"What's liberating is to be fearless." JB
Bilhuber's now iconic bedroom in Manhattan is covered in a de Gournay Chinese paper. As if Bilhuber's peacock, George, has momentarily stepped out of the "graffitied" walls to preen in front an oyster shell mirror by Eve Kaplan.
"Rooms should reveal themselves gradually over time." JBPure Classicism from the designer in this drawing room with "old school" elegance, and modern creature comforts-a wool throw, reading lamps, and a modern class table. Paintings are sorted out on the milky coffee moire covered walls. Bilhuber's skill in weighing color has always fascinated me. This is one area where he is indeed an American Master, an alchemist. Too, there are shades of Dorothy Draper, yet terribly modern-with a reverent nod to New York's Gilded Age.
"Everything must register on one level or another. That's what details are for." JB
"Beauty and function go hand in glove." JB
"It's easy to get white wrong.-it takes talent to get it right." JB
Quite right-this white. Bilhuber combines a voluminous banquette with slender arms, white pleated skirt and scallops set into simple unlined cafe curtains.
"I'm not a decorator, I'm a magician." JB
TALKING POINTS, or TALKING TO YOURSELF...
"You're only as good as your client." JB
Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber feels his client is critical to a room's success and its staying power. In Bilhuber's own rooms his genius is evident. His hand is in everything. Circling back to his maxim: "It's liberating to be fearless," his rooms are certainly that and never so evident as in his New York apartment with its Gilded Age elegance, Belle Epoque glamour, Victorian sentiment, and present day precision, all evoking the catalysts Bilhuber adores, and masters.
"I adore one powerful, stirring concept as a catalyst to help me create." JB
thanks to Rizzoli for a copy of this book~
Jeffrey Bilhuber American Master by Jeffrey Bilhuber, Rizzoli New York, 2015. Images are © William Abranowicz and may not be reproduced in any way, published or transmitted digitally without written permission for the publisher.