Designer Nicole Fuller finds inspiration for her whimsical furniture line in fairy tales.
SILVER-LEAFED CHANDELIERS. MARBLE BANQUET
tables for 30. Snow white trimmings. This is the
stuff of fairytales—and Nicole Fuller’s designs, particularly
for the Suffern Estate. “I wanted it to feel
whimsical and elegant and beautiful,” Fuller says of
Visitors are greeted in the entryway with a sofa and
wall that blend into a black and white forest wallpaper
design, Narnia-style. “There’s a story behind
everything,” she says, adding that the Family Tree
chandelier above the dining room table was designed
with the client’s children in mind. “The tree would
sort of protect them. When you’re sitting under it, it
feels like you’re in this magical place.”
The forested Swoon sofa and Family Tree are just
two Suffern Estate pieces included in Fuller’s furniture
line, Isabella Wolfe. As Fuller’s design alter
ego, “Isabella Wolfe” comes from design icon Elsie de
Wolfe and (of course) Fuller’s childhood fairy name.
Fanciful confections aside, design is still Fuller’s first
business, especially when it comes to customization.
“I really wanted the line to be like an interior designer’s
or architect’s dream. You can go to the Isabella Wolfe
website [isabellawolfe.com] and do anything you want
to any piece.” Fuller is preparing to launch the line in
And though Fuller still works full time on interiors,
her path often crosses with the furniture line when
she needs just the right butterfly light or Wonderland
toadstool table. “I will get a specific vision in my
mind, and sometimes I don’t even look for it,” she
says. “I’m just so inspired, and I’ll just really want to
make a piece. That’s how Isabella Wolfe was born. I
don’t want to find it. I want to make it myself.”
Interior with Fantasy
The project Legacy is a penthouse located in Manhattan. In this apartment, the bedroom's concept was to combine several sentimental environments with light, soft elegance. "I wanted a creative atmosphere to be felt all around, while the interior would be filled with art objects," says Nicole Fuller. "I thought that in every corner of this penthouse the spirit of fantasy and imagination must be present." The inspiration for the choice of color was the designer's desire to create something unique. The mood in the bedroom sets a floral motif with the use of purple wallpapers. According to Nicole, you will never want to leave such a room and will want to come back here again and again. What gives uniqueness to this interior are the geometric formed, mirrored bedside tables and stylish glass lamps standing on top of them. The elegant completion of this interior is the white furniture, comfortable sofa, and tables.
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Florence Fancy Blue and Cream Kids Pop-Up Shop
What could be more adorable than a stylish tot in the latest wears—after all they are the ultimate fashion accessory, oui? Well, Nancy McCormick Vella, founder of the upscale Florence Fancy boutique on New York's tony Upper East Side has just made it effortless to take little Jack and Stevie from soaked and sandy to chichi BBQ with her new pop-up shop at Blue & Cream Kids in East Hampton. Take pleasure in your favorite European styles with collections from La Stupenderia, Simple Kids, Caramel Baby & Child, Atsuyo Et Akiko and Chupeta, for newborns through age eight. To celebrate the collaboration, Nicole Fuller, interior designer of the Florence Fancy in Manhattan brings the vision of chic "beach club" to life with her beautifully articulated window designs.
One half of Kenyan-produced It Label SUNO, designer Erin Beatty spun the globe to make over her NYC apartment. Julie Vadnal settles in.
Still, sometimes even someone with a well-trained eye needs an ally in decorating. "I've tried to furnish appartments before, and I go so far as to map it out, and still the couch never fits," Beatty says. So she enlisted Nicole Fuller, whose luxury interior design work ranges from commercial spaces (Finn jewelry's glam showroom) to scouting art with dealer Vito Schnabel. The instant friends-"We me, hit it off, and had a six-hour dinner two nights later," Fuller says-embarked on an international shopping binge in Lamu Island, Kenya a white-sand paradise where SUNO sources textiles. "I was under the impression that the Africa trip was a vacation," Beatty says of the 20-day adventure, which started in Kenya (via Nairobi) and made a detour to the bucolic English Cotswolds. "But Nicole got so inspired that it's now descibed as a sourcing trip."
December 09, 2011
Need It Now: Florence Fancy Children's Boutique
"We take off their coats, offer tea, champagne, espresso, and of course macarons from Ladurée," explains Nancy McCormick Vella, of the way guests are greeted upon arrival at her new, incredibly chic, by-appointment-only children's boutique on the fourth floor of a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Underwhelmed by the selection of children's clothing available in the city after the birth of her first child, Vella started looking further afield in Europe for the beautifully crafted designs she was after. What started as trunk shows in her living room soon expanded to the point where her husband threatened to move out if the clothes did not. And so Florence Fancy was born. "We operate more like personal stylists," Vella explains of the Parisian atelier-like service she offers. "We style and pair pieces to make a complete outfit or wardrobe for the season." And it does not stop there. "If someone has a birthday party that they have yet to purchase a gift for, they can call us up the day of, and we do our best to personally deliver the item," she says. What's more, guests can rest assured that they will not find these clothes anywhere else; each piece is hand-picked and exclusive to the boutique, and Vella is even coming out with her own line in the spring—think tie-dyed silk dresses in tropical colors, as well as printed cargo pants paired with frilly cap-sleeve blousons.
