Nov 18, 2011
Fab Fridays: Designer Albert Sultan
RB: What are you up to right now? AS: I am proud to share some before and after pics of my designed reading room at the Old Westbury Gardens showhouse. My theme is Winter Solstice. Think of a reading/cigar room in Superman's North Pole Ice palace. This is a luxurious retreat that retains an inviting accessible charm. Almost everything in the room has been hand refinished in some way by me. The Tony Duquette light fixture, on loan from Remains Lighting, is a showstopper!! Given my own penchant for theatrical and fantastical design, using a fixture by this legend of stage and film design was appropriate. Old Westbury Gardens Showhouse, through Sunday, December 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This three story Sultan-designed stairwell was a showstopper in a New Jersey Shore designer showhouse last summerRB: How would you describe your own home décor? AS: My own home décor is bold, eclectic, sexy and layered. As an artist and designer I need constant stimulation to be creative. My philosophy at home is "More is More!" Almost every piece in my home has a history. The “Tulip Chairs” in my living room are a pair of 1950s parlor chairs. I paired them with a fabric from an Australian company. The pattern on the fabric mimics the unusual shape of the chair frame. I look at these chairs every day and get excited. The soft feminine lines of the chairs are a counterweight to the two bold industrial landscape panels carved out of scrap metal I have hanging on my living room walls.
RB: What do you love most about your home and why? AS: My home was originally owned by my grandmother for decades. The space stayed on in the family serving as a home successively for my sisters before they married and now me. I can still remember as a boy visiting my grandmother on the holidays and the fresh scent of middleastern foods wafting throughout the apartment. This space is infused with generational love.
RB: What is the one thing in your home that everyone always comments on? AS: People always comment on my zebra stenciled doors. People often times will paint walls, wallpaper them and adorn them with art. But doors? They are relegated to being obscured, necessary evils of functional living. To me they are just another surface waiting to be transformed.