Interview with Ryan Korban : design elements


Interview with Ryan Korban

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“Domino was great, but its aesthetic was very specific, and then the leap from that to Architectural Digest is huge. I think I’m grabbing people who are beyond West Elm and DIY; they want spaces that feel designed, but they don’t respond to the traditionalism of the interiors world per se.”

Ryan Korban in interview for famous trainers

Ryan Korban is an incredibly talented young designer. At only twenty-six, he has executed numerous commercial and residential projects. His clientele includes designer Alexander Wang and actor James Franco, among others. Ryan’s signature look? The statement on his website says it quite well: “the revival of a lost romance set within urban settings.” Ryan loves orchids and the smell of jasmine. His favorite paint color is Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball.

How would you describe your own style?

As sex, romance and fantasy.

You studied art history and philosophy. When did you first feel the need to become a designer?

I think my whole life I just didn’t realize it. I always needed to create good taste around me. Once I realized I could make a living charging for my taste was truly exciting.

I read that you don’t know how to draft a floor plan. Is it true?

I feel like people really pick on me about this, but yes it’s true. I just know what feels right. Its almost like my hands just do it. I need my hands to touch it before it feels right. Luckily I work with great architects who can draft a floor plan!

Can you describe your SoHo apartment? How does it look?

Small yet very luxe and super shiny.

Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

I don’t think it’s so much knowledge as it is confident. With experience comes confidence. I wish I had that.

What design elements do you begin a project with?

I start really abstract. It’s usually a feeling or a energy I want to replicate. Once I figure out what that is everything falls into place.

How do you achieve a good scale?  Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

It really is, but I think if you can go bold and dramatic with scale you take that chance. I think it’s always best to do an appropriate scale with the actual furniture like chairs, sofas and go large in scale with decorative items like curtains, art, and even florals.

What’s your one best piece of decorating advice?

Always have fresh flowers and a great candle. You can live in a white box with a mattress on the floor, but with candles and flowers it can feel elegant.

Your dream project?

Decorating Kennsington Palace when Princess Diana was living there.

You are most inspired by…

Good taste and true beauty, authentic beauty.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Be with my boyfriend.

Your favorite books?

I absolutely cannot live without a first edition of Colette’s Chéri.

How do you define luxury?

Luxury to me is the use of precious things. Fur as a carpet, formal dining rooms used daily, and sitting in pieces that would usually have a “do not sit” sign. That’s luxury to me.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

Fur, silk, boucle, brass.

photos: 1 – the selby, 2-5 Ryan Korban


26 Kommentare zu “Interview with Ryan Korban”

  1. SizzleandZoom am 20.06.2011 um 09:59 Uhr 

    I enjoyed the interview and I like his work. Very fresh.

  2. cabbagerose am 20.06.2011 um 10:12 Uhr 

    as usual, incredible interview, maria. i love that ryan ‘feels’ his work and that his design abilities are innate. i love the materials he chooses to use. good looking and beautiful at the same time. xx

  3. Ann am 20.06.2011 um 10:36 Uhr 

    Oh I love how he defines luxury…

    He definitely got style,
    its obvious in the spaces he creates ♥

  4. LittleRus am 20.06.2011 um 13:47 Uhr 

    Love his view on things and adore the featured designs very much. Thank you for the interview! x

  5. classiq am 20.06.2011 um 14:14 Uhr 

    As a person who loves flowers and candles in my home, I really relate to his best piece of decorating advice. Elegance in interior design, as well as in clothing, can be achieved with so little. Hope you have a wonderful week, Maria! xoxo

  6. Luciane at am 20.06.2011 um 15:07 Uhr 

    Super fun interview! Really enjoyed reading it.

    Wishing you a Blessed Week, my friend!


