“He is one of the most meticulous self-made untrained stylists around. His technique is to incorporate something unbelievably ornate, rich, or brazen—say crystal lamps, a load of them, as if straight from napoleon’s room at the Louvre—and strip said piece of all its aforementioned connotations. It ends up looking exclusively Ryan.”
The introduction continues, “His exactitude speaks to a very basic desire we all strive for. We want our spaces to be attractive and inspirational, but nevertheless an escape. It is an entrée to a language that will last a lifetime, tradition for a new kind of traditionalist.”
So reads the introduction to New York City-based stylist Ryan Korban, on the About page of his website. Today he is renowned for his talent for merging the worlds of fashion and interiors, and for creating interiors for the fashion set.
It was not too long ago, however, during his class-of-2007 senior year at the New School, that Korban co-founded the ornate brick-and-mortar accessories shop, Edon Manor, in Tribeca with his friend Davinia Wang. Three years later in 2010, together they expanded their brand into the gorgeous e-commerce boutique at edonmanor.com.
The interiors of Edon Manor were Korban‘s first foray into design, and since then he has completed the apartment of actor James Franco and decorated the bedroom of model Jessica Stam in tweeds and silks.
“Ryan understands fashion,” says fashion designer Alexander Wang. Mr. Korban has redone Wang’s apartment twice, as well as overseen the design of Wang’s SoHo flagship showroom. “He takes someone’s personal style and translates that into an environment.”
Korban describes his style as a mix of “sex, romance, and fantasy.”
It is no surprise then, that the stylist’s own SoHo home has coyote and fox-fur throws, brass-accented pieces, and shagreen tables and chairs. In quintessential New York fashion, Korban‘s rental apartment is small.
We all know however, “It’s not the size or price but what you do with it,” as he wisely says.