We’ll let you know everything you need to know about this project by Jeremiah Brent, in which he explores the combination of modern style and references from the past.
Born in 1984 in the state of California, in Modesto, Jeremiah Brent is an interior designer famous for his television programs in the United States of America. Graduated in Interior Design at the University of San Francisco, Brent is also known for his work in this area, having worked on residential and commercial projects around the world. In 2011, he founded his own design company, Jeremiah Brent Design.
As we mentioned earlier, the interior designer became famous for his television career, where he participated in several programs, including “The Rachel Zoe Project” and “Home Made Simple”. In 2014 he started with a more important project in what would be the boost of his name both in the area of interior design and in his television career, where he became co-host of the program “Nate & Jeremiah By Design” on the TLC television network, together with his business partner, Nate Berkus, as we were able to associate by the name of the program. In addition to his professional life, Brent finds himself on other fronts, such as defending LGBT rights and also in various charitable organizations, where he works actively.
As for his design style, Jeremiah Brent is known for his sophisticated and elegant style, combining classic and modern elements to create magnificent and functional spaces. He believes that the interior of a room should reflect the personality and lifestyle of those who enjoy it and that each project has to be unique and special as if it were telling a story.
Let’s now explore this unique project by Jeremiah Brent. It is located in a building from the 1920s on the Upper East Side in New York. “So beautiful and grand and has a such great soul”, these are the words the designer uses to describe this place, “Though it hadn’t been touched much for two generations, it held a lot of emotion” he adds. This Manhattan apartment was the home of a Latin American family for several decades and has been the site of several landmark meetings and celebrations. However, the Park Avenue property was clearly in need of restoration, all the more so given the condition that it had recently been handed over to a new generation.
The challenge for Jeremiah Brent in this project would be to remodel this space, bringing a young and modern spirit while reconciling and adding all the value that the house conveyed with pieces and items that brought the family history to the space. As the designer says, “It couldn’t lose any of its spirit, but we had to bring in light and more contemporary elements”. Jeremiah Brent wanted to approach the space in such a way that the customs of the family and, in particular, the client’s mother was honored.
Combine the old and the new
As we have already understood, this project by Jeremiah Brent brings a lot of tradition and much of the family’s origins. The couple is part of a family member of a clan that wanders between the Mexican country and Nicaragua and collects art typical of the culture, art that it also produces. “When I first walked in, there were these bronze sculptures everywhere that looked like Giacomettis—but they were the work of the husband’s mother,” reports Jeremiah Brent. In the dining room, we are very aware of this pottery that has been collected for over 30 years.
As promised by the designer, the sculptures were given due importance in the decoration of the apartment. Previously, these were displayed more randomly and in spaces where they took all their due protagonism. Now they are found in more visible places, as in the case on the table, which, in the opinion of Jeremiah Brent, brings the matriarch’s figurative pieces the due respect they deserve to be treated. These sculptures have different shapes, some sitting, others standing, walking, or leaning over. These make the space elegant and serene, and with the effect of the movement they manifest, they transport life to the area.
Neutral? Yes! But not without emotion
Regarding the play of colors, we can see Jeremiah Brent’s intention to bring serenity and tranquility to the space. A more neutral and consistent color palette, with white in the spotlight throughout the various rooms of the house, matching light fabrics and furniture items in those same soft tones, as we can see in the living room, with the white sofa and rug in line with that of the walls.
However, the designer’s concern with bringing essence to these spaces is also visible, with the contrast of various elements in the area, such as, for example, using again the living room, the armchairs, or even the center table, with darker tones, in the case of the table, or with shades of brown, in the case of the chairs, which bring continuity to the color of the floor, made of dark wood.
A getaway spot
As Jeremiah Brent noted, clients expressed the desire to have a place in the house dedicated to more solitary moments, such as a quiet space for a moment of reading or writing a letter. The designer found a perfect space for the purpose, an area adjacent to the living room, an additional space with the ideal characteristics that Jeremiah Brent was looking for.
In this way, the designer distinctly reformulated the space in relation to the rest of the house, fulfilling the client’s desire to make this space unique in the project. He painted the walls a pinkish beige, deviating from the white we see throughout the room, which brought a more enclosed feeling to the space. For the furniture, we can see more alternative colors, which fully prove how this space is unique, such as the green sofa and the blue armchairs.
Despite Jeremiah Brent’s intention to make this space so different from the others, we also have elements that refer to the central concept that the designer chose for the house, the family’s origins. Embedded in the wall that divides this space from the main living room are several pieces from the family’s ceramic collection. In this way, the designer is able to explore a different approach without straying from what would be the primary intention of this project, combining modern style with the presence of the roots that have settled this house and the family’s history for decades.
Same but different
We then saw a project by Jeremiah Brent in which the designer faces the challenge of remodeling an apartment in New York City, managing to drag his family origins into this same modern space. A combination that demonstrates how you can reconcile completely different styles and pieces and still keep the space harmonious and elegant. We hope this project has inspired you. If you are looking to remodel your space, if you are looking for more inspiration, you can explore our project page, or you can even visit TAPIS Studio to find the perfect rug for your space. Also, don’t miss all the news around Milan Design Week, inviting you to explore our NEOCOSMOS GALLERY.