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16 Pheasant in Paris By Cathy Whitlock A neoclassical designer is at home in Paris and Washington, D.C.
22 The Personal Touch By Catherine McHugh Robert Passalâ€™s approach to interior design reveals a passion for the process and the beauty of structure.
28 Creating the World of Magic City By Cathy Whitlock Miami Mid-Century Modern comes to television.
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9 CULTURECALENDAR By Catherine McHugh Hopping around with Peter Rabbit, marveling at a holiday train landscape, exploring the Garment District’s urban fabric, and playing with fire.
12 BOOKS&APPS By Cathy Whitlock
An ode to houses by an Oscar-winning actress and a celebrated Italian fabric line are a few of fall's new releases. ead new tomes from Alexa Hampton and TROVE By Michele Keith Say goodbye to winter blues with sophisticated, new ways to stay toasty warm, entertain friends, light a fire, and immerse yourself in total luxury.
32 EATS’N’SLEEPS By Shelley Wolson
Experience global steakhouse cuisine at Marble Lane, reimagined British gastropub fare at The Fat Radish, and the enchanting Distrikt Hotel. Explore New York’s diverse neighborhoods.al and Setai Fifth Avenue are just MYFAVTHINGS Lavish velvet, living walls, leather chairs, luxury cars, laurel mirrors, and lusty cabinets inspire our designers this month. ssories and color choices. GALLERY Warm & Fuzzy. Pieces that heat up our hearts and homes. oing soft: ARRAY looks at the new pastels. FRESHPICKS The most current products in NYDC showrooms.
52 STYLESPOTLIGHT Featured highlights of craft and design.
60 DEFININGPIECES Items that sum up what a showroom is all about.
72 SHOWROOMPORTRAITS Profiles of some of NYDC’s most familiar names.
76 NYDCEVENTSCALENDAR A look at a few recent celebrations.
78 SHOWROOMDIRECTORY A complete list of who’s where in 200 Lex.
80 BACKSTORY By Shelley Wolson Bentel & Bentel: The architectural team’s Apella Conference Center offers a beacon of light.
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letter from the editor Dear Readers, I’m calling this our Cities Issue. The designers featured in these pages always find city life exciting and invigorating—even if that city only exists in our collective past. Miami, circa 1959, is the setting for Magic City, a TV drama on the Starz channel that is about to launch its second season. The series, which has been described as Mad Men meets the mob in Miami, is centered around the goings-on at the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel. ARRAY’s Cathy Whitlock spoke with Production Designer Carlos Barbosa and Set Decorator Scott Jacobson (Creating the World of Magic City, p. 28) to learn how they built a faux mid-century masterpiece from scratch— their major influences, pure inventions, and personal finds as well as several sources within the NYDC. Miami (present day) is where Designer Robert Passal opened the second branch of his company. Born, raised, and educated in New York, Passal spent many a childhood summer there with his grandparents “long before it was called South Beach.” A large project for Yankee slugger Alex Rodriquez kicked off his professional life there. Catherine McHugh profiles the designer and his special dedication to the process of designing and relating to his clients, rather than fixating solely on the final result (The Personal Touch, p. 22). Photo by Andrew French
And in another tale of two cities, it makes perfect sense that famed Washington, D.C–based designer Thomas Pheasant bridges the modern and classical worlds by establishing a second home in the City of Light (Pheasant in Paris, p. 16). While he’s kept busy working on multiple furniture lines and projects from Singapore to South Carolina, he finds solace and inspiration walking Parisian streets and soaking in all the art, architecture, fashion, and ambiance. No matter what metropolis you’re in at any given moment, we hope you find things that inspire and spark your creativity. With this copy of ARRAY tucked under your arm, it’s guaranteed. Yours urbanely,
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Three centuries of great American painting, marveling at a holiday train landscape, exploring the Garment District’s urban fabric, and playing with fire. Classical Art With a Modern Spirit The Chinese Porcelain Company is proudly exhibiting several works by Beijing-based artist Tai Xiangzhou. Transcending Reality: New Ink Paintings features 16 new ink paintings, five of them in the highly coveted handscroll format. Well-known for his exacting materials standards, the paper for Xiangzhou’s paintings is made with 10th-century techniques that yield a silk-like quality, and he only uses Qianglong-era ink. Chinese scholars’ rocks are natural formations that have been revered as early as the Song dynasty. The calligraphy is taken from a 4th-century BC poem by Zhuang Zi. Tai’s sophisticated calligraphy serves as an elegant counterpart to the rock. Ongoing, with a new show for the artist planned for early 2013. The Chinese Porcelain Company, 475 Park Avenue at 58th Street, 212.838.7744, chineseporcelainco.com Classic Art with Modern Spirit The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett is the first retrospective of the work of textile designers D.D. Tillett (1917-2008) and Leslie Tillett (1915-1992), two important figures in the history of post-war American design. The exhibition will introduce the work of these remarkable designers to a new generation. October 17, 2012–January 6, 2013. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, 212.534.1672, mcny.org Leslie and D.D. Tillett, ca. 1947. Courtesy Tillett and Rauscher Inc.
TAI XIANGZHOU (b. 1968), Noble Scholar's Rock; Ink on paper, 2012; 29 .75 x 27.5 in. (104 x 86 cm). Models of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Grand Central Terminal. Holiday Train Show. Photo by Robert Benson.
All Aboard For the 21st year, model trains will zip over bridges and past replicas of more than 140 New York landmarks made of plant parts, including nuts, bark, and leaves in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show. Favorites illuminated within the winter wonderland include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, the original Yankee Stadium, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Last year saw the introduction of the Artist’s Studio, which will return in an expanded form this year to give visitors an insider’s look at how the replicas are constructed. Models in different stages of completion along with photos, interpretive panels, tools, and supplies will help tell the story of how the magic comes together. November 17, 2012–January 13, 2013. The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, 718.817.8700, nybg.org OCT
Above: Layerer; garment worker laying out fabric to prepare for cutting. Copyright: ILGWU Collection, Cornell University Archive. Right: 108-112 West 39th St. Copyright: NYC Department of Records/Municipal Archives.
fashionable addresses The Skyscraper Museum’s exhibit, URBAN FABRIC: Building New York’s Garment District, examines the architecture and development of the area of west Midtown known to the fashion industry as Seventh Avenue. The exhibition focuses on the 18 blocks that formed the heart of New York’s Garment District and once supported more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs. Photographs, films, architectural drawings, advertisements, fashion drawings, and period dresses illustrate the people of the Garment District from cigar-chomping manufacturers and svelte models to cutters, sewers, and pressers. From this dynamic manufacturing center fashions in all price ranges exported the “New York Look” to stores across the country. Through January 20, 2013. 39 Battery Place, 212.968.1961, skyscraper.org Robert Kushner, Amaryllis and Coleus, 2005. Oil, acrylic, gold leaf, silver leaf, and glitter on antique Japanese screen.
Top: Unique “Wall Table No. 16” in stack-laminated afromosia wood. Designed and made by Wendell Castle, Rochester, New York, 1969. Signed and dated, “WC 69.” Bottom: Unique gel-coated, fiberglass-reinforced plastic, two-headed table. Designed and made by Wendell Castle, Rochester, New York, 1969.
Capture the castle The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is hosting Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms—Works from 1959–1979, the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the period when the iconic American designer defined his inimitable style of sculptural furniture in wood and fiberglass. Castle’s exploration of form and function blurred the boundaries between art, craft, and design. The exhibition will consist of more than 35 objects, including a variety of chairs, tables, and light sources, as well as approximately 50 drawings from Castle’s archives. October 19, 2012–February 24, 2013. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, 203.438.0198, aldrichart.org Embellished stories Drawing inspiration from the textiles and decorative arts of the Middle and Far East, the National Academy Museum is presenting Pattern and Decoration to introduce work by the artists in this genre. Many art historians consider Pattern and Decoration to be the last movement in American art. Emerging during the late 1960s and early 1970s, these ornamental, complex works challenged the late-modernist paradigm of Minimalism. A highlight of this compelling installation is a collage by Miriam Schapiro, an early member of the movement and a pioneering feminist artist. September 12, 2012–January 13, 2013. National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, 212.369.4880, nationalacademy.org 10
The Art of Collecting Sanford Smith, in collaboration with France’s Syndicat Nationale des Antiquaires headed by Christian Deydier, will introduce a sophisticated new arts and design show this fall. The Salon: Art & Design, the latest entry to the New York fair scene, will take place at the Park Avenue Armory and open with a gala preview to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, November 7. The fair will be a reflection of today’s current trends in collecting, featuring great works of design, furniture from mid-century to the present, the finest in modern and contemporary art, Asian, and ethnographic art. November 8–12. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 212.616.3930, armoryonpark. org. For opening gala info, tickets, and information: Harriet Weintraub, 646.867.2801, email@example.com, or Ellen Rubin, 646.867.2807, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nendo Innerblow bench, 2011. Blown glass, white lacquered steel 15.7 x 55.1 x 15.9 in. (40 x 140 x 40.5 cm). Edition of 8 + 4 AP. Courtesy Carpenters Workshop, London-Paris.
Only In America The Nassau County Museum of Art is presenting treasures from the permanent collection of the New Britain, chosen from more than 10,000 works. The exhibition, Artists in America: Highlights of the Collection from the New Britain Museum of American Art, surveys 300 years of great American painting. Its 79 works dating from the early 1700s to the present include history painting, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and modernist abstraction with significant examples of photography, collage, and other media. Major artists from every era of American art are on view, including John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, John Singer Sargent, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Robert Motherwell, and Sol LeWitt. November 17, 2012–February 24, 2013. 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn, NY, 516.484.9338, nassaumuseum.org
Clockwise from top left: Edward Hopper, Blackhead, Monhegn, 1916-19. Oil on panel 11.5 x 16 in. Gift of Olga H Knoepke. Gifford Beal, Elevated, Columbus Avenue, New York, 1916. Oil on canvas 36.5 x 48.5 in. Charles F. Smith Fund. Abbott McNeill Whistler, The Beach at Selsey Bill, ca 1881. Oil on canvas 24 x 18.75 in. Harriet Russell Stanley Fund. John Singer Sargent, Miss Cara Burch, 1888. 30.25 x 25 in. Charles F. Smith Fund. All photos are courtesy New Britain Museum of American Art.
Burning With Artistry The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) will be hosting the exhibition Playing With Fire: 50 Years of Contemporary Glass, which will showcase a variety of art and designs made in glass and other materials from MAD’s permanent collection and promised gifts, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement. The show will feature such masters as Dale Chihuly and Lino Tagliapietra, as well as contemporary lighting designs and cutting-edge installations that are taking the materials in new directions. November 6, 2012–April 7, 2013. Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212.299.7777, madmuseum.org Dante Marioni, American, born 1964. Orange High Neck Vases with Blue Outlines, 1993. Blown glass, variable dimensions. Gift of Charles R. Bronfman, 2007. OCT
Books&Apps Rose Cumming: Design Inspiration
Barbara Barry: Around Beauty
New York Interiors: Bold, Elegant, Refined
Jeffrey Simpson Flammarion 212 pages, $65
Amanda Nisbet Stewart, Tabori & Chang 224 pages, $50
Barbara Barry Rizzoli 320 pages, $65
Barbara and Rene Stoeltie Flammarion 212 pages, $49
Considered one of the true design legends of our industry, Rose Cumming was one of the most creative, stylish and entrepreneurial grande dames of the early 20th century. A nonconformist in every sense of the word, her eccentric use of colors was her calling card as she mixed bold colors and patterns with flair and drama. An emerald green library wall with a peacock blue satin sofa and scarlet red accents were just a few of the tools in her design arsenal. Cumming invented metallic wallpaper, which made her interiors glow and quite useful as she hated electricity. Her Upper East Side antiques shop became a must-stop for designers, celebrities, and style setters, attracting the likes of Jackie Onassis, Andy Warhol, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. She carried everything from Austrian baroque to Oriental furniture and her style was reminiscent of a glamorous film set from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Cumming’s shop was said to have revolutionized the design industry as she was the first to offer product and design services. Cumming’s work lives on through the pages of the first-ever book on her eponymous wallpapers, fabrics, interiors, and personal photographs.
Manhattan designer Amanda Nisbet’s bold pink and white bedroom with her unique use of color and lines first caught my eye at last year’s Kips Bay showhouse, so naturally I was quite excited to hear of her first book Dazzling Design. The New York–based designer has been a force in the industry since 1998 and her gorgeous textiles and Urban Electric lighting line have been seen in homes and businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Featured in Oprah, House Beautiful and Traditional Home magazines, she is known for her amazing ability to add a punch of color to a room, and a Nisbet interior is often a wonderful mix of wit, whimsy, and classical motifs amidst contemporary forms, color, and texture. Her stunning and (no pun intended) dazzling book features over 250 stunning photographs of her illustrious work from Manhattan apartments and country houses to Hampton beach homes. Nisbet is a master at mixing styles, colors and patterns, with very distinctive color combinations. Influenced by the late designers Albert Hadley, Tony Duquette, and Oliver Messel, her designs may not be for the timid but certainly pack an immediate “wow” factor.
Award-winning designer Barbara Barry has been a major force in the interior design industry since 1985. Known for her refined furnishings and soothing color palette, the Los Angeles–based designer has created interiors all over the world and her collections with Baker, McGuire Furniture, Kravet, and Baccarat Crystal have garnered a huge following. Thankfully she is sharing her philosophy in what will become a collector’s tome for her fans and design aficionados alike. With a foreword written by former House & Garden editor Dominique Browning, her book covers the basic principles and application of good design as Barry shares her tricks of the trade. Well known for her meditations on the power of beauty through design and transformation, her creed is simple—a gracious well-ordered life filled with beauty and “sensual elegance” is harmonious and the only one worth living. I agree. Barry’s first book showcases her trademark feminine interiors filled with soothing colors inspired by nature and a refined use of tailoring, coloring, and classic furnishings. A classic Barry interior features a soft pale wall as a blank slate for inspiration and as always, glamour and sophistication are balanced with simplicity and comfort. It’s truly a beautiful book and long overdue.
Who doesn’t love to walk the streets of Manhattan and wonder what fabulous interiors reside beyond the co-op and townhouse walls? New York Interiors fills any voyeuristic need to do so, profiling 17 private Manhattan homes. The writers explore both traditional and modern interiors that reflect Manhattan’s unique trademark diversity. From a brownstone in Spanish Harlem, a luxury apartment with magnificent paneling hung with old master paintings, to a private garden reminiscent of a European country village, and a luxury old master-filled art deco skyscraper, the designing couple (also the authors of the book Parisian Interiors and the wonderful Living in Greece, Morocco, etc, series) takes the reader on a personalized armchair tour, providing valuable inspiration from some of the most creative Manhattan designers. While the styles can best be described as eclectic, there is something for both traditional and contemporary tastes. The Stoelties maintain that “New York’s interior design connoisseurs are experts at balancing elements from different cultures” and the high-rise havens depicted in their book are perfect examples.
