INSIDE LORRAINE KIRKE'S QUIRKY, INVENTIVE INTERIORS
In addition to operating the West Village vintage store Geminola, Lorraine Kirke, the mother of Lola, Domino and Jemima, is also a prolific interior decorator.
Recently published by Rizzoli, Kirke’s new book “Would You Like to See the House?” full of her quixotic quirks features photographs by Patti Stoecker. More than 200 snapshots of homes Kirke has designed in locations including New York, the Hamptons, and Miami, some that belong to friends and clients like Courtney Love, Julianne Moore, and Lena Dunham.
Her daughters also offer their insights into Kirke’s work and the unique spaces she created for them growing up.
There are doors on the ceiling, dilapidated fabrics, and flea market paintings of naked ladies almost everywhere. Her aesthetic reflects her love for forgotten antiques. “My work is spontaneous, I have no clue where it comes from. It just sort of happens and I don’t have any formal training” says Kirke, “I just know how to do it. I never have a plan, but I do believe that I’m fearless and that I was a gypsy in a past life”.
She creates rooms that meld antique and contemporary bohemia with an exquisite flair for invention. Using a bold color palette, fearless wallpaper designs, and a daringly eclectic mix of furniture, Kirke achieves a punk-luxe aesthetic that is as inviting as it is arrestingly beautiful.
“Would You Like to See the House?” is an irresistible celebration of creativity and imaginative design, a visual tour de force filled with inspirational ideas on how to successfully bring color and life into your home: from bookshelves made from found pieces of old doors to cabinets fitted with vintage refrigerator parts to a ceiling covered with multicolored tin pieces, this lavish book shows us how to be resourceful and courageous with design choices.
Have a look at some of the dramatic spaces and Kirke’s highly innovative ideas.