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Hearst Designer Visions Project

November 04, 2009 - Hearst Magazines turned three top designers loose in three fabulous New York City Soho townhouses for the 2009 Hearst Designer Visions program—and two selected Karastan rugs and carpets to illustrate their visions of this year’s theme, “Cinema Style.”

The designers, the publications they were designing for, and the classic and current films that inspired them were:

  • Richard Mishaan for Town & Country:Dinner at Eight
  • John Saladino for Veranda:Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Thom Filicia for House Beautiful:The Big Chill

Dinner at Eight is a 1933 social-commentary-as-comedy starring Jean Harlow as the distinctly modern, social-climbing siren Kitty Packard. Mishaan’s interpretation for Town & Country marries Art Deco with 21st century modern sophistication and goes wild with Karastan. Inspired by the curvaceous theme found in the building’s architecture, the library features many of Mishaan’s own furniture designs such as round-backed Kyoto club chairs, settee, and pouf resting on a Karastan’s Aberdale Antelope carpet. In the master bedroom, Mishaan channels Kitty’s outlandish and coquettish nature with Karastan’s Mystical Zebra carpet and an oversize headboard in a crushed steely blue velvet and silk taffeta trim.

Saladino brings the world of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring to life for Veranda magazine. A cinematic interpretation of the story behind the painting debuted in 2003. The designer played with light and color to achieve the serenity evident in Vermeer’s work in one’s own home. He selected Karastan’s Oakworth Olive carpet for the living room, Karastan’s Shapura Tiana Ivory rug for the dining room, and Karastan’s English Manor Somerset Lane rug in ivory and blue for the master bedroom.

The completed spaces will be featured editorially in House Beautiful’s November issue, Town & Country’s December issue, and the January/February issue of Veranda. A virtual tour of the third annual Designer Visions homes is available online at www.designervisionsonline.com.

This year, for the first time, Hearst Magazines has partnered with Fine Living Network (FLN) to produce a one-hour television special that will offer viewers nationwide a behind-the-scenes look at the three Designer Visions residences and the inspiration behind them. The special will premiere January 26, 2010, at 9 p.m. ET.