Interior Designer Suzana Monacella
of McMillen, Inc., Debuts Rio Room,
a Stylish Guest Bedroom at Kips Bay Showhouse
Last week I wrote about a return to classicism in design noted at this year's Kips Bay Showhouse. I noted a common thread woven throughout the house and many of the designer's spaces showed a return to classic design with layered textures, but many also showed modern elements along with the traditional design. Equally interesting is a few stand out spaces that brought a unique and original vision to their designs, and such is the space by the veritable firm McMillen, and created by interior designer Suzana Monacelli. This upstairs guest bedroom is called the Rio Room, and after close inspection this space is a study in layered textiles and textures which work together to create an intriguing respite, possibly offering a retreat for out of town guests after a busy day taking in the whirlwind of the Big Apple. The room's designs were created with the well edited hand of this former fashion designer hailing from Rio, yet there is a deliberate layered aesthetic that includes combining Faux Bois, traditional florals with tropical florals as well as mixing different woods and finishes together for a winning combination all around. The furniture pieces all have clean lines and they also feel sculptural, and I am crazy for that convex mirror! The Pierre Frey banana leaf wallpaper brings Monacella back home reminding of rio de janeiro's urban Tijuca Forest.
favored pieces in the room:
bedside tables: Eros by Kelvin and Philip Laverne show an exotic flair
chest: Swedish maker Edmond Spence is divine!
floor: Stark organic sisal and leather
pillows: Pierre Frey
rocking chair: Brazilian designer Joaquim Tenreiro