style scout: world traveler.
May 26, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREY CRAWFORD
When you spend your days chatting with designers, like we have the great fortune of doing here at Luxe, you hear a lot about “mixing,” and we don’t mean cocktails. (Ok, sometimes we do.) Mostly, though, we’re talking about merging new and old, contemporary and traditional, bright and neutral. After getting a glimpse at this room by Richard Shapiro, though, we’ll never think of a dirty martini during design conversations again. Shapiro’s elegant juxtapositions are nearly perfect: the ornate wooden detailing of days of yore with clean-lined, contemporary seating, a traditional-looking damsel by Jean-Pierre Khazem posing across from a bright and modern, circular tondo painting by Gary Lang, a serious-looking, solid brass chandelier from the designer’s own Studiolo hovering above a funky, linear rug from The Rug Company. Shapiro makes it look effortless, but if you don’t have an art history degree under your belt, don’t despair: You can have a little happy hour of your own by checking out some of his favorite sources.
From left: Future Circles by Gary Lang; Garland Chandelier by Studiolo; Meander 2B by Sam Turner.