For interior designer Ryan Korban, breaking the rules comes quite naturally. It helps that he never really learned ‘the rules’ in the first place—the Philadelphia native ditched plans to study acting, fell in with the fashion crowd and became a self-taught decorator, one of the most sought-after in the city at that.
So in Ryan’s world, it’s totally kosher to mix metals, you can never have too many animal skins, and uptown is the new downtown. His spirited irreverence is balanced, however, by an appreciation for an old-world kind of elegance. You can see it in a few running themes within his work: clean lines, luxurious textures and a generally restrained color palette. This winning mix has earned him many fans, including quite a few of us here at Barneys.
With a new book out this month from Harper Collins, aptly titled Luxury Redefined, we thought we’d pay a visit to Ryan’s new West Side digs to see how the designer lives. A self-confessed accessories fan (he’s keen on lamps and trays from Arca and Kartell—Diptyque for candles), Ryan provided us with a few tips for creating eye-pleasing arrangements around the house.
Check out his design wisdom below.
Photography by Hadley Hudson.