ANDAM award-winning jeweler Ana Khouri’s New York showroom is a testament to her love of modern art.
“The showroom is a private space where clients can really connect with my work and gain a deeper understanding of my world and aesthetic. It’s like inviting them into my home. I curated the entire space myself, with objects I’ve found, sculptures I’ve made and furniture I’ve been collecting throughout my life; pieces by Brazilian mid-century designers like Lina Bo Bardi and Jorge Zalszupin. My desk is probably my favorite piece: it was designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, an amazing Brazilian modernist. There is just something about sitting at it that calms me and allows me to really get lost in my work. Art has always played a really important role in my life; there are works by Louise Bourgeois, Yves Klein and Roy Lichtenstein, among others, on display in the showroom – they’re all pieces that move me. In addition to being used for appointments, a lot of friends love to pop by and just hang out here. A really good friend actually proposed to his wife in the showroom; she had no idea, but I had designed her ring months before, and they came in under the pretense of buying her a pair of earrings. Being a jeweler, you get to witness so many special moments – I’m honored to play a role in so many love stories.”
The LA-based label’s New York showroom is proof that co-founders Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto’s patented brand of contemporary kitsch extends to interiors.
“Just like the brand, the Staud showroom is chic without being pretentious. We wanted to keep the space light and playful so that it would provide the perfect setting for our clothing and accessories. Our design aesthetic varies greatly from season to season, so it was important to create a space that could adapt to these changes. The most important feature is definitely the light. It’s so rare to find such an open, airy space in downtown New York. We really believe that natural light is mood-enhancing, which is why it’s top of our list when it comes searching for any Staud space. Creating a good vibe is important – the furniture is mostly vintage and, scent-wise, we’ll either be burning the Le Labo Cade 26 candle or Astier de Villatte Hollywood incense. However, perhaps most crucially, before we officially moved into the showroom we had a crazy dance party with all our friends to christen the space. We like to think that energy stuck around.”
Founded in 2011 by Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura’s Milan showroom is just as well conceived as his myriad designs.
“When it came to designing this space, I was inspired by everyone from set designer Tony Duquette to architectural polymath Renzo Mongiardino, but it was interiors company Casa do Passadiço that helped me realize those dreams and bring this space to life. We wanted to have a mix of different styles from different periods, like combining 18th-century pieces with mid-century modern – that mix is what makes a room feel really special, gives it personality and elicits emotion. I particularly love the antique baroque gold consoles and mirrors in the main room. They are all hand-carved and make the space feel dramatic and cinematic, almost as if you were walking on the set of a Franco Zeffirelli film. Scent is extremely important for creating ambience and making a space inviting: we always have fresh flowers in the showroom and burn Jo Malone’s fig or tuberose candles – they’re my favorite fragrances.”
Danish designer Stine Goya, known for her bold approach to color and print, took a similarly playful approach when it came to decorating her Copenhagen showroom.
“The office and showroom are an extension of our collections, an insight into our universe. The showroom really is the heart of the brand, so creating spaces where the whole team could gather was crucial; we started with the kitchen, which really set the tone for the whole interior. Color was, of course, a big focus. The space is located in a listed building very close to the famous Little Mermaid statue and has beautiful original features, but classically Danish interiors are often very neutral. I thought it would be exciting to give the space a colorful spin. The pink hallway never fails to put a smile on my face; I worked with a very specific palette that was emphasized by different materials and carefully selected objects – like works by local artists FOS and Cathrine Raben Davidsen and also the Helle Mardahl candy-colored glass lamps. I designed the showroom myself as I felt it was important that the space truly reflect my work and my ethos, and the reception has been thrilling. The Crown Princess of Denmark visited a while back and particularly loved how we turned what was a library into our production room, and we’ve had visitors swear off minimalist interiors and vow to paint their homes bright pink.”