When it comes to bringing the design community together, no one does it quite like Kravet. Kravet, the same company that premiered the first national conference for interior-designers-who-blog with Blogfest in 2011, has now executed another American design industry first: Project Design 2013.
Project Design 2013 is an initiative launched by Kravet and interior designer Anthony Baratta to refresh the interiors of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, New York. What began as a simple request by Mr. Baratta to Kravet to help with the re-upholstering of some sofas in the house’s Great Room, has expanded into the re-design of the house’s 18 original bedrooms, kitchen, common areas, playroom and landscaped patio area.
Kravet has generously donated all of its fabrics used in the redesign, as well as the manpower of several of its staff members to help with management of the project. The twenty-seven interior designer invited to participate in Project Design have also graciously donated their design services and partnered with charity-minded vendors, all to benefit the families of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
After almost a year of working together to improve the House so that families with a child battling illness could stay in a comfortable and supportive environment near the hospital, Project Design 2013 at The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island opened this Fall. The house provides a home away from home for families with critically ill children receiving local treatment and serves about 1,000 families per year.
Length of stays range from one week to up to one year. The facility consists of 42 bedrooms, each with a private bath, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, kitchens with multiple stations for individual families’ meal preparation, five laundry rooms, a library, a large central Great Room and several smaller lounges near bedroom clusters. Project Design 2013 is just the first phase of the revitalization of the house’s interiors. The redesign of the house’s original kitchen and more of its bedrooms is planned.
using objects, textures, and colors with soothing, curative qualities t0 evoke happy associations
For Project Design 2013, interior designer Young Huh of Young Huh Interiors has brought her fresh, thoughtful sensibility to Ronald McDonald House of Long Island bedroom suite 211. Inspired by the bedroom’s view of a playground and garden with a willow tree, Young was reminded of her father’s playful transformation of a willow branch into a flute as a child. This fond recollection inspired Ms. Huh to transform suite 211 into a place for play and endless possibility, using objects, textures, and colors with soothing, curative qualities to evoke happy associations.
A believer that children are natural modernists, Young selected a simple and straightforward layout for the room and a cheerful palette of red, green, blue and black. Anchoring the room is Marimekko‘s lush and lively Onnen Omenapuu fabric (Finnish for “Apple Tree of Happiness”) as a valence, drapery panels, and roman shade.
Two shades of green Carnegie Xorel fabric on the headboards and red stools echo the window treatments. Kravet’s Reva fabric covers the two benches and custom-printed Zak + Fox‘s Uroko pillows provide a complementary layer of vibrant color. Stanton‘s animal print carpet adds another organic element to Young’s modern scheme.
Young’s warm color palette is offset by Benjamin Moore‘s Super White paint and white casegoods, including a white lacquered desk, and white faux leather upholstery. White, a generous, restorative color associated with purity, hope, and new beginnings, is believed to help lessen pain. In counterpoint, black linear stripes give graphic dynamism, rhythm, and structure to the space.
For comfortable seating, Ms. Huh chose Knoll‘s Womb Chair and Ottoman, designed by Eero Saarinen. Florence Knoll reportedly challenged Mr. Saarinen to design a chair in which one could curl up, and the result is shown here in Frekvenssi, a woven Marimekko pattern of animated lines – echoed in the lines of the custom radiator cover and the black lines that wrap the walls.
The suite’s modernist spirit continues into the adjoining bathroom, with a supersized jigsaw puzzle in yellow, black, and white as the focal point. To contrast with the classic and streamlined Urban Archaeology fixtures and Hansgrohe faucet, shower fixtures, and accessories, Ms. Huh selected Gio Ponti wall tiles created for the 1960 Milan Triennale by Marazzi Designs.
For Project Design 2013, Ms. Huh successfully brought the hopeful and child-friendly sanctuary she envisioned to life. Suite 211 is one of the many new spaces the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island families are happy to call their home away from home.
Image Credits: Young Huh.