April 30, 2021

Kelly Behun’s Living Gallery Invites Viewers Near and Far to Indulge in Design

Kelly Behun in the great room of her Living Gallery at 1228 Madison Avenue. The space features new lighting by Sunshine Thacker and Kelly Behun, and a coffee table by Gaspare Asaro. Photography by Nicole Franzen.

Designer Kelly Behun recently unveiled her second Living Gallery concept—a digital e-commerce space connecting viewers to the full-floor model apartment she curated at 1228 Madison in New York City. The art, furnishings, and design accents throughout compliment the bones of the luxury building by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, as well as the colors and textures of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “I focused on the juxtaposition of the building’s outside and what happens when you come in—that idea was at the forefront of my design process,” says Behun, noting that the space invites those who enter to immediately exhale.  

The Living Gallery showcases Behun’s latest lighting collection with Hudson Valley Lighting as well as her new custom designs for The Rug Company, and a range of accessories from L’Objet. And though creating a space for an imagined family, rather than as a collaboration with a homeowner, proved challenging, Behun gushed about the opportunity to introduce designers and design enthusiasts alike to emerging makers and artists. Partnering with Mellyn, Dvorkin & Monrow Art Consultants, the Living Gallery features work by artists such as Ricci Albenda, Ellsworth Kelly, Dashiell Manley, Ken Price, Anish Kapoor, Mary Obering and Rob Wynne. “We approached curating the space by imagining each artwork as part of a collection assembled over a period of time,” explains Sean Mellyn, partner at MDM, mirroring the approach Behun took in piecing together the apartment. Ultimately, the Living Gallery reflects the infinite possibilities of the home and invites viewers to explore new concepts, limited only by their imagination. 

The foyer features hand-painted wallpaper from Yolande Batteau for Callidus Guild. Photography by Nicole Franzen.
The great room includes a sculptural floor lamp by Field Lighting from the Dobrinka Salzman Gallery, artwork by Dashiell Manley, Sunshine Thacker lamps, a Kelly Behun rug, Wendell Castle table, Kelly Behun lamp, and a Chairish side table. Photography by Nicole Franzen.
The eat-in kitchen features a Kelly Behun chandelier, France and Son chairs, Paul S. Briggs bowl, and a Humble Matter vase. Photography by Nicole Franzen.
De La Vega chairs sit next to a Kristina Riska stoneware sculpture for Hostler BurrowsPhotography by Nicole Franzen.
A bedroom features lighting by Kelly Behun for Hudson Valley Lighting and a framed Ellsworth Kelly lithograph. Photography by Nicole Franzen.
The main bedroom features a new design by Kelly Behun for The Rug Company and a hand painted panel by Gracie StudioPhotography by Nicole Franzen.
A closer look at the Kelly Behun rug in the main bedroom. Photography by Nicole Franzen.
Media Room featuring a Joybird sofa and cushions by Kevin O’Brien Studio and Gucci DécorPhotography by Nicole Franzen.
The powder room. Photography by Nicole Franzen.

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