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Designer Alyssa Kapito Shares Her Favorite Things

Designer Alyssa Kapito Shares Her Favorite Things
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Her use of sumptuous materials, serene neutrals, and sophisticated silhouettes has made designer Alyssa Kapito a favorite of ours. In fact, she’s a standard-bearer for one of the four key stylesthe Curator—that define the One Kings Lane aesthetic. Since founding her eponymous New York-based firm, Alyssa has designed homes from coast to coast and been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Dwell, among others. Now we’re thrilled to spotlight her in our latest Tastemaker’s Edit. An evolution of our popular Tastemaker Tag Sales, the Tastemaker’s Edit features product curations handpicked by some of our favorite designers and muses—and Alyssa qualifies as both. Here, she talks about some of her favorite design eras, materials, and collectibles.

In this Manhattan apartment designed by Alyssa, the abstract painting on one side of the fireplace adds the perfect dash of color, just as the metallic glints of the ceiling light and the lamp atop the credenza contribute an ideal touch of glimmer.

In this Manhattan apartment designed by Alyssa, the abstract painting on one side of the fireplace adds the perfect dash of color, just as the metallic glints of the ceiling light and the lamp atop the credenza contribute an ideal touch of glimmer.

One Kings Lane: How would you describe your style at home? 

Alyssa Kapito: Classic but still a bit contemporary. I love to mix old and new and for spaces to feel collected.

What current design trends are you loving?

I don’t know if it’s a trend, but I think people are becoming a lot more savvy and educated about what they are buying, which I think is wonderful.

What is your most recent purchase for your home?

I just bought a tiny little [François-Xavier] Lalanne Coquetier Oiseau egg cup at auction. Everything Lalanne created had such whimsy and makes me smile. I treat it like an objet, and it’s currently sitting within a floating shelf in my apartment.

What is your favorite room in your home and why?

My living room! It’s where all the good pieces are.

Where have you traveled to that you find most inspiring?

Capri, Italy, is my very favorite place to unwind and recharge. I always feel ready to hit the ground running at work when I come back home. For aesthetic, Paris and Copenhagen are phenomenal, and I’ve heard incredible things about design in Japan, though I haven’t been yet.

In a Soho duplex, Alyssa used lush textures and graceful curves to soften the straight lines of the brick wall and the rug’s gridlike pattern.

In a Soho duplex, Alyssa used lush textures and graceful curves to soften the straight lines of the brick wall and the rug’s gridlike pattern.

Are there specific product types and materials that you gravitate to?

Bronze and parchment are probably my favorite materials, followed by steel and plaster.

Is there a specific designer or historical style you are influenced by?

Art Deco, Bauhaus, and French Moderne. I also love the Calvin Klein ’90s influence on interior design, that really minimalist white-box aesthetic.

Are there any specific time periods you are drawn to?

I’m pretty obsessed with what furniture makers were doing in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. It was such a drastic change from classical furniture, and it still feels so relevant.

Do you incorporate vintage pieces in your home?

Yes, definitely! Vintage adds a level of patina that just can’t be achieved otherwise.

Do you collect anything?

I collect a lot of pottery from the 1940s.

Shop Alyssa’s Favorites

Shaw Slipcover Bench-Seat Sofa in Ivory Crypton: Not only is this sofa timeless, versatile, and blissfully comfortable thanks to its plush feather-and-down fill, but it’s stain-resistant to boot.

Stephan C. Archetti Photo of Michael Caine: Few things are cooler than 1960s Michael Caine in black and white.

Hailey Deco Oversize Mirror: Every room needs a dash of glimmer, and standing nearly five feet high, this mirror delivers.

Grecian Amphora Vase: An exemplar of classicism, this vase brings elegance to any space.

Pair of Antique Lion-Head Gustavian Chairs: Found near Gothenburg, Sweden, these beautifully detailed chairs will always look fresh and chic.

Rae Ball Pillow: This shearling-covered round pillow delivers an always-welcome dash of whimsy.

Shop the rest of Alyssa’s edit >

Alyssa used neutral tones in this Upper West Side living room to create a serene ambience. At the same time, the variety of textures and shapes—the curvy metal legs of the coffee table, the Sputnik-like base of the end tables, the sleek rectangular stools next to the soft roll-arm chairs—ensures that the room is anything but dull.

Alyssa used neutral tones in this Upper West Side living room to create a serene ambience. At the same time, the variety of textures and shapes—the curvy metal legs of the coffee table, the Sputnik-like base of the end tables, the sleek rectangular stools next to the soft roll-arm chairs—ensures that the room is anything but dull.

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