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Sunday, May 29, 2011

How big of an ass is Vicente Wolf?


Sian Ballen and Lesley Hauge, the dynamic duo behind the society website New York Social Diary's "House" column, recently paid a visit to interior designer Vicente Wolf.  Even thought the two had been invited to photograph the apartment, Wolf arrived late with his pissy pants on.  Given what looks to be some recent facial "refreshment" on his part (see old photo below), you'd think Wolf would be in a happier frame of mind.

Photo via Veranda.

A small sample of the one-trick pony's graciousness and, uh, stability:

NYSD: This is just our taste! It's wonderful.

Wolf: Oh. Well, I'm not very good with room mates... so...

There are so many treasures from your travels in here. There can't be anything you would ever throw out.

Well, I wouldn't mind getting rid of you two...

How was it growing up [in Cuba]?

Well, I mean... it's very... I mean... where did you grow up? As a kid, you're just growing up in your home. You only know in hindsight what those experiences are like compared to other situations.   

I'm not asking if you had an exceptional childhood, just what your memories of it were.

No... no... I know... 

How old were you when you came to New York? What did you do?

I was 18. I worked.

Did you have faith in that you knew you were going where you wanted to go?

Faith? I'm Capricorn, we're very... [chops the air with his hand]

Very...?

Richard Nixon... very tenacious at getting what you want.

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During the interview, Wolf also yawned broadly and proclaimed to be bored, dismissed the entire continent of Africa, and pointed out that a missing stone in one of the interviewer's earrings was distracting.

I'm trying to remember the last time this asshat did anything remotely new. His answer for every client is white walls, gallery shelving and an "eclectic" seating mix. One certainly has to want the Wolf look, because it will be a frosty day in Hades before he allows a client's personality to shine in a project. Wolf must be one talented kiss-ass with people who can do him favors (i.e. shelter mag editors). How else does he keep getting published?

Decorator Series - Vicente Wolf [New York Social Diary "House"]

35 comments:

Interior Design Musings said...

Just read the entire interview. Unbelievable. I have no time for rude people. M.

Southgate said...

Im glad they published it anyway. What a clown. And he clearly had some work done. As my grandmother would say, he used to look like someone dumped a bag of hot nickles on his face.

Jodi said...

Just try, like I did a year or so ago, to post a comment to his blog. It went through moderation and disappeared.....give me a break mr. pissy pants. I just said "get well" to a blog post he wrote about being sick. Never looked at his blog again nor never will.

Appletree said...

whoa, he doesn't even look like the same person! I;d be crabby too if my surgery turned out that bad.

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

I should have known he was a douche after I watched a show he happened to be on and while rearranging the owners apartment some lady (owners friend) said "can I make a suggestion?" And he replied with "no you can't!" In a very douchy way.

There are a lot of bloggers who idolized this dude. I is not one of them.

Anne At Large said...

The softer focus on his face in the new picture + the bleached out look makes me wonder if it was just the photographer doing his darndest to flatter that craggy mug.

Also, I always wonder if Vicente Fox and Vicente Wolf know each other.

Anonymous said...

Douche with a capital D! Ewww.

elizgonz said...

Finally!!! I was beginning to think I was crazy.

Evie said...

outrageous! I am glad that they decided to publish his a-hole comments to make what was apparent to them obvious to the rest of the shelter mag reading world. I hope his well of clients dries up!

Jessie said...

It's unbelievable how rude this guy is. I have no idea a guy like him can be so popular and his designs isn't that brilliant anyway.

I think he got work done on his face, plenty of it. Thanks for sharing this interview with us so we all now know how arrogant this dude is. He's not worth the attention he's been getting!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

kerry said...

that's exactly the impression i got when he did the interview with the skirted roundtable a year or two ago. i thought he was extremely self absorbed and arrogant. why on earth anyone would hire him to design their home when they wouldn't get a say in the process is beyond me.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Raina, simply stated, he's an untalented, pompous, uneducated, arrogant & incredibly self- absorbed "J*A*C*K*A*S*S*... and I've said that for a lonnnnggg time!