By Cathy Whitlock
An ode to houses by an Oscar-winning actress and a celebrated Italian fabric line are a few of fall's new releases.
The Age of Elegance: The Interiors of Alex Papachristidis
Diane Keaton: House
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Alex Papachristidis with Dan Shaw Rizzoli 224 pages, $55
Diane Keaton with DJ Waldie Rizzoli 272 pages, $85
Brian D. Coleman Gibbs Smith 288 pages, $75
The Age of Elegance coincides with the 25th anniversary of interior designer and renowned tastemaker Alex Papachristidis. Offering a peek into his international Rolodex of clients and their interiors—ranging from tony Manhattan apartments and a Hamptons golf club to a serene Cape Cod beach home— readers can learn how to breathe life into a well-lived interior. The Parsons School of Design graduate is known for his sophisticated elegance that combines modern and classical motifs. He credits the legendary work of Sister Parish and Renzo Mongiardino as his primary inspiration and pays an unwavering eye to detail such as the addition of gilded finishes, stenciled floors, and passementerie. The New York designer is also known for his creative layering of embroidery, patterns, and sisals, and is easily at home designing a turn-of-thecentury apartment overlooking Central Park or a residence in Saudi Arabia. With a foreword by Prince of Chintz Mario Buatta, the designer turned author provides “style strategies” on everything from blackout shades to draping fall tables, and best of all, he opens up his source book for fabrics, furniture, and antiques.
While most of us know the Academy Award–winning actress as Annie Hall or Erica the screenwriter in Something’s Gotta Give, she also has a passion for art, design, and writing. Her Spanish Colonial Revival–style home in Beverly Hills was one of the subjects of her book California Romantica and next up is Diane Keaton: House that looks at how we can repurpose our homes and surroundings. Sharing her longtime interest in all things architecture, Keaton explores the use of reinvented barns, farmhouses, and converted industrial lofts that have been given a second life by inventive architects and interior designers. With the basic tenets of green design at its core, House features projects from New York to Washington State and how to reuse everything from reclaimed barn wood to cement and steel. Comfortable, elegant, and livable are the goals of a Keaton interior. She sums it up: “I became audience to a variety of homes that pushed the limits of shape and form. I learned the kitchen had been revamped into the bigger, better family room while the so-called dining room had fallen victim to downsizing. I was struck by a kind of hybrid appeal in the city and an even more exciting vision of home on the landscape. In the newness, I saw what I hadn’t thought of before.”
One of the most iconic products in the interior design industry has to be Fortuny fabrics. Lauded as “the most beautiful, timeless, and unique fabrics in the world,” the century-old textiles have graced the walls, sofas, pillows, and draperies of interiors throughout the world. Manufactured in Venice, Italy, the cotton fabric with soft metallic damask designs had quite a storied past. Written by Brian Coleman, author of design books on Scalamandre, Barry Dixon, and Farrow and Ball, Fortuny showcases a variety of applications found in interiors ranging from a Samuel Botero–designed Upper East Side salon, a Paul Wiseman–decorated pied-à-terre in San Francisco, a dressing room in Baltimore, and a Los Angeles bungalow to a horse farm in Kentucky and a Napa Valley wine retreat. Design historians will particularly enjoy the opening chapter on the origins of the famed and beloved textile line. I found both the fabric index of styles and the reinterpretation of these classics from Old World to contemporary to be quite useful. Perhaps Proust said it best about Fortuny: “Faithfully antique but markedly original.” After reading this book, a visit to the museum will be on your bucket list.
They say there is an app for everything and a recent find proves this adage to be true. The Design Museum Collection is a wonderful free app for iPhone, iPad, and Android that showcases iconic moments in design history that have shaped the world. From the utilitarian (Dyson Vacuum) and the exotic (Vespa) to the vintage (British Telephone box), furnishings (Anglepoise Lamp and Thonet Chair), and the latest in communications technology (Kindle), it’s all here. London’s unique Design Museum has featured innovations in design and architecture for the past 22 years and the app is a great way to showcase the collection for the armchair connoisseur. The vast collection comprises over 2,500 objects ranging from early modernism items to contemporary designs of today and covers mass production, furniture, domestic appliances, and communications. The app covers 59 of these objects through text, video, photographic images, and audio by the museum’s founding director, and you can search through period, color, material, location, manufacturer, and designer. The app is a great refresher course in design history along with an instant source of inspiration. Think of it as a CliffsNotes of design and one that I wish had been available in my design school days.
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By Michele Keith
Say goodbye to winter blues with sophisticated, new ways to stay toasty warm, entertain friends, light a fire, and immerse yourself in total luxury.
01 SHEaR ELEGANCE Snuggle up in Anthropologie’s super-soft Fleece Flounce Throw of sheared Mongolian sheep fur, drape it over a sofa 1930s-Hollywood style, or use as a cozy bedspread. Glam in capital letters! 60 inches x 50 inches. $798. Turquoise as seen. 800.997.2978. anthropologie.com
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screen plays Could anything be more elegant than Philip Nimmo’s Vigneto triple-panel fire screen? With leafy branches dancing in painted antique gold and measuring 54.5 inches x 40 inches, this style retails for $13,359. Custom sizes and finishes available. 323.653.1209. Profilesny.com
Top off a day of schussing down the slopes with a long, hot soak in this cowhide-covered, freestanding tub, one of a large selection in the Just Animals series distributed by PSCBATH. Steers are carefully raised to insure highest-quality skins, and interiors are made of eco-responsible compolight®, a marble dust-and-polyester resin compound, in matte and glossy finishes. 67 inches x 35 inches x 21 inches. $26,540. Coordinating accessories coming soon. 800-990-5539. pscbath.com
04 popped art Award-winning, Milanese industrial designer and architect Stefano Giovannoni, whose work can be found in the permanent archive of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and MoMA collection in New York, turns breakfast-making into an art form with his Toaster and Bun Warmer for Alessi. Crafted of 18/10, mirror-polished stainless steel and white polycarbonate, it measures 16 inches x 4.5 inches x 7.5 inches. $214. alessi-shop.com 14
BLACK MAGIC Mindful of winter’s velvety, star-studded skies, the Black Goblets Collection from Vetro Vero are handblown in the classic Venetian manner, and dazzle with gold-leaf details. New this year from Michael Schunke, a resident artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., and the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in Ohio, and his partner, Josie Gluck; no two are the same (excluding special commissions). The set of 13, varying in height from approximately 9 inches to 13 inches, retails for $5,000. Individual goblets are $400 each. 610.283.7333. vetrovero.com
HOT ABSTRACTIONS Artist Cecile Brunswick finds inspiration in many unusual places, including ripped and torn posters on construction-site fences. The close-up photos she takes of their shapes and colors provide the departure point for her oil-on-canvas paintings. Shown here is Ad-Lib from her Billboard Remnants series. Based in New York, Brunswick has held residencies in Spain and Morocco, and exhibited throughout the U.S. and in several foreign countries. 36 inches x 36 inches. $6,200. 212.222.2088. CecileBrunswickNYC.com
Keep spring in the air with fragrant blossoms displayed in a festive array of free-form vases by Venini. Mouth-blown by Murano experts, the Fazzoletti collection is available in 12 different bicolor—interior and exterior—combinations such as emerald green/grass green, sapphire/horizon, and grape/aquamarine. Created to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary, each vase in the coveted group measures 5.3 inches x 5.3 inches. $350. Available at Barneys New York, select stores, and at barneys.com
© Cecile Brunswick 2010.
