The first time he and his partner moved to the duplex apartment in the Upper East Side, Ryan Korban underwent a head-to-toe renovation, painting the duplex pale grey and custom designing most of his furniture. Little did he know that he would have to do another re-decoration in a short time again.
After all his changes, he still didn’t feel at home. He realized he was missing something that he had in his previous houses, something eclectic, perceiving the difference between decorating with gorgeous pieces and living your everyday life in the home you decorate. The choices he had made were seemingly safe for a designer like him.
Wanting to make the place even more, fit his style while being daring pushed him to redecorate, and this time he would do it in a way to provide an actual difference in his day-to-day life. This new renovation represents a transformation for him as an artist too.
Ryan Korban is an interior designer who made his name a decade ago and recently has become famous for his residential work, including Ye (Kanye West) and James Franco. The neutral colors, statement furniture, and opulent materials, like marble and fur, represent quite well his design style.
In the renovation of his NYC townhouse, he worked on his “fear of color” and started implementing less saturated colors.
He implemented a black leather Crescent sofa in his living room, one of the first pieces he designed. The playful Ryan is introduced through the design of his Holland chairs.
Another piece with significance is a plaster and bronze chandelier by Eric Schmitt, the first piece that Korban bought from the artist the first time he could afford to purchase one.
Many elements and design pieces call attention and represent the designer himself. Through the new re-decoration, he made this NYC townhouse become precisely the space that he was looking for. From the place, he thought he would never consider living to the place that he might not want ever to leave.
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Source: Vogue Living
Photography: Stephen Kent Johnson