Q&A with Ryan Korban
Name: Ryan Korban
Resides in: New York City
Occupation: Interior Designer
Best known for: Being the designer behind the now-famous fox-fur hammock in Alexander Wang's SoHo store
Antique or modern?
City or country?
City, without a doubt.
Which colors do you use most?
Black and gray.
Favorite materials or textures?
Fur, ostrich, crocodile, shagreen, python, and zebra.
What is your favorite interior design–related word?
Expensive. For me it relates to everything, and it has nothing to do with money. It is the perfect description of how I want something to look.
Does your home look like the one you grew up in?
I grew up in an all-pastel home. So, no, it doesn’t, but I did love that house.
Does a room need a view?
I do not think a room really needs anything when you start out other than four walls. Although it certainly helps.
Favorite designer or architect?
Mies van der Rohe.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
The World of Interiors magazine.
What are the qualities you most admire in a room?
Shine, unique color palette, well edited, and, above all, youthful with a fresh perspective.
What is a dirty word in your house?
We love dirty words in my house.
Design rule you like to break?
Mixing metals and using artificial flowers.
What’s your favorite room in the house?
The dining room.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you wish you could do without?
Lead times! Half of my career is spent managing lead times, fighting for lead times and fighting against them.
What are you afraid to DIY?
Have you ever had a change of heart about an object or a style?
At least once a day. It's quite tragic when there is a lot of money involved. I had a really horrifying drape situation in my last apartment. I think of it as experimentation. I have learned that it's better to do it for yourself before you get to your client.
If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Kensington Palace when Princess Diana lived there.
On which movie set would you like to live?
Eyes of Laura Mars or Barry Lyndon.
What is your favorite design errand or journey?
That first moment where you see it. It can come at any time, but that moment always happens. Sometimes it’s early on when the floors or walls are just finished. Other times it does not come until the end, but it’s that brief moment when you see it coming to life before you.
To which country would you move for the design?
Italy and the UK.
What's your favorite hotel?
The Carlyle in New York, Four Seasons in Florence, Le Bristol in Paris, and Claridge's in London.
If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
What does "accessible home design" mean to you?
I truly believe that you can make an accessible version of most anything. If you are open and hungry enough, you make yourself accessible to anything in life. You have to want it and not be willing to compromise to get it. Creativity goes a long way.
(Photo credit: Cameron Krone)