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Architectural Digest, April 2017
Ken Fulk and de Gournay Create a Fantastical Wallpaper

Every spring, at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, the most celebrated interior designers come together to create a fantastical New York destination. This year’s location—a 19th-century Georgian townhouse on the Upper East Side—is the type of place you’d imagine a social swan, like Brooke Astor or Helena Rubinstein, taking up residency, adorning its walls with hand-painted chinoiserie. Or least, that’s what came to mind for San Francisco designer Ken Fulk when he first took in the sight of the home’s lush overgrown gardens from an open bay window in the dining room. The initial visit prompted him to create the fictional tale, “Madame’s Magical Menagerie,” where exotic animals escaped from the local zoo and found the perfect haven in Madam F.’s backyard garden, making her famous dinner parties more lively than ever. To help his fairytale come to life, Fulk collaborated with luxury wallpaper house de Gournay, who depicted whimsical scenes, such as a zebra nibbling on a lilac bush or a polar bear curled up on the garden bench, in a custom wallpaper that matches the design of the 1800s structure. Here, Fulk gives us a glimpse into Madam F.’s fabulous life that’s portrayed through her immaculate interiors.

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