Rafael de Cárdenas Crafts an Atmospheric Home Office Around a Matthew Lutz-Kinoy Artwork

Galerie asked the trendsetting designer to cultivate an interior using a colorful canvas from a favorite artist as inspiration

Rafael de Cárdenas. Photo: PERNILLE LOOF

The fashionable, the art-centric, and the just plain cool all turn to Rafael de Cárdenas to conjure sophisticated interiors that buck trends and are light-years ahead of their time. Here, he offers his chic take on the very timely home office, which he imagines as a flexible space where “not a lot of work is going on and you might have a cocktail by candlelight.”

Says the designer, “Matthew Lutz-Kinoy’s work feels like a cross between a Turner and a Frankenthaler. They’re Color Fields but with imagery. This piece, with its earth tones, has a complexity that resembles a cross section of stone.”

Coffee Harvest (After Portinari) (2020) by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy from Mendes Wood DM.  Photo: BRUNO LEÃO, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND MENDES WOOD DM, SÃO PAULO, BRUSSELS, NEW YORK

Vessel by Kazunori Hamana from Blum & Poe.   Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo

Mohair fabric by Pierre Frey.  Photo: COURTESY OF PIERRE FREY

Neron console by Elizabeth Garouste from Ralph Pucci.  Photo: COURTESY OF RALPH PUCCI

Wall lamp by Jos Devriendt from Demisch Danant.  Photo: COURTESY OF DEMISCH DANANT

Swallowtail chair by Brian Fireman from Les Ateliers Courbet.  Photo: JOE KRAMM

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Bacchantes vase by Lalique.  Photo: COURTESY OF LALIQUE

Rug by Mary Katrantzou for the Rug Company.  Photo: COURTESY OF THE RUG COMPANY

Expansion table by César from Demisch Danant.  Photo: COURTESY OF DEMISCH DANANT

Breche du Vendome slab from ABC Stone. Photo: COURTESY OF ABC STONE

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Summer Issue under the headline “Night Shift.” Subscribe to the magazine.


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