Alex Gaston entered the design world through architecture, earning a degree in the practice from Boston Architectural Center. He soon realized that his passion was more for interiors and he began working for AD 100 designer Mark Cunningham, although his architectural roots, including a love of Art Deco, have continued to inform his designs.
That’s certainly true of his Perspective New York vignette, which draws on the works of contemporary artists Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Longo for its black and white palette.
Starting with the upholstered walls, Gaston envelopes the room in a black and grey, argyle-like, ribbed fabric, Nairobi – Black Rhino available from Holly Hunt. The eye is immediately drawn to five custom slipper chairs created by Bjork Studio and positioned to create a long sectional sofa. The slipper chair sectional is upholstered in another Holly Hunt fabric, Cuba Libre – Azucar, a white, ribbed fabric.
Onto this sweet sofa, Gaston layered pillows covered in fabrics–available from United Fabrics and Silver State–that explore texture and pattern in greys and whites. Frequency – Parchment has grey flecks on a white background and includes slub yarn whose varying thickness gives the fabric a subtle, morse-code-like texture. Linen – Silver adds a retro linen look, while Canvas Coal, a solid grey fabric firmly connects the pillow collection to the darker elements of décor in the vignette.
Gaston adds a bit whimsy with pillows in Soiree – Charcoal, a looping grey-on-grey pattern available from Donghia.
As the Director of Design for Mark Cunningham Inc., a leading design firm in New York, Gaston feeds on the creative energy of the city and its many museums, galleries and art shows. He is one of five interior designers chosen to share their unique vision of creative excellence using Sunbrella fabrics for Perspective New York, a design event exploring Sunbrella performance and style through the eyes of inspired and inspiring designers.
His New York vignette is Gaston’s second Perspective showing; he designed the Perspective Atlanta loft.
Opposite the sofa in his Perspective New York vignette, Gaston’s tonal palette grows darker. Two slipper chairs with metal bases and upholstered in Plain Field – Steele, available from Robert Allen, sit side-by-side to the left of a large black acrylic coffee table. The fabric on these chairs was upholstered with its bottom side facing out for a sleek, textured appearance.
Positioned opposite the sofa, a club chair with a low, curved-back, designed by Mark Cunningham, is upholstered in Heather Breeze – Night Sky, available from Robert Allen. Similar to men’s suiting fabric, Heather Breeze – Night Sky, has a sexy, sophisticated look that completes the vignette’s sophisticated ambiance.
Lighting from Valerie Goodman Gallery and artwork from Gemini Gemini G.E.L. complete the modern scheme.
Using symmetry and repetition of form throughout his vignette, Gaston stays true to his Art Deco muse and proves that texture and pattern in a tonal palette can be just as powerful as bold colors.