08 WINTER’S FLAME For romantic evenings à deux or making s’mores with the family, nothing beats Fiamma’s suspended fireplace designed by Barcelona’s Nestor Martin. The Algarve is available in wood-, gas-, and ethanol-burning versions, and can be made to rotate. Choose from myriad colors including painted black steel as shown. 93 inches x 40 inches. Priced from $7,999. 203.403.9088. fiammafireplaces.com/NestorMartinUSA.com
By Cathy Whitlock
Pheasant in Paris A neoclassical designer is at home in Paris and Washington, D.C. i f e v e r t h e r e wa s a d e s i g n e r w h o s e a e s t h e t i c i s s i m pat i c o w i t h t h e c i t y h e l i v e s i n , i t wo u l d b e t h o m a s p h e a s a n t .
The nation’s capital certainly agrees with the sensibilities of this fourth-generation Washingtonian, a devotee of neoclassical and modern. Washington’s array of architectural styles and the work of architect John Russell Pope have long been an inspiration. “When I was 8 years old I went on a school field trip to visit the National Gallery of Art. I remember feeling awestruck as I entered the large rotunda of the museum. It was the first time that I recall being emotionally connected to a space—to this day each time I enter the National Gallery I relive that moment and sensation I experienced as a young boy,” he recalls. As a student of architecture at the University of Maryland, he realized “interior design would be a great way to round out his studies,” which led to a position while still in college with the high-end residential designer firm of Victor Shargai & Associates in Georgetown. Four years later in 1980 he struck out on his own and has been in business ever since. His D.C.–based firm with a staff of 11 works on 15 to 20 projects at any given time that run the gamut from Greenwich and Charleston to Moscow and Singapore. No doubt you have seen the celebrated designer’s work in countless magazines as his quiet, restrained interiors with their fusion of modern and classical lines have decorated homes all over the world. He is also known for his work on the legendary Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, which serves as a second home to many a diplomat, congressman, and head of state. And the accolades are many— London’s Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year (1997), Architectural Digest’s AD 100, and Deans of American Design, just to name a few.
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Bringing his love of neoclassical to his apartment in St.- Germain, Pheasant filled it with a mix of his own furniture and local antique finds. “The apartment is done in a palette of gray and limestone to reflect the color of the city views (which includes the Eiffel Tower). The architecture of the apartment is classic Parisian 19th-century style,” he explains. Similar to his D.C. digs, both homes reflect his 16
Interior designer Thomas Pheasant on the Seine in his adopted second home of Paris.
love for serene interiors. “ h av i n g d i v i d e d m y t i m e b e t w e e n t h e u . s . a n d pa r i s , i h av e b e e n a b l e t o a p p r e c i at e t h e b e s t o f b o t h wo r l d s . i i m ag i n e m y s e l f [ t o b e ] l i k e t h o m a s j e f f e r s o n , a n a m e r i c a n , w h o s e l ov e f o r f r e n c h s t y l e i n v i g o r at e d h i s d e s i r e t o ta k e h o m e t h o s e o b j e c t s h e f o u n d a n d p r e s e n t t h e m i n a n u n i q u e ly a m e r i c a n way .”
His time in Paris—often spent sketching in Luxembourg Gardens—influenced his own furniture designs. In 2003 the venerable furniture company Baker, Knapp and Tubbs offered him every designer’s dream—his own furniture collection. The line focuses on classics steeped in tradition and provides Pheasant with “a learning curve on creating commercially.” As a result of the line’s success, a 2005 and 2008 collection followed. “With each introduction I was given more freedom to infuse new ideas into the designs,” he details. “The 2012 line represents 14 months in the making and reflective of not just the evolution of my products for Baker but also a clear look into my personal evolution as a designer. It has been extremely rewarding to release a collection that I have put so much of myself into.” His work has also transitioned into an interior and outdoor line with McGuire.
has access to everything. Clients that once relied on their designers for what is happening in design, now come to the table informed.” Of the technological advances he notes, “Computer software that allows us to send plans, details, and 3-D imagery around the world is an enormous asset in communicating design direction instantly. We can now participate in site meetings via our computer screens, allowing clients to view our projects and us to problem-solve without the time and cost of air travel. “These innovations have opened the doors to projects and collaboration all around the world,” he adds. “I have been fortunate to have entered into these advances with a foundation built during the “not so fast” culture when 24-hour accessibility was not the norm and distance allowed time for reflection.” Clockwise from top left: Upholstered wing back chairs from Pheasant’s collection at Baker flank the fireplace of his Parisian apartment. Serene colors with clean contemporary lines are the hallmarks of a Pheasant interior. A view from Pheasant’s Parisian apartment taken through his own lens. Modern cabinet with Greek key border makes a strong statement in this neoclassical inspired interior. Shades of grey and beige form a palette of serenity for Pheasant’s home away from home.
The versatile interior designer has added a line of eponymous limited editions known as the Thomas Pheasant Studio Collection to his evergrowing product resume. Future plans include a studio in Singapore that will focus on commercial projects. “The studio will also include a gallery featuring my limited-edition furniture and new designs for the home including crystal manufactured by St. Louis. I will be presenting a number of new tabletop designs that will be produced by a variety of luxury manufacturers. It is an incredibly exciting new venture for me.” As for his thoughts on the ever-evolving design industry, Pheasant offers this: “The world has changed so much over the past 20 years. Everyone
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1. Pheasant relaxing on the streets of Paris. 2, 5, 6, 10 & 12. Shopping on Rue Jacob, Rue Bonaparte, Rue de Seine for art and antiques. 3. Ladurée is a favorite spot for a club sandwich and vanilla macarons. 4. Gérard Mulot, “They have the best pear tart anywhere.” 7 & 9. Views of the city from Pheasant’s camera lens. 8. A view of the roof at the Grand Palais, where they hold the fall Biennale des Antiquaires. 11. Le Voltaire for lunch with clients while shopping the Left Bank. 13. Comfort food at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte for steak and pomme frites.
By Catherine McHugh
the personal touch Robert Passal’s approach to interior design reveals a passion for the process and the beaut y of structure. Admirers and clients of award-winning interior designer Robert Passal might be surprised to hear that if he had stuck with his initial career path, he may have entered their homes as a virtual presence on their TV sets—delivering the news from an anchor’s desk—instead of as the person who decides where the media console should go.
Hampton Designer Show House: a fresh take on a beach house. The coloration was derived from a bouquet of hyacinths found at a local farmers market. © Joshua McHugh
Ultra-modern kitchen for a Noho penthouse is the focal point of this 4,000-square-foot loft for a young family. ÂŠ Tom Sibley Photography
Yet after graduating from University at Albany-SUNY with a bachelor’s degree in communications, the New York native realized the lifestyle of a journalist/television reporter didn’t actually appeal to him. “ l o o k i n g b ac k , i wa s a lway s a f r u s t r at e d d e s i g n e r ,” Passal says. “ b u t m y e x p o s u r e t o d e s i g n a s a yo u n g p e r s o n wa s l i m i t e d t o m y n e i g h b o r h o o d e x p e r i e n c e s . at t h at t i m e , m e n j u s t d i d n o t r e a d h o m e - d e s i g n m ag a z i n e s .”
