Jamie Drake famously decorated Michael Bloomberg‘s townhouses and after seeing the sumptuous yet comfortable decor the billionaire set thought, hmmmmmm, we want him to design our lairs, too! (Madonna has also been a Drake client). Because of his expertise with the Forbes richest crowd Drake was also tapped to design the model unit at billionaire favorite One57, where he has numerous projects.
So when Drake does anything new we want to know about it. Not that we’re about to join the ranks of those with a ten-figure net worth, but the designer is always at the forefront of what’s best and new in New York.
What’s new with Drake is his partnership with Caleb Anderson, one of the most watched young talents in interior design today. The two designers will bring their refined aesthetics–Drake is primarily a modernist known for his bold approach to color and fashion-conscious sensibility; Anderson has been lauded for his intriguing juxtaposition of historical periods and layered approach to interior decor–to the new multi-disciplinary firm. Drake + Anderson will focus on high-end residential and commercial projects.
For the 2016 Kip’s Bay Showhouse, Drake + Anderson unveiled one of their first projects: a glamorous bedroom mixing contemporary design with fine antiques and rich custom finishes.
The centuries-old technique of gainage, in which fabric is applied to a hard surface, lavishly accentuates the custom moldings, while walls upholstered in Romo fabric lend opulence and softness to the space. A statement-making antique Maison Bagues chandelier holds court in the center of the roon where a large-scale oval mirror by Garouste & Bonetti reflects its soft glow.. Chaise lounges upholstered in a rich Rubelli silk velvet, a new design by Drake+Anderson, flank a contemporary, sculptural bronze table by David Wiseman.
A large-scaled abstract painting by Friedel Dzubas, a sinuous sculpture by Saint Clair Cemin, and a series of curvaceous lines by artist David Row give the room bold modern accents. The custom bed, set off by bespoke bronze and lacquer night tables, features a lacquered headboard and footboard with a silk-covered box spring.
For more information on his year’s Kip’s Bay Show House, where you can see Drake + Anderson’s designs, go to.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.com.