GIVE ME SOME SPACE

Byline: Caroline Berkman

In September, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising unveiled an exclusive retrospective on interior designer Sally Sirkin Lewis.
The exhibition, a tribute to her 25th anniversary as an industry leader, begins in the college’s Main Gallery. Twenty-five photographs documenting highlights of her career surround the first room: Lewis’s 1,000-square-foot Ultimate Dream Bedroom.
The bedroom’s foyer contains Lewis’ first sculpture, a massive depiction of stainless steel pickup sticks balanced against one another.
“My innate love of serenity is what influenced the theme of symmetry throughout the bedroom,” said Lewis.
The symmetry Lewis is talking about is apparent in two plush beige sofas, complimentary stainless steel consoles and mirrors, and the repetition of mahogany veneer and black leather on the room’s furniture. The room is reflected in lustrous mahogany walls. A nickelplated fire screen filters incoming light, setting up patterns across the room.
The exhibition continues on the college’s third-floor Promenade, where Lewis’s career in interior design is illustrated in numerous windows, many of them holding her famous Renaissance collection, where she used her furniture textiles in floor-length gowns.
FIDM celebrated the opening of the exhibition with a gala in Lewis’s honor Sept. 20 in the college’s park.
As owner and designer for J. Robert Scott furnishings, based in Los Angeles, Lewis has a client list that includes Natalie Cole, Elton John and Barbra Streisand. The retrospective runs through Dec. 12. The FIDM Gallery is open to the public between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.
When the show is over, FIDM will honor Lewis with permanent wall space in the interior design department. Lewis will join such other designers as Halston and Christian Dior who have received this honor; however, Lewis is the first interior designer so honored.