I have lots of design lady-crushes, but really only one true love of a design man-crush. Surprise, it's Nick Olsen. He's ridiculously chic, got an architecture degree from Columbia and he's still bffs with his old boss, Miles Redd, whom he continues to refer to as "Mugatu." Yes, he's amazing. This New York apartment he whipped up for a New York real estate shark is tailored and punchy and dramatic and refined. I love it. Its the right combination of elegance and acidity.
Foyer draaaamaaaaa!! Holy frijoles, the block wallpaper, those urn-topped columns set into niches, the pea soup green ceiling, the striped wall beyond -- just let your eyeballs go bananas.
The living room is the most lovely light cobalt lacquer. The combination of blue, wine, and acid green is fabulous. And who wouldn't want those swirly Christopher Spitzmiller lamps? I'm like morally opposed to Damien Hirsts, but the elegant man with the giant mustache above the chest is a delight.
Vignette perfection. The console table was an antique found at auction and was given a new lease on life with a coat of chalky white paint. And that greek key mirror is divine.
Hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper festoons the dining room. The cobalt blue of the living room is present in the paper's blossoms and is referenced again on the leather upholstered chairs. Love the chartreuse silk inset in the buffet's doors, and YAS, that jib door!!
In the kitchen an eye-popping, matte black and white geometric floor is the perfect foil to uber glossy wine colored cabinetry.
The den is a cozy hideaway with the most inviting custom, tufted sectional. The nailhead trimmed armchair is upholstered in an antique kilim.
The office is a feast of elegant stripes and rich color. The green daybed is a total heart-breaker.
The master bedroom is a perfectly tailored ode to Saville Row menswear. The darkest charcoal and white windowpane check lines the walls and the headboard. The walls are accented by an antique Chinoiserie chest in a traditional red.
Omg Nick Olsen himself. With this apartment, you think he'd have his portrait taken in a bespoke suite with a fanciful pocket square, but this fire-starter obviously totally subverts your expectations to the very end by showing up in a super casual outfit of a black tee, black jeans, and espadrilles. Love him. Humor, elegance, and a sharp poke in the eyeball, a master of the classical-moderne mix.