Frame of Mind: Carmen Marc Valvo

Patrice Grell Yursik of and I have teamed up to bring you our recap of this year’s New York Fashion Week from the perspective of beauty and interior design.

Carmen Marc Valvo is an American designer best known for his evening wear and cocktail dresses. His SS14 runway show, complete with an abundance of beading and dip-dyed bobs, is heavily influenced by scuba-wear. Valvo employed monochromatic color blocking and graphic shapes. The look is very strong, edgy and dark.

For this design collage, I imagined a small library/den that’s more so used for pouring cocktails than reading. I picked a few pieces that I felt embraced the same bold, dark, monochromatic look that Carmen Marc Valvo gave us in his SS14 collection.


1. Carmen Marc Valvo spared no sequins in his SS14 collection. A Mother of Pearl mirror, like this one from Jamie Young, reflects an illuminating glow.

2. By using monochromatic color blocking, Valvo allowed the structure of his pieces to remain in the forefront. The structure of this Normandy bar cart from Bungalow 5 mimics the same facet of design that we see in Valvo’s SS14 collection.

3. Scuba suits fresh out of the water are sleek and shiny. These pieces of Onyx stemware from Z. Gallerie are equally sleek and shiny.

4. A neutral piece creates the space for other elements to stand out. This Odette sofa from Jayson Home does just that.

5. Bold graphic cutouts are clearly exhibited in Valvo’s SS14 collection. A strong statement is to be made with a bold rug like the DL Rhein Hexagon Black Hook Rug from Zinc Door.

6. Various patterns in pillows allow the monochromatic colors to be broken up visually. I love the visual complexities these pillows give us.  I especially love the Black Khwai pillow from Shop Ten 25 and the Hamilton pillow from Z. Gallerie.

7. When I think of scuba influences, I think of the vintage scuba mask. The Beck pendant from Arteriors Home bears a similarity to the underwater masks of many years ago. It’s provides structure, graphic shapes and light! A perfect fit for this room.

What do you think? We’d certainly love to hear your thoughts.


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