Young Huh for Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2019
I arrived at the top floor room of Young Huh at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House out of breath from running up five flights of stairs to see her. After exclaiming that I need to make a bigger commitment to cardio, she luckily assured me it happened to everyone. If the elevator isn’t working on the day you visit, it will be well worth the walk up the stairs to see her room.
Young’s room is a large space with high ceilings and skylights that lent itself to creating an artist’s studio that she named Young at Art. “Both a reflective and reflexive space, Young at Art is a combination workroom and study where the act of contemplation and creativity is celebrated in an environment of strong silhouettes, bold strokes of color, and pattern.” The color and pattern started with Braque wallpaper from Fromental which is a large scale collage of color inspired by the Cubist artist, Georges Braque.
The muse of the room “is an educated, free-spirited collector and traveler who is fearless as she is unencumbered in her choices of art, design, and material culture. Her interior is a confident study of interwoven global influences layered with a cohesive mix of styles and periods that demonstrate Young’s love of nature, art, artisans, materials, and texture.”
An antique seating arrangement takes center stage under a large scale chandelier by Ironware International with shades hand-painted by friends and colleagues as the muse of the room might have done during a party. An antique table displayed souvenirs and paint supplies while a corner banquette upholstered in Sackville ticking stripe by Colefax & Fowler creates the perfect place to host guests.
She can also offer her guests coffee from an espresso machine housed along with paint supplies in the closets along the back wall. They lead to a gut renovated bathroom from Kohler that features tile from Young’s Essence Collection for AKDO. The windows feature bold striped fabric from Manuel Canovas that frame custom terracotta urns by Frances Palmer.
Young’s room is the toast of the townhouse this year and you can see why. Definitely make sure climb the stairs to her artist’s lair.
36-38 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021
Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm
All photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic.