Photo Gallery: Kelly Behun's Sleek Designs

New York designer Kelly Behun is known for her modern yet inviting spaces. Back in 1994, she joined Ian Schrager Hotels' in-house design studio, working with Andrée Putman and training under designer Philippe Starck. Later in 2000, she started Behun Ziff Design with Natasha Ziff, focusing on residential design projects. In 2010, Behun founded Kelly Behun Studio, an interior design firm with its own line of furniture and home accessories, with a focus on bespoke designs. Here, explore 15 of her favourite projects and products, and draw inspiration from her clean, sophisticated style.

  • Organic-Style Kitchen

    A luxurious, neutral space.

    "This kitchen was designed for comfort," says Behun, "and, as throughout the house, the palette and materials are very organic." The kitchen island is Calacatta Gold marble, the bar table is from a single slab of American walnut, and the carved wood hands are inspired by Perdo Friedeberg.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Light-Filled Family Room

    A contemporary, open-concept space.

    Behun describes this family room as an extension of the kitchen (previous photo). It features the same soft palette of white and warm wood tones. The braided sofa is perfect for casual lounging.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Indoor-Outdoor Dining

    International pieces feel at home together in this light-drenched oasis for dining.

    "I designed this dining table, one of my favourites, which has a free-form Macassar ebony top and a base covered in hand-cut mosaic ceramic tiles," says Behun. "The pattern for the base was inspired by the work of Roberto Burle Marx, specifically his plazas in Rio de Janeiro.The blue chair and stool are rope-wrapped pieces by Christian Astuguevieille." She had the rugs made from dozens of African raffia ceremonial cloths that were sewn together.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Beach-Inspired Bedroom

    A light, dreamy space.

    "This bedroom was inspired by the beach," says Behun. "Everything is bleached out and feels sun-baked, the tones are sandy coloured and everything has a natural/matte texture." She used bleached walnut, linen, cotton, rope and concrete, rounding the look out with artwork by Ross Watts, and a book and light sculpture by Kelly Behun Studio.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Fabulous Foyer

    Traditional and modern elements combine to create a gorgeous entryway.

    "The entry of this Park Avenue apartment was designed with a twist on the classic foyer," explains Behun. "There is a centre hall table, but it's more of a traditional mirrored mosaic top married to an organic bleached driftwood base." The long bench is conservative in its lines but is covered in faux fur, and the wallpaper is hand-painted by Brooklyn artist Bob George Studio to recreate a Japanese cherry blossom in a windstorm.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • New York City Living Room

    Eclectic pieces add personal style.

    "The living room of this Park Avenue apartment features a custom art deco Chinese rug, a vintage coffee table by Fernand Dresse and a pair of chairs by Halabala," says Behun. "The custom sofa, designed by Kelly Behun Studio, sits on a continuous plinth of grey lacquer."

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • White Dining Room

    An elegant space for entertaining.

    Behun's attention to detail is wonderfully captured in this sleek dining space. "This room boasts a unique pair of light fixtures by Lindsey Adelman," she says. The custom Kelly Behun Studio ebonized dining table is simple enough to let the lighting and art take centre stage.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Plush Principal Bedroom

    A soothing sleep space atop the New York City bustle.

    "I wanted this bedroom to feel minimal and soothing yet luxe and glamorous," says Behun. The Mariah Robertson artworks above the bed add some colour, and the cosy fur throw warms up the mostly white space.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Modern Living Room

    A bright space with plenty of seating.

    In this living room on Manhattan's upper east side, a custom Kelly Behun Studio linen sofa sits atop a silk-and-wool area rug by Madeline Weinrib. Graphic art and a Serge Mouille sconce break up the while walls.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Long Island Living Room

    A bright and inviting space.

    "The living room in this Long Island home is minimal yet warm," says Behun. The tones were selected to complement those of the pool, yard and sky beyond. The Prouve metal and wood daybed is covered in pale blue ultrasuede, mirroring the colour of the pool. The high gloss white floors and ceiling reflect light, making the space seem even larger and brighter.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Long Island Dining Room

    Functional benches add a casual feel.

    "The dining room to the right of the living room features a John Pawson-designed dining table made of quarter-sawn English Sycamore," says Behun. The benches are sleek and modern, yet functional for entertaining large groups. A dramatic piece of art adds interest to the vast open-concept space.

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Neo Laminati Chair No. 34

    A modern chair with fun angles.

    This chair is part of Behun's Neo Laminati Collection — her first commercially available furniture line. "The collection features custom-printed laminates that are inspired by the Memphis Group design movement of the early 1980s," she explains. "This piece is an homage to the genius of Gerrit Reitveld's zigzag chair first introduced in 1934, and is available exclusively at Suite NY in Manhattan."

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Neo Laminati Bench No. 84

    A contemporary striped bench.

    "This piece is also part of my Neo Laminati Collection," says Behun. "I utilized custom-printed laminates inspired by the Memphis Group of the 1980s, and married that to a form inspired by the minimalist artist Donald Judd."

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Op Art Cocktail Table

    Inspired by artist Victor Vasarely.

    "This Op Art cocktail table is part of our limited-edition furniture line," says Behun. "It debuted in 2012 at our solo show at the R20th Gallery in Tribeca. It's optical art pattern is inspired by the artist Victor Vasarely, and is composed of hand-forged steel with digitally printed and laminated glass."

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    Designer: Kelly Behun

  • Artistic Garden Bench

    Whimsical outdoor seating.

    "This piece is unique and was commissioned for a client's terrace in Manhattan," says Behun. "It is made of hand-cut black and white ceramic tile, over a substrate of hand-carved cork. The pattern was inspired by the work of Brazilian artist Roberto Burle Marx."

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    Designer: Kelly Behun