Kevin Walz considers himself an artist who, back in 1976, accidentally became a designer. But 32 years, 22 collections, and 100-plus projects later, the Interior Design Hall of Fame member has clearly proved that fortuity is fate. His latest flawless furnishings, launched at the New York loft-showroom of Ralph Pucci International, provide additional evidence. The 14 designs fall into three groups. For pieces in the Wood Block series, he bonded thin strips of solid walnut or ash with epoxy prior to hand-carving which creates a slender fluidity that's especially winning in the sculpted lines of the pull-up chairs and the tapered legs of the side board. Upholstery enters the picture with his Inset sofa and daybed, both covered in Silk and Shearling. His Disc Lights are handmade by sculptor-metal worker James DeMartis from brass tubes that are darkened, waxed, and paired with acid-etched glass.
Pucci's presentation also included references to Walz 's pre-designer days: paintings in shellac on linen as well as the Insomnia series of pencil drawings, conceived during a restless night. Our advice: Keep skipping the Ambien, Kevin. 212-633-0452 ralphpucci.net