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Aric Chen -- Interior Design, 9/1/2003 12:00:00 AM
"People always ask, 'what's your style?'" says Victoria Hagan. "Well, we do have a point of view. We're open. We love the modern, we love the traditional, and we love being able to work with all of it."
Bringing together jute and damask, acrylic and marble, simple forms and ornamental flourishes, the premises of Victoria Hagan Interiors clearly point to its president's knack for making the embellished seem spare and the simple feel opulent. Take the stair hall of the Upper East Side duplex penthouse: Hagan placed an Arts and Crafts wood chair less than 10 feet from a molded-fiberglass seat first shown at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
If the mix works, that's partially due to the office's bright, white-painted walls. "The white envelope lends the space a graphic quality," says Hagan. In one conference room, however, she ebonized the pine paneling for contrast. To complement the stained wood, she chose two of her own designs, an oak table and a brass-studded folding screen covered in red velvet. She then added Arne Jacobsen's molded-wood Stacking chairs and a custom iron chandelier.
"It's important that visitors can see our appreciation for the unusual," says Hagan. And that's not all that can be seen. From her 22nd-floor windows, Hagan surveys a sizable swath of Manhattan.