From there, Kern, who is also lead visual merchandiser for Obelisk Home, worked his way up to this jaw-dropping transformation, collecting pieces he was drawn to over time rather than purchasing everything simultaneously. He acquired the 1860s antique desk, for instance, from someone who just wanted to get rid of it. The intense shade of oak is a perfect contrast to the black-and-white rug, another piece typically seen out in the open. By floating the desk away from the wall, it becomes a focal point and reiterates the dual purpose of the space.
Another show-stopping feature is the chrome sputnik chandelier. Purchased on sale from a big-box store, Kern swapped out the fixture’s standard Edison bulbs for chrome-dipped bulbs that reflect his edgy style. The magnitude of the 35-inch-diameter fixture also draws the eye up, emphasizing the closet’s 18-foot ceilings.
Other accents include artwork from Kern’s personal collection, fresh flowers picked up weekly at the farmers market, fashion books useful for adding height to vignettes and an unorthodox bust of Diana of Versailles. The closet is now more than a spot to get dressed. It’s a place where he can clothe himself in creativity.