If there’s one thing we love at Austin Home Interiors, it is prints and fabrics. We make sure our huge fabric library is always full of incredible styles for you to choose from. There is an infinite number of patterns and prints available in the design world, but some are definitely more special than others. Some prints are instantly recognizable and considered timeless. The prints from Scalamandré are among these classics. The company’s leaping zebra print is known the world over. It even popped up in a bathroom in the movie, The Royal Tenenbaums. In the past, Scalamandré has been commissioned to provide fabrics for the White House, the Museum of Modern Art and Hearst Castle. It’s safe to say the company has pedigree! So when Chad Stark, the current president of Scalamandré, decided to redecorate his own New York apartment, we were very keen to see the result.
Stark enlisted the help of the hugely talented Sasha Bikoff to help make his dream come true. The pair originally met at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. As contemporaries, they discovered a shared passion for and approach to the design industry and this ultimately drove them to work together. Bikoff, who had used many Scalamandré prints in earlier projects, describes the duo as design and business “yin and yang.”
For his bachelor pad in downtown Manhattan, Stark envisioned a display of Scalamandré’s best work. In this residence, the divide between showroom and home would become narrowed. As a “huge fan of Scalamandré, old-world weavers, and all of Chad’s products,” Bikoff was more than happy to oblige. One non-Scalamandré print used was the now out-of-production “Midas Touch”, made by the Iris Apfel and her late husband, Carl. Bikoff took the rare print straight from the showroom floor and used it to upholster the kitchen bar stools.
The intricately carved wooden doors leading to the master bedroom were brought over from Indonesia. The paisley wall covering is, of course, produced by Scalamandré, and the bespoke bed is upholstered in deluxe velvet.
More furniture was imported from Indonesia. The dining table was made from a fishing boat. The dining chairs are covered in Scalamandre’s iconic Le Tigre silk velvet.
As with all top designers, Bikoff understands that “the most important aspect of the design is knowing who your client is. You need a deep understanding of who they are, what they are passionate about, and what they love in life.” Knowing this, you can create something that they may not have been able to imagine for themselves, yet is still perfect for them. To do this, Bikoff used iconic Scalamandré patterns, like the leaping zebras, but played around with color to create an unexpected twist.
Scalamandré prints are bold, daring and unforgettable. They may be too much for most of many people’s taste though. Not to worry – we got you covered. Contact us today and our design team will help you.
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We drew inspiration for this article from “the inside” (photography from Genevieve Garruppo). Find the Original article here.