23 October 2017

Black and white

The impact of a paired down color palette can't be denied.

Since AD published it in their October issue, we’ve been seeing lots of re-posting of the beautiful Connecticut house of Reed and Delphine Krakoff. It has definitely struck a chord within the design community, and once you see the photos, it’s easy to see why. The house has a poetic quality to it. Not about color,  it’s all about the pieces, with each room showcasing the impeccable eye of Reed and Delphine, collectors of unique objects for years. It is a wonderful palette cleanser of sorts, reminding of us of how exquisite a restrained palette can be (with the caveat, of course, that it be appointed with interesting pieces). The house is very much a study of contrasts in silhouettes, shapes, and textures. We love when we get the opportunity to see spaces like this that are devoid of color (something we rarely do in our own work) but so very appealing and inspiring. To that end, we wanted to share some of our favorite images from the Reed and Delphine story and a few others that take a similar approach.

The dramatic stairs in Reed and Delphine’s house make an incredible architectural statement with the curvaceous table and metal chairs below echoing many of its elements.

A bold collection of small scale artwork makes a wonderful impact en masse.

In this bedroom it’s all about the interplay of shapes and textures, metal, glass, wood, etc.

Leaving Reed and Delphine for the dining room of Wilson Henley and Bruce Glickman. We love the way they were able to incorporate distinctly modern elements from the art to the 70’s style dining table in an old farmhouse setting with exposed wood beams.

The neutral upholstery in this Victoria Hagan project lets the architecture and curated collection of special pieces take center stage.

We attended a discussion recently where Stephen Sills was the keynote speaker and explained that after looking at color all day for his clients, he just couldn’t come home to it every night. And so he created this lovely study of tints and shades of white for  himself.

A recently photographed project of ours on Washington Square Park used a very paired down color palette to take advantage of the beautiful views of the park below.

We couldn’t resist just a little bit of pattern play!

Do you like living with neutral interiors? We’d love to know!

— Lauren & Suzanne
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I love the combo of white shades, a little bit of blue, it looks fantastic! The pattern play is amazing too.
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