RYAN KORBAN, KING OF THE INTERIOR JUNGLE (AND DECORATOR OF OUR DREAM APARTMENT), LAUNCHES HIS NEW BOOK—A TESTAMENT TO THE WAYS IN WHICH THE YOUNG DESIGNER HAS SET A NEW BAR OF LUXURY FOR A GENERATION BY INTEGRATING THE WORLDS OF FASHION AND INTERIORS, PROVING THAT CHIC DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN BORING AND THAT THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “TOO MUCH”
“Animal skins constitute a big part of my design language,” begins the first chapter of downtown decorating savant Ryan Korban’s new book, Ryan Korban: Luxury Redefined—which features everything from fox fur to porcelain monkeys to gorilla chairs to taxidermy albino peacocks and zebras to leopard print and crocodile skins.
This is merely one signature design element explored in Korban’s book, now on sale from Harper Design. Each defining aspect of his work (a love for flowers, fine details, royal touches) gets its own chapter and explanation, beginning with a forward from good friend Victoria Traina. It is a veritable guide to the ways in which Korban seamlessly melds the worlds of fashion and interior design—juxtaposing pictures of his work with the fashion photography that inspired it. Images from Inez and Vinoodh, Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton and more reveal a true fashion expert at heart.
Another close friend of Korban’s is Alexander Wang, whose showroom and flagship New York store he designed (also featured in the book). This union illustrates Korban’s adaptability as an interior designer, in how he was able to translate his signature “more is more” aesthetic into Wang’s chic, modern minimalism for which he has become famous with giant cages and a fur hammock.
Perhaps one of the most interesting insights gleamed from Korban’s book is that he is entirely self-trained. Having grown up in Philadelphia in his father’s hair salon, raised by parents that Korban describes as very much in love and unafraid of embracing their sexuality, Korban wanted to be an actor for most of his life—until he realized it was the elaborate sets and artistic décor he was really in love with.
Thankfully he has been able to translate this love for drama into his new art. This, combined with his unique upbringing and love for fashion nave all amounted to an aesthetic that Korban describes as trifold: part sex, part romance, and part fantasy. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Ryan Korban: Luxury Redefined is on sale now, hardcover: $40.00.