The iron-and-glass doors of the 35th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House, a 1904 beaux-arts townhouse, are open to the public through May 22. (Those who can't get up to Manhattan for the much-anticipated annual event can expect to see photos in shelter-magazine spreads starting this summer.)
For the most part, the six floors with 22 decorated spaces reflect the current trend of mixing modern and traditional, with lots of 1960s and '70s references (think Halston, Andy Warhol, Austin Powers). Varying soundtracks and flickering flat-screen TVs compete for attention in a multimedia assault (four TVs hung above a single fireplace in a study).
Upholstered walls and wallpaper are as popular as paint. And is that actually aluminum foil covering the stairway's wainscoting?
At a press preview before the April 24 opening, many of the designers took refuge in the simplest space in the house: a tiny Zenlike sitting room designed with eco-friendly principles and lush with plants.
The show house, at 14 E. 82d St. (between Madison and Fifth Avenues), is for sale for $25 million. For show-house information, visit www.kipsbay.org.