The Contemporary Couch Design Group featuring artistic interior design by Pia
231 Route 4
Paramus, NJ 07652

P: 201-226-0011 / F: 201-226-0014
Client Home #52, Montville, NJ

 

Ron Galella is not a 'paparazzo'. He is much more. He is a photo-journalist. He has made his mark in our lifetime as a man who captured our times for our generation. He photographed celebrities, and he made them celebrities. After all, what is a celebrity if no one wants to photograph them, (as much as they might seem to object)?

   From Studio 54, Andy Warhol, and Jackie Kennedy to the present day, he has recorded history for generations to come, not with the pen, but as a visual historian. He captured the emotions of a time for those of us who lived though them, will surely never forget. Thank-you Mr. and Mrs. Galella, for giving us incredible memories of a time long ago, but have never forgotten. When life was an innocent never ending celebration. Inhibitions were nonexistent, all of us felt invincible, and we thought we would be young forever.

   Because of the unique way you covered that golden era, we are able to visually share with our children and nephews and great nephews the stories of our younger, fearless days. Not with a sleepy old tale, or a newspaper article yellowing with age, but with a vibrant snapshot of an innocent world long gone by. And for that, we will always be grateful.

Larry and Pia

Many times over the years we have had the pleasure of working with celebrities.  Located in Bergen County, it is natural to meet professional athletes and musicians.  This client is more than a celebrity.  They are world famous photographers, known as the first (and possibly the best) paparazzi.  I was a fan of Ron Galella's photos from the Studio 54 days to Jackie Kennedy, so when they contacted me to design their home, I was excited and honored.

Their home is a collection, a gallery, a compilation of an incredible career of photographs of celebrities.  They wanted an artistic flair to complement the photographs and found us online.  Every part of this process has been enjoyable.  This couple has stories about the famous; from Elizabeth Taylor to John Travolta to Andy Warhol and Dustin Hoffman. Having the pleasure of seeing these photos in their home and going to the book signing of his latest book "Warhol by Galella: That's Great," was only part of it for us. Designing the home and becoming friends with such wildly down-to-earth people was our favorite part.


The great room with towering ceiling houses the largest and most notable black and white photos. I designed salon-type seating so the photos could be viewed from any side. Since the photos are the focal point and lead with a black, gray and white overtone, I felt red was the only color that could sit in the middle of the "field" without getting lost.   An ottoman and swivel chair accent the room. The only pattern used is black and white and the custom rug is designed with a gradation of black and white with minor accents in red.

Client Home #52 Living Room  Client Home #52 Living Room

Client Home #52 Living Room


The room has a two-sided fireplace which is shared by the library.  This room houses a collection of incredible art and photography books plus photographs taken of Andy Warhol.  I chose four contemporary wing chairs - two black, two in a Warhol-like graphic multicolor print.  The cocktail table holds the client's newest book on Warhol.  For the rug I designed a Warhol-inspired repeat graphic rug.  Mr. Galella wanted a quote of Warhol's woven into the rug.  This was a first for me and I was excited by the challenge.

Client Home #52  Client Home #52

 


The rooms are complete.  The client is very happy and this week New York magazine featured Galella'sNY Magazine cover work on the cover and a multi page article (see article) (Even New York magazine couldn't resist mentioning the red seating and Warhol rug!)  We congratulated the Galellas on an incredible article as a crowning jewel of their careers.  We also can't wait to see the new book being released in November "No Pictures" which we were give a detailed preview of by Ron.  The photos and stories are fascinating!

Cstom rug is designed with a gradation of black and white with minor accents in red

 

For those of you who remember the hedonistic days of Studio 54, and the unique times and personalities of that era, here is a quote from the man Time magazine calls.......
   "The godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture" and his equally famous wife

Client's Own Words

"Walking into Pia's amazing showroom, I was overwhelmed and felt that Ron and I would never come to terms over which direction to take (I'm traditional, he's contemporary). All I really knew was that I wanted high impact and drama to best showcase Ron's photography. The result has been absolutely magical-I got an intimate library devoted to photos of Andy Warhol, who is the subject of my husband's next book, Warhol by Galella: That's Great! (The Monacelli Press, Spring 2008). As in "pop", the colors are vibrant, and the furnishings are amazing. Pia designed and engineered the most stunningly beautiful salon style seating to anchor the great room, which soars 2 stories. The walls are filled with 30" x 40" prints and our "Windblown Jackie" at 40" x 60" dominates the fireplace. Pia is a pro who is well organized. She showed us samples of selections to furnish 2 rooms non-stop for 5 hours without a break! In our opinion, the most beautiful form in nature is the sphere, and Pia gave us exactly what we were looking for--curves in our sofa and rug designs. Her designs are amazing works of art. Pia rocks! She's half marriage counselor, but 100% Plus great designer!!!!!"

Betty and Ron Galella, Montville, NJ

 

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The Contemporary Couch Design Group featuring artistic interior design by Pia
231 Route 4
Paramus, NJ 07652

P: 201-226-0011 / F: 201-226-0014
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