Alexis Bittar’s Brooklyn Heights Brownstone
July 1, 2014
“My living room overlooks the New York Harbor. I recently had 45 people over, and we all played charades. When I’m not entertaining, I’m having a quiet meditative moment looking at the water,” says jewelry designer Alexis Bittar.
Walking into Bittar’s personal space allows for a glimpse into the inspiration and creative energy he continues to curate. “It’s personal and eclectic,” he explains. “I love collecting antiques, specifically from the 1800s to 1950s. I’m obsessed with the Wiener Werkstätte art movement from the turn of the 1900s.” Bittar’s proclaimed obsession with the arts and sculpture informs his bold and intricate jewelry collections each season. I caught up with the designer to discuss his artwork and style.
NM: I understand your parents were collectors. How have they influenced your style?
AB: They exposed me to the arts. Because they were teachers, they would teach me why certain pieces in a museum were so important. In hindsight, I didn’t realize the impact it was going to have on me.
NM: Describe the artwork in your living room. Is there a significance behind the portraits?
AB: The paintings are from the 1800s to 1930s. They are mostly portraits of strong characters – except for one, which is a scene from Central Park in the 1800s.
NM: There are several sculptures in your living room. Tell us about them.
AB: The accessories are eclectic. There is a sterling sculpture of an American Indian from the 1800s, another sterling sculpture of a Scotsman, and a Chinese sterling headdress from the 1800s. Each object I’m drawn to is carefully curated and meant to inspire me.
NM: Describe a space in which you are most comfortable to create.
AB: One where I’m surrounded by creativity and art. I want to wake up and feel constantly stimulated by prolific creations.
NM: How does your home describe your style?
AB: I love being around inspirational objects, and I’ve curated my home to inspire me every day.
NM: What do you enjoy doing most when you’re not working?
AB: I love having simplicity and quiet. I’ve had the same friends for the last 20 years and love spending time with them catching up.
Photography by Lexie Moreland.