It wasn’t until several years later that reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron helped him find his true calling. “My roommate at the time was involved in the New Age movement and he coaxed me to read the book and participate in its 12-week journey,” Passal explains. “It completely changed my life. I actually took the time to listen to myself and follow my instincts. By week six, knowing absolutely nothing about interior design, I had landed a position and enrolled in the interior design department at FIT. I was ambitious and had finally tapped into my passion.” Passal asked the only designer he knew—“a friend of a friend of a friend”— how he could gain exposure to the industry. “He suggested I begin by working in a showroom and learning from the inside out,” Passal says. “By creating, let’s say, an embellished résumé, and gave it out to managers in showrooms where I liked the aesthetic. By the time I had gotten home from this very long and exciting day, I had a message from John Rosselli’s showroom asking me to come in for an interview. I saw it as a great way to get my foot in the door and hang with the big boys.” At Rosselli’s, Passal hit it off with a client, Dan Barsanti. After a year or so, Barsanti asked him to interview for a junior designer position at his company with his partner Patricia Healing. “For five years, Dan and Patricia took me under their wing and showed me both the glorious and not-so-glamorous aspects of being an interior designer,” Passal recounts. “Through lots of trial, error, and patience on their part, I learned the trade, which I’m certain will continually evolve throughout my career. One of the key elements to working with Patricia and Dan was that we all did everything from shopping to billing to taking out the trash. It was a fantastic learning experience for which I am truly grateful.” Passal’s first solo project at Healing Barsanti was a small cabana bath in New Jersey. “ a s i n m o s t c a s e s , t h e u lt i m at e g oa l i s t o b e yo u r ow n d e s i g n e r , s o w h e n t h e t i m e c a m e , i r e a l i z e d i t a n d f o l l ow e d m y i n s t i n c t . My parents were initially afraid that I wouldn’t be able to pay my rent. Ironically, the first check that was addressed to me at my very new company held more value than a full year’s salary. I enlarged it about 20 times its original size and made two copies. One I hung on the wall next to my “desk”—a folding table I had purchased at Home Depot. The other copy I sent to my parents. They were speechless, thrilled, and remain my biggest supporters.” o n e o f pa s s a l ’ s g r e at e s t t h r i l l s wa s l a n d i n g a s p o t a s a f e a t u r e d d e s i g n e r f o r t h e p r e s t i g i o u s k i p s b ay d e c o r at o r s h ow house.
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Deal, New Jersey restoration: I wanted return the home to the feel of the era in which it was developed, the 1920s, yet give it a modern twist. In this stately oceanfront home the painted floor and wall covering are reminiscent of the 1920s, yet, the art, accessories, and furnishings feel young and current. © Joshua McHugh.
Facing page: Upper East Side NY children's room: Not your typical blue boys room. The use of bold color and a multitude of patterns gives these children a place to play and grow. The chartreuse accent border which runs around the room is a simple grosgrain ribbon adhered to the wall covering. Above left: Award-winning interior designer Robert Passal of Robert Passal Interior & Architectural Design, in his apartment in Murray Hill. Above right: Youthful Park Avenue abode: A clean, crisp, classic yet traditional approach to Park Avenue’s mostly overwrought and stodgy design of the past. © Joshua McHugh
“The icing on the cake was that my mom came to spend the day with me in my space that Mother’s Day.” In addition to his New York City office, Passal opened a Miami branch of Robert Passal Interior Architecture & Design a few years ago. “We began working on a large project for New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, so I was spending a lot of time in Miami Beach,” Passal says. “I had spent most of my summers there as a child. My grandparents had lived there long before it was called South Beach, so I feel at home in Miami.” The company is currently involved in four projects in Miami Beach, all at various stages of development. “We are just breaking ground on an estate on Indian Creek Island in Miami Beach,” Passal says. “It is a WOW of a home structurally. The island holds approximately 30 estates, which are inhabited by the likes of Julio Iglesias to the right and Jay-Z and Beyoncé to the left, as well as a bevy of other business moguls.” This particular home features a formal French Garden that was re-created from plans remaining from an 18thcentury palace just outside Versailles. “We are fortunate to be working with some tremendous craftsmen, including Antonio Parrotta of Parrotta Design Management, who is the creative mind behind the landscape restoration.” pa s s a l ’ s d e s i g n p r o c e s s i n c l u d e s h av i n g s e v e r a l m e e t i n g s w i t h a n e w c l i e n t a n d e m p l oy i n g b o t h v e r b a l a n d v i s u a l s t i m u l i t o g e t t o k n ow t h e m . “ i c o n s i d e r i t dat i n g ,” he says. “Once we are comfortable with each other, we draw floor plans, shop with the clients to expose them to goods they may not have had the opportunity to be privy to, and build from there. i b e l i e v e i n b u i l d i n g a g o o d p o r t i o n o f t h e p r o j e c t b u t n o t c o m p l e t i n g i t i n o n e f e l l s wo o p . t h e s pac e s n e e d t o b e f e lt o u t , t h ey n e e d to s e t t l e a n d to b e t h o u g h t - t h r o u g h o n c e t h e l a r g e r p i e c e s a r e i n p l ac e . f o r m e , i t ’ s a l l a b o u t t h e ac c e s s o r i e s , w h i c h t r u ly a l l ow t h e s pac e s t o f e e l p e r s o n a l .”
Among his nonresidential projects, Passal counts restoring a temple in Rumson, New Jersey, as one of his most rewarding projects ever. “We recently completed a pediatric dental office called Great Whites on the North Shore of Long Island that was a blast to design,” Passal says. “It’s a visual treat and humorous at the same time. The key element in the space is the reception desk, which appears to seem as though the receptionists are sitting in an enormous goldfish tank. It was a fun project and still makes me giggle each time I enter the space.” Passal also makes time for charitable work; in fact, Housing Works CEO Matthew Bernardo is an old friend. Almost annually, he participates in its Design on a Dime event. “We also donate goods from our shop as well as client furnishings. For Coalition for the Homeless, we also donate goods and attend just about all of their events—especially Art Walk New York, which always ends up breaking my bank.” after
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“My inspiration can literally come from just about any place,” he says. “For example, we just installed a room at the Hampton Designer Show House that was 100% based on a bouquet of fresh flowers I saw at the Union Square Greenmarket that were wrapped in white wax paper. The coloration was amazing and that was it. I shot a photo of the flowers and began texting and emailing photos to my staff. We stayed true to the coloration and feel of this very loose floral arrangement and the room (master bedroom) has been a tremendous success.” And it’s no coincidence that the same can be said for Passal’s career.
By Cathy Whitlock
Creating the World of Magic City miami mid-modern comes to television
The date was 1959, a golden era where politicians, gangsters, tourists, and entertainers flocked to a postmodern Miami Beach. At the center of the story is Ike (played by Grey’s Anatomy star Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the visionary owner of the Miramar Playa Hotel and his conflict with silent partner and mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (portrayed by Danny Huston). It’s all played out on The Starz Channel’s Magic City, a series period drama that begins its second season this fall. Think Mad Men meets the mob in Miami and you get the picture. t h r o u g h t h e a r t o f p r o d u c t i o n d e s i g n a n d s e t d e c o r at i o n , h o l ly wo o d h a s l o n g p r ov i d e d u s w i t h a g l i m p s e i n t o a n o t h e r e r a , a n d t h e d e s i g n t e a m o f m ag i c c i t y c a p t u r e s f l o r i da i n t h e l at e
’50 s b e a u t i f u l ly . Production designer Carlos Barbosa (24, CSI Miami) and set decorator Scott Jacobson (There’s Something About Mary) created the fictional world of the Collins Avenue hotel based on the influence of real-life Miami Beach hotel icons the Eden Roc, Deauville, and the Fontainebleau. Designing the Miramar Playa proved to be quite a challenge for the production team of 150 who constructed the hotel’s façade, landscaped drive-through (the rest was digitally enhanced), and interiors that included a grand lobby, penthouse, administrative offices, beauty shop, Atlantis lounge, and Riviera restaurant in a record five months, time. A formal Versailles-style garden, fountains, and swimming pool with cabanas completes the setting. Barbosa cites the work of the famed and often controversial architect Morris Lapidus—who put Miami Mid-Century Modern (MiMo) style on the map with his designs of the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc—as a major inspiration. c l a s s i c m i m o s t y l e u s e s a m i x t u r e o f f r e n c h p r ov i n c i a l a n d i ta l i a n r e n a i s s a n c e w i t h c u r v e d fac a d e s , b r i g h t s p l a s h e s o f c o l o r , a n d c i r c u l a r m o t i f s . “ o n c e i u n d e r s t o o d t h e way i n w h i c h l a p i d u s s t r u c t u r e d h i s g e o m e t r y t o c r e at e g r a n d s c a l e a n d h ow h e s h i f t e d a n d u s e d f i n e f i n i s h e s t o d e c o n s t r u c t s u r fac e c o n t i n u i t y , t h e n e c e s s a r y d e s i g n r u l e s w e r e s e t f o r o u r t e a m t o c r e at e a n o r i g i n a l d e s i g n t h at wo u l d c a p t u r e t h e g l a m o u r a n d g l i t z a n d f i t f l aw l e s s ly i n t o t h e p e r i o d ,” d e ta i l s b a r b o s a .
