Haute Design: Lessons From The Frontlines of Fashion

When it comes to interior design, inspiration is often gleamed from sources beyond the field itself.  From literature to art to film, sparks of inspiration ignite all along the spectrum of creativity.  Taking into account environment, function, texture and form, the formula for the expression of aesthetic harmony is shared by both fashion designers and interior designers alike, making the runway one of the premier sources of inspiration in interior design.

From timeless and tailored Chanel ensembles, to ambitious and avant-garde McQueen motifs, here in a nutshell, are three proven design concepts inspired by the runway.

1. Texture serves to create a sense of depth, flow, and sensuality. In fashion, as in design, the right balance of texture will create a sense of movement  while retaining a harmonious balance between the elements.

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Ruffles, lace, feathers and fur within a grey-scale palette combine to create muted waves of texture and flow.

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-Shag carpet, textured artwork, and a David Week’s steel light fixture combine for sense of flow and continuity within a controlled color palette.






-Ralph Lauren wool wall paper, Carnegie “Gem” drapery, and a customized leather headboard come together to lend this room a feeling of tailored depth.

-Uneven bluestone coursing adds an element of movement to this fireplace


2.  ANIMAL Inspired prints are an opportunity to add a touch of avant-garde to an array of designs.

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A zebra pillow and a fur throw add an element of “wild” to these otherwise tailored spaces, Chinchilla Marble Bathroom


3. Color is most effective when it is given room to breathe. The exception to this is when contrasting colors are placed within the same space, an opportunity for color to compliment rather than compete.

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(counterclockwise from top: Burberry, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli) Style.com

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Rich hues, when covering large spaces, stand on their own while contrasting colors complement one another.


About GRADE:

For GRADE, design is more than the arrangement of formal elements—it’s the realization of a uniquely articulated experience.

Founded in 2001 by Thomas Hickey with Edward Yedid, the full service, New York-based architecture and interior design firm defines itself through a high standard of quality and the delivery of a final product characterized by clarity and luxurious style.

Partners Hickey and Yedid bring extensive experience and a fresh eye to every project, marrying a traditional approach with a modern sensibility. Their practice is informed not just by complementary skills but a deep appreciation and knowledge of art, history, and world culture. Specializing in residential, retail, hospitality, and commercial work, GRADE’s diverse portfolio includes an array of project types, from a historic Manhattan building transformed into a family-friendly loft, to a ground-up weekend home steeped in comfort and simplicity, to boutiques for Tiffany & Co. that sparkle with sumptuous surfaces and textures.

An agile studio of twelve designers, GRADE often develops the individual client vision beyond expectations, refining and materializing ideas with sharp, tasteful interpretations of context, light, and materials. This high bar for achievement is made possible by drawing upon a strong network of suppliers to render custom furnishings or achieve the perfect finish—ultimately pushing a design concept to precise, exquisite execution.

For more information about GRADE, please visit www.gradenyc.com


Thomas Hickey (Left) and Edward Yedid (Right) of GRADE Architecture + Interior Design. Photo by Charles Lavoie