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, Jenny Wolf, who is creating the Showhouse Breakfast Room, shares her design philosophy, tips for new collectors and more.
Influenced by her Southern roots, Wolf embraces a warm and relaxed yet sophisticated aesthetic. Since launching her eponymous New York firm in 2011, Wolf’s client list in the city has grown steadily, with projects in Tribeca and Chelsea as well as the Hamptons.
JENNY WOLF. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNIE WATT.
Is there a key to decorating breakfast rooms?
They should be elegant, comfortable and embracing.
Finish this sentence: No room is ever complete without ______.
Is there a major design rule you like to break?
Instead of painting a ceiling the same colour or a lighter one than the wall, I’ll do something more exciting, like cover it with wallpaper or a border.
A NOHO LOFT. PHOTO BY FRANCESCO LAGNESE.
What are your thoughts on the conversation between art and design?
They go hand in hand. That being said, I prefer for the art to blend in and not overpower the room.
What period are you most inspired by right now?
AN EAST HAMPTON BREAKFAST ROOM. PHOTOGRAPH BY EMILY GILBERT.
Are there any designers whose work has influenced or inspired you?
Albert Hadley and Dorothy Draper.
Which shops (for wallpaper, furniture, carpet, etc.) are your all-time favourites?
Stark for carpet, Hickory Chair for furniture, and Bennison, Lee Jofa and Schumacher for wall coverings and fabrics.