The motto for this design project was simple, an avid art collector from Panama was looking for space large enough for not just an extensive art collection but also the large family. The interior designer Jennifer Chused was the name chosen to create a contemporary home with a curated selection of design pieces and rich materials to highlight the art.
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“I make it my policy never to chase the market, to buy trophies or artists for the wrong reasons; it has been a long and evolving process,” says the client Johnny Roux about how he started his contemporary art collection, his “passion.”
The couple searched intensely for interior designers that could understand their needs, sense of balance, simplicity, plenty of natural light, and a welcoming vibe. They Meet Jennifer Chudes, the designer of Chused & Co, in a store in NY when they were looking for design furniture pieces, and after a first talk, they felt an instant connection.
Roux and his wife are fans of midcentury design, he further wanted his art collection to live harmoniously with the house “The decor could not overshadow the collection,” he says. “I wanted it to highlight every piece.”
Creating an interior design project of a home around an existing art collection is a challenge. “I think when the art is not necessarily your taste, it can be distracting to work on the interiors,” says the interior designer. “But in Johnny’s case, the collection is so inspiring it was a joy to complete the vision.” “I told Johnny I wanted to choose pieces that were important in their own right, paying close attention to design, materials, and workmanship”.
“I wanted to work with rich materials: linen, silk velvets, parchment, and marble, and I stayed with a somewhat neutral palette for large items,” Jessica Chused adds. “I need to layer enough color and pattern in to give the interior’s depth against the art on the walls.”