Of all the practical applications of the fine arts, only interior design and architecture have the power to astonish us. Like the architect, the interior designer creates spaces on a large scale, which affect the life of those inhabiting them. Whether a yacht’s salon or stateroom or a residence’s kitchen, master suite, or living room – well-designed spaces have the capacity to influence the conscious and unconscious lives of owners and guests. The discriminating coordination of colors, shapes, textures, lights, and shadows establishes subtle harmonies to delight them. The thoughtful handling of living areas encourages interaction while the ingenious utilization of space – especially important aboard yachts – contributes to ease of living.
With a sureness of taste acquired after decades of experience, John Kelly and the staff of WBC Design choose fine fabrics, leathers, carpeting, stone, modern building materials, accents, and objets d’art – artfully combining them into extraordinary yacht and residential interiors.The result is always “sensational” in the authentic sense of that word. WBC Design’s interiors evoke sensations of tranquility or excitement… classical elegance or contemporary refinement – environments conceived and crafted to satisfy the clients’ desires. Never gratuitous or needlessly extravagant, the sophisticated interiors created by WBC Designs also acknowledge the practical necessities of functionalism and durability.
Mr. Kelly’s career has been more or less divided equally between marine interior styling and residential interior design. Serving as exclusive stylist to Viking Yachts and other marine manufacturers for over 40 years. Each year, WBC Designs creates standard décor schemes, and in consultation with the new owners of larger models, he creates designer decors to allow for the fullest expression of the client’s personal taste. WBC Designs has at their disposal the resources of all the Design Centers in the country, featuring showrooms of the leading manufacturers of fabric, leather, suede, carpeting, wall treatments, lighting fixtures, and accessories. The company’s involvement in marine interior design is international, with yacht projects taking them as far from their West Berlin, NJ, studio as Dubai, Saudi Arabia.
During the past 40 years, WBC Designs’ residential and commercial interior designs have included projects all over the U.S. For one of their clients, they have worked on 11 separate homes – taking them from Scarsdale, NY, to Scottsdale, AZ, to Palm Beach, FL. A recent commission, from a client of 30 years, is the addition of a 7,000-square-foot master bedroom wing onto their existing 14,000-square-foot Main Line estate outside Philadelphia.
All WBC Designs’ interiors are characterized by a fluent handling of space, the sophisticated use of the very latest architectural and decorative elements, and that sensitive color palette that has made WBC Designs one of the most sought-after interior design firms in the Mid-Atlantic.
The firm is now working with the second generation of some of its clients’ families.
WBC Designs is pleased to serve homeowners directly, or in collaboration with their architects or builders. They welcome new projects to add to those already completed for its satisfied clients.
Marine Interior Refurbishment, Residential and Commercial Interior Design Inquiries Welcomed.