Justin Shaulis and Holiday House NYC


Crosby Street Studios is delighted to participate again in the Holiday House NYC collaborating this year with with Justin Shaulis one of the 24 top interior designers of the show house. Each year, Holiday House NYC occupies the Academy mansion on the Upper East side of Manhattan and this year it is open to the public from November 20th until December 21st benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Justin wanted to create space that would give visitors a “taste of the Miami contemporary art scene” in a gallery like setting for his room on the top floor of the mansion.  Justin’s vision for the room included creating a custom rug for the large space with an ombré strié design echoing ocean waves.

This is a story about how a beautiful rug is made from concept to creation.  As soon as Justin confirmed which room he would design for the house, he met with us in our offices and we worked together from sketch, color selection, to artwork  and then proceeded straight into production without sampling in order to be able to make the rug in the short five week lead time to be installed in his room in the show house.

Justin was inspired by the cool colors of Miami and he choose a palette of Caribbean blues for his rug that has a pale blue background with shades of darker blue and white lines that almost appear to be hand drawn around the border as the centerpiece of the room.

“The foundation of the room is the enormous custom 15 x 30 foot rug that occupies the entire floor space of the room and has a quiet sophisticated movement along the border of ombré strié pattern and an open solid center oval shape in pale blue.”

The room was then “built up” around the rug according to Justin who placed the sleek leather white sectional furniture pieces in the corners of the room as well as a custom organic shaped glossy white bar custom bar made from carved resin by New York based artist and designer Pryor Callaway in another corner. To achieve a light an airy effect he wrapped the entire room in floor to ceiling sheer curtains (350 yards of fabric) and hung the art in front of the rippling textiles. The contemporary artwork in the room includes an Andy Warhol of Mick Jagger and a kinetic glass chandelier sculpture made of radiometers by artist Luke Jerram hangs from the room’s skylight in the center of the ceiling.

Holiday House NYC is located at 2 East 63rd Street and is open to the public until December 21st. www.holidayhousenyc.com


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