Just a few thoughts as I wrap things up here. Courtney Barnes at Style Court sent me these images that she had saved (and cropped) from Ruthie Sommers’s inspiration board that appeared in the first issue of domino, 2005.
I need to find a spot to put a board like this as I usually end up with piles of stuff on my desk for weeks on end. But I thought the board was interesting because you can see that Sommers was inspired by other designers’ work. Miles Redd noted this as well and many readers commented on the fact that he was inspired by the work of his contemporaries.
It’s likely that each of us has different elements that jump out at us among Sommers’s creative jumble – the Smith dining room, the most excellent green on the cover of World of Interiors, the graphic punch of the stack of stripes.
But I continue to feel the tug of Steven Gambrel’s second Sag Harbor house that appeared in Elle Decor, July/August 2004.
I can still recall opening that issue and the mental gasp when I saw these images for the first time.
Aesthete’s Lament also noted, “Gambrel’s first Sag Harbor house was genius… pure genius.” The Aesthete went on to say that Gambrel’s color sense is exemplary. I must agree.
The gift of that color magic, with the unerring eye and, most importantly in this case I think, some budget constrictions resulted in something particularly special.
This house, I think, will come around again and again as one of the examples of an enduring aesthetic of our day.
Designers’ own homes often seem the mad scientists’ laboratories and how I do love to see what they are cooking up.
Images, top, via Style Court; photography for the Gambrel images by William Waldron.