One of my long-time favorite interior designers is Vicente Wolf of New York. Called the "Prince of Calm", it's easy to see why. His rooms are clean, light-filled and almost-always with white or pale walls, flooring and upholstered pieces. It's his choice of accessories that sets his rooms apart from other designers.
Since I've collected African tribal art for many years and have a few pieces of 18th-19th century Chinese tables and chairs in my own home, being drawn to these rooms is obvious.
|An apartment in New York features Wolf's trademarks: Chinese armchair and an African stool.|
|Here again...Chinese armchairs, bespoke center table topped with a fine collection of African tribal masks.|
|An Asian Buddha head, African copper bowl and Indonesian carved wood bowl.|
I also admire the fact that Wolf usually uses potted orchids, almost always white, to bring life to the rooms. No fussy and 'artfully' arranged vases of flowers . . . an idea I've borrowed and use in my own home. Anyone can find orchids just about anywhere, including the local supermarkets. They're elegant and affordable.
|The stool is a prime example of an African chieftan's seat.|
|A Chinese armchair. In the background, a collection of African tribal spears mounted like works of art . . . which they are!|
|An antique, carved Chinese table pairs nicely with a contemporary armchair and a collection of Asian blanc de chine porcelain vases.|
|An ornate antique Moroccan lantern paired with a trio of mounted African anklets or cuffs.|
|Wolf's New York loft featuring contemporary seating, potted trees and orchids and an African stool beside the iron-frame settee.|
|I've had the household Buddha for almost 25 years. The bronze bowl sitting to its right is part of a Japanese incense burner.|
|The white Song porcelain bowls are resting on a Korean offering table. The lamp table is actually an 18th century Chinese tea table made of persimmon wood.|
|A 19th century Chinese altar table of elm wood anchors the end of our dining room. The long basket on the wall is a Brazilian fishing trap.|
For more about Vicente Wolf, click on the link to the right of the page. Vicente invites readers to send in their interior design questions.
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