After eight years in a town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Holiday House NYC has moved downtown, taking over a pair of newly constructed mansions in Soho. While each room at the annual show house reflects the style of a different decorator, moving to a modern space has led to an overall aesthetic that’s more artsy and cutting-edge than traditional. “Everyone is moving down here,” says Woodmere native Iris Dankner, who created the event as a fundraiser for breast cancer research. “The vibe is different. It just feels young and fresh. Even the more established designers are edgier here.” Common trends among the more than 20 designers brought in include spaces that are designed around art, instead of artwork being chosen to match the furnishings, and pairing antiques with more contemporary pieces.
WHAT The ninth annual Holiday House designer show house to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23, through Jan. 8 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) at The Sullivan Mansions, 40 & 50 Sullivan St., Manhattan
INFO $40; holidayhousenyc.com
The upstairs lounge by Manhattan designer Tina Ramchandani is themed around happy hour, with the highlight being a painted ombre wall that moves from dark to light. “I was trying to capture the twilight effect, after work, how your mood changes,” Ramchandani says. The black and white photographs by Robert Whitman add to the minimalist look.
A master bedroom by Manhattan interior designer Harry Heissmann is full of whimsy, with statement pieces that include a moon light fixture and an antique carousel horse in the window. The room also features geometric black and white flocked wallpaper and fabric from the archive of interior designer and style icon Iris Apfel, who is serving as honorary chair of the show house. “It’s evoking the magic of Christmas, seen in the child’s eye, but more sophisticated,” Heissmann says.
Joan Dineen of Dineen Architecture + Design of Manhattan created her own holiday called Chocolate for Breakfast Day, a take on Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, which is celebrated in February. The color scheme is gray and white, with pops of red, and a mix of contemporary sculpture, lithographs and screen prints. “Our ideal world has beautiful art,” Dineen says.
Rena Cherny, who leads up-and-coming Manhattan design firm RC Studio, dubbed her bedroom “After the Ball Drops,” inspired by a continued New Year’s Eve celebration. To express the concept of holding onto the past while looking to the future, Cherny mixed vintage midcentury furniture with contemporary pieces.
The kitchen by Manhattan designer Jamie Walters, with a theme of “Friendsgiving,” uses furnishings by local makers.
Sasha Bikoff of Manhattan was among the designers who blended the old and new, with a pink-themed room called “Rosé All Day.” Bikoff paired a French Louis XVI dining table and her own rose-hued chairs with a contemporary zigzag design on the back.
Charles J. Nafie Architects
The stairway landing gallery space by Manhattan's Charles J. Nafie Architects features a sculptural metal light fixture that lets recessed lighting shine through.
Bradfield and Tobin
The upstairs lounge by Manhattan's Bradfield and Tobin, made up of partners Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin, celebrates International Artist Day, and is imagined as the living room of a young art dealer, functioning as a rotating gallery.
The dining room by Manhattan's Campion Platt is themed around Black Friday, with dark, over-the-top opulence that includes furnishings by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Manhattan designer Juan Carretero’s upstairs bedroom celebrates World Art Day, with oil paintings and a unique branch light fixture.