Renowned New York designer Thad Hayes is known for creating elegant, refined homes, both contemporary and classic, and for gracefully incorporating artworks without ever making his rooms feel like sterile gallery spaces. Here he reflects on training your eye, working with collectors, and finding the right place for both masterworks and funky finds.
Has an artwork or style directly influenced your work? Have you ever created a room inspired by a painting or sculpture?
Subconsciously, it happens all the time. A particular piece that a client owns will affect me in a more substantive way, striking a chord, and the image of that work, or several works, will play over inside my head during the course of the project. Since we have the client's art inventory on hand and often pin images of the more important pieces up on our board, we are constantly reminded of the artist and works.
A recent example is a client who owns a very large Morris Louis painting, 12 feet long by 8 feet high, with deep, saturated rust to orange-brown tones. We were especially sensitive to it in our selection of materials, because of its scale and dominant location in the home. Also, the period of the painting, the 1970's, played into the shapes and forms we created, and in some instances, the found furniture pieces that we selected for the home.