Architect Reinaldo Leandro and interior designer Ariel Ashe of New York practice Ashe + Leandro channel everything from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield to Parker Posey's digs in Broken English for their global roster of clients, which includes Seth Meyers, Kristen Bell, and Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland. Currently they're having a love affair with Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
AHA MOMENT "We did a chalkboard wall for our client [an A-list Hollywood director], and he said, 'I love it--it looks like the Monolith--which I was horrified by," says Ashe, of the comparison to the much-obsessed-about machine integral to Kubrick's epic. "But I promptly Googled and agreed. Since then, it's been an obvious direction," she adds.
THE CROSSOVER We asked the duo, who met at Manhattan design firm Pierce Allen before joining forces in 2008, to translate their muse into a shopping wishlist: the result is a textured mix that swings from Mattermade's breathtaking modular plywood cabinet to Blackman Cruz's bronze hand sconces. "A touch of The Addams Family should grace every home," Ashe explains of the latter.
DO TRY THIS AT HOME Introduce these subtly futuristic picks for an instant modern update. It's all about the more-than-meets-the-eye effect--John Robshaw's Panga Pillow adds dimension to a neutral couch, while Bertoia's Wire Accent Chair has the power to transform a bare corner into a graphic vignette. For more inspired-by picks, check out Ashe + Leandro's curated collection below.
|Betroia Wire Lounge, $250, Hayneedle||Hand Sconce, $3500, Blackman Cruz||Abaca Panga Pillow, $180, John Robshaw Textiles|
|Concrete Magnets, $12, CB2||Black Floating Ring, $950, Maiyet||Live Air Plants, $20, Pottery Barn|
|Cabinet by Mattermade, $11,230, Matter||PD4 ABC Lamp, Gubi, $279, Horne||Duffle, $575, Clare Vivier|