The libations and conversation were flowing at Tuesday night’s Madison Avenue soiree for interior designer Ryan Korban. Celebrated for his enviable sense of modern style and discreet luxury, Korban was being fêted for his new installation that forms the centerpiece of the recently relaunched Barneys Home, as well as his second book, Ryan Korban: Interiors, a jaw-dropping showcase of the designer’s creations and renovations.
The partnership between Korban and Barneys has been in the works for several months. “I’ve always been a fan of the store,” he says. “When we started talking about this project, what I really wanted to do was create a space that felt like ‘me.’ I wanted it to feel like you walk off the elevator on the ninth floor and into a penthouse of modern luxury.”
Neither rain nor traffic could dampen the spirit of the A-list crowd mingling with hosts Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, who wrote the forward to Korban’s book, and model Behati Prinsloo. “I’ve followed Ryan’s career for at least 10 years,” says Astley. “His designs have evolved, but he has never wavered from his point of view. His look is refined, feminine, and tailored.”
On display, in addition to Korban’s luxe aesthetic, were select pieces from his new home furnishings and accessories line, which will be launched in full for Spring 2019. Like the rest of his designs, the items exude confident elegance. They defy typecasting, except to say they all speak to modern luxury. Of particular note for Astley was the dusty-pink velvet sofa paired with the bronze cocktail tables. “I love the tactile nature of Ryan’s designs,” she says. “The look is both youthful and sophisticated.”
“I want to creates pieces that work for all ages,” agrees Korban, whose aesthetic has been described as the intersection of uptown chic and downtown cool. “I use many elements that might appeal to a younger group, but then give them a twist.”
And while it was Election Day in the Big Apple, the one vote everyone at Korban’s party could agree on was that his book makes for the perfect coffee-table accessory. With 208 pages featuring full-bleed, richly saturated photographs of famous living rooms, kitchens, and more, the tome captures the essence of Korban’s creative genius. His favorite design? “My own home, of course!” he laughs. Curious fans will be delighted to know that Korban’s private residence is on display in the book, alongside his practical tips and suggestions for upgrading any abode.
You can discover more of Korban’s curated selection of home furnishings and accessories by visiting the ninth floor of Barneys Madison Avenue location, where the installation is on view until the end of the month, and you can catch him revealing insider designer tips on The Barneys Podcast in conversation with his close friend Alexander Wang and host Cindi Leive.