Design

Cultured Collections with Robert Stilin

Interior designer Robert Stilin welcomes Cultured into his modern—yet warm—New York home, filled to the brim with a collection of eclectic artworks.

Elizabeth Fazzare

Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson

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Robert Stilin.

Elizabeth Fazzare: How did you begin to build your own collection?

Robert Stilin: I started collecting black and white photography in the late 1980s. My first purchases were at Pace MacGill and the artists were William Wegman, Horst P. Horst and Herb Ritts. I still have all these photos.

EF: What pieces inspired you to continue?

RS: As I said, I still have these pieces and I found I liked living with them. They are beautiful and they inspired me, I liked the process and the result and wanted more.

EF: What designers/artists are inspiring you right now?

RS: Misha Kahn, Derrick Adams, Julian Schnabel, Mattia Bonetti, Hun Jung Lee and Agnes Debizet.

robert stilin desk space with piles of books

Works by Wade Guyton, X Poster (Untitled), 2007; Stanley Whitney, 11_BWWOP, 2014; Leon Sopraner; Andrew Brischler, FF, 2014; John Waters, Devil’s Orders, 2005; Judith Braun, NE-16-4, 2013; Mark Cohen, The Red Aaron Siskind, 1975; Lee Maida, Simone, 2013; Joe Bradley, Untitled, 2001, in the New York home of Robert Stilin.

EF: Does the marketplace help your discovery process? Why or why not?

RS: Of course. There is always something new online, on Instagram, at fairs, in galleries, in museums. You need to be out and about and pay attention.

EF: What is the next piece on your radar?

RS: I have always wanted to own something by Jean-Michel Basquiat. For me that will probably be a drawing.

EF: What is the one piece that got away?

RS: So many artists I passed at what now seem like really, really low prices because at the time I thought I couldn’t afford them. Caty Nolan, Paul Thek, Wade Guyton, etc. etc.

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At the New York home of Robert Stilin, works by Sven Lukin (above bed); Michael Combs, Adam and Eve, 2013; Pablo Lopez, Jesus del Monte I, Huixquilucan, 2007; Wade Guyton, Untitled (Frame), 2008; Andy Warhol, Serial Objects, 1976-1987.
At the New York home of Robert Stilin, works by Sven Lukin (above bed); Michael Combs, Adam and Eve, 2013; Pablo Lopez, Jesus del Monte I, Huixquilucan, 2007; Wade Guyton, Untitled (Frame), 2008; Andy Warhol, Serial Objects, 1976-1987.
Greg Haberny, Richard Prince Second Home, 2013; David Haxton, Holes in White Right and Left, 2005; Mark Seliger, Kurt Cobain, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1993; Rob Wynne, Smoke Drawings (Almost).
Greg Haberny, Richard Prince Second Home, 2013; David Haxton, Holes in White Right and Left, 2005; Mark Seliger, Kurt Cobain, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1993; Rob Wynne, Smoke Drawings (Almost).
Left hand side: Wolfgang Tillmans, Studio, 2012; Wolfgang Tillmans, Paper Drop (Black), 2001; Helen Verhoeven, Texas Saturday, 2005; Michael James O’Brien, Portrait of a Young Man, 2002-2006; Above bed: Anthony Cairns, IBNTY02_010, 2016; Right hand side: Andrew Brischler, Charcoal / Emerald Splatter, 2017; Pierre Sabatier, Charbonnie, Sculpture, 1974; 1 of 4 Christopher Wool prints. Christopher Wool, Four Short Stories, 2004; David Shrigley, Untitled, 2008.
Left hand side: Wolfgang Tillmans, Studio, 2012; Wolfgang Tillmans, Paper Drop (Black), 2001; Helen Verhoeven, Texas Saturday, 2005; Michael James O’Brien, Portrait of a Young Man, 2002-2006; Above bed: Anthony Cairns, IBNTY02_010, 2016; Right hand side: Andrew Brischler, Charcoal / Emerald Splatter, 2017; Pierre Sabatier, Charbonnie, Sculpture, 1974; 1 of 4 Christopher Wool prints. Christopher Wool, Four Short Stories, 2004; David Shrigley, Untitled, 2008.
Stanley Whitney, 11_BWWOP, 2014; Leon Sopraner; Andrew Brischler, FF, 2014; John Waters, Devil’s Orders, 2005; Judith Braun, NE-16-4, 2013; Mark Cohen, The Red Aaron Siskind, 1975; Lee Maida, Simone, 2013.
Stanley Whitney, 11_BWWOP, 2014; Leon Sopraner; Andrew Brischler, FF, 2014; John Waters, Devil’s Orders, 2005; Judith Braun, NE-16-4, 2013; Mark Cohen, The Red Aaron Siskind, 1975; Lee Maida, Simone, 2013.
Mitch Epstein, Holly Beach, Louisiana, 2006.
Mitch Epstein, Holly Beach, Louisiana, 2006.
Far wall: Steve Miller, Glock in a Box; Jim Mangan, Untitled (Bedu series) 2012 c-print; Middle: Robert Barber, Untitled, 1964; Peter Lane Wall Tile; Eric Freeman, Untitled (self-portrait), 1995.
Far wall: Steve Miller, Glock in a Box; Jim Mangan, Untitled (Bedu series) 2012 c-print; Middle: Robert Barber, Untitled, 1964; Peter Lane Wall Tile; Eric Freeman, Untitled (self-portrait), 1995.
Evelyn Hofer, Phoenix Park on a Sunday, Dublin, 1966; Goran Pehrson lamp, 1978.
Evelyn Hofer, Phoenix Park on a Sunday, Dublin, 1966; Goran Pehrson lamp, 1978.