In N.Y., Vera Wang’s Interior Designer

People / Places / Products / August 25, 2010

Lisa Jackson is an interior designer who sees herself as an editor.

She doesn’t like precious – she doesn’t understand it. She’s not an antique dealer, though she loves and sells the occasional piece. She simply believes, like Hemingway, that what she leaves out is just as important as what she leaves in.

And she’s very successful, counting Vera Wang, Tory Burch and Michael J. Fox among her clients.

She purchased eight-year-old Lucca & Co. three years ago, then established its new identity on 61st Street in Manhattan. She hasn’t looked back since.

“The Lucca brand is one that’s tailored, chic, modern and timeless,” she said. “The living room in my own home is two sofas and tables. That’s all. There’s light, airiness, comfort and lifestyle.”

Inside her showroom, she combines a Zen-like love for simple, Scandinavian-influenced pieces with a keen appreciation for works from Uruguay, Sicily, Korea and Europe. She’s divided the space up into living areas, setting it up for clients to experience how an apartment might feel. There, she combines the contemporary with the antique.

“I know how to put a room together,” she said. “”I understand scale, proportion and adding layers for the long term.”

She knows the strength of restraint as well, as demonstrated in her Lucca stone top dining table from Belgium. A simple elliptical slab of thin stone laid out upon a cube of blackened steel, it’s a tutorial in geometric minimalism. It’s offered in Belgian bluestone, Piasentina stone and Lasa White Marble.

Then there’s the pair of white, porcelain, Belgian tabletop lamps. “They fit into our brand material – they’re smart, they’re natural, they’re pure, they’re functional, they’re magical and they stand alone as sculptures.”

At the moment, she’s enamored of her modernist pillar candles. Cubed or rectangular in shape, they come in varying heights. Their form and texture are derived from a simple architecture, like most of the pieces in her showroom.

“I live design,” Lisa Jackson said. “I love design, and I love a comfortable lifestyle. I put it out there every day for everything.”

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