In Renaissance Italy, a piece called the studiolo was a sort of cabinet of curiosities, filled with intriguing novelties accumulated by great collectors. In England, a similar space has been called the withdrawal room. “To put it in modern terms”, explains the interior designer Patrick mele. “It was an escape room filled with items that inspire you.” The young talent created such a room in the third Sotheby’s creators’ exhibition and auction house, At New York. Its modern riff – with walls wrapped in graffiti-covered Pierre Frey fabric and floors covered with tangerine electric carpet – uses Art Deco and Mid-Century furniture alongside minimalist artwork by Ellsworth Kelly. Here, Mele offers her tips for exhibiting art and antiques.
Always look back.“I am inspired by the history of design. I like a lot of different time periods, ”says Mele. In his bedroom at Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse and Auction, he combines a severe Marcel Breuer armchair with a graphic Art Deco desk.
Be bold.“I use Pierre Frey graffiti by Monsieur Pringuay on the walls. The rug is going to be a tangerine, wall to wall.
Create a balance.“I focused on pretty black and white and graphic art,” says Mele, who hung pieces by Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol in the play. “The fabric it sits on is this crazy mix of all these colors. I needed that yin and yang to balance it out. An Art Deco desk was graphic and uncluttered against that fluid background.
Let each piece speak for itself.“I think art has to be art and the decor has to work well around it to create harmony, but I think every piece can stand out.”