Last week, not only did we have the chance to speak on our very first panel of bloggers during the Designing Greenwich event, but we also got to see Vincente Wolf speak. While we knew of his wonderful work and seen his tremendous talent first hand (at the Liberty National Golf Club, no less!), we didn’t know much about him as a person (he has ADD and no memory – his words, not ours!)
With no formal education in design (and he didn’t go to college), Vincente believes that life and travel are the best vehicles for learning and he works completely by “gut feel.” He really doesn’t like to analyze things too much as this leads to insecurity and confusion.
He introduces a sense of calm through balance in his rooms and while they are luxurious and “couture”, they’re also very practical. Notice the curved sofa in this Malibu living room which allows for conversation rather than craned necks!
Throughout his talk, Vincente scrolled through pictures of his work, all of which he took himself, and many showing the unusual and special objects he finds during his travels incorporated into his interiors (like these Asian artifacts which create architectural interest in this Manhattan bedroom.)
Equating design to cooking, Vincente chooses pieces that relate to each other well and his rooms need to read “modern”, as in current and not dated (and prints date a room!) He used the term “ying and yang” quite often to illustrate the play between the old and the new.
When asked what type of projects he preferred, Vincente did not hesitate to answer “empty spaces and large budgets!” Given his innate sense of style, we don’t doubt that any house he touches is transformed into an elegant home filled with exotic touches.
You, too, can be part of Vincente’s world with his blog!
Photos via Vincente Wolf