Celebrating Matisse – Stephen talks to AD how Matisse had influenced his work

In celebration of the highly anticipated exhibit “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” at MoMA.  Architectural Digest sat down with Stephen Sills and chat about his introduction to Matisse and how the artist’s work had influenced his own work.

“AD100 interior designer Stephen Sills also worked with original Matisses for a project on Long Island’s North Shore (shown). “The first time I really realized the genius of Matisse was when I was in college and saw a reproduction of The Red Studio,” he says. “That’s when I was really getting immersed in interior design, and that entire canvas is divided into planes of rooms, furniture, and objects. It’s obviously a beautiful masterpiece but was for me just the beginning of the work I would soon discover from this truly amazing and inspiring artist.”


Click HERE to read the full article.  The exhibit runs through February 8, 2015.

Pale Beauty – A glimpse into Stephen Sills’ newly renovated apartment

David Netto from the T Magazine sits down with Stephen to chat over the evolution of him as a designer, and as an artist.


“…Sills, now 63, recently completed redecorating the space, the third reimagining of this environment since he moved here in 1988. As happens when you meet certain movie stars, the first thing that surprises about the place is its diminutive size. Inside, the apartment’s new palette is nearly all white: The surfaces have been bleached, limed and whitewashed, creating a ghosted-over version of its former self. The one exception is a chic new dressing room, which has been veneered entirely in dyed-green satinwood paneling that suggests the first-class compartment of some mysterious European train. “I just can’t live with color anymore,” the designer says, and while he means it in a general sense, he doesn’t mean it the way Richard Meier or John Pawson would. Sills’s love of color runs deeply through his work, as the green room attests. He uses color for its potential to introduce an element of the exotic to rooms — a feeling of otherworldliness, not unlike what Wes Anderson does with his movie sets. The new apartment, with its bleached parquet floor made in Poland, monumental Hellenistic lion sculpture and daybed by Jean-Michel Frank — improbable as these contents may make it seem — is about the future. “I want it to be very Cubistic,” Sills explains enigmatically, possibly referring to the angular 1930s French armchairs posed in the living room. In the compact entrance hall, he disguised a potential disadvantage by lining the walls in a continuous gray velvet curtain, which implies that there is limitless space behind it. “Being a good decorator, you just have to know what illusion is about,” Sills says….”




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To read the full article and watch the house tour video, click HERE.


No Rest for the West

Stephen talks to the New York Post about the booming UWS and the new project he’s working on with GTIS Partners.

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“…And at 101 W. 78th St., GTIS Partners is planning a 16-unit conversion (which will be done in stages) going on the market this fall.

For many of these projects, the idea is simple — spruce up a classic and combine units: 498 West End Ave., for example, is a Neville & Bagge building erected in 1910. “We’re going to be taking the whole thing and preserving the exterior — including putting on things like the missing cornices — and bringing her back to all her former glory,” says Louise Phillips Forbes of Halstead, who is handling sales. In addition to the apartments, CetraRuddy is adding a new lobby, fitness room and playroom.

“It’s very interesting to see how people lived when [these buildings] were first built,” says Stephen Sills, the designer on 101 W. 78th St., which was originally built in 1901. “There was so much natural light in these apartments [and the original builders] didn’t take advantage of the space.”…”

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