The sale of all craft objects in the vignettes benefited the museum, so to maximize potential proceeds Interior Design Solutions designed a dressing room for an elegant and sophisticated woman whose passion for collecting does not limit itself to a single medium or era.
The centerpiece of the design was a beautiful studio-crafted dressing table by James Schriber, flanked by silk-backed wall niches displaying Betsy Fuller’s exquisite jewelry. The vignette also featured significant art glass by Tessa Clegg and Kyohei Fujita.
Often collectors think that their prized possessions require a completely neutral background to shine, but there are alternatives to beige and white rooms. Because we were designing a very personal and feminine space we used soft pink and green tones.
To make the room look larger, we flanked the vignette with a window treatment on one side and an oversized mirror on the other. The unlined silk curtains are topped by an understated header that is pleated like the cumberbund worn with a tuxedo. Contemporary botanical watercolors by Cristine Piane flank the “window.” A set of four marble statues of women anchor the corners of the room.
The area rug and the stool in the middle of the room both feature acanthus leaves, and the green velvet coat thrown over the stool (originally designed to be worn to the exhibit’s opening) has hand-painted gold and silver leaves.