1 Room, 3 Ways, 22 Years: A Designer's Home Through the Years

1 Room, 3 Ways, 22 Years: A Designer's Home Through the Years

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Janel Laban
Sep 24, 2014
Steven Sills's apartment decor in 1992
(Image credit: Mary E. Nichols for Architectural Digest via T Magazine)

It's always fascinating to see any single space morph over time (like the decor of the Oval Office as we cycle through the presidents) but it's hard to imagine a better example of the changing design zeitgeist than through images of the personal living room of a talented, prolific interior designer. T Magazine allows us a peek at exactly that as part of their current piece on Steven Sills...

At the top of the post is a photo of the living room of his 3 room, 1000 square foot NYC apartment, taken in 1992. It is an eclectic mix of treasures from Russia, Austria, England and France, spanning different centuries.

Steven Sills's apartment decor in 1998
(Image credit: Francoise Halard / T Magazine)

The interim design of the same room, in '98, featured an Ernest Boiceau tapestry, Jean-Michel Frank shagreen skin stools, daybed and lamps and a Jean Arp sculpture.

Steven Sills's apartment decor in 2014
(Image credit: Francoise Halard/ T Magazine)

The current design feels spacious and stripped down to elegant simplicity, with pale walls and a light wooden floor, a Robert Rauschenberg hanging on the wall and French chairs by Francis Jourdain with Louis XIII tables.

While the design throughlines are there (an eclecticism of styles and source countries, a mix of antique and contemporary pieces, a subtle, light palette and strong verticals on the walls) each reinvention of the room distills the ideas down further, seemingly moving the space through time toward a more perfect version of itself, which is very intriguing. It's always a special treat to see the work a designer does for themselves, and in this case, even more so to see it refined over time.

For more photos and info, including an excellent video featuring Steven Sills, visit Pale Beauty | T Magazine.

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