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Antilocarpa: Contemporary yet Classic

For House Beautiful March 2016, Designer Garrow Kedigan took readers inside his Montreal home where he pays homage to Canada's fur-trading history with Antilocarpa carpet from STARK to create a dramatic stair runner. This iconic animal pattern is also featured in his sitting room. "It's a great pattern, contemporary but still classic," says Kedigian. Trim painted in glossy Benjamin Moore Black plays up the home's architectural details. Reproductions of artworks by Géricault are featured throughout creating a “Home That's Not Afraid of Dark Colors” as the article’s title proclaims. 

Garrow was born and raised in Montreal, Canada but after completing his formal education, moved to Boston, MA where he gained six years of experience at the renowned offices of interior designer William Hodgins. He then moved to New York City and after working for several design powerhouses in New York, he established his own design firm in 2001.

Garrow’s classically trained architectural background is the foundation for most of his interior design work, stating, “The architecture is what sets the tone and tells you what you need to do with a space.”

In 2013, his Park Avenue apartment which was formerly the home of Fred Astaire was also featured in House Beautiful magazine including the library below, featuring a custom Greek key rug from STARK. Garrow honed the classic elegance of this prewar apartment, while restoring it to a former era of glory, and simultaneously infusing a contemporary undertone. 

"I wanted to have a library before that notion becomes extinct," said Kedigian, "but the shell had to feel contemporary and fun." The solution was a vibrant custom palette in a Fine Paints of Europe Brilliant finish. Curtains of Clarence House Elettra flank a sofa in Scalamandré's Variegation herringbone. A Louis XV fauteuil (a gift from Kedigian's grandmother) retains its original blue velvet, and a neoclassical side chair is updated with Glant Liquid Leather.