A Design Dream Team - Kelly Behun, Ed Hollander and James Merrell
Conversations in Fashion, Architecture, & Design
Moderated by Cristina Cuomo
Friday, August 23 | 12 PM | $15 ($10 for Friends of SAC)
The dream team of AD100 honorees interior designer Kelly Behun and landscape architect Edmund Hollander, and architect James Merrell pull aside the curtain on what it really takes to create a beautifully integrated home - from the inside out, and the outside in. Learn how this pro trio, which is the cornerstone of every significant residential project, merge design aesthetics and integrate important art collections into the design scheme to create a unified realization of the hopes and dreams of the most important member of the team the client.
Kelly Behun gained her interior design training on the job as a member of Ian Schrager Hotels in-house Design Studio where she worked under architect Anda Andrei and with renowned designers Andree Putman and Philippe Starck. While there she was an integral member of the design team that created a number of their most iconic properties including the Delano in Miami, Mondrian in Los Angeles, and Royalton, Paramount, Morgans and Hudson hotels in New York City. She later opened k e l l y b e h u n |STUDIO, which has become known for its comprehensive and highly bespoke approach to interior design projects and its exclusive line of furniture and home accessories. Labeled by the New York Times as an interior designer with the eye of a gallerist she has deep ties to the art world and her clients have included high profile individuals from the worlds of business, technology, politics and entertainment. Kelly is a member of Elle Décor Magazines A-List of Interior Designers and was named to Architectural Digests AD100 in 2019.
James Merrell came to architecture by way of art and the history of ideas rather than engineering and design. Over 30 years, Merrell has designed an impressive collection of decidedly architectural, vibrant and beautifully appointed residences from the firms home-base on Main Street in Sag Harbor, NY. Today, the practice is comprised of a collaborative, talented team of highly-regarded architects who work closely on a variety of projects that are primarily located on Eastern Long Island and in the Western United States.
Edmund Hollander approaches landscape architecture from a holistic standpoint. The three ecologies essential to a timeless project, he explains, are the architectural ecology of the buildings, the natural ecology of the vernacular landscape, and the human ecology of how the clients will inhabit the landscapes we create. Which explains why Hollanders award-winning firm was tapped to mastermind a 61,000-square-foot green-roof memorial as part of architect Steven Holls expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nations capital. That ongoing commission is an especially prominent feather in a cap that includes private landscapes, from eloquent to heroic, for titans such as theater scion Jonathan M. Tisch, real-estate magnate William C. Rudin, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
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