Kips Bay Decorator Show House has long been known as one of, if not THE, best Decorator’s Show House in the country. This year they are celebrating their 43rd year, however, Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, to whom the proceeds are donated, is celebrating its 100th year anniversary of being a club in the Bronx for neighborhood children to turn to for sports, organized activities and mentoring.
Thom Filicia was one of the elite designers chosen to participate in transforming this mansion on 66th Street in Manhattan this year. His decided to create a sophisticated, elegant and livable space entitled, “A Study in Style”.
Thom used a very monochromatic color scheme to which he added textures and different materials to give it depth in order to create a serene and welcoming place. Additionally, he added interesting art starting with Robert Greene’s ‘Frenetic Composure’, the human sculpture that stands behind the desk, to the simple large study in white over a hall table. His use of a geometric material on the drapery set against the linear and geometric silver and white wallpaper is complemented by the Greek-key like woven patterned rug. Taking it one step further, he added a striped rug in tones of gray to delineate the seating area from the desk space making this a work and play room, his original intent.
Show Houses are a wonderful way for designers to decorate a room to not only show their talents, but to create a space that they would like to live in. If that holds true and this is a reflection of who Thom Filicia is, then he is decorator who gives much thought to his work and is indeed a deep, complex and a very comfortable kind of man.
Kips Bay Show House runs from May 14 – June 11, 2015. If you’ve not been, there are still a few days left to visit.
58 East 66th Street, New York, NY