Shot entirely on location in Miami, the entrance to the hotel and interiors are filmed in a converted warehouse. Barbosa notes, “One of the main challenges during the design process was fusing the existing mass of our stage into our virtual hotel design and transforming its industrial façade into a glamorous lobby entrance with a fully landscaped drive-up.” One of the showstopping sets is the Miramar’s elliptical sunken lounge. Front and center is a 13-foot crystal art deco bronze chandelier found by Jacobson at a local architectural lighting store and used at the original Eden Roc in Cuba. h e e x p l a i n s t h at t h e h o t e l l o b b y wa s d e s i g n e d t o b e “ o p u l e n t w i t h a s e n s e o f l u x u r y a n d e xc i t e m e n t . t h e u s e o f va r i o u s t o n e s o f g o l d , a l o n g w i t h n e u t r a l s s e t o f f b y b l ac k f r a m e s , a n t i q u e b r a s s , a n d m a r b l e f r e n c h p r ov e n c i a l s i d e ta b l e s pa r a l l e l e d w h at t h e e l i t e m i a m i b e ac h h o t e l s l o o k e d l i k e .” Upholstered banquettes and club chairs with fabrics from Robert Allen and Kravet in the ribbon shape made famous by Lapidus were custom-designed. Barbosa notes that the lobby’s “white marble floors and walls with black onyx accents were the finish of choice in order to reflect the golden light designed to bathe the interior evoking Florida sunshine.” The subterranean Atlantis Lounge located in the bowels of the hotel provides interesting period details. The unique wall of serpentine glass portholes of-
fers a glimpse of underwater mermaids set against a mural of wood inlays. Jacobson added a 1959 Rockola jukebox and custom chairs, barstools, and copper and bronze textured upholstered banquettes to complete the setting where the underworld plots to invade Cuba over a martini glass. “The Atlantis Lounge had to feel like a smoky tobacco environment bathed in the blue light filtered through the pool’s round windows,” says Barbosa. “I think that we took the windows into the pool rage of the ’50s and ’60s a step further by incorporating the round windows into the design of the mural behind the bar. Besides providing a view into the pool, the round windows are an integral element of the mural’s geometric composition with its focal point being a 6-foot diameter window into a mermaid’s world.” The jewel of the crown of the hotel is the penthouse where Ike and his family reside. With 360-degree views, the décor is a fusion of MiMo and art deco elements. Jacobson used Japanese screens and his mother’s rare Tommy Parzinger’s ’50s table urn lamps for the dining room. The 9-foot glass supported by two pillars of Lucite and brass dining table is also very reminiscent of the period. “The characters of Ike and Vera need to portray a sophisticated, well traveled, successful couple with some masculine accents,” says Jacobson of the décor. Dorothy Draper-inspired oval end tables and a Hollywood Regency bed completes the master bedroom. Jacobson found ’50s and ’60s period-perfect furnishings from a variety of sources, both vintage and to the trade. Ike’s offices feature vintage Adrian Pearsall and Steelcase leather sofas and George Nelson clocks (and vintage Smith Corona typewriters), while Knoll desks were replicated locally. Items from Mastercraft, Dennis Miller, Pacific Coast Lighting, Robert Allen, and Kravet contributed to the set’s furnishings. In terms of next season, Barbosa plans to “maintain if not surpass the bar for the standards that were set during our first season.” Look for some of the show’s action to move to Cuba and Chicago that will pose yet another design challenge. “Needless to say that we will be shooting everything in Miami so the creation of something like the streets of Chicago during the snowy winter will be a fun departure from our Miami sunshine,” he says. If last season’s designs are any indication, Barbosa and his talented crew are up to the task.
Previous pages: 1. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Ike Evans, owner of the Miramar Playa in the executive offices. 2. Bubble design windows that offer a glimpse into the pool is a classic ’60s design element in the Atlantis bar. 3. The work of architect Morris Lapidus inspired the designs for the television series Magic City. 4. The use of circular wall motifs is another Lapidus reference. 5. The production design of the hotel included an exterior pool area. 6. Italian baroque mixes with Miami Mid-Modern style for the hotel’s restaurant.
Facing page: 1. A crystal chandelier in a circular ceiling inset makes a dramatic statement in the hotel’s ballroom. 2. Exterior portico with vintage ’50s automobiles adds to the period feel. 3. Alternate views of the Atlantis lounge. 4. Set decorator Scott Jacobson used many vintage pieces for the penthouse dining room set. 5. Authentic ’60s pieces mixed with contemporary furnishings were used for Evan’s personal office. 6. Production designer Carlos Barbosa researched Miami and Cuban hotels of the ’60s for authenticity. Shown here is the hotel’s beauty shop.
Eats’N’Sleeps Extra Place/Heidi 8 Extra Place/6 Extra Place 212.777.4252; 212.777.4262
The Fat Radish thefatradishnyc.com 17 Orchard Street 212.300.4053
Galli gallirestaurant.com 45 Mercer Street 212.966.9288
Marble Lane marblelane.com 355 West 16th Street 212.229.2336
A little piece of Europe comes to Extra Place, the East Village’s bestkept secret and historic alleyway located off the Bowery at East 1st Street. Extra Place, a namesake restaurant serving Mediterranean fare, and Heidi, a tiny Swiss eatery next door, are intimate, farm-to-table restaurants—both from the same owner—offering traditional cuisine of their respective regions made with local, high-quality ingredients. Mediterranean döner—the Turkishmeets-German street snack—takes center stage at Extra Place, with varieties that cross country borders, such as Sheep Meadow Farm lamb with cucumber tzatziki, hummus, and pickled onions, and Hudson Valley Lola duck, with apricot mostarda and fried Brussels sprouts. Its urbanchic décor suggests the street’s rock ‘n’ roll past, with stone-hued walls, a roll-up garage window façade, a raw ceiling, and vintage, wooden furniture salvaged from a music venue. Bright green Turkish tapestry along the dining room’s left interior wall echoes the menu’s Mediterranean roots. Comforting rustic Swiss cuisine, including fondue and raclette, is served tableside at neighboring Heidi, which features an open kitchen with four counter seats and décor reminiscent of a Swiss chalet. Both restaurants are petite—slightly larger Extra Place seats 50, and Heidi seats 20.
