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sneak peek: elisa carlucci

by anne

besides having a gorgeous home, i was fascinated to learn more about elisa carlucci’s background and see all the influences in her life that have helped shaped her style. everyone on this site has a different story, so it’s always fascinating to me to see how people get where they are now. while studying illustration at parson‘s (’96), elisa discovered she was more interested in the frame than drawing what was inside of it. her first job after school (which started as an internship thanks to a professor, who is now a good friend and regular collaborator) was at tiffany & co where she learned all about form, proportion and design process. after 5 years it was time for a change and elisa moved to california to design decorative accessories for pottery barn. the job involved overseas travel all over asia (you’ll see some of the souvenirs that made it home). after 3 years of tough work, but great experience, it was time to head back to nyc to work for calvin klein home. while aesthetically wonderful, after her third corporation, she was ready for something different. these days elisa finds herself developing a product line with a great ny interior designer. so there you have it – an impressive resume for an impressive home. so don’t miss the entire sneak peek after the jump, and you can find additional images here. {thanks, elisa!}anne

I bought a 1921 one bedroom co-op in Jackson Heights about 6 years ago when I came back from California. Living room- striped chaise is a 1930’s therapist chair that is covered in an antique Mexican rug- my first great piece I got from a dealer out of their loft.  The X chair in front of the window is my work for the intrreior designer I work for now. This was a piece for the mass market line. I’ve bought alot off ebay, like the danish lamp on top of the bookcase. The glass top coffee table was a steal from Housing Works. The resin vase on the top of the bookshelf to the left of the chaise is something I picked up in a showroom in Hong Kong. The Olivetti Valentine was find at the Rose Bowl flea market in LA.

Dining Room- Verner Panton Light, Eames shell dining chairs. Lamp at end of console is vintage Laurel from a flea market in San Francisco. White consoles were meant to be temporary as I got them at Ikea. I changed the legs and 6 years later I still love them. Dining table is teak (Crate). Wood Sculpture on console in Dining room is by artist George Keller, Mosaic on wall in Dining is me.

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Clock is Danish modern from 60’s, plaster sculptures are my work. Rama and Sita shadow puppets are from my travel to Indonesia (furniture factory visit). They are made of horn and water buffalo skin. I sat my piece upon a Barbara Hepworth book. She is one of my favorite sculptors along with Moore, Noguchi, Jean Arp, David Smith, Brancusi, and Picasso.


Curtis Jere “Raindrops” sculpture from early 70’s above couch. Lamp is Stiffell and table is a marble top sitting on a magazine rack. That table is one of my favorite pieces, and it just came together by chance.


Found the Lyre back bench at a flea market in Queens. (one of those shocking moments). It’s an American piece (many like it are French). I reupholstered the seat. It’s a tad tight in the foyer, but I do love it. The pictures above it are shots I took in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Japan.


The collection of Kokeshi dolls in the bookshelf is an example of my somewhat obsessive personality and my first trip to Japan to visit Ceramics factories. You know how it is with Japanese wooden dolls, you cant have just one! I’m somewhat addicted to wooden objects. I have them all over. A menagerie of Danish animals, one very special Japanese elephant, an Indonesian puppet, a wooden Cacoa pod from Venezuela, a wooden windmill with Don Quixote. The David Weeks Gorilla is probably the only new piece (some of these wooden pieces on the floating shelves in Dining Room). The red upholstered chair on the bookshelf is a model I made after college-just for fun. The “Mini-Mao’s” (bottom left on bookshelf with lamp) are ceramic figurines from Hollywood Road in Hong Kong.


Red makes it hard to place art, so I stick with alot of black and white. Mirror above bed is another design I did for the mass market line. Bedside tables and lamps are 1950’s.


Desk in bedroom is a makeshift work space where I can finish up plaster pieces. The 1950’s desk with matching chair was a steal from a flea in San Fran. I have a Sapien bookcase next to it. Bull drawing is from Spain, and Owl is Picasso.

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