Often with a nod to iconic architects and a vintage atmosphere, Giancarlo Valle designs the most beautiful and unique interiors. With his studio he also brought his well-known style in this serene home in Down Town New York City.
Valle's interiors radiate tranquillity but also attract attention and are fascinating. This is also the case here. The designer prefers almost empty walls which he then complements with geometric objects and beautiful decoration and often dramatic colours and accents. In this way he always creates a play of symmetry. "I like to think of the familiar and the foreign. My projects have the comfort of something you know, but with elements that can make you somewhat uncomfortable," said Valle in a previous interview.
For this beautiful home in the Big Apple he also added that little bit extra and fulfilled the customers’, a young creative couple, wish to "go to a new, unusual place".
With a minimal amount of elements, he creates a rich interior
A first special element can be found in the dining room. There, Valle chose to place a large oak 'curved shelf' in the corner. The piece is by Oliver Gustav's boutique in Copenhagen and could be described as a screen, but also as a sculpture. The curved shape fits nicely with the oval onyx table. Because not many decorative elements were used against and on the white walls, our attention is immediately drawn to the few pieces that are present, such as the painting, Dimore Studio's bronze chandelier and also the screen just mentioned.
Valle himself calls the room with the most colour and decoration the 'smoking den'. It is a cosy room with a yellow carpet by Pierre Fret and an off-white Club Chair by Studio Giancarlo Valle. Valle always creates a dialogue between the elements. He sees architecture, interior design and furniture design as a whole and you notice that in his projects. Everything is perfectly balanced and forms a harmonious whole. That's why Valle's studio designs and makes a lot of furniture itself. For this house, that’s the wooden chairs in the dining room and the sleek sofa with round cushions and coffee tables of ceramics and copper in the living room. There are also two iconic Pierre Paulin chairs here. The elements he uses are often minimal, but he always manages to create a rich interior with a sober but daring palette. However contradictory it may sound, Giancarlo Valle brings a mix of minimalism and extravagance and lets them coexist perfectly.