February 21, 2010

Designer File: Ryan Korban

I first learned of Ryan Korban when I stumbled across his home on The Selby. It was love at first site. I fell hard for the stacks of books, brass finishes, antiques rugs, and hints of metallic. A mix of everything seemingly unrelated but somehow working so harmoniously as one.
Thumbing through his portfolio, I've fallen even deeper in love with his confidence in mixing materials and finishes. His signature look of thin metals (seen in his choice of lamps, tables, bed frames, and chairs), fur throws, exotic skins, and topiary is perfectly restrained and unabashedly bold all at once.
And guess what. He's only twentyfive! A self-taught designer with an impeccable eye and exquisite taste make him one of New York's finest.

Perfectly layered textures, finishes, and furniture - to me this space summarizes all the reasons I love him and says it all.


Sarah Klassen said...

What a talented man!

I love his particular use of metals, as you mentioned -- so perfectly combined, so you can appreciate each and every piece. Great visual interest and use of scale, too. I love your notes on his style and details...and 25?! Wow!

I want to put moss/topiary balls on top of candlesticks now -- what a great idea, which is giving me more ideas...printing out the first image as I type this!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Crystal, xoxo

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I really really like the mix of masculine and feminine touches, works so well. Al the details are amazing.

The Zhush said...

What a fabulous find! His age boggles the mind, his style is so sophisticated! I'm a fan now too, Thanks.

Sam and Livi said...

i love that blue striped chair!

SogniSorrisi said...

Gorgeous space! Happy Monday!

Daniella said...

Wow! I ove all the different elements mixed together like that... beautiful portfolio!

Have a happy Monday!

stacey kelly said...

wow i love his designs! i can't believe he's only 25!!!


fall in love with a shooting star...

Fee-AMore said...

I am very impressed with what i see here. And goodness, he's only 25? He sure got a lot of talent and natural sense going on.

Caitlin @ Sacramento Street said...

Love his design aesthetic. I definitely think that he has an incredible eye for design and at the age of 25 (CRAZY!). I can't wait to watch what he does with his career.

Thanks for this amazing post Crystal! xo, C

Happenstance said...

Wow, really great post. I love getting a glimpse inside the homes of such talent. That Hermes throw always seems to find me through photos. Some day!

Down and Out Chic said...

tons and tons of texture from fur to plants. love this.

Style Odyssey said...

Very classy. Great texture, sophisticated color palettes.

Design Darling said...

hi crystal! great post — i wrote about him a little while back here:


but i should have mentioned that he's only 25 — very impressive! his portfolio is a perfectly inspiring way to start the week, i hope you have a great one!

Natasha said...

Lovely post to start the week!
His mix of textures, his eye for color....you can't teach that!

Northern Light

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I really love his style too! Something so refined yet relaxed at the same time--just up my alley. Thanks Crystal, great find!

xo Mary Jo

Dustjacket Attic said...

What talent, I really love this style.

Happy week to you darling,

{Flourish} said...

Love love love the brown leather couch in the first picture. So FAB!

holland said...


So much fur and skin. Sure, it's all about the look, not the cost to an animal.

Creategirl said...

Its so fun when you find a designer who truly speaks to your sense of home. This is a great post. I love how he designs by his own set of rules!

alissa said...

so his use of fur doesnt really bother me...but upholstered on chairs is a little much for me! loving the framed art, gorgeous in all of these!

Splendid Willow said...

Well, Ryan's future sure looks bright and filled with amazing design projects!

Would love to go art hunting with him! xx Mon

{ Persis Shah } said...

so much for talent for a 25 year old! great post...

i love ur blog and i follow it regularly. come check out mine http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/ and follow if u like it too.

have a great day!


Boozt said...

Yuck - animal furs.
Heart - the peacock feathers

Inspiration in Italy said...

The 3rd and last photos took my breath away. I absolutely love it!


escapade said...

Love, love Ryan - all those furs would be so cozy right about now.

Joelle Dolce Bebe said...

LOVE this Post!!!
I Love Ryan's style too.
YES I can believe only 25.
When your born with it, it's just a matter of time.
Some just luckier :)
He is one to follow.

I Love the mix of masculine & soft feminine touches. Classic.
LOVE the topiaries too.(boxwood?)
I'm making some for little girls rooms by the way ; )

Thanks again for a lovely post.
Joelle XOXO


Wow I love his work. Loving the plushness of the skins against the sleekness of the other elements.

Froulala said...

I love all the furry elements! Just enough luxe. Thank you for sharing!

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