we’re bringing sexy back

October 15th 2015 Comments: 2 Topics: , ,

Three of my partners and I spoke at a panel at the Holly Hunt showroom in New York this week.  When the question was posed “What do you try to include in every one of your rooms?,” Susan Ferrier and Ray Booth simultaneously replied “emotion.”
Instilling emotion in a room is an idea I find particularly appealing. It means it’s possible to create something etherial and elusive by orchestrating spaces and objects. One particular emotive quality I’ve often heard applied to some of our interiors is “sexy.”  As a matter of fact, A restaurant we designed (pictured above) was recently voted by Zagat as one of the sexiest restaurants in Austin Texas.


While we’re honored that one of our spaces apparently aids in populating the human race, it got me thinking about the distinction.

So how can an inanimate thing be considered sexy?  In the animate world, it certainly is different things for different tastes but in the environmental sphere, a distinct aura of the evocative is required. A room defined as arousing calls hither to the senses: texture, shape, mood, lighting and color all play a part in successfully piquing passion. It’s also interesting to note that some of the teasing tools of Burlesque (tassels, skirting and voluptuous drapery) can often be found in a sexy space. Apparently rooms, like people, can be titillating – given the right outfit.

As Mr. Timberlake so eloquently put it:

Get your sexy on
Go ahead, be gone with it.

The following are a few of our interiors that I consider “sexy”.  Needless to say, these images are SFW.






Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley


  1. Nancy Mitchell says:

    sexy equals warm and inviting?

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