Maya Williams was one of the many talented designers to tackle the Titans Of Business and Best Of Design Showcase House at Greystone Mansion. This year the aim was to bring together forward thinkers and tastemakers to offer a once in lifetime collaboration.
Each artist was assigned a specific area of the legendary estate once owned by oil tycoon Mr Doheny. The designers were to choose a celebrity or personality and bring the inspiration into the room's decor. For the Grand Reception Hall, Maya chose Coco Chanel. For her second space, The East Hall, she picked Alexander McQueen.
Notes from the designer:
Coco Chanel - Grand Reception Hall
- I selected Coco because I relate to her timeless elegant and glamorous style and thought that it would be fitting for a classic home.
- The violet colors are both feminine and also striking in the dark neutral space.
- The one arm chairs were custom made for the room.
- The original photo of Coco is by Mark Shaw.
- All items are from Egg and Dart Home LA.
- The layout of the room was intended to draw you in and welcome you.
NOTE: Maya choose the chandelier because it looks like a strand of Coco's signature pearl necklace.
Alexander McQueen - East Hall
- I selected him because I relate to his lavish style, color sensibilities, and taste for the unexpected.
- There is a juxtaposition of masculine and feminine pieces in the room.
- A combination of fine embroidery and rich velvets is mixed with handsome wools and elegant silks.
- The chaise symbolizes the famous McQueen inverted shoe.
- The runner symbolizes a fashion runway.
- I used a blend of textures and elements in the hall such as metal, glass, stones, mirrors etc, just as McQueen did with his fashions.
- All items and fabrics are from Egg and Dart Home LA.
The wall covering is made of metal with glass beads that make up the damask pattern. The metal has also been treated to be oxidized to give it a aged look.
I decided to use the paper in the Alexander McQueen space for a number of reasons. His last collection was filled with intricate embroidery which felt similar to the Arte paper. McQueen also always mixed in different elements to his fashions — not just fabric. He used metals, glass, feathers, etc. The way the glass beads capture the light and the eye is striking. The paper is the wow in the room that pays tribute to McQueen but also reflects and respects the style of the Greystone Mansion.
The Ballroom chair with its textured frame, leather seat, metal tie backs and velvet bustle is an homage to the mix of textures and elements that McQueen used and also symbolic of his knack for the unexpected. It's also a classic masculine Klismos frame that has been "sexed" up and made to look feminine and pretty. McQueen relished taking classic lines and frames and putting his twist and edge to them.
The original Mark Shaw photo "Paris Nights" is from 1961. It shows 5 models in embroidered and beaded gowns in a questionable part of town. This suggestive photo was risque at the time and had since been forgotten about. I love that it pushed the boundaries a little, just like McQueen.
More Info: Maya Williams
Thank you to Bill Stark PR for connecting me with Maya!
(Image credits: Mary Nichols)