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Interior Designer Spotlight: Ronald J. Bricke

As an internationally acclaimed interior designer, Ronald Bricke is sought worldwide for his innovative approaches to both traditional and contemporary design. His scores of projects include the Elsie DeWolfe townhouse in Manhattan (featured in House & Garden, July 1999), the Frank Lloyd Wright house in New Canaan, the Mauksberry Club in London, various homes in the Hamptons and across the United States and residential apartments in Paris, Japan, and New York. One of the rare inductees as an Honorary Member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Mr. Bricke has served on the Board of Directors of the Isabel O’Neil Foundation for the Painted Finish and as a member of the Board of Governors of his alma mater, Parsons School of Design.

Forged fine silver organism by Junko Mori and  two crystal “silver mist” ceramics by Kondo Takahiro rest upon an ivory and marquetry inlaid table (approximately 1790) and are accompanied by a Valdavian sculpture (1580 BC) and a Farnes Harakles sculpture (1st-2nd century AD).  A “Celestial Realm” photograph by Wang Wusheng hangs in the background.

We asked him: What do you collect and how do you combine Asian works of art into your interiors?

“The exquisite nature of simplicity is the inherent characteristic that prevails upon my collection.   With this aesthetic in mind, I have made the discovery that differing cultures and artwork combine seamlessly.  Our global connections are invaluable in finding these uniting features.”

“My collections incorporate contemporary Asian works of art with Roman, Greek and Valdavian sculptures.  I also rely heavily on other collectors (for example, Adrian Sassoon, Joan Mirviss and Erik Thomsen) for their inspirations, perceptions and vast knowledge.”

See more photos of Ronald Bricke's work below:

In the background, placed upon the window ledge is a tall fluted vessel  (stoneware – sand glaze) with pinched waist and incised surface patterning by Sakiyama Takayuki (b. 1958).  A Japanese bronze bird, a black lacquer scroll box and a forged fine silver organism by Junko Mori have been placed upon the coffee tables.

Two pieces of stoneware with colored clay inlays by Kishi Eiko (Japanese, b. 1948) reside behind a white ceramic Japanese bowl in the shape of a flower by Ito Hidehito (b. 1971).   A porcelain with blue underglaze and a four-legged rectangular vessel with green glass cover and “silver mist” both by Kondo Takahiro (b. 1958) are placed in front of a brass urn by Gustave Serrurier-Bovy.  All items are placed upon a cipollino marble, custom “outrigger” table.

Frank Lloyd Wright House: A six panel Japanese screen of “Matsushima” (Pine Island) with finishing nets beneath Mount Fuji by the Kano School, circa 1800 provides the backdrop for a Frank Lloyd Wright dining room and is complemented with a Dale Chihuly sculpture in the foreground.

Photography by Michael L. Hill