The world’s famed designers create exquisite interiors for their clients, but what about the spaces they fashion for themselves? In this article you can look inspiring living rooms where professionals experiment new trends on own houses, showcase bold patterns, and display treasured art and antiques.
Designer Sara Story restored a Victorian home in Snedens Landing, New York. An artwork by Sterling Ruby and a zebrahide add pizzazz to the living room.
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A large Roberto Matta canvas overlooks the living room in Linda Pinto’s Paris apartment. In the foreground at left is a bronze side table by Claude Lalanne, next to a sofa accented with 1970s fur pillows; the cocktail tables are by Ado Chale, the sculpture in the far right corner is by Philippe Hiquily, and the rug was custom made by Tai Ping.
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Miles table lamp brings back the atmosphere of sophistication inspired by the 50’s. With a complexity not visible at ﬁrst sight, like the eye catcher gold plated frame and the double white shade, it casts a smooth light that will surely make you feel in a “Kind of Blue” mood.
Surrounding a living room doorway in the Hamptons home of David Kleinberg are two Richard Serra prints, one displayed over a mahogany cabinet by Paul László; the photograph in the hall is by Alejandra Laviada. Twin French Art Deco zebrawood side tables are joined by Art Deco armchairs covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric; the upholstery throughout the house was done by Anthony Lawrence-Belfair, the throw is from Homenature, and the raffia rug is by La Manufacture Cogolin.
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Thomas Ruff’s photograph Substrat 24 I dominates the living room of Jamie Drake’s Manhattan apartment. Arranged around a marble-and-granite table by Drake Design Assoc. are a Milo Baughman lounge chair in a Christopher Hyland mohair, a Drake-designed sofa in a Schumacher fabric, and a pair of club chairs and a Bright Group ottoman that are covered in Rubelli velvets from Donghia.
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Architect Lee Ledbetter renovated a landmark 1963 house in New Orleans to share with his partner, Douglas Meffert. Surrounding the custom-made cocktail table in the living room are a pair of Harvey Probber brass armchairs upholstered in a KnollTextiles fabric, two Louis XVI–style fauteuils in a Holly Hunt leather, a vintage T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings chair in a Zoffany stripe, and a vintage Florence Knoll sofa in a KnollTextiles Ultrasuede.
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In Alexa Hampton’s New York living room, a detail of the Parthenon’s frieze, painted by Hampton, hangs above the custom-made sofa, which is covered in a Kravet fabric; the klismos chair is by Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair, Louis XVI chairs flank the mantel (designed by Hampton for Chesney’s), and the Irish matting is by Crosby Street Studios.
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Lorenzo Castillo accented the drawing room of his Spanish retreat with a wallpaper from his collection for Gastón y Daniela; the vintage cabinet-on-chest is by Pierre Lottier. The Castillo-designed armchair at left is clad in a Designers Guild velvet, 1970s patchworks hang above the suede sofa, and the vintage cocktail tables were found at Paris’s Marché Paul Bert.
IMAGE CREDIT: GASTONY DANIELA
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