The New York design world is getting a big taste of the Old West.
Dodge City native Andrew Torrey made his debut at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House and is being called a "breakout star" in the design world.
Torrey's showcase is being show through all of May at the show house.
"My work is often tactile and a mix of textures," Torrey said. "I got a lot of my inspiration from my grandmothers - who each had a different style, but had a very clear idea of who they were. I often include touches that remind me of Dodge City - such as cow rugs, horse inspired objects, and woven fabrics."
Torrey is the son of Ann and Rod Torrey and brother of Beth Torrey, who run Nature's Corner in Dodge City, who have owned the business for more than 40 years.
Torrey’s grandmothers he draws inspiration from are Beryl Lowery, a former Mayor of Dodge City and Jean Denious Lowery and Mary Torrey.
Torrey moved to New York at 21, and moved up the corporate world before opening B.A. Torrey, his own interior design business.
Opening his open business was nothing new for Torrey as his family has owned fill stations, a day spa and dry cleaning businesses throughout generations.
One of Torrey's clients is the Brooklyn Nets NBA team and he also has a photo of Beyoncé lying across his custom designed sofa.
Creating a 12-person sized sofa led design critics, including the New York Times to feature Torrey's work through the New York media.
Regarding the recent accolades he has been receiving, Torrey said, "I am really thrilled that people are responding to my room in such a positive way. The response has been overwhelming and I could never have imagined what an incredible opportunity this would be."
Another piece that is being talked about in the show house room by Torrey is a painting done by Kehinde Wiley, who painted the official portrait of President Barack Obama as well as pieces by Ellen Von Unwerth, Andrew Brischler and Charles Lutz as well as a specially commissioned piece of video art called "BONDrian."
The "BONDrian piece is paying homage to one of the most known James Bond kisses of all time.
Moving forward, Torrey will be tackling many design projects in New York, Los Angeles, and London along with running B.A. Torrey.
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