As houses go, Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s Manhattan apartment featured in Architectural Digest is one of my very favorites. Sure it’s an artful, light-filled NYC loft designed with the help of Simrel Achenbach of the Brooklyn design-build firm Descience Laboratories (Achenbach being a master woodworker and former assistant to painter Francesco Clemente), so it’s easy to love. And it’s got that whole warm boho meets sleek modern vibe down pat. But what I’m really loving is how they get “wrong” so right.
Take, for example, the pale, powdery pink cushions lounging up against a backdrop of oft-maligned knotty pine (!), or the fact that they mix such seemingly disparate elements as skull art, peony-filled Delft pottery, Moroccan rugs, and wait for it… D. Porthault towels.
It’s all jacked up, but it totally works.
The duo also happen to have an exhibit entitled Pretty Much Everything running at the Dallas Contemporary through the end of December. The show, based on their three-book compilation of the same name, is a retrospective of works from their 25 year collaborative relationship.
And if it’s half as good as their apartment, you’ll want to make a beeline over to the Contemporary as soon as possible.