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December 5, 2016
Holiday House SoHo: 2 Buildings, 20 Amazing Designers and More!
Holiday House SoHo: 2 Buildings, 20 Amazing Designers and More!
The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time for the ninth annual Holiday House! Where the work of twenty individual designers – including names like Geoffrey Bradfield, Ryan Korban, Brandon Maxwell, Sasha Bikoff, and Harry Heissmann – is put on display for a cause near and dear to its founder, Iris Dankner: breast cancer. A disease which Iris successfully overcame 19 years ago, and she remains cancer-free.

The exhibition is meant to raise awareness for breast cancer research, with an opportunity for people to make direct donations as well. This year, Iris Dankner is co-chairing the open house with Jared Seligman, and the iconic Iris Apfel serving as honorary chair. The fashion Icon and Old World Weavers founder, has even offered up 150 items from her personal collection (including pieces of art and antiques) for décor in the open house.



This room by Jared Seligman shows the influence of "queen" Iris Apfel with a chair upholstered in Old World Weavers Rossetta in Peach Black, and Santini in Gold on the 2nd pillow. Photo via Observer.

Above Photos by Alan Barry Photography.

“Honoring Iris Apfel, who truly exemplifies style—we wanted to honor her for her achievements in the interior world and as an inspiration to so many people,” Jared told Observer.

A photo posted by BTH (@bradleytheodore) onNov 20, 2016 at 8:38am PST


The artist Bradley Theodore with his painting of Iris Apfel and STARK’s Leopard Cut Pile stair runner.

One major difference in this year’s open house and previous years is that for the first time since the event’s inception it’s taking place at a new location. For every year prior, Holiday House has taken place at an Upper East Side townhouse. The move brought it downtown – specifically, to townhouses in Soho designed by Cary Tamarkin. Jared is partially to thank for the relocation - a real estate broker at Douglas Elliman - he offered up these luxury listings for the project. The new venue couldn’t help but influence the designers’ aesthetic choices, with the core inspiration being holidays (or days that have personal meaning to the designers) remaining at the heart of Holiday House.

As Jared stated to Observer, “The new setting was such an interesting concept. To have two identical houses with identical finishes, floors plans, et cetera, but we also wanted to show many different ranges of design styles.”

Holiday House takes place from November 17th – January 8th, at 40 & 50 Sullivan St. in Manhattan. Tickets can be purchased and donations can be made online. STARK is also proud to be displayed in some of the rooms outfitted by the amazing designers this year.

Explore some of the rooms further at Architectural Digest and learn more about the STARK sightings in this year’s designs below!

Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin



In this collaborative design between Geoffrey Bradfield and Roric Tobin, bright accents and lucite accoutrements give rise to polished modernity. The rug seen here is a custom piece, featuring two different carpets sewn together: Malaysia in Smoke and Alamosa in Argent.

Photos by Alan Berry Photography


Harry Heissmann




Pattern and texture are prime in this striking black-and-white-themed design by Harry Heissmann, featuring Exoticus carpet, Zebra Flock wallcovering, and Oksat wallcovering.

Photos by Peter Rymwid.

Ryan Korban & Brandon Maxwell

A photo posted by RYAN KORBAN (@ryankorban) onNov 21, 2016 at 11:03am PST


The theme of this collaboration between Ryan Korban and Brandon Maxwell is dark luxury, featuring Aldeco Holly drapery in Seal Brown.

Photos by Alan Barry Photography.

Juan Carretero




This gorgeous room features the Brigade broadloom carpet.

Photos by Alan Barry Photography.


Want to know more about Holiday House and other upcoming events with a STARK presence? Read our interview with founder Iris Dankner and explore our Press & Events to find out what’s happening and what’s to come!
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