Leave it to Detroit and NYC based interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins to raise the bar when it comes to classical design inspiration. Corey took his design cue from DXV’s Classical Movement and ran with it – boldly, confidently, with a nod to whimsy and a lot of respect for architectural detailing. The result, a colorful, intricate, sumptuous and creative (hey, who doesn’t want a tub surrounded by an oval library?) luxury bathroom concept for DXV’s Design Panel 2017. Modenus Editor in Chief Veronika Miller takes a closer look at this year’s projects and shares a few glimpses behind the scenes as well. Have a look.
Each year, DXV selects four designers or design teams from its official nomination campaign in the US and Canada. Once selected, panelists are assigned one of four DXV Movements, the four overarching style groups that DXV uses to categorize its collections and that are based on the company’s nearly 150 year history. The movements are: Classic (1890 – 1920), Golden Era (1920-1950), Modern (1950-1990) and Contemporary.(1990 to today) . With the architectural style in mind, the panelists then select their inspiration from an overall theme which, this year, was “Cities Around the World”.
Once the designers knew their city and movement, they created a concept statement and rough sketches of the design in order to convey the mood and overall look of the space. What was so interesting about Corey’s work is that despite moodboards, finish samples and a perfect presentation, the full effect of his design really didn’t hit us until we stood in the space. It was big and bold and confident and more than any of us could have imagined and we never wanted to leave. Ever. At least until we were invited to explore the other three sets, we’re spoiled like that
Corey’s design was inspired by the city of Florence, Italy and featured carefully detailed millwork and a striking accent window fashioned after a Florentine church window as well as what should be his signature piece from now on, the oval library or “Literary Nook” as he calls it, encircling DXV’s St George tub. Could there be anything better than a deep soaking tub and an endless array of books in arm’s reach?
Take a moment to admire the depth Corey has created in this carefully layered space. From the small vestibule area onward into the sink/shower space and beyond into the library with its luxurious St George bathtub. It is a rectangular space but by layering and defining separate areas Corey created interest, depth and immense volume which is exactly what one can expect from an absolutely pro like Corey. Delilah Ottoman by Corey Damen Jenkins for Leathercraft; Wallpaper Folie Versailles Grand by Cole & Son via Kravet. Art on bookcases by Tony Roko.
With all of these fabulous elements, frankly the entire space could have been beige on beige and still been stunning but noooo that simply won’t happen with Corey in the house,. Enter Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, interpreted by Corey with Benjamin Moore’s #530 Medieval Times, un-apologetically applied to every single piece of millwork, contrasted (and calmed) by slabs of Calacatta marble and anchored by Walker Zanger’s Villa D’Oro Palermo. Sconces by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort provided by City Lights Detroit; Pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting; Console sinks St George by DXV