Op­po­sites At­tract

Robert Stilin blends el­e­gant and ap­proach­able.

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ca­sual elegance. It’s not as easy to pull off as one might think—un­less, of course, you’re Ali MacGraw or Meghan Markle. Or, when it comes to in­te­ri­ors, you’re de­signer Robert Stilin.

Stilin’s spa­ces ex­em­plify the art of mix­ing vin­tage fur­nish­ings and mod­ern art with clean-lined ar­chi­tec­ture in a seem­ingly ef­fort­less way. Here, for ex­am­ple, he deftly com­bines 1920s Crafts­man-style ar­chi­tec­ture with a 1960s Mazzega pen­dant and an Arne Ja­cob­sen Swan chair. The re­sult is el­e­gant yet im­mensely ap­proach­able.

“The de­tails here have a mod­ern bend to make it crisp and cur­rent,” Stilin says. “The art, for ex­am­ple, is framed in a crisp, mod­ern way. Yet it’s all mixed to­gether to cre­ate a fresh­ness. It’s a mix of clas­sic and mod­ern—edited in a con­tem­po­rary way that is very liv­able.”

THERE IS A LOT OF CON­TRAST BE­TWEEN CLAS­SIC TRA­DI­TIONAL AND MOD­ERN. IT’S ALL MIXED TO­GETHER TO CRE­ATE A FRESH­NESS THAT’S VERY CUR­RENT.” —de­signer Robert Stilin

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