Design Inspiration: My Jet Set Summer

August 26th, 2013 | by Christopher Kennedy | Comments

color video screanMy followers know that my design work represents an interesting mix of styles and periods, while always striving for the easy elegance and relaxed glamour that the Palm Springs lifestyle represents.

This summer I was asked to participate in Sara Sugarman’s Designer Windows Program – where leading tastemakers are invited to create a window display at the Decorative Carpets Showroom on Melrose in West Hollywood – “telling a story” using their own furnishings, selections from the Decorative Carpets inventory and whatever other resources they choose.

I collaborated with Warner Bros. Studio Facilities to create Christopher Kennedy’s Jet Set Summer – a visual presentation of what it would look like if I were to design a series of pied-à-terres in the most glamorous cities in the world. I even designed my own version of a private jet. Now, let me whisk you away on my Jet Set Summer!


Window 1: Packing in Palm Springs

Window 1: Packing in Palm Springs. Featuring the Dinah Dresser and Cory Chair from my Gold Label Furniture Line. Brutalist chandelier and art deco valet courtesy of Warner Bros.

Window 2: My version of a private jet featuring the Robert Chair in acrylic from my Gold Label furniture line, upholstered in Kyle Bunting hide. I used the Peaks area rug from Decorative Carpets to emulate the sky. The vintage flight attendant uniform is courtesy of Destination Palm Springs.
Window 3: The wonderfully-playful Genevieve rug from Decorative Carpets sets the scene for Shanghai, China.  A Chinoiserie secretary from Warner Bros takes center stage and mingles effortlessly with a 1970s kinetic brass coffee table, a black Asian chair (with Sahco fabric from Donghia), and a fabulous mid-century floor lamp.
Window 4: A sexy and low-slung Kagan-inspired sofa, covered in “Babe’s Tweed” by Jamie Drake for Schumacher, is the focal point of my Marrakech harem dream.  Moroccan tables nest perfectly in its ample curve and lanterns dangle in front of the Kadeer rug by Decorative Carpets.  A folding campaign chair sits across from the similarly-scaled Cherner chair, in a playful juxtaposition.  A variety of Moroccan artifacts, including slippers, are displayed from the collection of Elizabeth Crowell — who works on many of my restorations.
Window 5: The Dustin Credenza — which I designed for The Thomas Lavin Showroom at the Pacific Design Center — anchors my Nairobi, Kenya room.  The African three-legged chair and ottoman with hide upholstery and horn legs are courtesy of Warner Bros. An exotic, resin orange light fixture hangs in front of the Zebrina rug from Decorative Carpets. Organic pewter vases from my private collection serve as simple accessories, while hour glasses are a reminder that my time on holiday will soon come to an end.
window 6
Window 6: In this scene, that looks remarkably similar to my own Palm Springs home, I’ve included the David Chair in orange from my own Gold Label furniture line, a mid-century bar cart courtesy of Warner Bros. and a vintage side chair I found on Etsy. I will be introducing the floor lamp as part of my Gold Label furniture line this Fall.
ABOUT THIS BLOGGER: Based in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, Christopher is best known for his clean, modern aesthetic. His design projects currently include luxury desert escapes, homes in the Hollywood Hills, lofts in New York City, and waterfront properties from British Columbia to Laguna Beach.  His eponymous furniture line is available in showrooms in Palm Desert, Los Angeles, and Denver.  Locally, his candle line is available at Paul Kaplan at Raymond Lawrence, Palm Springs.


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