A delightfully updated taste of Merry Olde England has taken root on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The Fat Radish provides elevated home cooking with an emphasis on seasonal vegetables to a stylish and contemporary table. Ben Towill and Phil Winser source the finest seasonal and heritage produce from local farms and offer a communal setting that, like their food, is vibrant, approachable, and made by caring hands. Winser created The Fat Radish’s interior—a minimal, organic space that combines its original factory details with a welcoming and well-lit communal environment. He has built a simple, elegant, and airy room that retains the industrial feel of London’s Covent Garden marketplace, which served as its inspiration. Crisp and tart pickled radishes appropriately start every meal, while the menu features an ever-changing list of farm-to-table salads and lightened British gastropub fare. Try a warm fingerling potato salad with garlic scapes, cremini mushrooms, and poached egg, or Montauk diver scallops served with fresh corn “polenta,” bacon jam, purslane, and baby corn. But don’t skip the peeky toe crab gratin or the tasty bacon cheeseburger served with decadent duck fat fries. Yum times a thousand.
Galli (plural for Gallo, “rooster” in Italian), envisioned by restaurateur Steve Gallo and business partner Michael Forrest, sits in the heart of SoHo, serving tried-and-true Gallo family recipes and modern favorites in a contemporary, fresh setting. Gallo’s wife Karen and her team created the eatery’s modern look and feel, which includes high ceilings, hand-laid black and white Italian marble tile, and a casual counter next to cafe tables. Upon entering, a neon-pink sign noting “This Way” with an arrow guides diners past the Italian marble bar to the dining room, which features comfortable booths and communal tables, ideal for large parties, all situated under a grand glass roof. The expansive menu features a combination of Old and New World–style dishes. Starters include baked clams, baby rice balls (green peas, chopped meat, mozzarella, pomodoro), and Zuppa di Cozze (mussels served with either white wine-garlic or marinara sauce. Lighter fare and more than 15 pasta selections share the spotlight along with Italian comfort food mains. The bar offers an extensive selection of house cocktails inspired by, and often named after, family members and friends. Traditional sweets such as panna cotta and tartufo provide the perfect ending.
Top Chef alum Manuel Treviño is manning the stove at Marble Lane Steak Joint & Bar, located in Chelsea’s hot Dream Downtown hotel adjacent to the Meatpacking District. The restaurant has become a popular destination all the while updating steakhouse fare, proving that the “old-school men’s-only club” stigma is no more. Treviño brings his globally influenced cooking style to the establishment, and has created an innovative menu showcasing a variety of the finest USDA Prime sirloin steaks, each dry-aged for 28 days. His other entrees don’t disappoint, and highlights include Carne Asada (New York strip steak, poblano, cippolini onion, and pico de gallo) and Crackling Bobo Chicken with sunchokes, artichoke salad, and tarragon butter. Paired with inventive salads and sides or selections from the extensive raw bar, dinner is a zesty adventure. So is its location, and Marble Lane’s treasured position within one of downtown NYC’s premiere trendy spots further solidifies the restaurant as an integral part of a one-stop destination for food and nightlife. Its hip, chic, and eclectic décor is the perfect fit, with a glitzy dining room complete with mirrored pillars, high-backed leather banquettes, and a constellation of amber orbs overhead.
By Shelley Wolson
Experience global steakhouse cuisine at Marble Lane, reimagined British gastropub fare at The Fat Radish, and the enchanting Distrikt Hotel. Explore New York's diverse neighborhoods.
Talde Taldebrooklyn.com 369 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn 347.916.0031
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NoMad Hotel thenomadhotel.com 1170 Broadway and 28th Street 212.796.1500
Talde arrived on Park Slope’s popular Seventh Avenue this year, adding new spice to the hot dining scene in one of Brooklyn’s most venerated neighborhoods. The 65-seat restaurant offers guests a casual and comfortable, yet elevated, dining experience, showcasing Asian-American fare reflective of the distinctive culinary journey of executive chef/ partner Dale Talde. The restaurant is a joint venture between the former Top Chef contestant and his partners, punk rock photographer and bartender, John Bush, and restaurateur David Massoni, who both also own and operate the popular Park Slope restaurant, Thistle Hill Tavern. Talde’s dishes feature market-driven ingredients and local Brooklyn products, combined with his sense of fun. Savory highlights include pretzel pork and chive dumplings with spicy mustard, seasonal ramen soup with smoked tofu, scallion, and white soy, and Korean fried chicken with yogurt-kimchee. The creative fare is served in a creative setting as well; diners sit amidst an impressive collection of Asian mahogany woodcarvings that Bush and Massoni salvaged from an antiques warehouse in Pennsylvania. The woodwork— moldings, wall coverings, window frames, and mantle pieces—are intricately carved works that depict a myriad of Asian symbols such as dragons, phoenixes, samurai warriors, elephants, and fu dogs.
Envisioned by founding partners Menachem Senderowicz and Henry Stimler, Jezebel provides an edgy SoHo dining and nightlife experience. The menu, by James Beard award-winning chef Bradford Thompson, features sophisticated fare influenced by Thompson’s extensive culinary background, but that also happens to be fully kosher. However, this is not typical Jewish comfort food. Instead, you’ll feast on braised lamb agnolotti with marjoram, baby carrots, and grated almonds, or the delicate red snapper crudo. The ambiance is a mix of luxury and kitsch. Central to the dining room, the main bar, overflowing with fresh herbs and composed of black leather, is punctuated with alternating high-gloss black wood fins and back-lit white onyx panels, and boasts over 300 floating bottles of wine. Additional custom artwork and light fixtures, along with black leather banquettes, walnut-finished table tops, and mahogany chairs, anchor the bar. The artwork in the space, which was imagined by Stimler but created by young New York artists, continues the glam kosher theme of the restaurant in a whimsical, humorous, yet tasteful fashion as the faces of cultural Jewish icons are superimposed in place of the original visage of famous portraits. Mayor Bloomberg as George Washington? Who knew!
This enchanting boutique hotel in the heart of Times Square and the theater district is a refreshing change, offering a hip, cool and comfortable respite from the city that never sleeps. But you will: With only 155 rooms, and only five to a floor, it’s a welcome retreat, with plush beds and a fudgy brownie awaiting your arrival. Otte Architecture created a sleek, stylish design, and with it the quintessential New York hotel, which pays loving tribute to the Big Apple’s 10 districts from Harlem to the Lower East Side in a series of 31 large photo collages on each floor. Artist Chris Rubino captured the flavor of each diverse locale, mixing images of the skyline, street signs, and local landmarks from each neighborhood. The theme starts in the lobby with a “living” wall, an 11-foot green collage honoring Central Park and continues at check-in: Guests are not simply given a floor and a room number. Instead, they’re told which neighborhood they’re staying in and receive an address that is also referenced on their Do Not Disturb signs. This treatment adds up to a unique hotel stay that you’re not likely to forget.
Bordered by the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park to the south, Chelsea to the west, and midtown/ Times Square to the north, the NoMad is centrally located to all Manhattan has to offer. Housed in a beautiful turn-of-the-century BeauxArts building in its namesake (North of Madison Square Park) district, the hotel has been fully restored to its original grandeur with timeless interiors by noted French designer Jacques Garcia. The property is intended to be a fresh take on the classic grand hotels of Europe, but with a distinct New York sensibility. The design was inspired by the Parisian flat of Garcia’s youth, and the 168 rooms and suites are residential in feel, each with handselected, richly textured custom furnishings and original artwork. The public spaces of the hotel, including a soaring center atrium, library, cocktail bar, dining room (with the same name as the hotel), and rooftop, feature food and beverage by award-winning chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of New York’s acclaimed Eleven Madison Park restaurant. In the center of the convivial NoMad restaurant is an open hearth where guests may observe the preparation of fresh breads and seasonal specialties.
