The creator of some of New York’s most exquisite events, Todd became a decorator when guests to his home begged him to outfit theirs. Now he’s branching out, with a line of classically inspired modern furniture.
HOW HE KEEPS THINGS SO TIDY
Once a year, Todd reevaluates all his possessions; he keeps only those that have strong sentimental value or “a real sense of form and function.”
Pared down. “Some people confuse that with minimalism, but it’s different; it’s a European sensibility that’s crisp and restrained.”
bookshelves arranged by color
“I have a huge range of very visual books—photo, travel, history-and mixing them up looks very chaotic to me. Color—blocking them is more appealing,” explains Todd. Interspersing expanses of colorful spines with neutral decorative objects creates a soothing tableau. “Someone once asked if my books are just for show, but they’re not.”
BTW: Todd has removed the dust jackets from some volumes to maintain tonal similarity.
“I think insides and outsides should be equally appealing,” says Todd, whose red lacquer desk functions as an accessible keepsake box for an ever-shifting batch of mementos.
sleek and functional
“I like stemware lined up like marching soldiers,” says Todd. His casual glassware is grouped in looser, but still deliberate, arrangements. “It’s nice when things can breathe,” he says. “It gives you a chance to enjoy the shape of objects and the space around them.”
“I enjoy seeing my white shirts together, and the pinks next to the pinks, the blues next to the blues.” A fan of well-crafted shoes (and of the look of good shoes with jeans), Todd nurtures his collection with generous storage. Canvas boxes stash off-season clothes, and small items go in leather trays.