Bronson van Wyck is a co-founder and event designer for the firm, Van Wyck & Van Wyck, whose clients have included top names like President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama, Chanel, Bvlgari, Burberry, Hearst Corporation, Mercedes-Benz, and more.
What inspired this career path for you?
Mom and I started our entertaining business in 1999, but we’d already been doing it for years — all my life, in fact — together and singly, for ourselves and for our friends. Part of this was a simple matter of geography: growing up on a farm in a remote area of Arkansas, everyone who visited us had made an extra effort to get there. This was especially true because Dad came from New York, and many of our guests were his friends from back East, visiting Arkansas for the first time. We felt obliged to make the trip worthwhile by making the welcome extra special.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Instagram, Old Masters and Contemporary Art, design magazines, history, mythology, hotel lobbies, opera sets, travel, and for holiday — family heirlooms and family traditions.
Tell us about your creative process.
The most important thing I do is listen: listen to the beauty in the world around us and listen to the vision of our clients. Everything we do comes down to figuring out the right way to put those things together. I don’t have a signature look, because it’s not about me. My role is to create the perfect expression of taste, sensibility, and style of my clients. I have thrown parties and I will throw more parties for myself, but when we are working, we are doing it for someone else and it’s about their style, their aesthetic, and their holiday traditions. We are the little elves that trim the tree, stuff the stockings, and disappear up the chimney before the children come down or the party begins.
Pick a theme and go for it! One year, we did a tree covered in battleships for a family whose son was naval obsessed. Another year, Salvador Dali was on the brain, and we did a tree made entirely of glittered red lobsters. Don’t forget to consider the home’s art and architecture. I love an all-white tree in a white entry.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
WARM, CLASSIC, COMFORTABLE, GRACIOUS, NATURAL, AND NEVER STIFF — except when it comes to the cocktails.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
When it comes to holiday? Gold leaf. I love to gild just about anything this time of year — magnolia leaves, pinecones, old keys, found objects — it gives an object new life and a warm glow. If you need a pop of color, red lacquer will also do the trick!
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Jacques Garcia — he effortlessly connects the past to the future. He inspires me to take risks.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
The Rockefeller Christmas tree — it’s the greatest tree in the greatest city in the world, and I would love to be a part of something that brings so much happiness and cheer to so many.
Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote.
We are not changing the world with great events, but great events can get people to do great things.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I’ve been hoarding magazines for as long as I can remember, and have created a mass that is most certainly a fire hazard. I read them all, and especially love to stock up on European design magazines when traveling overseas. Lugging them around makes up for my travel diet.
Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique back stories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.?
I have been collecting these items on my travels over the past decade. My favorite part of vintage, antique, and one-of-a-kind items is dreaming of the stories and memories that each item holds within. I like to think that each one brought joy to a family that treasured it for years, and now that legacy will be passed on to a new owner. Do you think the previous owner of this Maison Jansen Swan Magazine Rack had the same obsession as me? Surely. Or let’s at least hope the future owner does!
What do you love about Viyet?
It’s so well curated, just like your favorite shop or the loot under the tree on Christmas morning. It sure feels like Christmas every time I log on. I could easily find a home for each and every treasure.