September 21, 2023
Architectural Digest: Born to be Wild, The Future Perfect Builds the Ultimate Nursery
The Future Perfect Builds the Ultimate Nursery for one Design-Savvy Infant
David Alhadeff, founder of the contemporary design mecca The Future Perfect, and his husband, creative director Jason Duzansky, remember the moment they learned that their plans to adopt a child were coming to fruition.
They were in the middle of renovating the stately 1916 Hollywood Hills house, once inhabited by movie producer Samuel Goldwyn, that would become their new Los Angeles home as well as the gallery’s latest boffo LA incarnation. “There was plaster hanging off the walls and ceilings, and exposed electrical conduits everywhere.” Alhadeff recalls.
“Even before he was born, Leo announced in a very strong way that our lives would no longer be on our schedule but his.”
With a quick pivot, the couple transformed one of the house’s many rooms into a high-design nursery chockablock with effervescent colors, textures, and forms. The first piece they selected was a signature Campana Brothers stuffed-animal chair. “The Campanas are not part of The Future Perfect program, but we wanted the nursery to celebrate fun, creativity, and curiosity. It’s hard to imagine a single object that encapsulates those qualities better,” says the gallery maestro. They proceeded to wrap the space in a luminous Calico Wallpaper vinyl wall covering (the baby food just washes right off!), and surrounded the Campana chair with a host of similarly jolly furnishings: a Gaetano Pesce leaf-form resin shelf; a Chris Wolston aluminum-palm-frond chandelier; patchwork curtains by Thompson Street Studio; and, for good measure, a life-size emu plushie. The play table and chairs were gifts from designer Piet Hein Eek, one of the all-stars on The Future Perfect’s roster.
“If you look at Pinterest and other social media, a lot of what’s going on in nursery design feels very spare and traditional-lots of dove gray, Shaker- inspired furniture, rocking chairs, and floral papers,” Alhadeff says. “I wanted to create a space that feels wild and fun, which is what I think childhood should be.”
Featured Collection: Aura in colorway Mani
Article by: Mayer Rus