A Video Journey of Four Rooms at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2015

The Kips Bay Showhouse 2015 edition is celebrating its 43rd year and the 100th year of its beneficiary organization, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. In a recently renovated townhouse in the heart of the upper east side, twenty-two top designers transformed rooms, entries and hallways of the elegant five story Arthur Sachs Mansion. Susanna Salk and I had the privilege of visiting, over the course of several weeks, four of the designers, behind-the-scenes in their offices, at the showhouse and out and about as they plotted, planned and shopped for their rooms in record time. Please join us and Alessandra Branca, Jamie Drake, Thom Filicia and Mark Sikes for an insider journey in design.

Each year, the design world anxiously anticipates the inspiring spaces at the Kips Bay Showhouse. And now many of the most memorable rooms from the last forty years have been chronicled in Steven Stolman’s collectible volume, 40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House.

Forty Years of Fabulous

With his entertaining yet informative style, Stolman regales us with history, anecdotes and thoughts from designers. But the stars of the book are the rooms themselves, assiduously culled by the author. From years past to more recent shows, the rooms included represent the best of the industry or as Stolman explains, “Many designers credit their first appearance at Kips Bay as their seminal moment, and those that designed rooms for subsequent years acknowledge the powerful stamp of validation and relevance that this one show house wields.” Two of our video stars, Jamie Drake and Thom Filicia, are repeat Kips Bay designers featured in the book. Below Thom’s handsome gentleman’s retreat from 2006

thom filicia in 40 years of fabulousphoto by Eric Piasecki

and Jamie’s luscious library from 2012.

jamie drake kips bay showhousephoto by Peter Murdock

Many of the great names in design make an appearance, immortalizing rooms from such luminaries as Albert Hadley,

albert hadley in 40 Years of Fabulousphoto by Dennis Krukowski

Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton in 40 Years of Fabulousphoto from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Archive

and Irving and Fleming.

irving and fleming in 40 Years of Fabulousphoto by Phillip H Ennis

But of course living legends are included as well. Bunny Williams has served for years as chair of the Showhouse Committee and wrote the foreword for the book. One of my favorite Kips Bay rooms of hers is shown below through three vignettes.

bunny williams in 40 Years of Fabulousphoto by Thomas Loof

Another classic Kips Bay veteran, Charlotte Moss, room below, puts it best, “Kips Bay has always been the ‘jewel in the crown’ of show houses.”

Charlotte Moss in 40 Years of Fabulousphoto by Peter Estersohn

You can’t talk about Kips Bay without mentioning Mario Buatta, who has contributed so many times over the years – one of his most memorable rooms below.

mario buatta in 40 years of fabulousphoto by Phillip H Ennis

With a plethora of images from four decades of dazzling design, the book is a testament to the enduring power of Kips Bay to both attract top designers and inspire them to outdo themselves year after year. We were thrilled to be a part of this year’s show and do our part in recording for posterity a little bit of the Kips Bay magic.


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9 Responses to A Video Journey of Four Rooms at the Kips Bay Showhouse 2015

  1. Brilliant post/video!! xo

  2. Robin Cotter says:

    Loved the video! So much fun to see these talented designers & have a peak into their design process.

  3. Great post. Love kips bay (and all the show houses). Will you be visiting Maison de Luxe this year in LA? I’ll be designing the grand foyer and I know Mark D Sikes is doing a room as well.

    Summer Thornton
    http://www.SummerThorntonDesign.com

  4. Thank you for starting my Friday off to a superb start. Great video.
    xoxo Mary

  5. Kim says:

    Fantastic peek into the process of creating these amazing rooms!

  6. Karena says:

    Ladies, you are the best along with these most amazing designers!!
    Great video and the rooms, yum!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  7. Lori says:

    So fabulous to get a peek behind the scenes, thank you so much!

  8. Frank Rinker says:

    Great house! Great designers!
    I really enjoyed seeing the various patterns, color and styles of all the
    Pierre Frey Collections in so many different room settings. Beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. franki says:

    Now…THAT IS WHAT DESIGNER SHOW-HOUSES ARE ALL ABOUT!! franki

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