Kati Curtis at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Design Kati Curtis leads us up the staircase at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House with a spiritual metaphor. For her “Path to Enlightenment,” she collaborated with de Gournay, creating a custom hand painted wallpaper representing the beauty and color of the journey.

Kati Curtis stairway at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

The pattern becomes more intricate and elaborate as we ascend the stairs, with the constant element of the butterflies guiding us through the enchanted garden. Offsetting the delicate nature of the traditional paper, Kati emphasized the contemporary architectonic curve of the staircase by painting it in Farrow & Ball‘s bold Hague Blue, a chameleon color perfect for the transcendental journey as it changes with the light. And on the third floor landing, she continues the fantasy with contemporary iridescent Murano Disc Sputnik Chandeliers from Venfield, which create a dreamlike cloud effect on the ceiling.

Kati Curtis landing at the 2016 Kips Bay Show HouseAlong the journey are many diversions and Kati has introduced an international mix of furniture and accessories to depict the stops and distractions along the imagined route. Inlaid Anglo Indian chests from Liza Sherman topped with Venetian mirrors from Alexander’s Antiques trace cultural traditions of fine craftsmanship

Kati Curtis vignette at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

and various symbols of enlightenment.

Kati Curtis accessories at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

An antique Indian silk painting depicting the twelve stages of life hangs in a niche with a contemporary Italian Chandelier and silk taffeta shade. Kati is currently loving burlwood and selected a vintage armoire here.

Kati Curtis niche at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

On the fourth floor landing, below, she paired a very contemporary burlwood cabinet trimmed with blue lacquer

Kati Curtis 2016 Kips Bay

Katie Curtis landing 2016 Kips Bay Show House

with the heavier and more serious Gothic Revival arm chairs from Newel.

Gothic revival chairs in Kati Curtis 2016 Kips Bay Show House

Katie designed the back corner of the landing, surrounding Dedar‘s colorful About Flowers shade, as an homage to an undiscovered New York artist, Martin Sumers. A printmaker by trade, he never showed or sold any of his work. His estate was discovered posthumously by a dealer friend of Kati’s who is now curating the estate for acquisition.

Kati Curtis Kips Bay

At the final ascent to the fifth floor, the wallpaper loses its complexity and distractions, fading into just butterflies leading the way to a calm and soothing solid green, representing the ultimate destination of freedom, nothingness, final enlightenment.

Katie Curtis 2016 Kips Bayall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

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8 Responses to Kati Curtis at the 2016 Kips Bay Show House

  1. Marcy Hammerstein says:

    Thanks for the peak here. Love the mini tour.
    MH

  2. Vicki Arians says:

    Thank you for your always thoughtful content. This post is no exception; however, it reveals on the part of the designer that one person’s spiritual journey reflects, for others, just one hot mess.

  3. Cynthia Lambert says:

    What Vicki Arians said. :-)

  4. Laurel Bern says:

    Well said, Vicki Arians.

  5. Addison says:

    Fabulous! Alice in wonderland! Agree with Vicki.

  6. franki says:

    What imagination!! franki

  7. I loved every minute I spent admiring Kati Curtis work.

    In fact I lives a great moment a round her art. I wished I could Just sit and have a cup of tea and spent the afternoon in this atmosphère…

  8. Kristen says:

    It was stunning in person. Beautifully designed and executed.

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