From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & KravisElissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan

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Interior design firm Cullman & Kravis infuses traditional interiors with a modern perspective, embracing historicism and referencing a wide range of cultures and contemporary design motifs. In From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis, Ellie Cullman and Tracey Pruzan explore the lessons from modernism that add a new and welcome dynamism to the firm’s most recent projects, both traditional and modern.

“We believe in the alchemy of old and new,” observes Ellie Cullman, founder and principal of Cullman & Kravis. “We approach every project with the rigor of a jigsaw puzzle, but with the desire to create a magnificent tapestry.”

Cullman and Pruzan share how the venerable interior design firm applies principles of modernism to add a new and welcome tension to their more classical work, while in their more modern schemes, the classic principles of design guide their process.

The fourteen distinct projects in this book are collaborations between Ellie Cullman and her partners Lee Cavanaugh, Sarah Ramsey, Claire Ratliff, and Alyssa Urban. Running the gamut from modest revisions to ground-up construction and complete renovations, these interiors include a sumptuous New York City duplex that is a clever mix of traditional furnishings and an impressive contemporary art collection; a glass-clad modern Miami villa with vivid colors and bold prints; an oceanfront Palm Beach house with museum-quality art and antiques; an historic Westchester estate once owned by Brooke Astor; and Ellie Cullman’s own home, whose “refresh” illustrates how to renew, modernize, and reinvigorate any project.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 305 × 229 mm (12 × 9 in)
  • Pages: 272 pp
  • Illustrations: 250 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580934961

Ellie Culman is a long-time designer and founding partner at Cullman & Kravis. Acknowledged for her expertise researching, authenticating, and documenting art and antiques, she has been included in the Architectural Digest AD100 list since 2000 as well as the Elle Decor "A" list. A founding board member of Friends of Florence, Ellie also sits on the boards of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. In 2016, she was honored with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York School of Interior Design.

Tracey Pruzan has been a senior designer at Cullman & Kravis for more than twenty years. A collector of contemporary art, she writes and lectures extensively on antiques and interior design. Tracey is also the co-writer of the first and second books from Cullman & Kravis: Decorating Master Class and The Detailed Interior.

"Ellie Cullman's new book, From Classic to Contemporary, is a lesson in enriching lives with culture and comfort, no matter what your aesthetic." —Traditional Home

"The authors describe the challenges and strategies of each residence as well as the considerations required to accommodate their clients' lifestyles and tastes. The chapter displaying Cullman's own renovated home, with before and after photos, is particularly illuminating for its presentation on how the firm reinvigorated their previous design. Of importance and interest for its lavish photographs of professionally designed interiors by a prestigious firm." —Library Journal

"Interior design lovers will curl up immediately with this book—on a stylish sofa... Find beautifully executed spaces from terraces to home bars. It even includes Cullman's residence. The book is sized at a generous 9" x 12" for a better view inside the dreamscapes." —Aspire

"Just as society and technology rapidly advance, so do the elements of design. Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan embrace this notion of progress in their third book, From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis, as they reimagine traditional and contemporary interiors, discovering an amalgam of design through a diverse range of homes." —French Style