Self-taught 28-year-old interior designer Ryan Korban counts numerous fashion icons and photographers (like Helmut Newton and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, to name just a few) among his chief design inspiration, so it comes as no surprise that the man who's added a tasteful touch of luxe to the homes of clients like James Franco, Alexander Wang, and model Natasha Poly, would try his hand at a few clothing stores, too. Step into his perfectly polished world in New York at Balenciaga's Soho flagship, Alexander Wang's downtown store, Diesel's Black Gold store in lower Manhattan, and the Fivestory boutique on the Upper East Side.
Of course, if a trip to NYC isn't in the cards, pick up his new book Ryan Korban: Luxury Redefined (out this month), which chronicles some of the young designer's most outstanding and impressive projects from the past six years, alongside the visuals he referenced for each space. Here's an excerpt from his chapter on the Alexander Wang store:
"When I'm designing a store for a fashion brand, I think in fashion terms and experiment with materials. I love fur, but I wanted to do something new and unconventional with it. I wanted a statement piece: hence the black fox hammock (above)...the idea behind the cage (pictured below) was to bring a bit of street and subversion into the space. Then I realized it was a good solution for covering the unattractive set of stairs at the entrance to the store. It also became a great merchandising tool, serving as an installation piece. For the store opening, floral stylist Jeff Leatham covered it completely in baby's breath."
For Wang's home (pictured below), Korban kept the same "polished, yet youthful, energetic spirit" with a balance of white marble and black leather—and a bold zebra skin rug, for good measure.
—Details senior online editor Perrin Drumm