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. 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 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.