A DESIGNER BREATHING UNIQUE NEW LIFE INTO TRADITION
Jeffrey Bilhuber mixes periods and design ideas with a confidence and instinctive style whose rules of practicality and sheer beauty are self-evident. He has a uniquely American perspective that breathes new life into tradition, with a confirmed understanding of modern sensibilities.
Bilhuber has been published in more than two hundred design books and featured in every major national and international shelter publication. Jeffrey is the author of four highly acclaimed books published by Rizzoli. His first book, Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Design Basics, with a Foreword by Anna Wintour, Rizzoli 2003, is now in its sixth printing.
One of a handful of preeminent American decorators, Jeffrey Bilhuber takes his design cues from understanding the importance of history while optimistically looking towards the future. With almost thirty years of decorating experience, he brings an acclaimed confidence and clarity to his far-reaching projects.
His interiors consistently address the needs of an evolving and enlightened society with historic respect and modern insightfulness. Bilhuber represents the quintessential New York based interior designer. Engaged by both the past and present, his work is honest, urbane, edited, intuitive, brisk, stylish and modern, with a strong individual point of view.
TAKE A GLIMPSE INTO THE PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT SPARK HIS CREATIVITY
1. I’m absolutely wild crazy about all the ravishing Vogue Living Books by Hamish Bowles (and Chloe Malle, too!) Country, City, Coast, House, Gardens, People.
2. De Gournay Porcelain Dinnerware by yours truly, Jeffrey Bilhuber (of course!).
3. I tend to favor scores from movies because they enhance the narrative and assist the telling of a deeper more meaningful story. Superb examples: The Shape of Water, Atonement, Manhattan, The King’s Speech, Moulin Rouge, and (don’t be surprised) Boogie Nights.
4. Not surprisingly I have found that using exotic textiles and compelling textures for pillows can completely transform a room.
5. I’m besotted with discovering new vendors, artisans or products, and use Instagram to build vendor relationships with many talented creators who have become key players in my own designs.
6. Tablescapes are a vastly under-appreciated visual goldmine of opportunity that warrant more attention. I love a beautifully set table.
7. ‘21’ Club, the bastion of camaraderie in New York is one of my favorite spots to wine and dine and wine some more with friends.
8. Cathy B. Graham is one of the most enchanting and creative people I know.
9. I’ve gloried in my own homes to help me better understand the options my own clients must consider. These places have been great laboratories of opportunity where experiments with color and scale, period and place, style and substance, have yielded powerful results (and a few misfires) that I apply to my everyday work.
10. TEFAF. The European Fine Art Fair in New York (at the jaw-droppingly handsome Park Avenue Armory) is my first choice for antique fairs in this country.