Mix Masters: Vicente Wolf

Designer Vicente Wolf Delivers a Global Perspective to a Sleek Work Sanctuary

Personal workspaces are, well, pretty personal. So it comes as no surprise that an office-space vignette created by celebrated interior designer and inveterate world traveler Vicente Wolf would have a clean-lined, global aesthetic. Known for incorporating internationally sourced furnishings with modern décor, his multilayered spaces exude a timeless charm. Using only items he could find within the 23,000 square feet of period furnishings and decorative accessories at Avery & Dash Collections in Stamford, Wolf designed this office space within walls painted in Cobalt Blue from Benjamin Moore’s Century collection complemented by Carlisle wood floors.

What was it like creating a vignette here? Walking into Avery & Dash felt like I would be hitting a piñata with my eyes closed. I did not know what exciting treasures I would find that would be revealed to me once I arrived.

How would you describe the overall aesthetic of the space you created? Basically, the signature look that I am known for—blending midcentury with traditional pieces for an open and clean look.

How did you come up with the idea? It was easy to pull my vignette together by perusing Avery & Dash’s impressive inventory and selecting the elements that caught my eye.

What was the first piece you chose? Definitely that magnificent midcentury desk.

Please tell me a little about your selections of art (especially the big piece behind the desk and the Chinese mirror) and color palette (the mix of the tobacco brown with the blue walls). The mirror was selected for its reflective qualities, adding dimension to the space. Both the large artwork and the mirror were positioned to cut the severity of the room’s angles. I love the use of the tobacco brown and blue evoking a setting sky. These earth tones offer a calming influence to the vignette. You are well known for incorporating global perspective into your designs. What in this space reflects that, and how? In selecting the pieces, I chose an English chair, an African stool and a Chinese mirror, elements of different cultures that work together.

What’s your favorite piece in the vignette? Most definitely the desk.

Who can you envision working and living in this space? I see an intellectual—perhaps a gentleman who might be somewhat introverted and would find the calming nature of the design conducive to being productive. Mark Zuckerberg comes to mind.

What’s your top tip for combining eras and styles? Follow your gut.

A version of this article appeared in the January 2019 issue of CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Office Space.