In our latest video tour, interior designer Peter Dolkas of Studio Dorion takes us inside his Brooklyn apartment—or, as he puts it, his laboratory. Because the apartment was turn-key, requiring no major renovations, and the kitchen a sleek wall of slate blue cabinets, he knew the open floor plan would be a thrill to decorate.
In the living room, he chose the same fabric for all of his upholstered pieces—a decorating trick borrowed from the classic English country-house playbook, but one that Dolkas put his own spin on by using a solid instead of a pattern. The effect is that of a quiet, meditative cocoon—something that Dolkas often yearns for after spending the day working with a wide range of colors and pattern.
Drawing inspiration from artist Donald Judd’s live-work space in New York, Dolkas’s bedroom is spartanly furnished with a platform bed, a single mahogany Chippendale reproduction chair covered in a solid brushed wool, and simple, Shaker-like panel shutters. Dolkas added a bold dose of interest with a graphic checkerboard quilt inspired by one of Anni Albers’s iconic rug designs from 1928.