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March 15, 2017, 08:34 PM

Girls just love old things

By Shirley Kay

Would You Like to See the House: Unapologetic Interiors © Rizzoli

New York, USA - The latest and final series of 'Girls' is airing on Sky TV and Lena Dunham has become a household name. But how many know she used to work in the small vintage fabric and clothes store of New York interior designer Lorraine Kirke? Daughter and 'Girls' star Jemima met Lena at high school in Brooklyn and Lorraine came to introduce Lena to the beauty of old storied items. Her designs may even have influenced Lena's own writing style: they are unique and eclectic and maybe even a bit wild but they work.

In her recent book Would You Like to See the House Lorraine's fearlessness in design is a fascinating inspiration. Its 'unapologetic interiors' remind us to celebrate creativity and bring colour back into our lives. Past life items are everywhere in her designs and reuse ideas inspirational. Bookshelves were once old doors, cabinets are fitted with vintage refrigerator parts and ceilings are covered with multicoloured tin. Lorraine has the gift of understanding the beauty of reinventing old things.

It makes her book well worth discovering. There are over two hundred photographs by Patti Stoecker, many belonging to friends and celebrity clients such as Courtney Love, Julianne Moore and, of course, Lena Dunham. Lorraine's daughter Jemima who grew up surrounded by old things said she 'makes damaged goods feel at home'.

Would You Like to See the House: Unapologetic Interiors by Lorraine Kirke
Photography by Patti Stoecker
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

See some of the book's images and how to buy at the links below.

Vogue: Inside Daring Rooms. Lena Dunhamís Interior Designer of Choice

Story Type:  Feature

ID: 99352

Date Modified: March 16, 2017, 01:42 PM

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