Paper City Jan 2010, pg. 22

“Ann Wolf - What room inspires you most? The gallery room at the Carlyle hotel designed by Renzo Mongiardino. It was inspired by the sultan’s room in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace and is proof that truly inspired design never dates.

“Why? The combination of color and pattern in this room is sublime. I am awed by the hand-painted wallpaper depicting vases of flowers and baskets of fruit intricately surrounded by stunning borders. The velvet banquettes with antique kilim appliqués and the red fringed-velvet chairs make me want to sit for hours dreaming of exotic and glamorous locales. The brass swing-arm lamps with patterned shades cast just the right amount of flattering light. It’s simply the most romantic room ever.”