Design Firms You Need To Know: Amy Lau Design

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Founded in 2001, Amy Lau Design is one of design firms that creates interiors known for their warmth, expressiveness and impeccable attention to detail. Amy has a reverence for the inherent beauty of natural materials and landscapes, and thoughtfully incorporates elements of each into every project. Embracing both art and design, each personalized space is enlivened with dynamic mixes of vintage and contemporary pieces, and site-specific commissions.Amy’s portfolio of luxurious residential interiors includes an array of artistic and sophisticated homes throughout the world.

The firm’s work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, NY Cottages & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, and Luxe Interiors + Design.Amy Lau Design published a monograph in 2011, and Amy accepted an honorary doctorate from New York School of Interior Design the following year. She served as a spokesperson for Benjamin Moore’s 2010-2011 campaign “Paint with the Very Best.” She has designed spaces for renowned show houses like Kips Bay in New York and has created distinctive interior installations for Kohler, Bergdorf Goodman, Lladró, Baccarat, and the Showtime television network.

The firm completed an exclusive boutique for Elie Tahari in East Hampton, New York, and is creating the home furnishings showroom Maviar in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Amy Lau Design recently collaborated with Architectural Digest designing the inaugural AD Design Studio for the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York.In 2005, Amy co-created the Design Miami fair to showcase the most significant purveyors of vintage and contemporary furnishings internationally. She has also designed an array of patterned cowhide rugs and pillows for Kyle Bunting, unique Heath Ceramics mosaic tiles, colorful wool-and-silk rugs for Doris Leslie Blau, tie-dye wall coverings for Maya Romanoff, and a vibrant fabric collection of contemporary prints, embroideries and wovens exclusively for S. Harris.

An inspiring art collection takes center stage among both vintage and bespoke pieces in this modernized prewar family residence. A stunning Gego sculpture hangs in the foyer, adjacent to the living room where the custom “Clarissa” sofa by Vladimir Kagan sits on a Hechizoo rug of woven metal yarns. Remarkable art work of Diego Rivera, Roberto Matta and Wilfredo Lam adorn the walls of the double height living room.

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Amy’s background in fine and decorative arts enabled an exciting collaboration with the clients, allowing her to explore, interpret and implement the eclectic mix of styles they enjoy, providing an energetic fusion of color and design-driven furnishings that enhance and enrich an ever-evolving personal gallery. The thread of modernist design carries throughout the home, with a discerning mix of vintage, contemporary and newly commissioned pieces.

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The architectural elements of the spectacular double height living room are mesmerizing in combination with the array of bespoke furnishings, accessories and art which include a monumental abstract plaster relief by artist Malcolm Hill, double sided Vladimir Kagan sofas, circular silk rugs and a sprawling hand blown glass chandelier made by Lindsey Adelman. A modern sculptural black and silver resin piano made by Based Upon creates a perfect environment for entertaining, as does the large dining table topped with laminated glass that sits upon handcrafted cast and welded bronze bases by Silas Seandel lit by a pristine vintage Fontana Arte chandelier hanging above.

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The luxurious environment of the living space carries over to the tranquil master suite. Exquisite fabrics cover the built in headboard as well as the vintage Vladimir Kagan sofa and chairs in the seating area that sit upon a custom, organic shaped cowhide rug by Kyle Bunting.

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