THE 2007 HC&G IDEA HOUSE
July 1, 2007
Manhattan-based designer Philip Gorrivan likes a little mystery—indeed, he thinks it's a key ingredient to enjoying an evening meal in a formal setting. For the dining room of the 2007 HC&G Idea House, Gorrivan is creating an elegantly moody atmosphere with grey Venetian plaster walls accented with glyph-like silver-leaf monograms inspired by one of his fabric designs. Describing the room as "a study in grays that are evocative of a cloudy day," Gorrivan sought to create a backdrop that would highlight a selection of dramatic fabrics from his new collection for Highland Court, which will hit the market in January 2008, but are debuting here.
"The idea for the room started with fabric—I designed them specifically for the room," Gorrivan says. "The curtain fabric is a lettuce green with a flocked velvet flower and silver metallic paint. And the seats of the Robsjohn-Gibbings chairs surrounding the dining table are covered with hot orange goatskin patent leather. It's very rich—a burst of color in a sea of grays."
To add to the mystery, Gorrivan arranged for the ceiling to be hand-lacquered to a glossy finish so it shimmers even in the dimmest light. "What you achieve is this amazing reflective sense, almost like looking in a mirror," Gorrivan says. "I love the richness the lacquer provides when you apply it to the ceiling. It gives it this amazing sense of depth and height, and a great sense of space and definition." Mirrored benches, the mahogany and chrome dining table, an ebonized cabinet with mirrored inlays and ghost-like Serge Roche plaster sconces and decorations in the shape of palm trees add to the sensuously moody allure.