In centuries past, it was a requisite that young men and women complete the Grand Tour, to see the important cultural touchstones of European civilization and return with the art and artifacts of the Renaissance and ancient world. The couple occupying this room have just returned from their honeymoon, their own Contemporary Grand Tour, with treasures from the 20th and 21st Century.
The well-traveled newlyweds are settling into the contemporary master suite that designer Roric Tobin of the New York-based firm Bradfield & Tobin has created for them in the 1920s Mediterranean-style villa. This is the setting for Tobin’s deftly conceived design for the first Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, opening with a gala preview on November 24.
In designing the suite — consisting of a large bedroom with sitting area and balcony — Tobin has given his imaginary clients a space that is both modern and timeless.
In the sitting area, Tobin commissioned noted decorative painter Richard Holton to create a full wall mural calling to mind the sepia toned sketches of classical ruins, but changing the subject to the 20th Century icon of New Classical architecture, the Palazzo della Civilta. It surrounds a gray marble fireplace from Cedric Dupont in front of a seating of Milo Baughman club chairs.
The custom-designed four-poster in acrylic with a polished steel frame with custom bed linens from Lori Jayne. The Tobin-designed bedside tables are in mirror polished steel and leather with blue-green quartzite tops from Cambria. The vibrant and luxurious fabrics are from JAB Anstoetz, elegantly crafted into lush curtains and pillows by Hartlines.
For instant entertaining the room also includes an Aldo Tura bar cabinet covered in goat skin, along with other mid-Century European gems from the Iconic Snob. The graphic contemporary design rugs are from Stark and the paint is by Benjamin Moore.
The Contemporary artwork of international artists Mario Lo Giudice, Andre Brasilier and Gutierrez from the Opera Gallery are focal points along in the room. And a beautiful work on paper by former Palm Beach resident Kenneth Noland shows the couple are not limiting themselves to the European masters and is a nod to the new location of this Show House.
Tobin and his business partner, the renowned designer Geoffrey Bradfield, are known to a wide ranging international clientele for their ever-evolving interpretations of classic modern style. Their acclaimed work has been published in Architectural Digest and other leading publications worldwide.
The Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House will be open through December 19, 2017. For tickets and information visit www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.
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