Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Designer Crush: Kirsten Kelli

I first became acquainted with design firm Kirsten Kelli when the pair decorated a bold and bright drawing room at this year's Kips Bay Showhouse.   Their second-floor room featured a posh purple sofa, a blue Yves Klein coffee table, and artwork by Damien Hurst and Roy Lichtenstein (oh, and gilded logs in the fireplace):

The saturated color and proportions of the pieces in the room are lovely.  Sisters Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford opened their design firm in 1990 and now have offices in Dallas, Greenwich, CT, and New York City.  Their work is often characterized by large-scale artworks, clever color combinations, and plenty of glitz and glamour- like lacquered floors and upholstered bedroom walls.  I love the Parisian vibe this New York townhouse sitting room exudes:

A Keith Haring painting and ebonized floors serve as the backdrop to this Dallas home's family room.    I find it fascinating that Kirsten Kelli seamlessly combined a set of Moorish bone inlay chairs and an eclectic side table in the family room with more traditional French bergeres in the adjacent sitting room.  Even with all the mixture of periods and styles in this photograph, that space somehow just works:

Another example of Kirsten Kelli's bold color choices: a navy sofa, a cobalt blue arm chair, an upholstered coffee table, and two club chairs with charcoal stripes make up this living room's seating arrangement:

A Dallas residence's library is filled with layers of classic blue and white:

And in the living room, things get a bit funky with Milo Baughmann chairs upholstered in leopard velvet and a blush pink sofa:

And a few more KK spaces my color-loving heart is crazy for:

See more of Kirsten Kelli's work here.


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