Josh Young is a Chicago-based artist, designer, and tastemaker
CHICAGO – Even though have been curbing social media use as much as possible as per this year’s New Year’s Resolutions, it is still a part of my work, and happily there are still some lovely and inspiring things to be found from time to time. Such was the utterly stunning home of Chicago-based artist, designer and tastemaker Josh Young.
After graduating from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy, Young’s six years spent in Milan heavily influenced his artistic style and approach to interior design, evident after his return to the U.S. to work as a designer for the textile industry in New York City’s Flatiron District.
Young adheres to a strict colour palette of ivory, cream, white, black, mahogany, saffron, gold, silver, and a hint of blush―a palette that he says can be found in everything he does―from what he buys or sources to the décor of his apartment as well as his art studio, and within his work.
Today, alongside his interior work, Young is inspired by the intermingling of old world elements paired with bold, modern-day techniques, and has been experimenting with an avant-garde approach to classical portraits since 2009. Scroll through for a glimpse of the designer’s stunning Gold Coast home, overflowing with flowers and art (his own) and exuding a quiet and sophisticated elegance. In fact, his home is so charming, it feels as if one could move right in and not change a thing.
Perfecting the color palette is something Young is very passionate about. While a neutral palette might seem easy from an outsider looking in, the reality is very different. Finding the perfect white is no easy feat. And it’s no lie that Young loves or as he says “lives for” neutrals, but it was also important to him to add some color to break up the space and give it some soul.
His color palette typically consists of ivory, cream, white, black, mahogany, saffron, gold, silver, and a hint of blush. “It’s my go-to in everything I purchase and source, and it’s prevalent throughout the apartment as well as my art studio and within my work,” he says.