Palestinian American decorator Michael Hilal is one to watch, as the serene study he created for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas demonstrates. The result is a scheme that skillfully employs subtly different celadon hues for the walls, carpeting, and fabrics. Layering in nude and wood tones and earthy ceramics adds additional layers of texture, giving the space a comforting feeling. Take a look:
Designed for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas, this Michael Hilal space is a serene dream!
“In terms of the space itself, I was assigned ‘her study. The goal was to create a space that feels soft and ethereal. I took direction from the US Southwest in the late Seventies and early Eighties for the palette.”
says Michael Hilal.
“Doing a monochromatic space can be tricky, so it was very important to focus on the nuance. I didn’t want the space to feel contrived or flat.”
says Michael Hilal.
All of the furnishings and lighting were custom made, with the exception of a sculptural chair by British stylist-turned-d
Michael Hilal designed the sofa and stools himself and worked with a diverse group of designers and artisans to dress the fantastical study.
“There was a really strong collaborative effort with each artist, where I pushed some of them outside of their comfort zones to create something new”says Michael Hilal
He collaborated with Nicole Botto on a striking suede table, Skoby Joe provided the earth tone ceramic stools, Nicholas Bijan Pourfard designed a green ceramic mushroom floor lamp, Samantha McCurdy made the floating sculptural light fixture that hovers over the room, while Evan Lopez created the large green ceramic vessel. A floating bar in stainless steel and blue acrylic and a record player cabinet is the work of Matt Harding.
“We are calling it the Judd Bar for the moment, for obvious reasons. Creating it was worth the effort when Donald Judd’s nephew visited the space and praised the bar reference. That could have gone another way, but getting the stamp of approval from the Judd family was an amazing honour.”says Michael Hilal
“Everything made sense. I couldn’t have asked for a better collection to pair with the furnishings. With the exception of Raymond Pettibon, they are all female artists: Pamela Jorden, Katherine Gray, Janet Delaney, Allison V. Smith and Judy Chicago.”says Michael Hilal
While labeling this as a feminine space seems facile as we question the validity of gendered design, it’s certainly one that’s imbued with feminine energy – strong, welcoming, and collaborative.
“I thought about how to make it a space that is non-binary and really inclusive to the modern-day person,”says Michael Hilal