Rising Star: Kapito Muller Interiors

Alyssa Kapoto and Vivian Muller interior design duoWHO: Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller instantly clicked while interning for decorator Bunny Williams in 2009. “We always said that if either of us decided to open her own firm, we’d want to do it together,” recalls Kapito. “It’s difficult to find someone who shares your passion and your aesthetic.” 

WHAT: Crisp and clean, yet approachable design. Kapito and Muller typically embrace a neutral, tailored palette and introduce brighter shades through artwork and accessories. “We like rooms to be soothing at the base and complement them with color,” Kapito says.

WHERE: The Manhattan-based firm is completing an Upper West Side apartment for a professional chef. The pièce de résistance: a large oak kitchen island with a Calacatta gold marble top, designed specifically for their client to host cooking tutorials. Greeting guests in the foyer are mid-20th-century sconces and a floral Carleton V wall covering. “I like the juxtaposition of styles,” Kapito says. 

Chic Upper West Side apartment

WHEN: Before launching Kapito Muller Interiors in 2012, each woman pursued alternative careers, while still harboring a passion for interior design. Muller bit the bullet first, asking Kapito to join forces with her. “I realized Alyssa needed to be a part of the equation before I went out on my own,” she says. 

Cream and beige living room Designer show house wood desk and accessories

WHY: “Designing a room isn’t like crafting a piece of clothing that’s worn one or two days and then switched out for something else,” says Muller. “People are building their lives in the spaces you create.”

A version of this article appeared in the May 2015 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Rising Star: Kapito Muller Interiors.