The Style Files: Vicente Wolf

Vicente Wolf OKL{Photo Credit: Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane}

Vicente Wolf is brilliant at mixing antique pieces and modern items, all through a lens that is fresh and polished. He has honed his distinct style through his travels as well as in his work as an interior designer over a career spanning more than thirty years. Vicente is arguably one of the most important designers in our industry today. His New York design firm has continuously completed inspiring projects for top-tier clientele including Julianna Marguelies, Clive Davis, and Ralph Pucci. Both Vicente’s own home and those he designs for his clients are beautiful and very personal. They each tell the story of the people inhabiting the home, what they love, and what matters most to them. Vicente’s work has been published in every important design publication, including Architectural Digest which has repeatedly named him to its AD100 list. Vicente also happens to be one of the most genuine people in the design industry. He is candid and generous with his knowledge and experience, often sharing the expertise he has amassed throughout his storied career with less seasoned designers. Over the years, I have received some invaluable advice from Vicente and had the privilege to give a keynote presentation at a special retreat he hosted for interior designers in July of 2015. Last summer, Vicente was at the opening of the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans and had some very kind things to say about the room I had designed. It’s a moment I won’t soon forget. Enjoy!

Snip20170130_1Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Vicente Wolf: I would describe my style as having a sense of individuality, yet comfortable with a mix of periods and cultures. When combined together it becomes a modern classic environment.

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{Vicente’s Apartment |{Photo Credit: Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane}

PC: Has living in New York influenced your aesthetic in any way?

VW: Absolutely, New York is one of the cities that many consider the Mecca when it comes to culture, art, music, theater and design.

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{Vicente’s Apartment |{Photo Credit: Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane}

PC: What does your home say about you?

VW: My home expresses my love of travel, nature and my sense of balance.

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{Vicente’s Apartment |{Photo Credit: Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

VW: I find inspiration in my travels and the many museums I visited around the world.

Vicente Wolf Instagram

{A Shot from Vicente’s Recent Travels via his Instagram Account @vicentewolfdesigns}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

VW: David Hicks, Billy Baldwin and Karl Lagerfeld

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{David Hicks}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

VW: Honesty, humor and generosity.

Vicente Wolf AD 2

{Photo Credit: Architectural Digest}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

VW: Traveling and gardening

Vicente Wolf Cuba

{Bright Colors in Cuba via Vicente’s Instagram}

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

VW: Twyla Tharp, Richard Avedon, Bob Burton, and composer Steven Sametz

Vicente-Wolf Leopard Ottoman

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

VW: My idea of living “la dolce vita” is exploring the environment of places I’ve never visited, gardening, being kind and spreading generosity to those who have less.

Vicente Wolf AD Library

{Photo Credit: Architectural Digest}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

VW: I will be traveling to Sri Lanka for inspiration, my latest book The Four Elements of Design, my lecture at 92Y, my Frida Kahlo private photographic collection being shown at the Dali Museum in Mexico City, and I’m flying to Tbilisi, Georgia to install another design project.

Vicente Wolf Book



Style Mantra: Elegant yet casual

Scent: Gardenia Passion

Piece of Jewelry: Rolex watch

Color I Never Tire Of: Black

Flower: Begonia

Indispensable Design Element: French Sheets

Era for Design: late 30’s, early 40’s

Dream Project: A project with architectural appeal and a healthy budget.

Fabric/Textile: Mohair

Hostess Gift: Orchid in clay pot


Meal: Sushi

Drink: Polish Vodka

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: exercise

3 Things I Love About My City: museums, theater, diversity

Weekend Destination: Montauk

Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok

City: The world

Museum: MOMA

Artist: Francis Bacon

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood:”Put on a happy face” by Tony Bennett

Actor/Actress: Meryl Streep

Prized Possession: my cat

Risk Worth Taking: exploration

Greatest Extravagance: buying art

Go-To Color Palette: watery colors

Rule to Break: convention

Movie Set Design: Auntie Mame

I can never have too many… plants




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  1. A terrific profile of a great design talent; you revealed that Vicente is a man with a marvelous eye but also a beautiful soul and spirit. Thank you!

  2. Great post. This is an example of why you should continue to blog as much as you can, considering your very busy schedule. The blogging world needs detailed and insightful posts like this…an education in good design. Thanks.