Selected by Carlos Mota:
Modern Objects and Natural Wonders for a ‘Globally Chic’ Home
"My job is to help everyone to present the best possible version of a home, to find its soul, to have and to realize a vision,” says Carlos Mota, whose “strong appetite for beautiful things” has nourished top design magazines such as Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. The Venezuelan-born, New York-based stylist, editor, and author describes his aesthetic ideal as “globally chic”: a finely calibrated exuberance that stops just short of eccentricity. At The Apartment by The Line, he is drawn to natural forms—the eight-foot-tall spike of a narwhal tusk (“the perfect sculpture in any corner”), a bronze-mounted ostrich egg (“one of nature’s most beautiful design objects”)—as well as those that are decisively modern, including works by Jacques Adnet, Joe Colombo, and Jonathan Nesci. “These shelves are amazing, because they look like Donald Judd wall sculptures,” says Mota of Nesci’s wax-polished aluminum pieces.
Mota likens carpets to “the shoes of the room—they make it or break it,” and pronounces The Apartment’s vintage rugs “so chic,” adding, “If you can’t go to Morocco, then bring Morocco to you!” From lush textures, he moves to the sleek stainless steel objects of Stelton’s Cylinda-Line, designed by Arne Jacobsen. “Every civilized home should have a bar, and this is the perfect accessory,” says Mota of the gleaming bullet of a cocktail shaker. “So clean and modern.” When pressed for secrets to creating beautiful spaces, he is happy to oblige. “The best suggestion is to have great lighting, lots of lamps everywhere, to create a great mood and atmosphere,” advises Mota. “Every lamp should be on a dimmer, and always have fresh flowers!”