    Luciane at

  7. mary jo am 20.06.2011 um 17:33 Uhr 

    I really loved this interview Maria. I could so relate to his not drafting since I don’t make my patterns but work with great patternmakers–sometimes the technical is just not the most important part of design, but the eye. I love Ryan’s aesthetic and feel like I fall into the category he describes at the top of this interview–wanting something more designed but not traditional.

    xo Mary Jo

  8. La Boheme am 20.06.2011 um 17:40 Uhr 

    This boy is crazy good! Would totally meet up with him (and his boyfriend) for a cup of coffee haha! But seriously he has enormous talent in bringing multiple elements and making them work, great interview Maria! xoxo

  9. Tereza am 20.06.2011 um 19:03 Uhr 

    Hello, Maria1
    Great interview, fantastic photos.
    Have a happy week.

  10. Maria am 20.06.2011 um 19:13 Uhr 

    Great style!
    Have a happy week ; )

  11. Cez am 20.06.2011 um 22:20 Uhr 

    so nice interview!!!! amazing as usual!!!

  12. meenal @ maison marigold am 20.06.2011 um 22:38 Uhr 

    a very interesting interview..thanks for sharing, maria! have a lovely day..xx meenal

  13. mosaicology am 20.06.2011 um 23:12 Uhr 

    Perfect style. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  14. Meta Musings am 21.06.2011 um 00:10 Uhr 

    Fabulous interview! I really like his perspective. So enjoyed this :) Hope you have a great day!! xx

  15. allumer * decor am 21.06.2011 um 01:13 Uhr 

    what a great interview. He seems like the real deal… a true artist. I cant wait to see more of him. thanks for sharing! *

  16. Norma am 21.06.2011 um 01:26 Uhr 

    Love his style!!! full of beauty and a strong personality, thanks for passing by the other day!! have a lovely week =)

  17. Karena am 21.06.2011 um 07:56 Uhr 

    Every image is a statement in refined luxury. Love his style and panache!

    Art by Karena

    Be sure to enter my exciting Giveaway from the Artisans at Novica!

  18. Stephie am 21.06.2011 um 12:03 Uhr 

    I love the opening statement. It is great to think that maybe people can be pushed beyond the boundaries that can make interiors seem a little formulaic. I am envious of his client list! Love the interview, thanks for sharing, Stephie x

  19. ahhhlala am 21.06.2011 um 12:52 Uhr 

    Sólo 26 añitos, es fantastico….va a ser muy grande.

  20. Alexa am 21.06.2011 um 17:11 Uhr 

    Love his work and his first response! Ha. Also he’s hot!

  21. Tamara, Bella Boho am 21.06.2011 um 18:11 Uhr 

    Great interview Maria! So love the idea of a space with a touch of romance.

  22. Kelly @ JAX does design am 21.06.2011 um 21:55 Uhr 

    I really like Ryan’s description of what luxury is. I’m just not so keen on his use of fur. I’m totally OK with faux fur and animal prints, but the real thing… not so much. Nevertheless, another great interview – I really enjoy learning about designers I haven’t heard of before :-)

  23. Anna am 23.06.2011 um 05:06 Uhr 

    oh wow. he’s just as pretty as his interiors.



  24. Maca Martinez am 23.06.2011 um 22:42 Uhr 

    -”What do you love to do when you are not designing?
    Be with my boyfriend.”-


    Why???? I’ve had a huge crush with Ryan’s designs and Ryan himself since the firts time I saw one of his interiors. I even dedicate an entire Dr. Thursday & Mr. Guy post to him and it turned out that he is gay? Oh Maria, I love this interview but I feel like crying! Why all the good guys in Decó world are gay?
    I wish you an excellent day! A huge hug from the other side of the Atlantic! XoXo

  25. theROOM am 24.06.2011 um 09:55 Uhr 

    SO SO inspiring

  26. Meera @ firstsense am 27.06.2011 um 08:54 Uhr 

    This is a fantastic interview, well done Maria! Wonderful to read what makes him tick!

    Meera xx

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