After graduating with an Outstanding Merit award for her Master’s Degree in Interior Design at Pratt Institute, Lucy Harris has been busy building an extensive portfolio in the industry. She worked as an Associate at the prestigious Meyer Davis Studio for over five years before leaving in 2012 to create the Lucy Harris Studio. She has designed interiors for some of the most prestigious luxury and fashion brands including Oscar de la Renta, restaurants and hotels in New York City and internationally, as well as overseen the design and construction of houses and apartments for numerous top financial, music and advertising industry clients in the New York City area and abroad.
Lucy Harris Studio is renowned for a varied aesthetic range and turnkey services including designing and executing renovations and interior décor. Each project sees Lucy involved at every step, and she has an extensive roster of talented artisans and contractors to execute everything from custom furniture to high-end renovations. She talks The LuxPad through one of her recent projects…
The apartment is on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront between Red Hook and Dumbo. The building is in a converted former warehouse with an incredible view of Brooklyn Heights.
The client, a Creative Director in advertising, had always lived in Manhattan, but fell in love with the apartment at first sight for the incredible light and the romantic views of brownstone Brooklyn.A mutual friend, a fashion designer, introduced us, knowing that we be a great match.
It is a two-bedroom loft apartment with 12’ high ceilings, totaling 1200 square feet. The apartment gets so much light we had to install automatic solar shades to keep his furniture and rugs from being damaged by the light.
For each project I create a unique space that is a narrative of the owner. The aesthetic, the level of formality, the color, pattern and design period of pieces all must relate back to their story and lifestyle.
The owner wanted the apartment to be mostly white or neutral with clean-lined furniture. I knew that he loved theater and in talking I felt that there was space to add some drama if I got the right poetic mix. To achieve this I proposed the bright blue Cappellini credenza as a nice pop on the white walls. I added the Mongolian lamb pillows as a touch of soft luxury to an otherwise simple bed, and to lighten up the darkest toned room. While at first hesitant, he loved my bolder suggestions once he saw them, and we had fun working together to create a space that is a mix of opposites: casual yet sophisticated, subtle yet bold.
Continuing with this approach, I mixed in the sophisticated tufted white leather Milo Baughman-designed chairs in the living room with a minimal Zanotta sofa. As I don’t like a space that is too perfect I added the patterned flatweave rug and the rustic-woven Tom Dixon Cappellini stools in the kitchen. To define the large kitchen and living room I hung two huge Bestlite pendants over the island. At first concerned they would be too big, the owner loved them once installed. By the end he told me that if I liked it would look good. I knew I had found the perfect client!
I love the blue credenza of the living room. I always refer to this project as “the project with the blue credenza” and everyone who has seen my work immediately knows what I am talking about. Although I don’t reuse things in multiple projects frequently, I admit I have used that blue again in other projects, since it is just perfect – a color that is bright but not overwhelming.
We installed rift-cut walnut built-in cabinetry throughout the entire apartment. I didn’t like the initial samples that the contractor gave me, so we drove out to Long Island to visit the top distributor of veneers and woods in the New York City area, and hand-picked all of the veneer. I visited the Brooklyn millworker’s shop several times to make sure that the fabrication and final finishing looked great so there were no issues after installation. The cabinetry looks beautiful and ties all the rooms together.