cox said...

Jessica - I did see that article. My fear of heights would preclude me from living there.

Tenderleaf - No, that makes you FAB.

David - Gold Star Comment of the Day.

Alex Fulton Design said...

It's like eye candy for me based in little ol' NZ.

I may not choose it myself but I certainly appreciate the over designed whimsey.

Highlights are many and include the twin giraffe high-backs and the utter indulgence of it all.

Jane K. Schott said...

I don't get it...the best thing is all the wonderful light the room gets. Maybe it looks better at night...but I don't see many lamps....hmmmm!

Robin said...

Chairs remind me of the dinner scene in Beetlejuice. Daaaaay-o, Day-ay-ay-o. Daylight come and me wanna go home

I prefer my naked men in the bedroom and warmer than room temp.

Love the rug though.

Raina Cox said...

Alex Fulton Design - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Robin - Daaaaaay-o!

The Down East Dilettante said...

I confess to a soft spot for Mr. Baratta. Three years after buying some stuff from my shop, some of it was in a Diamond/Baratta spread in House Beautiful. He not only troubled to remember to give credit--long after the usual statute of limitations, but even had his office call to confirm the information. That's class. As to his rooms? When I saw the spread in NYSD, I had mixed emotions. He's always in control of his medium, even when they're doing one of those comic book pop-art interiors in Nantucket for the moguls...and as an Antiques dealer, I consider him to have one of the best eyes for furniture of all types of any decorator. As to his rooms here? Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes....

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Doesn't move me at all. Its just too much going on

sweetbittertart said...

...a little heavy on the severed body parts for me. :)

Emily said...

Now that's eclectic if I've seen it! We've got a Victorian Triple back sofa with Art Nouveau-ish dining room chairs, greek/roman nude statues and the list goes on. I love the mix.

SHERRY HART said...

Hmmm....no.

Raina Cox said...

SHERRY HART - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Ann said...

The good: the coffee table.
The bad: everything else.

Charlotta Ward said...

Nej.. I am a little scared of the dining chairs. They are alive I think..

Not for me this one..

x C

sarah said...

I never thought one room could have so many elements I love and so many elements I hate, equally.