Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus

Guest Curator: Nate Berkus

Words by Jody Hume | 10.7.14
One of America’s most celebrated interior designers, Nate Berkus has shared his vision for warm, personal spaces in his best-selling books, television appearances and his own line of designer home offerings. Known for creating spaces that tell his clients’ stories, Berkus expertly curates objects that imbue homes with not only beauty, but meaning. In his guest-curated sale for The RealReal, he’s juxtaposed contemporary art by Kiki Smith, Helmut Newton and Ross Bleckner with home accessories by Bottega Veneta, J. Mendel and Tiffany & Co. and select menswear from Gucci, Rolex and Cartier. Watch the video above to hear about Berkus’s design inspiration, his advice for choosing art for your home, and why he keeps coming back to The RealReal.

On Design Inspiration

“I’m constantly looking for inspiration, from architecture to the way a stone floor is laid in a cathedral.”
Nate Berkus
Photo: The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus
“I like the idea of being able to look around my interior and know where I was, who I was with, what I was doing when I found that exact thing.”

L'Objet Earthenware Mug SetHermès Crocodile Wallet

“I’ve been inspired by Jacques Grange, Muriel Brandolini, Jean-Louis Deniot — lots of different people. When you’re in this and when this is what you do and your life is about design and creating spaces and you see everything through that lens, you can’t wait to see what somebody else has created.”

Advice For Choosing Art

“Choose art for what it says to you, not for what the world has to say about it. It’s going to grace your walls and its beauty is meant to inspire you.”
Nate Berkus
Photo: The Things That Matter by Nate Berkus
“You have to pick what really makes you smile, something that you want to wake up to and see hanging on your wall, or on a pedestal or on your table every day. That process is an exciting and a personal one.”

Robert Rauschenberg Dwan Gallery Exhibit, 1965James Rosenquist Forehead II, 1968

On Why He Loves The RealReal

“If you’re looking for a beautiful watch or diamond earrings or a framed photograph, [The RealReal does] such a good job of researching it and pricing it really fairly.”

Cartier Ballon Bleu WatchBrassaï La Rue Quincampoix et les hôtels de passe, 1932Diamond Drop Earrings

“There are a lot of consignment sites, but I always go back to [The RealReal], because if they have it, I know I’m getting it for the best price.”

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