Kelly Wearstler’s Stunning New Book

February 18, 2013 | by —JILL SIERACKI | Homepage

Kelly Wearstler holds a copy of her new book, Rhapsody

With an empire that already includes interior design, home accents, fashion, and coffee table books—including the recently released Rhapsody—Kelly Wearstler’s sphere of stylish influence appears quite complete. However, this spring, Wearstler is introducing two new elements into her world—a bridal registry on her eponymous website and a debut wall covering collection with Kravet, the company she also partners with for fabrics. “It’s so exciting,” she says of the launch that is anticipated for March.

Available now however is Wearstler’s fourth coffee table book, Rhapsody, which highlights six different Wearstler-designed projects. Large-scale images showcase the designer’s signature inspiration trays, candid photographs of shopping excursions, and portraits of the finished details. “In one room there could be something I designed and things I found in 30 different countries, all coming together in one beautiful story—that’s the rhapsody,” says Wearstler. “The book also talks about my love of metals, why I love them, and how I use them. With the ready to wear and the interiors, there’s always a juxtaposition of something that’s raw and refined.”

It’s true, metals play heavily into the designer’s aesthetic, from the golden lobby at King & Grove Tides South Beach to the gilded accents at BG Restaurant at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman and Oliverio inside Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel (the project that initially put Wearstler on the map). But the palette is also a key component in Wearstler’s collection of jewelry, accessories, and ready to wear available at Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, and Kirna Zabete. “It’s a totally different animal and it’s been so super challenging, but I’m having an incredible time,” Wearstler says of the transition from interior design into fashion. “Once you have a voice, it’s just applying it and finding your groove. Everything inspires—a sweater can be a carpet and a carpet can be a sweater; a stair railing or a door handle could be a piece of jewelry, it’s always crossing over.”

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