Hope all's well with you~ sure like the new pic!!!

Linda in AZ *

Madam Pince said...

What an ass. Pure and simple, an ass.

Kate said...

And as MY great grandmother would say,
" he's got a face like a slapped arse".

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

I did see Selling New York as well when he said "No you can't"

WOW!



Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

My aunt was first or second on a list to have a consultation with him during the Architectural Digest Home Show. So glad that didn't work out.

He sounds like a total jerk.

ChrisToronto said...

I don't dislike Wolf and have actually enjoyed his travelogue books but the NYSD shot that made me howl was the line of chairs against the wall with a framed photograph on each seat . . . so ridiculous.

kimbydee said...

I'd read another horribly rude interview he did a couple of years ago, nice to see he's still the same jerk he was then. What style? it's the same as a million others on the internet. Ignore him and maybe he'll go away...(we can only hope)

Reggie Darling said...

I was appalled at how arrogant and incoherent he was the first time I read the interview, and just plain irritated by him when it read it again, when they ran it the other day. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you...

Karena said...

Raina I had truly admired Vicente before now. There is no excuse for this..even if he was attempting to be droll or funny.

I have interviewed CEO's of Fortune 500 companies and was always treated with respect and dignity.

No one deserves such disdain. he is getting free press and publication and I would have been more than gracious, as most people!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Karena said...

Oh and again money and success does not make for class.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

eileen said...

There sure is a long road between being proud of your achievements and thinking you're better than everyone else.

Flo said...

"Ass" is way too kind, try TURD.

Erin said...

Please tell me he is your next interview for curbed.

Please.

Jimmy The Undercover Designer said...

Strange. In his blog he is very open, humble and shares his experiences and his fears very candidly. Could it be that the writer intentionally unintentionally made the interview sound so bad, you know, when you write a response out of context it can sound quite bad ? Just wondering.

Sharon @ Real Estate Resuscitation said...

What is wrong with him? He has the same attitude in every interview of him I read.

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

You can be sure he doesn't write his own BLOG!

"You took the words right out of my mouth."

Design Junkie said...

His gig has never inspired me, but I've had too much first hand experience with media of all sorts not to be suspect of what their spin is. So I try not to judge. Though I do know, sometimes, if it sounds like a twat, it is a twat.

Design Junkie said...

Yikes! OK, I'm an idiot. I didn't read the article before I commented. The portion you posted was just the sensational part. There's way more to dude than that and that was reflected in the interview in it's entirety. Plus, I have mad, crazy love for his crocodile collection and I don't hate his apartment. I suck.

Tara said...

i recall reading this exact article a couple years ago. so why are they publishing it again?

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I have been a fan of his books and like reading about his travels and how it influences his designs. I have always had the impression he is very sarcastic and "unique" in humor, but this interview is just bizzare. His blog comes across so differently, he is generous with information and not afraid to express an opinion-qualities I applaud. Perhaps there are two sides to the Wolf?

kerry said...

everybody seemed to love him after listening to this interview. personally, i did not get the "down to earth" vibe at all! it's worth listening to. like i said before, if i had the money, he's the last person i would hire!!!!

http://skirtedroundtable.blogspot.com/2009/08/vicente-wolf-joins-us-at-table.html

Anonymous said...

I had the terrible misfortune of working for this horrible man, it was like being around the queen...do not speak unless spoken to. After a couple of months I left-I am too old (30s) to be mistreated by anyone! I had been hired as a designer (after viewing my portfolio he commented on how talented I was...that was the only nice thing that came out of his mouth...ever). This interview is spot on, he's a huge ASS!!!

Designers' Brew said...

whew, bullet dodged--I had an interview with him lined up before I accepted my current job. I hadn't known of his rep or obviously I wouldn't have applied in the first place!

Anonymous said...

What a complete jerk. I am so not impressed with his work or his apartment . His apartment looks like hes trying too hard to be cool. It looks staged.