Turning an awkward space into a contemporary sitting room is a design challenge, but New York-based design firm Kureck Jones makes it look easy. Their effortless approach is featured in the October issue of New York Spaces Magazine, as a modern room that pulses with vibrant color, neutral aesthetics and an antique rug.
The accomplishment, however, wasn’t as easy as it looks in glossy print. “This was a difficult, L-shaped room, and the client wanted as much seating as possible,” says Doug Jones, one-half of the design duo that includes John Kurek.
Nazmiyal‘s antique Sultanabad rug ended up being just what the space needed to work. “Using a smaller rug between the two chaises created a small, more intimate pull,” says Jones. Juxtaposed with the room’s other half, decorated in a neutral Chinese Deco, “the rug acts as a bridge between the contemporary and modern sensibilities of the room.”
“We love Oriental rugs, they reference history without being oppressive,” says Jones. But, the Persian rug almost lost out to a Swedish sample that was among a collection given to their firm by Nazmiyal‘s Omri Schwartz.
“We also showed a Swedish rug we felt would have done the same thing for the room,” Jones explains. Swedish rugs are underutilized, according to him. It is a fate also fallen on Moroccan rugs, whose abstract, geometric designs are a favorite of the designer.
For Jones though, the intersection of taste and good design meets when you follow one simple rule: “You can use anything, anywhere, as long as you use it right.”