Designer Garrow Kedigian consistently designs richly layered, warmly inviting homes throughout the US as well as overseas. A background in architecture means this is the element first taken into consideration for Garrow when taking on a project. Whether it’s a corporate space, custom home, show home, or inner city apartment, Garrow has an innate skill for taking his awareness of the home environment and client’s needs, as well as his knowledge of color, shape, and depth and creating something that feels like a real haven to enter. We talked to Garrow about where he draws inspiration from, his plans for celebrating the holidays, and how he would decorate for a holiday dinner party.
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
I describe my work as a streamlined classic. Definitely steeped in tradition, but pared back simplified details, and use of bold colors to infuse a modern/ contemporary flair.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Using antiques in design affords the opportunity to give a space a uniqueness tailored unto itself… I always tell my clients that ‘no one else can have this piece’ because antiques were often made as one-offs, and even when there are others similar, they are never exactly the same. Antiques allow the designer to layer a space, even in a contemporary setting I feel it is important not to turn one’s back to history and any successful room, in my opinion, incorporates something of the past in context with things of today…
What inspires you?
The inspiration for me is drawn from any number of sources, recently a walk through Central Park on a brisk fall morning inspired a color palette for a master bedroom suite for a project I am working on… Inspiration is anything that grabs your attention in a way that makes you think ‘hmm, that’s interesting…’ There is beauty in everything, and even the simplest things around you exude a structure if color palette that can inspire you to interpret it in new ways…
What’s your favorite way to celebrate the holidays?
I love going up to my house in Montreal for the holidays. Inevitably a ‘white Christmas’ is quintessentially a part of everyone’s image of a perfect Christmas setting- and I’m Montreal one can almost always bank on sipping hot cocoa by the fire, while the weather outside is frightful! I have tons of room in my house up there, and I go to town with getting a huge tree and filling every single room of the house with Christmas cheer!
What are some details of your signature style?
My signature style is really characterized by the use of bold colors and color schemes, I like to paint interior doors and trim work black, it helps carry the architecture and crips out the details. I am never shy about using bold colors and often like to build my spaces up using many layers of patterns and textures… Mixing.
How would you decorate your table if you were hosting a holiday dinner?
I always choose colorful dinnerware and an interesting centerpiece for the table. Some pieces from RubyLUX that I would use are The Wooden Soldiers, A pair of white granite obelisks, and A pair of green painted and gilt urns.
What would be included in your RubyLUX Holiday Wish List?
A shopping spree on Rubylux is always a treat; my wish list includes a malachite box with an ormolu serpent, a versatile coffee table, a pair of Directoire-style, bronze mounted demilune consoles, Auböck Penholder in the Shape of a Die and an unusual pair of frosted glass wine coolers.
Garrow was born and raised in Montreal, Canada where he later attended the prestigious McGill University’s Architecture program. After completing his formal education, Garrow moved to Boston, MA where he gained six years of experience at the renowned offices of interior designer William Hodgins—before deciding to take a bite out of the “Big Apple.” Garrow has been based in New York since relocating there in 2000. After working for several design powerhouses in New York, Garrow established his own design firm in 2001.
Garrow’s classically trained architectural background is the foundation for most of his interior design work, stating, “The architecture is what sets the tone and tells you what you need to do with a space.”
From his recently published apartment on Park Avenue, Garrow presides over a wide range of projects including bespoke custom homes in the Tri-State area, a 20,000 square foot barn turned residence in Greenwich CT, and a multiplicity of apartments and residences in Manhattan, the ever-stylish Palm Beach, London, Dubai, as well as large corporate headquarters and office spaces in New York.
Garrow has participated twice in the renowned designer Kips Bay Showhouse, most recently in 2016, where his Napoleon lounge received high acclaim for its distinctive chalk paneling design and was featured in the New York Times.
Recently, Garrow returned to his roots in Montreal by purchasing a turn of the century Georgian-style townhouse in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, which he uses as a weekend getaway. Garrow used his house as an opportunity to explore the bold and creative use of colors and textures, which were recently celebrated in House Beautiful magazine.
The company’s portfolio of work has been extensively featured in national and international publications such as House Beautiful, Traditional Home, New York Spaces, and Architectural Digest, most recently featured in this month’s issue (December/January 2018) of House Beautiful, on newsstands now. Garrow has had numerous appearances on the popular LXTV Open House New York, which has included a feature on his own apartment among several other projects.
Garrow has a popular social media following on Instagram, where you can find current and most recent works, featured in real time. Check him out at @garrowkdesigns. His website is www.garrowkedigian.com.