today’s installment of fab room friday takes us to the granddaddy of all design events, the 2015 kips bay showhouse, which opened yesterday in new york city. each spring for the past forty-three years, the best designers in the land vie for a spot on the chosen list of this storied event to test their mettle. if they are lucky, and also extremely talented, they get an opportunity to demonstrate to the city, the states, and the world their own personal design alchemy.
this year, mark d. sikes wins my prize for the most captivating and inspiring of all the rooms. first, i cannot get over how crazy good the checks are. as a child, my mother, a colonial williamsburg-o-phile, decorated the walls and furniture of our den and kitchen with the same checks, large and small, in navy with a chair rail (back in the seventies heyday of shelter mag, colonial homes). so, the checks serve a dose of nostalgia for me, to be sure, but here, they are at the same time fresh AND classic – and whenever that happens i always snap to attention. i actually fell back in love with checks a couple of weeks ago when i toured furlow gateway’s house in south georgia. mr. gatewood, who has perhaps this country’s greatest collection of antiques and interiors, has clearly never taken his eye off of checks. while his are mainly in the blue family, they are profuse. and amaze-balls.
mark’s use of red in his kips bay dining room brings me to my second point: wow. it’s been, like, thirty years since anyone on the cutting edge of the design world would dream of doing a red dining room for public viewing. while jackie’s red dining rooms held sway over the baby boomers for a generation, eventually by the early nineties, the red dining room gave way to beige, and taupe, and off-white, and cream, and tan. it seems like a lifetime ago that the completely neutral palette felt fresh. if you are a fan of shelter magazines, you know that color has been coming on strong for almost a decade. but, with this red dining room, i think color’s moment has come to complete fruition. i. totally. love. it. love.
while it seems crazy that mark has used outdoor furniture for his dining table and chairs, that makes a ton more sense knowing that he has a new line of outdoor furniture for soane. (also, when you learn that marella agnelli served as the inspiration for the room).
below, i have collected some photos of mark’s crazy good room but you can catch more details on the inspiration for his room, the sources, and a slide show of most all of the rooms in the show here at architectural digest or here at the new york times. if you are fortunate enough to be heading to the big apple before june 11, or are looking for something totally awesome to do, find the detes on the location and timing here.
check out james andew’s post on mark’s room, and his awesome blog, what james is wearing, here.