Jessie Schuster’s Kips Bay Room Is a Haven for the Modern Woman
By women, for women.
Published Jan 31, 2019 1:49 PM
Bold pops of Yves Klein Blue, modernist curves, and dynamic textures dominate the space that New York–based designer Jessie Schuster and her all-women team put together for the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in Palm Beach. Her creation is a study for the modern woman—“a place where the woman of the house can come to get lost in thought, break rules, and take care of business,” Schuster says. “It’s a place where she can be who she authentically is and who she aspires to be. It’s a place for her to work, rest, dream, and put pen to paper and thoughts into action.”
Like many of the rooms in the Showhouse, Schuster’s space is inherently maximalist. White walls provide a versatile base, atop which geometric shapes and abstract squiggles mix and mingle. Coy accents—like a checkerboard ceiling and a lip-and-heart print rug—lend an air of playfulness to the room.
“I felt that oftentimes, a woman’s study—or a place to call her own where she can be authentic—is overlooked in the home. But often there is a study or office for the man of the house,” Schuster explains of her inspiration. “We wanted to create this incredibly creative and whimsical space for the lady of the house. The thought was that it was an extension of the kitchen—where she could be central and close to the action for her family but have this incredible space where she could escape to create her next masterpiece.”
Dramatic blue reading chairs offer a place for introspection and meditation, while a long polished black table provides a space to work on any number of projects. Though Schuster positions her design as expressly feminine, she draws inspiration from male modernist artists—of course, with her own interpretations.
“Throughout the space, you can see references from Le Corbusier, Matisse, Picasso, and Dali,” she says. “I have even heard people reference Gaudi due to the whimsical and surrealist nature of the zellige tiled entry I created for the space.”
The room, overall, is positively energizing and inspiring, with a distinctly modern aesthetic. A home office never looked so enticing.
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