Being a RABID Project Runway fan, I was ecstatic to see the delightfully caustic, yet always charming, Nina Garcia featured in Architectural Digest (continuing their brilliant streak of featured homes from all genres and styles). Nina (the Fashion Director of Marie Claire Magazine and of course a beloved judge on the brilliant Project Runway) has created an effortless, calm and private urban oasis where her mandate to her Designer (David Conrod of G2) was to keep things uncluttered, fluid, unpretentious and beautifully usable. Grounding the serene space with its gravitas and energy is Nina’s extensive collection of Art, objects and collections that not only breathe life into the space but evoke a rich personal connection and expression.
What I personally enjoyed about this wonderfully in-depth feature in Architectural Digest was the discussion about Nina’s affinity for French and Scandinavian furnishings of the 1930s and ’40s and how furniture Designers of that period were interconnected with the Fashion world. To quote the article … “Back then there was a tight relationship between furniture designers and the fashion world, Jean-Michel Frank, for example, created interiors for Schiaparelli, Lelong, and Guerlain. Nina liked the fact that many of the pieces had a link to her professional world.” The rooms are both quiet and cerebral YET gracious, inviting and subtle in their sensuousness. While the pale palette of quiet almost whispered tones is very spare, the rich artwork and crisp lines of the furniture keep it fresh and interesting. Take a look at the following rooms from the Feature.
In the living room (above) a leather-clad Fritz Henningsen armchair, a 1940’s French daybed and Carl Malmsten klismos-style chairs give the space a layered, “collected” feeling that balances the bold Art, giving the room a feeling of history and richness. On the pedestal stands a midcentury Kähler vase; the secretary is ’40s Danish, the table lamp is a ’20s piece by Svend Hammershøi for Kähler and the ’40s side table is by Henningsen. The stunning work of Art is by Ronald Albert Martin and is a gouache-and-ink abstract.
The master bedroom continues the mandate of calm elegance and fluid usability. Cindi Johnson prints pop from the tone on tone walls and the beautiful bedside tables are by Frank for Comte and the bench is an Emilio Terry design.