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Fifth Avenue Finesse
This jewel box apartment is the result of a renovation, which joined two apartments in a prestigious prewar Fifth Avenue apartment building. The springboard behind the overall scheme was the clients’ growing art collection, focusing on the twentieth-century, with an emphasis on Abstract Expressionism.
An array of fine antiques was chosen to create a seamless overall look, resulting in a cohesive body of fine and decorative art that comes together as a collection of the highest caliber.
Palm Beach Punch
This landmarked house, designed by noted architect John Volk in 1931, its great bones had been obscured by a series of earlier renovations.
Windows were covered or lost, wooden coffered ceiling were painted over, and the tropical feeling of sunshine and light was missing. The house is now injected with a tremendous sense of fun and a new point of view through the palette, the furniture, and the artwork.
The design mantra was “If you love it, it will work,” and the result is a collection of eclectic and modern interiors.
This working ranch, set amid 12,000 pristine acres in Colorado, was conceived as a year round retreat for a family concerned with environmental stewardship at a philosophical level, and, at a personal level, with comfort.
In any mountain retreat, there is always the temptation and opportunity to employ a traditionally Western vocabulary, but here it was strategically redefined in unexpected way. Instead of using rough-hewn furniture, for example, the rooms are filled with English and French pieces-bobbin turning and metal strap work render them sympathetic to rustic materials nearby.
Nods to the house’s location and purpose are indulged, however, with details like whip-stitched pillow and lampshade edges, embossed and woven leather, and hand-forged iron hardware.
French Forties on the Park
High above New York’s Central Park in a historic hotel sits this airy apartment with unobstructed views from every window. Such extraordinary real estate demands an exceptional approach.
Inspired by French Art Deco design and mood-defining interiors of movies from the 1940’s, this pied-a-terre was transformed into a wholly modern retreat that highlights the owner’s passion for vintage and contemporary photography.
A neutral palette complements the ever-changing collection of photographs. Most of the furniture pieces are antiques by prominent Art Deco makers including E.-J. Ruhlmann, Jules Leleu, and Jacques Adnet. The original floor plan was respected, but each room was studied, and repurposed to accommodate the client’s life in the city.