From NYC designer Bradley Stephens, a sophisticated show house game room
I met designer Bradley Stephens last year, when I toured a NYC show house where he created a sensational bedroom inspired by Annie Lennox. I was making a video of his room when my camera battery died (every blogger’s nightmare). Bradley graciously let me return to and complete my post and I’ve been following his work ever since. In the summer, New York decamps to the Hamptons for the hot social scene there. The Hamptons Designer Show house opened in Sag Harbor recently and it’s no surprise to find Bradley there, creating a game room and connoisseur’s bar packed with great ideas. We’re pleased to show his work, along with his commentary on the design.
“When we first visited our room, we were intrigued by the coffer ceiling, extensive trim detail, and recessed paneled columns that divide the space. The room is located in the basement of the house and has no windows, so I decided to design the space as a modern speakeasy – a game room that inspires adventurous mixology and friendly competition. The generous floor plan includes a billiard table, an expansive bar, a game table, a lounge area, and a wine cellar.
“The tessellated coral game table from Lobel Modern [top] and the sleek cane-backed promenade armchairs from Lorin Marsh have a seductive stance. Their jutting lines and graceful curves give the feeling that they are in motion.”
“The design for the room started with the antique pool table from the collection of Blatt Billiards, and the vintage Swedish area rugs from Hakimian. We loved the unusual [rug] color combination and the patterns resembled abstracted backgammon and board-game patterns. We used three gorgeous wallpaper products from Phillip Jeffries in our space to help create a cozy, clubby atmosphere. The perimeter walls are covered their high-gloss navy ‘lacquer strie’ wallpaper. Their ‘leather effects’ woven look wallpaper on the ceilings is a warm contrast to the slick walls. We created custom folding screens covered in their Manila hemp paper, which is printed with a design of navy interlocking rings. “I used artwork to add warmth and humor to the space, and to make the room feel more personal. A collection of photographs were hand-picked from the Robin Rice Gallery, and hung salon-style on axis with the pool table. Lighting was key to setting the lounge-y mood of my space. A cluster of vintage glass pendants from 145 Antiques hanging over the pool table are a glittering focal point. Antique and vintage sconces, table and floor lamps create a welcoming glow.”
“The space also includes an adjacent octagonal room I like to call ‘the archive.’ I lined the walls with gray oak cabinetry and filled the shelves with gold painted books and a collection of antique and modern decanters and barware from Thomas O’Brien and High Style Deco. I envision the space as a library and tasting room for a client that collects rare vintage spirits, with hand-written labels identifying the contents of each decanter. I can imagine the client reflecting on a fine Scotch, sitting on one of the exquisitely detailed Bugatti side chairs, on loan from Sebastian and Barquet, beneath an incredible 42″ diameter leaded glass pendant from Carlos de la Puente.”
“I also created a three-dimensional art piece for the room incorporating a grid of vintage Charlotte Perriand sconces and a spectacular, hand-carved antique frame – all provided by Sebastian and Barquet.”
(Sources: Bradley Stephens, Peter Murdock)
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