Our LUXList designer is Garrow Kedigian, originally hailing from Montreal, Garrow is now based in New York, where he founded his firm in 2001. He has designed for spaces that range from manor houses, city apartments, Palm Beach homes and New York offices. With a formal education in Architecture, the structure of the space he is designing the interior of is always the first thing he takes into consideration. He takes on design projects incorporating his eye for elegance. We talked to Garrow about his design aesthetic, how he uses antiques within his interiors and his passion for color.
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Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
I would describe my design aesthetic to be streamlined classic. My style is definitely deeply rooted in the classical tradition but is exemplified as a more contemporary interpretation/take on the traditional – with the use of bold colors, bold textures, and bold furniture pieces – including the all-important ‘mix’ of classic elements with contemporary pieces in all my work.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Antique furniture for me is especially important to use in any home. As those pieces tend to be unique, one of a kind, and bring personality to the interiors. Also, these pieces exude a sense of history and create a connection with the past. This to me is essential in any successful interior designed space – you really can’t turn your back to history, even with a very modern context there is always room for a few antique pieces.
What inspires you?
I enjoy studying the architecture of the past. European cities inspire me – my favorite thing to do is to take a stroll through Paris and marvel at its consistent beauty and appreciate all its intricately designed buildings, doorways, railings, etc. I find inspiration also in the works of the greats designers of the past such as Elsie De Wolfe, Bill Blass, and Yves St Laurent. All those great designers who embedded tradition in their forward designs with a clear nod to history and the past.
What can you never have too much of?
Color! I love the color and I use it all the time on all my projects, as often as I can! I think that you can never have too much color and I think the layering of colors in a space, along with patterns and textures is critical to any interior design work. I think any good design is a product of the successful mix of many things and there is nothing as beautiful as a properly layered space.
If you could design for a fictional character who would it be and why?
Peter Pan, I’d design for him! I think his youthful outlook would be an incentive to me to keep things bright, colorful and cheerful. His personality is bold and I am sure he would want to be with his interiors – I know it would be an interesting home!
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 in New York after relocating 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 renovated Park Avenue apartment, Garrow presides over a wide range of projects including a large manor house in Lloyd Harbor NY, a 20,000 square foot barn turned residence in Greenwich CT, to the multiplicity of apartments and residential projects in Manhattan, residences in the ever-stylish Palm Beach, and large corporate headquarters and office spaces in New York.
Garrow participated in the 2009 exclusive Kips Bay Designer showhouse, where Garrow transformed the smallest room in the house (barely the size of a small walk-in closet) into a jewel-box of a space, using simple techniques such as paint, and scale to create drama, focus, and style.
The company’s extensive portfolio of work has been extensively featured in national and international magazines such as House Beautiful, Traditional Home, New York Spaces, and Architectural Digest, with most his Montreal home most recently published in the March 2016 issue of House Beautiful. Garrow’s former apartment featured in the New York Times and on television with Bill Stubb’s ‘A Moment of Luxury’ and his current apartment was featured in House Beautiful and was featured on LXTV.
To view projects, visit www.garrowkedigian.com or check him out on Instagram at www.instagram/garrowkdesigns