I thought Carlos Souza was also the perfect follow up to Diane von Furstenberg because you can see his love of travel reflected in the mementos that are displayed throughout his apartment. I think very personal objects are what exemplifies great and interesting design. I want to someone to say that table is from their grandmother, that sculpture was from a trip to Asia and that painting was picked up from the Paris flea market, not that an interior designer picked everything out. And such is the case with Souza...although he did have a little help.
The previous owner of the apartment was interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber who left behind parchment covered walls and ebonized 12-foot bedroom doors. Souza also had some help from his friend Carlos Mota, a magazine stylist, who acted more as a guide than a designer.
Souza shipped over Ming cabinets, a lacquered table and painted stools from Indonesia, and other Asian objects for the apartment and added to the mix with self-designed rugs, a suzani bedspread from Mughal, and some Crate and Barrel couches that were covered with pillows made from couture fabric remnants that cost more than the sofas! I told you that you would hate him!