Behind The Scenes At Kips Bay Decorator Show House – Top Interior Designers Reveal What It Really Is
Tthere were laughs and awe and surprises like Nazira Handal, Director of Special Events and Sponsorships for Kips Bay Decorator Show House, led the discussion at Roche Bobois as part of Texas Design Week Houston.
Designers from Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas 2020 joined the panel: Doniphan moore and Chad Dorsey, both from Dallas, and Lauren Rottet and Marguerite Naeve from Houston.
“Kips Bay not only focuses on the design community, but it is also a game-changer for designers,” Handal told the Standing Room meeting. “I think most designers would agree that when you have the honor of doing Kips Bay, it’s like getting an Oscar.”
The show house fundraiser for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in New York was founded in 1973. In 2017 the show house expanded to Palm Beach and in 2020 the show house expanded to Palm Beach. The exhibition was introduced in Dallas.
The burning question among interior designers and public design enthusiasts: How do you get a room in the show house? The process begins, Handal said, with the presentation of a portfolio that shows the selection committee what the designer has to offer.
“We go through all the portfolios and make sure to choose designers based on their work,” she said. “We select the designers and then we allocate the rooms through a lottery process. We are looking for designers of all types. We’re looking for people who put together great pieces, great pieces that are very professional.
“The designers who know their identity and their style, I think, is the most important thing. You want to be true to yourself. . . This is your chance to show who you really are. You are the customer. This is the only time you won’t have a client to inform your design.
The selection committee is open to the full spectrum of styles – modern, traditional and everything in between – and entrants are selected from a vast landscape of designers, with nominations from the United States as well as Canada and Europe. . The 2020 Show Houses, however, were something of an exception due to COVID travel limitations.
Challenges of the exhibition house
The biggest challenge for designers, agreed panel participants, is the project’s short fuse: a show house typically opens around 10 weeks after the designers are selected.
“At first I was really panicked. How was I going to make this space memorable? Naeve said of the hallway and the powder room that were her draw. “We had to do a bathroom in 10 weeks, deal with contractors and meet deadlines – and things you never come across.
“I don’t care how good you are as a designer. It’s hard to find something really good that fast. My advice to someone who does this is this: Immediately commit to your plan. Dark.”
Moore recalled that his 1,200 square foot space – including an octagon-shaped bathroom with a golden dome, a coffee bar, and his closets for him and for her – was “a real Texan mess.”
He joked that he suffered from PTSD after the project, but it was worth it. “It’s very exhilarating,” he said. “It’s a challenge. At the end of the day, you hope it is a game-changer. In my case, it’s a career change. It has an impact, a big one.”
Rottet embraced “the arduous task of making the main staircase and the entrance hall a busy area”. The architect / designer approached the project as a nod to the gardens of the South. “I felt like it was the palette cleaner – the edge of the woods,” she said.
Dorsey, vice president of the design committee, was involved in the selection of the house and saw the kitchen as the least practical space. “Such a large kitchen looked abnormal and the size of Texas,” he said. Surprise: his lottery draw was cooking.
“As a member of the committee, I thought it was important for us to present Texas in a truly positive national light,” he said. “We wanted it to be Texas hospitality, but also spaces that everyone enjoys. “
For the kitchen backstory, he considered fictitious customers who were world travelers. The main kitchen was inspired by yacht design, with large-scale entertainment in mind. On the one hand, he created a preparatory kitchen inspired by an English scullery.
Moore has perhaps best summed up the Kips Bay experience. “The moment I found out I had this opportunity, I cried,” he said. “And, of course, I cried every night after that. I paid the bills until February. . . This is the only thing I had fun with last year. And it was really fun.
The design crowd, welcomed by Roche Bobois’ Adriana gonzález, included Stuart Rae, Lauren Wills, Megan Hotze, Stephanie Boles, Marie Lambrakos, Marie tracy, Stacy Graubart, Courtnay Tartt Elias, Laurence Cartledge, Bonnie likover, Adam cook, Marjorie Partin, Rasha Nasreddin, Karen pulaski, and Yes love.
TXDW Sponsors: Roche Bobois, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Monogram, Porcelanosa, The shadow store, Alto, K&N, and Creative Swiggard.