With his edgy, youthful take on luxury and his vampy, high-gloss approach to glamour, decorator Ryan Korban has quickly gained a following among the fashion-world set, first designing his own Manhattan boutique, Edon Manor, then those of his friend Alexander Wang (including the designer’s new Balenciaga flagship), along with Wang’s apartment and the homes of models Natasha Poly and Julia Stegner.
His new book, Ryan Korban: Luxury Redefined , takes readers through a series of projects, both retail and residential, detailing throughout his wide-ranging influences, from vintage perfume ads to English gentlemen’s clubs to iconic photographs of models and actresses.
Photographer Karen Knorr’s images, full of live and taxidermy animals roaming important architectural spaces, influenced Korban’s decor for this apartment in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.
Korban’s standard backdrop isn’t ivory, cream, or beige, but gray—“the most stunning neutral, in my opinion,” he writes—and black. From there, he adds marble counters, chrome and nickel accents, tufted Chesterfield sofas, and Art Deco–style furnishings. Topping it all off is an abundance of exotic skins (a crocodile-sheathed cocktail table, python pillows) and furs (goat hair–upholstered chairs, fox throws), a signature look that gives Korban’s interiors both chic and swagger.
A fox-fur hammock hangs in the Alexander Wang boutique in New York City. Photo: Ditte Isager
The dining room of an apartment in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, with 1970s chairs by Milo Baughman.
The color palette of Korban’s New York City boutique, Edon Manor, was inspired by the greens, pinks, and lavenders of Monet’s water lily paintings.
A minimalist backdrop, including a fireplace full of white orchids, highlights Edon Manor’s stylish offerings.
Black sheets match the lacquered bed in this brownstone bedroom.
A garden scene from the 1961 classic Last Year at Marienbad drew Korban’s attention to the aesthetic pleasures of topiary.
The muted pastels and draped taffeta in this bedroom on Manhattan’s Upper West Side are modeled after Donna Karan’s spring 1999 collection.