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Spring Fever: Timothy Corrigan at Kips Bay NY
Timothy Corrigan is a celebrated interior designer whose style exudes sophistication and elegance. His design philosophy centres around creating spaces that are both comfortable and functional while reflecting the personalities and lifestyles of the people who live there. His use of luxurious materials, such as silk, velvet and fine woods, sets him apart as a true design icon.
From 11th May until 6th June you can visit Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York which is back after a three-year hiatus. This year, twenty two leading designers and architects showcase their design expertise by creating unique and luxurious spaces in a townhouse on the Upper West Side.
No detail has been spared in Corrigan's family room design which incorporates the stunning Spring Fever, a design taken from our collaborative collection "Les Folies". This week, we sat down with the designer to pose a few questions about the exhibit.
What makes Kips Bay Showhouse special?
The mission of Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to improve and enhance the quality of life for all young people is reason enough to participate in the showhouse. It aligns with our firm’s philosophy that one’s personal environment can have a profound effect on the quality of our lives and overall well-being. The Kips Bay Showhouse is, without question, the most important showhouse in the United States and serves as a rite of passage for new and veteran interior designers alike. Finally, having Veranda as the media sponsor made it an easy decision to participate!
What’s the inspiration for this room?
In all of our projects, we strive to create spaces that are comfortably elegant, where people feel that they are someplace special while simultaneously feeling completely at ease. In order to live up to the demands of an active family, we used outdoor fabrics on the upholstered seating, along with a stain-resistant hide rug. The soft colour palette and elements of nature create a light, bright haven that counterbalances life in an urban setting. The result is a calmer and more joyful way of living.
Spring Fever is part of our “Les Folies” collaboration; can you tell us the story behind the design and what makes it unique?
The design was inspired by 16th-century Dutch artist Joris Hoefnagel’s detailed and whimsical drawings of flowers and fauna. He is considered one of the most important early proponents of scientific naturalism for his botanical drawings. Working with the artists at Fromental on this pattern was a wonderful experience.
What makes this wallpaper a perfect fit for this space and how have you chosen to use it?
The repeated flora and fauna design transform the wallcovering from a delicate pattern to a powerful visual experience. The motifs strike the perfect balance of making a strong statement without being overbearing while also being joyful and elegant. It brings the outdoors in, no matter the season, and is simply a pretty pattern that makes everyone smile.
Why did you opt for a gilded colourway?
The silver leaf background almost magically changes throughout the day, depending on the light. During the day it reflects the green leaves outside the windows, and in the evening, it takes on a golden glow from the indoor lighting.
Do you have any tips for those considering using this wallpaper in their own projects?
There are so many applications for this pattern, whether it is used inset into paneling, above a chair-rail, or covering all four walls in a room. The scale works in both large or small spaces, and the alternative colourways change the overall feel from lively, serene, to sultry. This versatile pattern would look wonderful in an entry, dining room, bedroom, or powder room.