Krakoff’s office is just as much a cabinet of curiosities as it is a stylish work space. Part of artist Allan McCollum’s 384 Plaster Surrogates, a cluster of models of black monochrome paintings, fills the wall behind the desk. Designers Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti’s reflective Ring table, made of stainless steel and glass, anchors a sitting area with Laarman’s Bone Rocker, which, though almost delicate and lacy in form, was cast in black marble resin following an algorithm originally developed for the auto industry. “I don’t in any way ‘decorate’—it’s just a mix of things I’m interested in,” says Krakoff. “It’s about creating a dynamic between things you wouldn’t usually put together. They interact, and each one changes the space a little.” And as with a clothing collection, it’s hard to go wrong with a foundation of basic neutrals, in this case minimalist, raw-edged chairs, sofas, and console tables that he and his Paris-born decorator wife, Delphine, designed for Reed Krakoff stores in the brand’s signature gray felt—a nod to the work of German post-war artist Joseph Beuys.
After 25 years of keen acquisition, Krakoff has amassed an enviable range of pieces that he and Delphine rotate between his office, his eponymous boutiques in New York, Las Vegas, and Tokyo, and the couple’s homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and East Hampton. “To me, collecting is not just about acquiring, but also about getting to know things better by living with them,” he says, adding that every purchase is agreed upon with Delphine. “We would never buy something because it’s an investment or a good price,” he says. “Either we like it or we don’t.”
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