Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When I asked Malcolm James Kutner and Elie Tahari if they knew each other before they paired up for the American Fashion: Designers at The Aldyn showhouse, they replied they did not. Malcolm said it was like a blind date that actually worked out which we all know is a rarity. After seeing the master bedroom and gentleman's study on which they collaborated, I'd say it worked out very well. Both spaces reflect the men's shared inspirations of "timeless sophistication, unfaltering attention to detail, honest materials, and quiet elegance."
As I mentioned previously, I don't love new buildings since they tend to be cold but Malcolm warmed up both rooms with natural grasscloth wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries. The palette was inspired by nature and feature grey tones, "ice-like silks and earth-hued linens." My favorite piece in the master bedroom though is the vintage kilim composition rug from F.J. Hakimian.
I love all the brass accents on the mid-century furniture in each room as well. Many of the pieces as well as the contemporary artwork is from Elie Tahari's own collection.
Malcolm James Kutner and Elie Tahari
A detail of the bookshelves in the gentleman's study.
Both designers insist on "form and function, style and grace, history and presence" and I think the room seamless blends these design sensibilities of Elie Tahari and Malcolm James Kutner perfectly. It's too bad all blind dates don't work out this well!
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic