There are moments of impossible glamor in every girl’s life when it feel as if her life has been turned into a movie. You could call them “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or “Sex and the City” moments. At these times all the inconvenience and stress of daily life fall away, and very suddenly that girl falls in love with her world, and herself, all over again.
Walking into BG, the restaurant on the seventh floor at Bergdorf Goodman, is one of those moments. There’s the clink of good glassware, waiters in starched aprons, and gorgeous views onto Central Park south. But what really makes the moment is the design of the place: the ultra-fancy chandeliers and sconces, the ladylike tables and chairs, and the luxurious, frosted palette. It’s got a huge, obvious, kind of glamor, which is to say it’s a Kelly Wearstler designed space.
Kelly Wearstler might be the most influential interior designer around right now. She’s based in Los Angeles and has worked on a number of boutique hotels and celebrity houses. Her style is California Fabulous: huge spaces crammed with opulent finishes and look-at-me furniture and artwork. There’s no limit to the number of rich, contrasting colors and patterns she’ll combine in a single space, and no limit to the number of pieces she’ll orchestrate inside. And yet the overall effect, rather than overbearing, is joyous. These are fun, glamorous spaces that you want to step inside of.
Wearstler’s signature move is to mix strikingly oversized pieces in with more conventional ones, to unsettle the architecture and create an Alice in Wonderland kind of effect. Look at the huge sculpture on this coffee table. It energizes the whole space.
And look at the over-scaled patterns on the curtains, tabletop and wallpaper in the lobby at the Viceroy Hotel in Miami. Combined with the strong markings of the floor stone, they give the entire room a pulsating effect.
Walking into a fantastically-designed hotel lobby or a bar is one thing, but I wonder what would it feel like to live in a Kelly Wearslter-designed house. Can you imagine stumbling into this kitchen before work each morning to make coffee?
This bedroom has intense colors but it’s spacious and elegant. I think that after dark, with just a reading light on, lying in the canopy bed would feel quite restful.
This bedroom, on the other hand, requires a girl to feel like a movie star before entering. And if that’s the kind of life – or fantasy life – that a girl has, then it’s just the right thing.