French Connection

Garrow Kedigian’s work on some of  America’s most notable homes may be a point of pride among New York socialite circles, yet the designer’s refined interiors are permeated with a decisively European flair. The old-world, oftentimes French influence gets its beginnings in Kedigian’s Francophone roots. Born in Montreal, Canada, he studied architecture at McGill University before moving to Boston, where he spent six years working with prestigious interior designer William Hodgins. Translating his love of architecture into a passion for the tactile art of design, Kedigian went on to conquer New York, working for several major firms before establishing his own in 2001.

“The architecture is what sets the tone and tells you what you need to do with a space,” says Kedigian, whose classical architectural training still defines his artfully elegant rooms. From modern farmhouse to turn-of-the-century Tudor, to the dramatic chalk-panelled lounge inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte that Kedigian designed for the exclusive Kips Bay Show House, the designer’s touch is unmistakable — exploring, in his multifaceted style, the graceful dance of old and new.


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Kedigian’s personal style radiates artful European chic, much like his timeless spaces. Clad in a sharp Ted Baker suit and classic Gucci loafers, he’s set for work with his trusty Ermenegildo Zegna briefcase, a finely crafted DeWitt watch on his wrist, and an energizing spritz of Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte for a zesty boost. When inspiration runs dry, it’s off to Paris or Montreal to soak in cultural riches, accompanied by Louis Vuitton luggage, a pair of dressy shoes, and impossibly cool vintage Ray-Bans; and no visit to his hometown is complete without a stay at the Montreal Ritz Carlton. Back home, Kedigian enjoys kicking back with a page-turner, like The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, surrounded by beloved objects: a linen-wrapped coffee table by Jean-Michel Frank, or elegant azalea topiaries. But most of all, the designer takes time to appreciate an artistic masterpiece: delving into Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola, contemplating the replica of Andrea Appiani’s Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in his Montreal home, or biting into the perfect crab cake.

Text by Kate Missine  Translated by Tiantian  Produced by Many Ngom