Interior designer might be better known amongst fashion followers than decor devotees. For the past several years, the young talent has been steadily booked by longtime friend Alexander Wang to design a slew of stores for both the fashion designer's Alexander Wang label and Balenciaga (where Wang serves as creative director). With his store design-stuffed calendar permitting little residential projects, Korban admits his taste has evolved. "My style used to be 'more is more,'" say Korban in his NYC apartment. "But my retail work is more pared down and now I am leaning in that direction." Formerly, his maximalist aesthetic consumed his home. "I would fill the surfaces until they couldn’t be filled anymore." Then it was time for a cleanse. "I got rid of it all and learned how to edit down with it still feeling accessorized—that’s the moment I am in right now."
I love the idea of having a surface by a sofa—whether it’s in front or on the sides. I never like a sofa that seems like it’s floating by itself.
I started out working with really small spaces. Where, I quickly learned that the only way to make a small space successful is through proportions. Even when you start working on bigger spaces it's still key.
When it’s a coffee table I really focus on the bird’s-eye view. But it's still all about proportions—start with a big book then a small book and then a smaller object on top of that, like a beautiful ashtray.
The surface always has to be interesting before I start building on top of it.
I obviously have a lamp obsession... and I am addicted to sculpture (whether it’s plaster or bronze, is a very easy way to elevate any surface) and books. So I mix those three elements a lot—the lighting, the sculpture, and the books.
Beyond factoring in various objects, you should consider shapes and materials—it's important to balance something graphic with something sculptural and something hard with something soft.
I like texture, especially in the bedroom, to warm things up. These bedside pieces are fully shagreen and then the lamps are lacquer with horn inlay.
For example, this corner, in the dining room where you're typically sitting, called for something tall like a pedestal topped with an arrangement with height. Where as on the coffee table, I did smaller arrangements because you're always looking down on it. It’s a study of proportions and perspective.