For this year’s Sotheby's Designer Showhouse and Auction, twelve established and up-and-coming designers are curating signature rooms with unique pieces from a range of Sotheby’s departments, including 20th Century Design, Prints, Silver, Photography and English furniture. Here, Bradley Bayou, who is creating the Showhouse Master Study, shares his design philosophy, tips for new collectors and more.


For his Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse master study, Bayou channelled a “comfortable and functional” vibe. Bayou and his projects have been featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, California Home + Design and many other publications. He served as executive producer and host of Lifetime’s Operation Style, where he tackled home renovations and makeovers.


BRADLEY BAYOU. PHOTOGRAPH BY MUNDI MALE.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.
Modern, global, sexy.

What is your number-one design rule?
Balance.

Is there a major rule you like to break?
There isn’t a particular rule I like to break, but I do encourage doing the unexpected.


THE BREAKFAST NOOK AT BAYOU'S BEACH LOFT IN MARINA DEL RAY, CA. INTERIOR DESIGN BY BRADLEY BAYOU. © 2014 LISA ROMEREIN.

Is there a key to decorating studies?
The focus of any good design should be on functionality.

How can someone easily update their study?
Change the paint and update the lighting.

Were there any pieces you discovered during this process that you especially fell in love with?
I love the Swedish Baroque Lead Mirror from the 17th century.


A NEW YORK APARTMENT DESIGNED BY BAYOU. © JOSHUA MCHUGH

What’s your advice for first-time antique and/or art buyers?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Are there any designers whose work has influenced or inspired you?
Eileen Gray, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jean Prouvé.

Which shops (for wallpaper, furniture, carpet, etc.) are your all-time favourites?
Balsamo, Lucca Antiques, Robert Kuo and ABC Home.

At Home: Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse and Auction

17 April 2016 | New York