If you're a fan of classic style and great design you've probably noticed something called Kabinett & Kammer popping up on your Instagram feed. It is in fact an antique store in Franklin, NY, deep in the northern Catskills, far from "upstate" hipster outposts like Hudson, never mind New York City. It's actually been there for several years but thanks to Instagram, some good press, and owner Sean Scherer's forays into interior design, it's now gained enough of a following to justify the publication of a coffee table book.
Sean Scherer's Kabinett & Kammer: Creating Authentic Interiors, just published by the Vendome Press and available on Amazon, offers a refreshingly vintage-inspired, unfussy and masculine take on interior design. Scherer's aesthetic has similarities to Matt Hranek of Wm Brown fame, Taavo Somer of Freeman's Sporting Club, and design geniuses Roman and Williams, but with enough personality of its own to stand apart.
Scherer's higher profile these days is partly thanks to client Anderson Cooper, for whom he decorated a 115-year-old former firehouse in New York's Greenwich Village. The beautiful book devotes several pages to the spaces he created for the famous CNN anchor, replete with wood paneling, leather club chairs, and even a giant stuffed bear.
Cooper contributed a foreword for the book, in which, he writes, Scherer "shows us all how to create unique sanctuaries for ourselves. . . . Imaginative spaces that are authentic and honest." Cooper writes that he wanted the firehouse to be "a kind of cabinet of curiosities, like the home of an explorer from the turn of the century, a personal museum full of art and books and objects collected over the years."
The book, "equally a celebration and a guide to both collecting and showing how lively design can integrate disparate objects into beautifully-layered ensembles," shows how closely this aligns with Scherer's own vision, described as a "supercharged nod to American Gothic, heightened by his sophisticated palette and sense of proportion."
Lensman William Abranowicz's photographs — 200 of them — more than do justice to their subjects, while the oversized format of the book, at 9 1⁄4 × 12 in., allows you to practically inhabit the spaces it portrays. You'll want to add this to your library immediately.