Interior Design Ideas: “Don’t Be Afraid to Do Something Bold”

Flora Kogan’s clients were clear from the start that they wanted an artistic and modern space. Taking inspiration from the East Boston couple’s eclectic tastes, love of plants and existing artwork, the Zaz Studio director created a living room with a contemporary twist on mid-century modern style. The color of a bold piece of art is the key to the impactful look. “The fact that they had this photograph was a sign that we could play with color and pattern,” says the designer. “Don’t be afraid to do something bold; no matter the size of the space, you can make it work.

1 Modular 1970 by Mario Bellini sofa is once again the darling of the design world. Its sultry shape and low profile do the trick. “We wanted comfort and presence,” says Kogan.

2 Customers Bought Keith Sklar’s Inversion after seeing it exhibited at the MassMoCA. “We retained its abstract colors and shapes, but not in an obvious way,” says Kogan. “It’s the star of the room, with the sofa and the plants framing it.”

3 The Italian recessed chandelier with smoked Murano glass shades by Fabio Ltd. amps up the sexy vibe without intruding on the space, which has a low ceiling. “The asymmetrical design enhances the circulation of the room.”

4 The oversized owners plants flank the bright bay window that Kogan has filled with a slew of additional specimens.

5 Toronto furniture maker Brett Paulin designed the walnut deck chairs. Kogan stresses that people shouldn’t be shy about talking to manufacturers about sizing, samples, etc. “We wanted the wood tone to balance out the dining table on the other side of the space, and we adjusted the thickness of the cushions,” she says.

6 Kogan chose black stained oak low table by Philippe Malouin for its shape. “There is a common thread of soft, round shapes in the room,” she explains. “The grain of the texture is also part of its charm.”


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