After several decades away from the show-house circuit, legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern with Lauren Kruegel and Ross Alexander, a new leadership at  at Robert A.M. Stern Interiors, are taking part in the 2017 Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House (at the Lenox Hill Town House, 125 East 65th St.; through Thursday, June 1) Stern and his team glamorized  Charles Platt’s 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.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects 1 (photo credit
Villa Necchi was design inspiration for the room. Photos: Alan Barry Photography

For design inspiration Stern and his team looked to Villa Necchi, a 1935 house in Milan designed by Piero Portaluppi, which they admired for its stripped-down classicism in Luca Guadagnino’s 2009 film I Am Love. They combined 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 lighting 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.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects 3 (photo credit Alan Barry Photography)

Stern and his team 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.

Robert A.M. Stern and team
Robert A.M. Stern, Lauren Kruegel and Ross Alexander

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