By coupling mod furnishings with natural accents, Kari Sigerson—one half of cult-favorite accessories team Sigerson Morrison—proves that a high-design home can feel totally down-to-earth. photographs by Melanie Acevedo text by Stephanie Davis
Sigerson decked out her patio with outdoor furniture that meets her aesthetic benchmark—
and is also weatherproof.
Sigerson and her art director husband, Dirk Kaufman, adore the simplicity of pieces by famed British designer Jasper Morrison (brother of Sigerson’s business partner, Miranda Morrison). This sofa he designed for Cappellini, armless and with feather cushions, may have an industrial edge but it’s a welcoming centerpiece for guests. While achromatics—namely rich browns and creamy whites—are favored, the splash of grape provided by the Saarinen Womb chair and the orange Lampa seat strike a playful chord. The flokati rug and cork stools have a retro-organic appeal, as does her extensive pottery collection, which is displayed openly on custom modular shelves. These were originally conceived for the Sigerson Morrison showroom, and she had another set installed at home.
Sigerson avidly trolls yard sales and antique auctions in her home
state of Nebraska for vintage Roseville pottery, as well as pieces
by Ben Seibel and Eva Zeisel. To fashion intriguing but cohesive
displays, she blends materials, shapes and colors—not dissimilar
to the way she approaches designing a new collection of shoes.
On the dining area’s console, Crevet enamel bowls matter-of-
factly laid out on a wooden tray nicely complement the forms and
gem tones in the wall art by San Francisco-based artist Rex Ray.
“I try to tie things in from room to room—like the orange,” Sigerson says. “It’s a cheerful color that reminds me of children, and it just pops.” The sleekness of the Jasper Morrison dining chairs (and the Saarinen tulip table) is softened by inexpensive IKEA pelts, which serve a functional as much as a decorative purpose. “They keep the schmutz off,” Sigerson says. When the coverings no longer come clean in the wash, she buys new ones.
The curves of Zeisel’s ceramics, here in classic black and white, play off the lines of the furniture.
Black Metal Bowl Copper
Lily Calla White Ceramic Square Black Vase
Sigerson’s daughter, Eva, age 6, was named for sculptor Zeisel.
The Sigerson creed: A child’s room shouldn’t have second-rate furniture. Even kids can appreciate a classic Herman Miller dresser, especially in vibrant red.
an ingenue’s studio
Daughter Eva has an artist’s haven befitting her virtuoso moniker. With painting stations, artwork displays on corkboard, drum sets and educational sculptures, the room is a carefully organized chaos of items that wake the imagination. Color is more magnified here than elsewhere in the house, but the chartreuse and warm reds maintain the mod palette. A practical note: The fade-resistant rug is easily cleaned—a parent’s godsend.
Like a true New York resident, Sigerson usually wears black. “But I love to look at color and be surrounded by it,” she says, adding that it can be surprisingly relaxing in the bedroom. The room gets a full dose of morning light, so she keeps the walls white and bright and layers in bold-hued accessories, such as the one-of-a-kind multicolored felt pillows by designer Michelle Jarvis. As in Eva’s room, Sigerson prefers tightly tucked blankets to comforters: They’re not too heavy, and they look crisp when layered.