Picture: Brian Winston Fraser
My consumer will not be your common man,” says artist and inside designer Bailey Li. He’s a bachelor who was redoing his second house in Little Falls, New Jersey. The home doesn’t name a lot consideration to itself from the road, however when you get inside, you possibly can see the consumer wished one thing theatrical and completely stunning — beginning with this bed room and its king-size mattress’s nine-foot-tall, custom-made wood headboard, which doubles as a “gentle set up and temper changer,” notes Li. “There are sensors within the headboard that permit you to dim or brighten and alter colours to reinforce your chakras or set an supposed temper.”
The headboard is about towards one in every of Li’s hand-painted murals. “I used to be impressed by a uncommon pure stone,” she says of her use of metallic paints from Golden Paint Works, which had been blended with Benjamin Moore colours to interpret Moroccan malachite and azurite stone. “Not solely is it aesthetically pleasing,” Li says, “however the stone’s properties promote internal peace, ardour, and a extra constructive view of life.”
Li labored in actual property earlier than beginning her design observe three years in the past. As a dealer, she staged properties for max impact, all of the whereas finessing her personal distinctive design viewpoint, which is unabashedly maximalist, layered with wealthy textures and portray, and infrequently playful.
Li’s personal home, a renovated firehouse within the Valley Arts District of Orange, New Jersey, options her personal hand-painted murals, a Louis XV chair hung from the wall and used as a shelf, and a cell shelving unit repurposed from a glossy motor scooter. Whoopi Goldberg bought two of Li’s “Vaginas Are Lit” installations, exhibited on the 2018 Newark Arts Festival, the place her work was proven as a part of the ladies’s collective fem’n’3d.
“I see myself as extra of an inside artist than an inside designer,” Li says. “I imagine that artwork is a approach to actually uplift folks in refined and subliminal ways in which go straight to their psyche.”
Li’s consumer loves to gather paintings by rising Black artists. “I used to be blown away by the work of Philip A. Robinson at first sight,” Li says. “I scheduled an artist go to with him, and the remaining was historical past. I found his work on the Gardenship in Kearny, New Jersey, an artists’ residency that he and I and some different artists had entry to throughout COVID.” Robinson’s Kanye West is product of walnut, zebrawood, tree bark, calfskin, marble, bronze, and tugboat chain.