Florence Fancy, 53 East Seventy-fifth Street, No. 4A, NYC, 347.733.4161
New York Spaces
The Residences at 400 Fifth Avenue
The Residences at 400 Fifth Avenue recently unveiled a model apartment designed by New York interior designer Nicole Fuller. The 1,4370-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home features a modern, sophisticated interior in keeping with the building's contemporary architecture by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. The luxurious apartment is located on the 52nd floor of a condominium developed by Bizzi & Partners Development nestled in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
A mix of directional colours and strong motifs is the route to a unique look.
Get creative with freehand doodles as an alternative to wallpaper - perfect if you want a unique look. Get the look. Buy white crayons, £6.90 for a box of 12, at Great Art. The Keraton teak bed, £1,295 at Lombok, is similar.
WHITEWALL: You have both Nicole Fuller Interiors, your design company and Isabella Wolfe, your furniture line. Do you have more passion for designing the furniture or for interior design?
NICOLE FULLER: They work hand in hand - but interior design embodies all of it.
WW: What is the origin of the name of your furniture line, Isabella Wolfe?
NF: Well, Isabella was my fairy-tale name for myself when I was a little girl.
NF: No, I actually like love the name Isabella. I would introduce myself to people as Isabella. The second half of what I say is a design alter ego, Wolfe, is from Elsie de Wolfe, who was sort of the first official female interior designer. I love her work. I love everything I've ever read about her as well.
We all know how to mix it up, but Nicole Fuller takes it to the next level in her exuberant apartment, with every room a visual delight.
There's a rug in Nicole Fuller's living room that perfectly sums up her interiors style. It's a vintage Persian piece that she has colorwashed mineral green - the result is both distressed and distinguished. "I like taking something old and giving it a modern edge," she explains. "It makes it very exciting and fresh, but it still has great sophistication."
You'll find examples of this roughed-up beauty, what Nicole calls "deconstructed elegance", throughout her New York apartment. From the half-painted walls with their gritty lime finish in the living room, to the Louis-style chair covered in Jackson Pollock-esque fabric, this place is all about grandeur with its feathers ruffled. "Nothing should ever be too perfect." says Nicole.
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Nobody wants to ride out the rest of the recession in total austerity. "People are turning down the volume," says Tara Bernerd, creative director of the interior designers Target Living. "Design-wise, everyone is more discerning and people are having things made bespoke and being more creative with their spaces." Nicole Fuller of Vesper Wilde in New York agrees. "I'm obsessed with using walls as blank canvases." Her own home features graded pink ombre walls with fat beeswax crayon scribbles over the top. I'm creating distressed leather wall finishes with abstract florals tattooed in pure mineral pigments," she says. The look is intricately crafted and modern, the sort of thing Established & Sons does well; a rock'n'roll take on arts and crafts. Just add in a few familiar items recast interesting materials, such as one of Based Upon's bronze chairs.
Many of Finn's fans do their shopping at their airy NoHo showroom, designed by interiors duo Vessper Wilde. But it's a service they're looking expand beyond A-listers and friends. "That's really the idea of the showroom. We want people to come in and have coffee and try on jewelry," says Pool. "When people come in, without fail they end up personalizing the jewelry somehow." It's actually a perfect touch for pieces that are meant as a sort of secret luxury for you and anyone who gets close enough to notice. Appointments can be made via their web site.
Design duo Vessper Wilde is behind the inviting interiors of beloved jeweler Finn's Great Jones Street showroom in NYC. Nicole Fuller works with the likes of Vito Schnabel and Gagosian's Ken Maxwell to source art for clients. (They also love Sam Haskins and Man Ray prints.)
PEOPLE & PARTIES
2:15 At Star Room, I review the renovation plan with my interior designer, Isabella Wolfe. We are adding more VIP rooms and changing the entire look. We discuss Serena Bass 11-4, a cafe that will provide tapas throughout the night.
Cove Development Group has teamed with the talented interior design firm Vessper Wilde, which has created a layered, finished look, complete with distinctive furniture, lush wall and window treatments, which, along with an elaborate mix of distinctive accessories, give the units a sense of history and grandeur. Every interior design element is thought through, from soaring custom bookcases (complete with book collection) to vintage chandeliers, wood paneling, world-class art pieces, antique decorations, and specialty light fixtures that give the buyer a clear sense of what the space can be when fully actualized.
New York Post
Two buildings separated by an outdoor space make up this 1,000-person club complex. The biggest of these areas is a covered barn, sporting a woodsy décor of birch trees birch-tree patterned wallpaper, white leather banquettes and butterflies painted on walls. The second room is said to have a darker Mediterranean look illuminated by black chandeliers. In between is a beach-y al fresco courtyard where sand surrounds six cabanas each seating four people.
This longtime club is getting an overhaul from New York designer Isabella Wolfe. Expect an "ethereal forest" theme with imported, 15-foot birch trees around the dance floor, Moroccan mirrors and hand-painted butterflies made of feathers dotting the walls. Outside, pink sand from Bermuda will provide a beach feel. An even more welcome addition: an additional acre of parking.
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CORE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Building design by world renowned architect Costas Kondylis. Interior design and styling by Vessper Wilde in collaboration with Josh Guberman.