If you’ve ever been to a three-ring circus you know how difficult it can be to pay attention to everything that’s going on. You don’t want to miss a single part of the show. Well, touring designer Adam Charlap Hyman’s New York City apartment is more like a ten ring circus because everywhere you turn you will find magical little treasures and you don’t want to miss any of his eclectic and amusing aesthetic.
In our humble opinion Hyman’s self-described jolie-laide style–which translates to “pretty ugly”–is simply another way of saying his designs don’t tend to follow any rules to speak of. Clearly, coloring outside the lines works for the Rhode Island School of Design graduate.
On the surface Hyman’s preference for all things French antique is evident, but dig a little deeper and you will find touches that are both refreshingly modern (like the black and white striped fireplace and the red “construction paper” lampshade) and thoroughly tacky (the decorative cabbages are a favorite of his). In fact, exploring his Carroll Gardens apartment is like a fantastic game of “I Spy”–hidden away in plain sight are so many incredibly fun details (can you spy the snake below?) that you want to come back again and again just to be sure you discover them all.
From the rich fabrics and textures to the wonderfully diverse artwork throughout (much of which came from his childhood home) to the assorted odds and ends that are the very definition of whimsical, this apartment is the perfect example of why we love to see what designers do with their own homes when presented with a blank slate–and why you’ll want to see more of Adam Charlap Hyman’s work by clicking here.
Photos by André Hererro courtesy of Adam Charlap Hyman
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Neighborhoods : Carroll Gardens