The apartment of professional skateboarder Chad Muska.
Ryan Korban is being touted as the design world's latest wunderkind. His age has been listed as "25" in articles for two years now which tells me he's probably closer to 30. This week, 1st Dibs takes a look at his work, a style which the designer himself describes as "romance, sex and fantasy."
Korban takes a certain pride in his lack of design training stating "People pay me a lot of money and I don't even know how to draft a floor plan." What lucky clients. He feels "[i]n the design world, there is an obsession with time and era. I like people to walk into a space and feel like they're entering a time period that hasn't existed yet." Zebra skins, chrome tables, and "edgy" little chairs? Hmmm, seems like that time period would be the late Aughts. And the middle finger waving "Hello!"? Yawn.
Korban hangs with the downtown New York fashion set, including designer Alexander Wang. In February, Wang opened his first retail store in Soho and had his buddy design the interior which includes a fur hammock. For Korban, high-end shopping is an opportunity for rekindling love's lost fires. "Even in these urban settings, I strive to bring a revival of lost romance."
Korban also decorated Wang's showroom which looks like the shoe department at Restoration Hardware.
A private residence designed by Korban includes topiary balls on candlesticks and what looks to be a coffee table from LaBarge. For this inspired vision, he charges $250-$500 an hour.
Korban's previous apartment resembled the Richie Rich edition of "Hoarders."
If Korban had been executing his signature style back in the mid-1990s (which seems to be his sartorial inspiration), the look would have been edgy and glam. Today, it looks like the decorating equivalent of the Victoria's Secret model girlfriend of a wannabe rock star.
The Talent: Ryan Korban [1st Dibs]
The Anti-Minimalist [The Wall Street Journal]