On Monday morning, Sotheby’s will unveil six rooms curated by interior designers at its Manhattan headquarters as a way to showcase items from upcoming spring auctions: English & Continental furniture, 20th century design, Contemporary and Impressionist prints, African and European sculpture and carpets, and Old Master paintings, ceramics and silver.
A broad range of artistic approaches and experience was the main qualifier for the participating designers, who include Ryan Korban, known for his retail design including Alexander Wang’s flagship store, Balenciaga’s men’s and women’s flagship stores and Fivestory New York; McMillen Inc., the oldest full service interior design and decorating firm in America; Daun Curry from Modern Declaration, named one of Vogue’s hottest new designers; New York design duo Catherine Casteel Olasky and Maximilian P. Sinsteden from Olasky & Sinsteden; Shaler Ladd of Shaler Ladd Design Corporation; and Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer from WRJ Design Associates.
Clockwise from top: Ann Pyne, Daun Curry, Rush Jenkins and Ryan Korban.
“It is with great enthusiasm that Sotheby’s opens its doors to this group of talented designers,” said Andrew Ogletree, Specialist, English Furniture, and Csongor Kis, Specialist, French & Continental Furniture. “There is a natural partnership that exists between the designer of a space and fine and decorative arts. We look forward to seeing how each designer integrates these objects, ranging in age from the 16th century to the present day, in chic and livable room settings that will offer a fresh perspective on the depth and breadth of what Sotheby’s has to offer. To that end, we would like to show that these objects regardless of age or style can be incorporated into a modern lifestyle and be appreciated by today’s collectors.”
Clockwise from top: Daun Curry, Ryan Corban, Shaler Ladd, Maximilian P. Sinsteden and Catherine Casteel Olasky
The Designer Showhouse, open to the public from March 24 – 28, features a variety of spaces including a bedroom, living room, dining room and library. The exhibition space will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.