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Top Interior Designers | Kelly WearstlerFriday 21 August 2015
Are you a design lover? What do you know about interior design in the USA? Well CovetED
wants to share with you some of Kelly Wearstler’s best accomplishments. Wearstler is an american designer. She served as a judge on Bravo‘s Top Design and in 2012 Rizzoli published her fourth book, Rhapsody. The New Yorker once called her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design”.
Wearstler launched her own self-entitled fashion line in spring 2011. Her first fall collection took four years to complete. Booth Moore from Los Angeles Times described her work as “totally wearable” for its handmade appearance. In winter 2011 her line was sold to Bergdorg Goodman which featured retailed clutches and jewelry. Wearstler’s spring 2012 line featured clashing patterns and a modern glam look. Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew and Net-a-Porter are some of the groups that still sell her clothing line.
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Biography: the woman before the myth
In September 1994, Wearstler was playmate of the Month in Playboy. The money she received was used to pay student loans and to help start her career in interior design. When questioned about this issue she says she wasn’t ashamed of posing for Playboy however she doesn’t feel the need to talk about it, saying that “it’s a little different now …I didn’t, you know, hang out at the mansion and things. It was just, I did it and that was it.”
It was in 1995 that Wearstler finally opened her design firm, Kelly Wearstler Interior Design. A few years later, she decorated the house of real estate developer Brad Korzen to whom she eventually married in 2002. As a result, she provided multiple designs for properties owned by Kor Realty Group. She also remodeled the interiors of Avalon, a hotel in Beverly Hills. She continued designing interiors for boutiques, hotels and resorts. Her work was styled by The New York Times as “retro-theatrical”.
It was due to her work in hotels that she became known as a west coast designer. She also designed Bergdorf Goodman’s BG restaurant and lounge in Manhattan. In 2006, the publishing company HarperCollins distributed Wearstler’s photography book, Dominicilum Docoratus which featured photographs of herself dressed in evening gowns and pictures of her mansion in Beverly Hills. She has already published three books entitled Rhapsody, Hue and Modern Glamour. She went on to be a judge for two seasons in Bravo’s reality show Top Design. She then introduced a line of decorative home goods for New York-based department store Bergdorf Goodman. Her firm also designs exclusive bed sheets for SFERRA, rugs for the Rug Company, fine china for Pickard China, and wall coverings for F. Schumacher & Co.
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Background & Realizations – Projects
Spring street residence
Bergdorf Goodman Restaurant
The Most Iconic Projects
The 10,000 sq. ft. Bellagio Residence was a 1939 Georgian Revival overlooking the manicured links of the Bel Air Country Club that was in need of a modern touch. Stripped down to the studs, Wearstler worked to create an additional 3,000 sq. ft. of living space, pushed up the ceiling heights, broadened windows and doors to allow more light and completely carved out a new master suite upstairs.
The 40-acre Viceroy Anguilla marks the first international location for the brand and Kelly Wearstler’s most consistent interpretation of Viceroy style to date. The expansive property provides a serene setting for its guests and shows the designer’s signature mix of organic elements.
MALIBU BEACH RESIDENCE
Wearstler main goal was to make the ocean the clear focus of the house. In the living room, floor-to-ceiling windows frame the spectacular Pacific. At the center of the house, an enormous skylight was installed and sunlight enlightens from above. Soaring two stories high, one leafy tree was planted in the main hall. The color palette, muted and complex was drawn from the oceanfront setting: silvery barnacle gray, spindrift white and driftwood taupe. All of the building materials – bleached walnut flooring, Douglas-fir kitchen cabinetry, and wave-patterned marble walls – emulate this natural setting.
Wearstler compares marble to something organic and full of movement that makes you feel like you’re inside a shell. A range of marble—from watery green to brooding storm-cloud black—was used throughout the house as wall coverings, custom vanities and dramatic fireplace surrounds. There are tiny, spiraling, fossilized shells embedded within the marble kitchen counter, and an enormous sculpture of a chambered nautilus in the foyer seems to tumble to the floor evoking a Jules Verne vision where the known world spins into the imaginary (a Wearstler trademark).
Wearstler’s designs attract and inspire an enviable roster of A-listers from the film and music industries, as well as top celebrities, and tastemakers worldwide. Her extravagant and vibrant interiors imbue luxury hotels and grand residences from Beverly Hills to the Caribbean and around the globe. Among Wearstler’s expansive and diverse lifestyle portfolio are collaborations with some of the most respected global brands across the luxury market space. Wearstler’s lifestyle brand boasts its own bespoke furniture collection as well as a favored and long-standing presence on vintage and antique online retailer 1stdibs.
Inspirational quotes by Kelly Wearstler
“I love history… everything is inspired by history, so that’s why I love vintage and antiques.”
“My motto in life is ‘Take risks;’ you don’t have a voice if you don’t. You have to venture outside your boundaries. That’s what life’s all about.”
“I look at every piece of furniture and every object as an individual sculpture.”
“Having an eye is one thing, but you have to be able to execute.”
“Whether you’re going to a museum or a flea market or flipping through a book, always be on the lookout for something special.”
As an interior designer, Wearstler finds influence in Modernism and old Hollywood glamour as created by Dorothy Draper and William Haines, and the work of architect Aldo Rossi. Her style has been described as “Hollywood Regency” and “Maximalism”. She is credited, alongside Jonathan Adler and Miles Redd as bringing “the florid and the decorative back to interior design”, mixing modern and historical designs, such as a Rococo mirror, against a turquoise painted wall, accented by a shag rug. Wearstler visits auction houses to collect furniture and decor items for projects. In 2008 she was deemed a “mega decorator” by Domino, being described as reaching out to “the hip design public”. She believes that clutter is the biggest faux pas in home decor.
Kelly Wearstler’s advice
Her biggest advice to aspiring interior designers would be to travel. You have to see and study other cultures. If you have an opportunity in school to study abroad or to do any type of traveling, you should take advantage of every moment you can. And if you can’t or don’t have the means to travel, then explore another local or nearby places that you’ve never seen. Being an interior designer is all about discovery and adventure.
The Creator’s Choice
She won multiple outstanding accolades including Vogue’s Best Dressed list, Architectural Digest’s preeminent Top 100 Architecture & Interior Design list, French AD’s World’s Top Interior Designers, and TIME Style & Design’s elite “Design 100” group of global creatives. Wearstler has penned monthly style advice columns for InStyle, The Huffington Post, The Coveteur and Domaine. Her work and profiles have been featured in Vogue, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily and The New York Times. International press includes the French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Indian editions of Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration UK, Wallpaper, Vogue Paris, Vogue China, Residence, Belle, Vogue Living, House & Garden and Hong Kong Tatler.
Wearstler, Kelly. Rhapsody. New York: Rizzoli (2012). ISBN 0847838587
Wearstler, Kelly. Hue. Pasadena: AMMO Books (2009). ISBN 1-934429-35-X
Wearstler, Kelly. Domicilium Decoratus. New York: HarperCollins (2006). ISBN 0-06-089798-8
Wearstler, Kelly. Hue. Pasadena: AMMO Books (2009). ISBN 1-934429-35-X
Wearstler, Kelly. Modern Glamour. New York: HarperCollins (2004). ISBN 0-06-039442-0
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