Design + Architecture Lecture

Friday, February 1, 2019, 2 p.m.

Pillow Talk: A Design Scene Power Couple Builds Their Dream Country Home

Interior designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer, whom 1stdibs called ‘a power couple in the New York design scene,’ come from different ends of the aesthetic scale, and yet in their work together they have found unexpected inspiration in their singular approaches to design. Join them, and acclaimed author and design expert Susanna Salk, for a lively conversation as they open the doors to various inspiring projects from around the country and take you on a tour of their own exuberant country house, a personal collaboration that leads to a rich, coherent and colorful design—with some surprising results. There is nothing more revealing than someone’s own home, and in this talk you will experience the behind-the-curtain anecdotes and stories that reveal how a house really comes together, and how this charming couple achieved true aesthetic harmony.

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Katie Ridder

As Architectural Digest observed, interior designer Katie Ridder’s interiors are “a richly layered extravaganza of exotic patterns and bright hues, peppered with venerable antiques.” A member of Elle Décor‘s A-List, she has appeared on the House Beautiful and New York magazine’s “Top 100” designer lists. Clients from Switzerland to Virginia have commissioned her to design the interiors of spaces as varied as Japanese pavilions, Palm Beach estates, Park Avenue apartments and downtown lofts. Her successful wallpaper and fabric lines are represented at Holland & Sherry showrooms throughout the country, as well as in Europe. Her work has been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Town & Country, House & Garden, House Beautiful, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and is the subject of the monograph Katie Ridder Rooms. She is also the author of the bestseller A House in the Country, written with her husband, architect Peter Pennoyer. Katie is currently a member of The Friends of Horticulture at Wave Hill and the Horticultural Committee at the New York Botanical Garden.

Peter Pennoyer

Peter Pennoyer is the founding partner of Peter Pennoyer Architects, the New York-based architecture and design firm. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100, a trustee of the Morgan Library & Museum and coauthor with Anne Walker of five books on early twentieth-century American architectural practices. He is also the author of A House in the Country, written with his wife, interior designer Katie Ridder. Peter has served as chairman and board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and in 2014 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Peter is an adjunct professor in the department of Architecture and Urban Studies at New York University. Current projects include a house of the artist Jeff Koons and a new house in Ohio influenced by Czech cubism. His firm’s work has been published in newspapers, books and periodicals, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Town & Country, Galerie, Veranda, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many others.

Susanna Salk

Susanna Salk is a designer, stylist, stager and author of many best-selling design books. Her first was the unexpected hit A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style, which stemmed from her upbringing on Boston’s North Shore. Her latest book, The Power of Pattern: Interiors and Inspiration: A Resource Guide, debuted this fall. Susanna also hosts the monthly “At Home With” video series on the Quintessence blog, which captures her visiting the homes of top designers and style makers around the globe. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.