“In 2020, I am pushing myself to think outside the (white) box,” reveals Keith Pollock, the Digital Executive Director of Architectural Digest (and admitted Chairish super fan), who oversees all things digital, social, video, as well as the members-only news and resources platform, AD PRO, which has quickly become a designer go-to. Looking to a stunning lineup of striking rooms for his inspiration, all featured in the pages of AD, Keith reveals what makes each space so au courant, and tees up the ultimate curated collection, capturing the pieces that lend these interiors their new and now status.
Getting To Know Keith…
What do you love about shopping (and selling) on Chairish?
“I will happily spend hours on Chairish looking for the perfect vintage piece. (My most recent purchase was a console that I had been searching for for months.) It should go without saying that the inventory is beautiful and world-class; I especially appreciate the ability to sort by item location, so that I can support local businesses and cut down on shipping. I also use the A-list channel, when I’m looking for a more curated search. As a seller, I love how easy it is to update my store. The technology is straightforward and user-friendly. Couldn’t be simpler!
What you think vintage decor adds to an interior?
“I love a bit of patina. Adding vintage to an interior is so important as it creates layers, and a truly personal space, with a combination of objects, that no one else can have. Also, it’s the responsible thing to do! So many incredible pieces are already in existence. I think people forget that buying vintage is another important way that we can recycle.”
Are there any new decorating ideas you’re excited to try in 2020?
“I’m interested in mixing things up a bit—incorporating pieces from other periods—that I haven’t collected before. I’m also going to try and use more color! I tend to be very safe, and am always drawn to neutral colors.”
Any exciting new things people can look for from AD in 2020?
“AD is turning 100 in 2020! I can’t think of anything more exciting than that. We will be celebrating throughout the year, in many ways, from our book, to events, and social takeovers. We also launched AD PRO last year, and there are still a lot of great tools we will be introducing to our trade audience in 2020.”
#1: Storied Accents
“Vintage accents abound in Anne Hathaway’s chic California chalet: in this case, vintage dining chairs and a runner composed of vintage kimono fragments complement a Børge Mogensen dining table and elegant Woka pendant.”
#2: Correct Color
“Here’s a great case for incorporating more color into my own spaces this year: A Pedro y Juana pendant, Lanza Atelier table and chairs, Gabriel Rico light sculpture and Mestiz pine-and-cotton chairs all play well together within a vibrant nook in AD 100 designers Rodman Primack and Rudy Weissenberg’s Mexico City home. As Weissenberg puts it, ‘I don’t understand why everyone’s so afraid of using color. I think correct color creates space and emotion.'”
#3: Vintage Forward
“Vintage is a hallmark of Primack and Weissenberg’s living room, too, where pieces that the latter inherited from his Guatemalan grandparents—including Afra and Tobia Scarpa’s caramel leather lounge seating—take center stage. Completing the scene are a wicker lamp and armchairs by Fabien Cappello, a Donna Huanca painting, a custom marble cocktail table by Weissenberg, and a custom Agnes Studio rug.”
#4: Different Decades
“From rattan barrel chairs and a Sciolari glass chandelier in the study to Bavarian antiques and retro lighting throughout, precious vintage finds span decades in the Lake Tahoe getaway Ken Fulk recently designed for Instagram co-founder, Kevin Systrom. My favorite moments? The vintage brass pendant and Mid-Century chairs that appear inside the breakfast nook, paired with a Jerry Pair leather-bound banquette and sheer stripe curtains by Great Plains.”
#5: Soulful Details
“Cedar paneling and the Afra and Tobia Scarpa leather chairs arrayed around a Sabine Marcelis resin table aren’t the only vintage occasions inside the kitchen of artist Daniel Arsham’s 20th-century Long Island weekend home; Arsham also replaced the kitchen’s slate tiles with vintage-style terrazzo.”
#6: Exuberant Refinement
“More color inspiration for the new year, here! Channeling a childhood spent in the Bahamas and in Paris, Rebecca de Ravenel’s airy Hollywood Hills home is punctuated by color. Case in point: Here, in the fashion designer’s living room, a Charles Jacobsen Inc. table sits atop a Madeline Weinrib rug, while elsewhere, botanical blue-and-white textiles from Marigold Living share space with antique iron peacocks, a Peter Bonde abstract painting, and throw pillows from Brigitte Singh.”
#7: Classic Updates
“My two themes for 2020 collide in this carriage house by Markham Roberts; the vintage Milo Baughman chair adorned in a yellow Clarence House linen is perhaps the most emblematic. But there’s ample other evidence in Roberts’s upstate New York home, like a vintage Murano-glass light; the circa-1969 Swedish bench; a circa-1830 English table; and a special antique Chinese bronze vessel—to name a handful of the stars of this particular project.”
#8: Masterful Mix
“Mastering the art of the mix, Rodman Primack transformed this an Arts and Crafts house—a former tobacco farm near Louisville, Kentucky—for Stephen Reily, an entrepreneur, his historian wife Emily Bingham, and their three kids. Here, African Dutch waxed textiles dominate the walls of the family’s study in a delightful, not riotous, display of hue and texture.”
#9: Graphic Appeal
“Graphic and gorgeous, Mieke Ten Have’s upstate New York barn features a kitchen adorned with a vintage-inspired tile backsplash by young California brand Clé, proving that what goes around often does come back around, even chicer.”
Lead Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson, Courtesy of Architectural Digest