For Monique Gibson, design is about personality. It’s about listening to her clients and learning—and enabling them to discover—how they want to live. Her incredible body of work and talent made it possible for her to decorate the house of stars such as Elton John, Meg Ryan and Jon Bon Jovi. Her studio is based in Manhattan since 2001 and now you’ll discover a few projects by this amazing designer!
East Village Atelier
Monique Gibson is the queen of creature comforts—who else pours takeout coffee into proper ceramic cups when a visitor comes calling at her historic Italianate townhouse in Manhattan’s East Village? There’s a spread of food on the dining table, and she says in a down-home Virginia twang, “Let me know if you want Champagne; we keep stocks of it.” Easygoing in effect but exacting in execution, this attention to detail is just a taste of the treatment Gibson, an AD100 interior designer, lavishes on her loyal clients—a list that includes Jon Bon Jovi, Meg Ryan, and Jon Stewart—who book meetings at the four-story brownstone building where she lives and works.
The owners of this spacious duplex loft—a writer who works at home and her filmmaker husband—told Monique Gibson they were envisioning a tranquil environment where they could raise their family and be creative without too much “visual noise” or distraction. But their two children had a very different idea of what constitutes domestic bliss. The son wanted a room inspired by World Wide Wrestling. The daughter, who was seven at the time, told the designer that she wanted her room to be decorated like “parakeets with a little touch of bunny.”
A well-designed home can be more than just a collection of beautifully furnished rooms (though that’s important, of course). It can, and should, be a framework for a life well lived—or a blueprint that can get you there. This is what Monique Gibson was thinking when she was contacted by Terri Henning, a Charleston businesswoman. Terri had just suffered an unthinkable loss: her husband Ed had died in a motorcycle accident. Before that happened, the couple had been thinking of making a lifestyle change and purchased an option on the top floor of the People’s Building, an eight-story structure that was the tallest building in the historic city when it was constructed in 1911. With Ed gone, Henning was ready to sell her mansion and move into the condo.
There are views. And then there are views. After two decades working at the tippity top of the New York design world, Monique Gibson figured she had seen them all. But three years ago the AD100 designer walked onto the terrace of this penthouse apartment in Tribeca and her jaw dropped in amazement. “You know what it’s like when you walk into a great cathedral and you’re suddenly struck silent?” recalls Gibson. “It was like that! I just stood there, dumbfounded,” she says. “I daresay this apartment had the best view of the city I had ever seen.”
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Inspired by the Swan Lake Op. 20, a ballet piece composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Odette sofa tells the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. Its sweeping silhouette is accentuated with a polished brass structure and an asymmetric back that offers a sophisticated design and a timeless appeal. This is exclusive design at its best.
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