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It would be easy for a designer to the stars to capitalize on high-profile projects by using them as showcases for a signature style. Far harder is the humble approach driven by a sensitivity to each client and place, which yields spaces that can’t be pinned to a particular creator.
The latter is the tack New York–based designer Shawn Henderson has chosen as he has orchestrated interiors for celebrity clients including Will Farrell, Octavia Spencer, and Sam Rockwell, as well as for private families across the country. It’s also the theme of the designer’s first monograph, Interiors In Context, released this week by Monacelli Press.
The book highlights a broad array of residences, from the designer’s own West Village apartment to a Mississippi country estate to a Montana chalet, in which the homeowners’ unique tastes and values are conveyed with sophistication and grace. It also hints at Henderson’s strong ties to Colorado’s high country with the inclusion of two Aspen homes: a minimalist retreat on a ranch of some 80 acres, created in collaboration with Robbins Architecture; and a low-slung, modern home with architecture by Studio B, in which Henderson showcased the clients’ impressive collection of furnishings and artwork. In this house, rich textures, rather than the tropes of mountain-home decor, convey comfort and warmth, while a few bold gestures—a massive, ice-blue faceted mirror here, an eight-piece photogravure there—bring drama without compromising the grandeur of up-close mountain views, framed by floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass. A preview of the inspiring design reveals more:
Interiors In Context ($60) will be released on November 9, 2021.