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
I guess it just goes to show – style really has no limitations or boundaries for those with a great eye. I’ve seen his work, but had no idea he had no training. I’m even more impressed now!
How interesting. I wasn’t aware that he didn’t have any formal design training and didn’t go to university. I’m sure he sees the world differently than any other designer because of it! I’m completely fascinated by the bed in the last shot – the perfect pairing of old and new. Enjoy the weekend, ladies! XO
I love his work and his use of pale lavender! His rooms are always filled with personality and serenity, which a not an easy balance to achieve.
Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your weekend, Carolyn and Cynthia.
I was there as well, and loved Vicente’s honest and candid responses…he’s such a natural talent and its great to hear him talk about and show his sources of inspiration; his travels, the colors, textures, etc. You captured this well! I also enjoyed & learned alot from you and the rest of the Design Bloggers. Thanks!
I met Vicente a few years ago at an event in his showroom and I was so charmed by him. He has such a zest for life, travel, design and his photography is wonderful too.
Love how he uses white to freshen up and modernize a space.
So beautiful, elegant, airy and bright…I love his interiors x
The photos and rooms are just fabulous! Have a wonderful week! Please come say hi, I’m having a wonderful cash and Jo Malone holiday giveaway!