The New York based firm, The Cullman & Kravis founded in 1984 by Elissa Cullman and the late Hedi Kravis, has been listed in the 2017 AD 100 Best Interior Designers. Often called upon to design around superb collections of fine art antiques and English-inspired, has been dubbed a “Dean of American Design” by AD.
Elissa Cullman is influenced by Italian architect Andrea Palladio and American decorators Albert Hadley and Mark Hampton. Their goal is to use antiques of all periods and origins alongside modern artworks, custom made furniture, and exceptional textiles to create dynamic interiors that are complex and layered-always comfortable and never overly formal. The art influence is notorious, Elissa is a strong proponent of the arts, she is currently a member of the Museum of Modern Art’s Contemporary council and the Metropolitan Museum’s Visiting Committee on Objects and Conservation. She sits on the boards of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Friends of Florence.
The firm Interior Design projects comprises Interiors of homes by Robert A.M. Stern, Oscar Shamamian, and Thomas A. Kligerman; the renovation of Holly Hill, Brooke Astor’s former Westchester, New York. including the CEOs of major corporations, and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Candice Bergen.
The duo is currently busy working on projects in and around Manhattan, the Hamptons, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Colorado and Hawaii.
Kips Bay Showhouse is perfectly suited to the sensational 19th century architecture of McKim, Mead and White‘s Villard Houses. The sophisticated riff on complementary colors blue and orange is sheer perfection and speaks to the cultivated aesthetic Ellie Cullman is famous for.
Elissa finds inspiration walking around New York and looking at all of the exterior architecture and ornamentation. Se actually used some of those photos as inspiration for two patterns in their fabric collection with Holland & Sherry—a brick pattern from a building on the Upper East Side and a curvilinear design from ironwork on the Lower East Side.
From elegant New York City apartments to spacious country estates to sophisticated ski houses Cullman & Kravis assembles tapestry of coordinated details to create beautiful and balanced spaces.
A white palette showcases the modern art in this chic living room and evidence the neutral pallets characterized as concept by C&K.
Inspired by French Deco design and the stylish interiors of movies from the 1940s, the apartment was transformed into a luxurious modern area with a connection to the past.
The pattern stencil used on the floor in the enviable china hall. It’s so complimentary to the millwork and elliptical shape of the room, adding a high country warmth to the formality of the home.
Blue and green color scheme results in a fresh contemporary rendition of Palm Beach chic. A gold leaf bed and gorgeous antique chinoiserie bedside cabinets add a luxurious layer to the room.
The presence of Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan of Cullman & Kravis in the 2017 AD 100 Best Interior Designers it’s a must, they share the magic of the vital smaller elements and detailed components that contribute to the success of the bigger decorating picture.
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