“I always start with moodboards” says the fashion stylist Kate Young of the creative approach to his homes. The same one with which he plans red carpet looks for stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez or Dakota Johnson. «I like studying and choosing the pieces, mixing them together».
It could be said, therefore, that his personal “Oscar moment” was there style home Bauhaus of 1954 in Woodstock, New York, where Kate Young lives with her husband, record manager Keith Abrahamsson, and two children, Stellan and Leif. With the plant ofarchitect modernist William Muschenheim (found at Columbia University’s Avery Library) and with the help of his friend architect Graydon Yearickafter having bought it three years ago, the two have chosen to revive the original spirit of the house with a radical renovation.
“Many of the new elements are inspired by the original ones”Young says of the fixed windows and sober bespoke furniture. “Everything has been designed to make home living in an easy way”. Smart modifications that paved the way for the en suite bathroom of the couple, to one Terrace on the roof and to one kitchen wider, which winks at the VDL House by Richard Neutra. The rich one takes its place on the birch shelves that run along the living area collection of vases by Young, with i terracotta vessels of Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., i dishes of Vallauris and a series of ceramic works created by hand by the stylist (at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock’s school of art and performance, a stone’s throw from home). “I’m very productive, I create a lot of objects, but they don’t always come out very well,” she says of everyday crockery.
A holiday on the French Riviera, with a stay at the Hôtel Les Roches Rouges in Saint-Raphaël and a visit to the Villa E1027 by Eileen Gray, a pioneer of modernism, inspired the timeless style of the interior décor. “I wanted everything to be light, well designed and welcoming”says Young. Touches of full color, in the French Riviera style, they find themselves in a yellow faucet, in a cobalt blue handrail, in the tomato red external spiral staircase that leads up to the roof (reminiscent of the one in Walter Gropius’ house in Massachusetts). Among textiles, linen of the Balticsinherited from Young’s Lithuanian father or found on Etsy. “Fashion is my job, but to have fun I buy furniture” she says, pointing to i sofas Chameleon by Mario Bellini and a round dining table in pine wood designed by Charlotte Perriand for the French ski resort Les Arcs. The homely atmosphere he was looking for, he explains, was “Functional, familiar, high design”.