Damian and Britt Zunino, the husband and wife design team behind Studio DB, were inspired by the idea of a woman’s sensual private salon for the wet bar and bathroom they created for this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City. Titled “Smoke and Mirrors,” this sophisticated space is defined by a striking emerald green and rich plum color palette.
“‘Smoke and Mirrors’ is a modern interpretation of a sexy boudoir,” Studio DB shared in its 2019 Kips Bay show notes. “The space is an antidote to the demands of modern connectivity and embraces the luxury of solitude.”
“The room provides a platform to indulge in self-care, with a grand clawfoot soaking tub, a sensuous curving window seat, and a custom bar and make-up vanity,” the designers added. “The soft arches of the entry hall create a dramatic sense of arrival with deep green walls and rich stone detailing. A striking hand-painted mural by de Gournay, inspired by the iconic Elsie de Wolfe, anchors the main salon.”
Fine materials like gorgeous custom Kips Bay tiles and luxurious shimmering wall coverings are paired with a series of collected antiques and exceptional modern artworks that are on display throughout the space.
“Contemporary art is juxtaposed against old-world charm throughout,” the designers shared. “Graphic, multi-colored marble tiles from Alison Rose for Artistic Tile add a modern spin to a traditional material palette in the separate bathroom space. The thoughtful details and layers of luxury create the ultimate escape.”
The House Tipster Industry team was able to speak exclusively with designer Britt Zunino at the charity show house’s press day unveiling in Manhattan. There, she took us on a tour of the boudoir’s dramatic hallway, stylish vanity setup, bathroom, and more.
The focal point of the space is surely the unconventional plum bathtub – a brand new release from show house sponsor Kohler – set against the black panther de Gournay mural that’s echoed elsewhere in the space with a graphic zebra motif.
“It’s a tribute to Elsie de Wolfe in a home in Beverly Hills that Marlene Dietrich once lived in,” Zunino said. “She had this amazing mural, and we thought it was a dramatic addition to our boudoir theme.”
“We also created a special custom bar and vanity for our space, with a wonderful little horsehair stool,” the designer added.
Guests will be able to attend the 47th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, located at 36-38 East 74th Street, New York, NY, now through May 30, 2019. Stay tuned for more of House Tipster Industry’s exclusive coverage of the show, including more virtual tours guided by the season’s top designers.
To take a virtual tour of Studio DB’s wet bar and jewel box bathroom space at the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House NYC, make sure to catch a recap of our live video stream guided by designer Britt Zunino in the Facebook player below.