After several decades away from the show-house circuit, Robert A.M. Stern with Lauren Kruegel and Ross Alexander, representing a new generation of leadership at Robert A.M. Stern Interiors, are pleased to re-engage at the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. We've glamorized Charles Platt's staid brown wood-paneled dining room with bold colors; one wall of yellow Venetian plaster features large framed fragments of Andy Warhol's 1966 Day-Glo chartreuse and hot pink cow-head wallpaper from Mr. Stern's personal collection.
Villa Necchi, a 1935 house in Milan designed by Piero Portaluppi, which we admired for its stripped-down classicism in Luca Guadagnino's 2009 film I Am Love, inspired us to combine a selection of Italian furniture dating from the 1930s through the 1950s with Modern French pieces from the same period. A "Janus" chandelier, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Remains Lighting, provides soft light above an all-glass desk by noted Italian designer and architect Gio Ponti in the window bay; to either side, a pair of 1930s French torchères attributed to Louis Süe in front of antique mirror panels restores the room's original symmetry. We organized two seating groups—a pair of white Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist lounge chairs and a blue upholstered wing chair by Melchiorre Bega—on a beige and brown custom net-patterned circular rug by Crosby Street Studio. The chartreuse of the wallpaper is picked up in Dedar silk taffeta on an 11-foot sofa; a small settee is upholstered in a contrasting deep gardenia-leaf green velvet, both specially designed for this installation. Andirons by Gilbert Poillerat accent the firebox and tomato-red plates by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori line the mantel. A custom mobile by Marco Mahler hangs over a grand piano; behind, William Pettit's abstract "Nor Night Me" (1969), also from Mr. Stern's collection, completes the scene.