Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Designer Profile; Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams is a designer that definitely doesn't want her rooms to look drab: "Rooms should never be boring," she says, and her rooms are, true to her word, never boring. At the same time, however, she manages to create rooms that are interesting and pleasant to look at, but that are far from "in your face." Because Williams's rooms are "restrained yet slightly undisciplined", they feel natural, yet they're carefully planned: it's like spending hours doing your hair in order to make it look "perfectly careless." When designing a room, Williams always makes sure to balance the "big four" of objects, patterns, textures, and colors. Having too much of any one feature can dominate the room, but by using all of them, for example by combining a blue and yellow patterned chair with more subdued striped and solid chairs in the same color family, she achieves a balanced look, that goes together without feeling overly matched. Designing rooms that are visually pleasing is important to her, and in fact "beautiful rooms are Bunny's first consideration."Bunny Williams has been running her own design company, Bunny Williams Incorporated, since 1988, though she had already been in the industry for twenty-two years (she previously worked with Parish-Hadley Associates). She has a furniture collection, BeeLine Home, that features all sorts of tables (side tables, bedside tables, coffee tables), in addition to lamps, chairs, and mirrors. Bunny calls the collection "expressive and unique", and says that "pieces often work together not because they are alike but because they are different." This is evident in her design work as well, in which she places together pieces that don't necessarily "match" but that have a common element. Bunny is also the co-owner of Treillage, a garden furniture and ornament store in Manhattan, with John Rosselli. Bunny Williams wants her rooms to be interesting and pleasing, but not just at first sight: she says she "want[s] a room to be more interesting the longer you remain in it."You can see more photos of Bunny Williams's designs on her website (http://bunnywilliams.com), where you can also read more about her and her companies.

Molly Hudelson

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