Curious Yellow

From a loft in SoHo, Scandinavian sensibility gets a fresh twist

who: Partners Anna Cappelen, a former ad-agency art director, and architect Nina Wolff, the Norwegian decorating team behind SoHo-based design firm Curious Yellow, named in part for the 1967 Swedish cult film I Am Curious (Yellow).

what: Boho meets rocker chic. Curious Yellow’s design aesthetic is characterized by rich, tactile fabrics, ample leathers, sumptuous furs, and edgy details—with a dose of clean-lined Scandinavian practicality. 
“We do love to incorporate antiques,” says Wolff. “We’re not married to modern things.” Adds Cappelen: 
“The ultra-simple Scandinavian archetype is actually a bit boring.”

where: Recent projects include a Boerum Hill townhouse, a shingled cottage in Wainscott, and a residence in Bergen, Norway, Wolff’s hometown. They’re currently working on a 13,000-square-foot 1850s Cobble Hill home, with six floors, in the French Second Empire style.

when: Cappelen and Wolff launched Curious Yellow in 2009, 
after a mutual friend introduced the native Norwegians, who are both parents of young daughters. “Once we sat down to work together, everything clicked,” says Cappelen. “There were 
no criticisms.”

why: “Seeing a project come to life—from an early mood board to the final fabrics—is what drives our passion,” says Cappelen. Adds Wolff: “We love being at home and enjoying our surroundings, and we want our clients to feel the same way.” —Allegra Muzzillo

portrait: daniel disipio; pillows: john lawton

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