Advice

With a list of clients that includes Karl Lagerfeld, Sarah Andelman from Colette, former Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and Beatrix of The Netherlands, GHYCZY is a company that graces the lives of some of the world’s most stylish people.

A company with a long family history, and a design ethos that is based on quality, GHYCZY provides every customer with service, care and dedication. We want people to enjoy GHYCZY well after we have delivered. We want pieces to become familiar to those that surround them, that use each design. We want each piece to become part of someone’s story. Until now, GHYCZY has produced furniture for those that have sought out these award winning designs. Almost collectable in its creation, every piece is unique. Yet, because of GHYCZY’s distinction from other furniture companies, and its much replicated ideas, we know that GHYCZY designs are something that people are familiar with. You may have been in contact with a GHYCZY and not even realised. That is the subtle signature that our company has developed in every piece.

Today, GHYCZY is set for a new era. Everything about the company will stay the same. The care taken in the Swalmen based creation process. The designs that emerge from Peter Ghyczy’s drawing room. The way in which we all, as one furniture family, take pride in everything we do. For the first time, in a long time, GHYCZY will be made available around the world, with minimum effort for the customer. New showrooms will display our collections, new collections will be revealed seasonally and new collaborations will make the Ghyczy name a little less obscure.

We at GHYCZY want everyone to be able to distinguish quality unlike anything else. We want the world that has inspired these designs, to be able to use these designs. We want to offer ourselves to a wider audience, so that Swalmen can supply the world with everything we believe to be the best in quality made furniture.

Years of experience gave me the insight, that the art of interior decoration is based on a few fundamental elements, which go hand in hand and on which one to focus. A lot of elements originate from the Japanese theory Wabi-Sabi, which teaches us to appreciate the inner beauty of things. Only when someone acknowledges the character of things, like the manifestation of patina, one can overcome the shallow appearance, and get to know the true soul. Only prime materials will develop a beautiful patina. It’s important that you create a home, which will truly make you feel, at home. Surely, everyone has his own preferences regarding colors, objects, materials and styles, which give the interior its personality.

Harmony and rest. It’s natural to desire optical rest, inner rest and harmony, especially in a world, getting more hectic every day. When an interior radiates rest, people directly notice it, and experience it like comfortable. Even when the taste is not yours. How does it work? The art is to balance all parts of the interior. All aspects (materials, surfaces, lines, colors, lights) play their part and are influenced by each other. This way, an object which creates a surface, like a wall system, will change under influence of light and color. A good hint to reach rest is: assorting. For example making a combination of objects with the same color tints. The composition becomes an object on its own, through which an interaction with other elements from the interior arises. Everything is connected. Little nuances make the difference.

Objects and materials. The interior has to consist as much as possible, out of objects which are authentic, discrete and honest.” Honest” means especially personal. Objects from several countries or eras get a place in the interior design. That could be a stool from Africa, a Venetian Murano lamp or a photo from the gallery in New York. In any case, a unique, personal item, a real eye catcher.

By choosing individual elements with lots of care, one impression arises, which will radiate unity, but also contain contrast and excitement. It’s essential to separate the duty from the different objects. Always determine at the start on which object to focus. Around this center, home is composed. It ́s like cooking with ingredients that when combined, give a particular flavor sensation.

Surfaces. Obviously a room consists out of surfaces. Those arise for example when letting big objects constitute a frame. Value big surfaces, because they create serenity. Use a big carpet for example. The carpet is allowed to contain a little bit of chaos, because that will connect elements. I call that organized chaos, an important element for the interior, which takes cares of excitement. Other objects that can create surfaces are: tables, system walls and paintings. Another kind of surface is an empty space, if it is directly in contact with the interior. By keeping surfaces partially empty, the rooms gets upgraded and will appear bigger.

Lines. Lines take care of clear structures in the interior. Brighter lines create more clear structures. Objects, lights, shadows and colors can also be lines. Lines which indicated surfaces take care of serenity. Diagonal lines on the other hand bring unrest in the interior.

Lights. Lights might be the most important elements of interior decorating. It changes the space and our mood. Even the prettiest piece of furniture can appear less justified by bad lighting. A smart collaboration of lights and shadow can ensure rest and excitement. An interior is like a photo or a painting; the light determines the focus and the ambiance. Specific lighting boosts the intensity of colors and supplies more depth to structures. Light can also give more rhythm to an interior, especially by casting shadows.

There are three distinguishable categories of lights: general lighting, spotlighting and function lighting. General lighting take cares of basic lighting. Spotlighting take cares of ambiance. It’s lighting that can create contrast, soft spots and shadows. Spotlighting can also bring rhythm to the interior, especially by creating shadows. Rhythm creates peace and excitement. Function lighting, is lighting with a specific goal, for example the lighting of an object. Some interior architects name a forth category: “Art objects which emit (very minimal) their own light” These can give excitement to an interior as well as accents. All categories go hand in hand and overlap one another.

Color. By choosing a color for an interior, one must start by choosing a primary color, which can be supported by secondary colors. Secondary colors are mixed primary colors. An “off-color” so to speak. The colors in an interior are heavily influenced by each other. For example, brown, combined with yellow appears a lot more yellow. The best color-combinations can be found in nature, and in the right sunlight, the most beautiful colors will appear. Color is also determined by the material that’s been used, and paint is more than just paint. The pigment species heavily determines the color intensity.

Felix Ghyczy