What defines luxury living?
Hutton Wilkinson should know. The apprentice to Tony Duquette and author of the book, More is More, led a diverse panel of designers at DCOTA's Fall Preview this past Thursday.
Mr. Wilkinson asked Vladimir Kagan, Ralph Pucci, Miles Redd, and Trina Turk what defines luxury. All panelists agreed that luxury is defined by comfort, customizability, and uniqueness.
Let's talk about luxury in comfort. Trina Turk's collaboration with Schumacher started out after an attempt to upholster her patio furniture using fabric from her collection failed. Extending the same standard of decor to your outdoor spaces (and actually being able to enjoy them in good weather!) is a luxury.
Vladimir Kagan makes comfort a priority in all of his iconic designs. The Keywest Sofa and Sectional seen below cites its versatility and comfort as its primary attributes.
Luxury is customizability to many of the designers. Miles Redd likened this to couture fashion. If the details in your decor are made to your specifications, that's luxury. The minute he said this, I immediately thought about the ruffle detail in the curtains below.
Hutton Wilkinson told the tale of the desk that put Tony Duquette on the map. Elsie De Wolfe commanded, "I want you to make me a mueble" (that's fancy French for "furniture"), and this is what she got.
How do you define luxury? What do you do to achieve this on a "normal" budget?