The Kips Bay Decorator Show House closed this week after a celebrated run in the New York Palace Hotel. If you weren’t able to visit the transformed residences (or even if you did!) you will love these photos from first-time Kips Bay designer Young Huh, who debuted a space on the first level called Hollyhock Lounge. Named after Lee Jofa’s signature document print, Hollyhock Lounge is designed as a public room with a private bearing, a place where one can catch one’s breath, send a text, or powder one’s nose.
Exclusively appointed with Lee Jofa and Kravet fabrics and trim, the storied Hollyhock print covers the Lounge’s walls. A hand-blocked linen with a pedigree that dates back to the 1850s, Lee Jofa’s Hollyhock was hailed a century later as “the most beautiful chintz on the market.” Wainscoting of Kravet’s glossy black patent leather serves as a dynamic counterpoint to this graceful floral pattern.
Delineated by contrasts of pattern, geometry, surface and sheen, soft green velvet upholsters a niche with banquet seating. Greek key tape applied to the recessed wall adds architectural interest, framing a vintage brass sunburst mirror and, below, a pair of spotted leopard pillows rest on the cushioned bench. A circular ebonized pedestal table anchors the room. Under cover of a celestial ceiling papered in a dappled gold design, a brass chandelier adorned with vines and leaves is suspended. A honeyed-brown, chevron patterned sisal rug grounds the space, while the lounge’s window, framed with a sheer shade under a valance of cream linen and silk outlined in black tape, filters Manhattan’s natural light.
Young Huh Interiors is based in New York City and works on projects across the country and abroad. www.younghuh.com
Photos by Ngoc Minh Ngo, courtesy of Young Huh