Russell Groves Covers Michael Kors
Michael Kors’ expansive New York City apartment is featured this month in Architectural Digest. Thespace, which is located at The Greenwich Lane, is both luxurious and earthy – clean and simple, yet opulent. It’s the work of Russell Groves of Groves & Co., who took the time to answer a few of my questions about the project.
Your work is on the August cover of Architectural Digest – what fun! How is Michael Kors to work with as a client – don’t hold back!
Michael and his husband Lance Le Pere are amazing clients. We really clicked. All in all, it was a dream! Our working relationship developed very quickly once we started on our initial project six years ago, and it’s continued to be grounded in the fact that we basically had the same aesthetic references, visual and historical. We (our team) have known them (as a couple) better and better over that time period.
When and how did you begin your working relationship with Michael Kors?
We first worked together six years ago on his Long Island house, which was featured in Vogue. We had been interviewed a number of times for retail projects for Michael Kors, but I had never actually met him. Then when we ended up meeting to discuss the house project, I was really pleasantly surprised that he not only knew who I was but really loved my own Springs house, which he had seen published, and appreciated it for its clean and simple but textural aesthetic. Read More.
I loved seeing the AD feature, and I always wonder when looking at these finished views: What was the most challenging part of this project?
Working within the existing footprint was the biggest challenge for this project – making the program work and perfecting the relationship between the spaces.
What other projects have you done for them?
Let’s see – multiple offices, houses in Florida and Long Island, and the Greenwich Lane residence. In one way or another, we’ve been planning or constructing spaces for them for the last six years.
Is it typical that you have this much repeat business and such enduring relationships with clients?
I wish it were true that every client let us create all their spaces, from work to living and escape… in fact, we do have a number of clients for whom we’ve done repeat work. One particular client has commissioned us for 12 different projects – homes and offices – in different locations.
We are obsessed with Hamptons housing – what is the most memorable pad you’ve been to out here? Describe it – and your own ideal Hamptons dream home (no budget restrictions).
Of course, I like Calvin Klein’s—a modern house in such a bucolic setting is a lovely concept. My ideal would be similar, but of course, everything would be designed by us! I love to do it all – the exterior, the interior, the furniture, the gardens. For me, it’s not about the size a project that’s important, it’s the scope – I love every aspect of design – architecture, landscape, interiors, and furniture. Any project where I was able to influence every part of it is a dream.
To see more photos of Michael Kors’ penthouse designed by Groves, check out the full article on Architectural Digest or pick up a copy. More information on the building, The Greenwich Lane, a massive new complex setting West Village records and setting the standard in luxury in this part of town, check out their sales site – only the $23 million townhouses are still available. Also check out this amazing eclectic art-filled NYC townhouse designed by Russell Groves, also featured in AD.