Ryan Korban has made a name for himself designing the interiors of homes and/or storefronts for the likes of Alexander Wang (his BFF), Kanye West and Joseph Altuzarra. No wonder, then, the NYC-based interior designer—whose new book Ryan Korban: Interiors is now in stores—approaches his craft like he does shopping for clothes. Here, he shares his advice.


ACCESSORIES MAKE A LOOK. “When you get dressed, you wear boots and a T-shirt, but you pair them with a great handbag and cool jewellery. For me, that approach also makes the most successful space. People get too focused on the big-ticket items. Don’t agonize over a sofa—get something really simple and put your energy into the extras.”


INVEST IN MATERIALS, NOT TRENDS. “Lucite chairs are trendy, but Lucite is cheap and doesn’t stand the test of time. Stick to materials that are great investments, like marble and bronze.”


IF IT LOOKS EXPENSIVE, PEOPLE WILL THINK IT’S EXPENSIVE. “There are certain things that feel rich and certain things that don’t, and there’s not always a budget that’s tied to it.” Our faves: art you found at a flea market and reframed yourself, super-weighty candlesticks, a vase of fresh flowers.



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Ryan Korban: Interiors ($67.50) at chapters.indigo.ca.