One of Uriel Kusiatin’s first sales was to Ivanka Trump’s interior designer, Kelly Behun. It was a real confidence booster for the Ardmore resident, who’d just left the corporate world behind to open Hammersby, his new Bryn Mawr showroom filled with vintage, mid-century modern furniture and home décor. “She was very impressed with our inventory and purchased a pair of rare chairs she couldn’t find elsewhere,” says Kusiatin. “I love sourcing new furniture, bidding at auction houses for rare pieces, and being able to offer them here on the Main Line.”
Decorating style: Clean lines, functional style. “I tend to fall into a minimalist category. I think design should enhance the beauty of each piece. An engineer by training, I also enjoy the problem-solving aspects of design as much as the aesthetics.”
Favorite room in his house: The living room. “I’ve finally gotten it right in terms of furniture and placement, pleasing art, and matching wall color.”
Most prized possessions: “A landscape painting by Viggo Langer that reminds me of the area in northern Denmark where I was born. And I can’t forget my surfboards. Whenever I need to get away from it all, that’s what I reach for.”
Designer who inspires him: “Arne Jacobsen was undoubtedly one of the most influential mid-century modern designers from Denmark. He was a huge proponent of the Danish/Scandinavian approach to design, which I admire.”
Design advice he loves to give: “Vintage-modern and contemporary furniture can easily be integrated into any home. The designs are elegant, timeless and sustainable.”
Favorite design trend: Green/eco-friendly design.
Best part of his job: “Finding new and interesting design pieces, and connecting with those who appreciate them as much as I do.”
842 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; (484) 380-2096, hammersby.com.
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