With a cinematic spin on design, he invents the unexpected.
By Marisa Spyker
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Gideon Mendelson is like a master director, creating surprising moments—a sculptural antique mahogany propeller next to traditional midcentury furnishings in an upstairs den, a kitchen ceiling wallpapered in green gingham—in the coastal homes he outfits in Miami, the Hamptons, and Westchester.
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An expert at effortlessly blending different design styles and periods, Mendelson chose a unique assortment of pieces to outfit this Hamptons breakfast nook. “The eclectic mix of mid-century, Edward Wormley-inspired chairs, the country dining table from Formations, and contemporary chandelier by David Weeks are what give the room its character,” he says. Framed antique delicatessen advertisements add a bit of charm and whimsy.
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Mendelson took a transitional landing space at the top of the stairs in this Hamptons home and transformed it into a fun family hangout area. “Flight is clearly the theme here,” he says. “On the walls, we applied blocks of textural wallpaper and a random pattern of nail heads, suggestive of the exterior metal sheathing and rivets of a plane.” A creamy, cloud-like circular rug and pops of turquoise reminiscent of sky hues echo the flight theme in a sophisticated way.
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In this Hamptons bedroom, Mendelson proves that the perfect painting can drive the style of the entire room. The Donald Teskey seascape he selected for over the custom four-post bed is “the perfect balance of beauty and ruggedness,” he says. “His use of dark color combined with his understanding of natural light creates a sense of energy and power.” The high-pile silk area rug adds interesting texture and a sense of luxury to the space.
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Mendelson created a living room that stays cozy all day with a serene, yet versatile palette. “Depending on the time of day, the colors appear bright and full of energy in full sun, yet calm and relaxing at dusk,” he says.
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Time to Reflect
“This Sagaponack outdoor living room breaks a lot of rules—and the mirror on the exterior wall is just one of them!” Mendelson says. “It's fun to see the natural reflection of the landscape on the outside of the house.” Rather than choose a traditional matching set of outdoor furniture, the designer opted to mix it up with teak chairs, a rustic console and glazed garden stool.
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The designer let his imagination run free when choosing finishes and pieces to decorate this stairwell, which combines the natural pattern of olive-stained wood floors with a zebra-print runner and modern Loseph Lapiana photograph reminiscent of the ocean. “The staircase is a great place to have fun,” he says. “We had the walls painted in a mural with modern brush strokes and soft lavender color. It’s a whimsical moment and a conversation starter.” Visit mendelsongroupinc.com for more.