Lavish velvet, living walls, leather chairs, luxury cars, laurel mirrors, and lusty cabinets inspire our top designers this month.
James Rixner My most favorite thing at the moment comes as quite a surprise to me and to everyone that knows me. First, a bit of background: I have kept a car in the city for many years, to get to my weekend home in Bucks County and to get to clients in the Hamptons, Westchester, New Jersey, etc. I always lease so I get a new car every three years. I’m not one to pay too much attention to the car, though. I like certain colors and makes, BMW, Infiniti, or Lexus, and I haven’t gotten too excited about any car I’ve had before. However, my new car has turned me into a total car enthusiast! I leased the 2013 Lexus GS 350 and I have not stopped raving about this car! The drive is super-sporty and luxurious at the same time. The technology is simply amazing. The 12.5-inch computer screen on the dashboard controls everything from the GPS, and the incredible sound system has all of the apps from my iPhone as well. It even allows me to make theater or dinner reservations! I’m totally enjoying this newfound enthusiasm for something I have taken for granted for so long. P.S. This is an unsolicited response and not a paid commercial for Lexus!!
Kevin Dumais I am always inspired by the French Modernist work of Jacques Adnet. Nodding to this style, and a recent obsession in my studio, is The Crillon Chair from Soane Britain. The classic yet modern sensibility of this design in combination with hand- stitched craftsmanship and refined materials makes the Crillon a complement to any interior. We proposed this chair as the statement piece for a client’s Upper East Side Living room. Our choice in finish: Soane Leather in Zeigler Green with Gilt Frame.
Brett Beldock I love the DesignLush Pantera Bench by Zak Ostrowski. I love this bench because it is finished with a car enamel lacquer, and because it is very sleek and at the same time, organic and natural.
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Suzanne and Lauren McGrath We love this bookcase/cabinet by Pearson for its perfect marriage of form and function. In all of the rooms we design, we like to make sure there is a mix of different shapes and textures, and this piece delivers on both fronts. The circular grillwork on the doors and the distressed finish make it interesting to look at. The glass doors offer a great opportunity to show off your pretty glassware or other collectibles. It also makes a lovely place to store books. We love the tapered feet, too. It’s a piece you can buy now and keep with you for a lifetime.
Thomas Burak I have always been obsessed with Regency Convex and Starburst mirrors. This fabulous mirror from Downtown at Profiles gives a modern twist to my obsession. It has the perfect “WOW” factor to add glamour to a modern room or update a traditional one. The dimensional smoky quality of this piece is achieved by shaping bent antiqued glass mirrors. For me it just says STYLE.
Evelyn Benetar On the top of my radar right now are breathable walls. “DIRTT”—which stands for: “Doing It Right This Time”—has a perfect example. These walls can be utilized in an outdoor space such as a roof deck on a penthouse apartment, a terrace, or even an outdoor eating area. They also may be used on the inside to bring “the outside in.” Think of a drab office space that you must go to each and every day and how this incredible new idea would change your environment as well as your mood. I love this “living wall” because it really is a new way to enhance your living space and make it more beautiful at the same time….
GALLERY Warm & F uzzy. P ieces that heat up our hearts and homes .
Carved stool available at Tucker Robbins, 212.355.3383
Kudu Chair & Ottoman available at Dennis Miller Associates, 212.684.0070
Model B-2088 Mahogany Regency Style Writing Table available at Wood and Hogan, Inc., 212.532.7440
French Club Chair available at Niermann Weeks, 212.319.7979
The Mapleton Chair available at PROFILES, 212.689.6903
H1159 Chandler Chair and H1159-O Chandler Ottoman available at Henredon, 212.679.5828
Cocoa Bamboo by Haiku Fans available at Calger Lighting, Inc., 212.689.9511
Social Scene Sofa available at Baker Knapp & Tubbs, 212.779.8810
151 LXV Petite Settee available at Côté France, 212.684.0707
Wool and Linen Sectional available at Pearson, 336.882.8135
9634 sofa available at Louis J. Solomon, 212.545.9200
Kent Chair available at Hickory Chair, 212.725.3776
Savannah Arm Chair & Ottoman available at Century Furniture Showroom, 212.479.0107
5-Light Island available at Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., 212.545.0032
Lille Sofa available at Grange, 212.685.9494
Ritz Sofa available at Brueton, 212.838.1630
Clockwise from top left (facing page): The Kitchen Warms the Hearth designed by Alexandra Knight for Korts & Knight Kitchens, 212.392.4750 Warm Welcome by Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, 212.779.4540 Jewelry Box-Ivory/White Hair On-Bronze Finish available at Global Views, 212.725.8439 Historic Tibet Collection available at Stephanie Odegard Collection, 212.545.0069 John Mark Lounge Chair available at The Bright Group, 212.726.9030 Door lever available at S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, 800.407.4295
Bordeaux Bed and Cannes Dresser available at Lexington, 212.532.2750
freshpicks T H E M O S T C U R R E N T products in nydc showrooms .
Capital Idea The Klismos chair has been evolving for centuries. With this tufted version of his Athens Lounge Chair from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs, Thomas Pheasant pushes the form to the limits of handcraftsmanship. Never have its sweeping silhouette and lean frame been so exaggerated—or so modern. Custom, ribbed bronze collars and capitals lend volume to its voice. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, 212.779.8810, bakerfurniture.com Light & Casual Global Views’ new collection for fall is full of golden accents and sandblasted oak pieces, including the 5-Point Star Mirror and the Klismos Media Cabinet. Ceramics from Portugal, furniture from Vietnam and Honduras, rugs and textiles from India, and glass from Poland round out the diverse new collection. Global Views, Suite 613, 212.725.8439, globalviews.com OCT
Tangerine Dream The Aria Chest from the Aquarius Collection by Lexington Home Brands makes a bold statement of contemporary style. The chest is clad in tangerine orange leather with dark walnut trim around the drawers and the case. The horizontal drawer pulls are solid brass. Lexington Home Brands, Suite 212, 212.532.2750, lexington.com
Bronze Appeal The Oiled Bronze Bathroom Vanity by Neff at Korts & Knight, Kitchens by Alexandra Knight features curved doors with applied onlay. This vanity has an oiled bronze patina, which creates the look of cast bronze at a fraction of the cost. It can be custom ordered in any size and finish. Korts & Knight Kitchens by Alexandra Knight, Suite 714, 212.392.4750, korts.com
Studio Cities New York and Paris are the third and fourth books in Maxwell Fabricâ€™s Studio Series, a sophisticated collection of chenille patterns. Studio: New York focuses on unifying design and function to create a cohesive space. The sleek stripes of Studio: Paris complements smallscale geometrics while a whimsical yet modern floral exudes a playfully chic and cool quality. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, 212.779.4540, maxwellfabrics.com
Reflections in Silver and Gold Reflections, a new original design from Stephanie Odegard, was inspired by a picture of the New York skyline. The carpet is handknotted in India using a proprietary wool silk blend. What makes it unique is the way the colors meld into each other making it more abstract. In custom sizes and colors. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, 800.670.8836, stephanieodegard.com
Great Grid The Mondrian Drum Pendant at Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. is handmade in Germany with colored glass pieces fused together into a grid-like pattern that creates a softened geometric feel. In white, gray and black, with satin nickel hardware. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, 212.545.0032, minka.com
Happy 20th The Ari Chair from the Robert Marinelli Furniture Collection at Profiles is inspired by 1930s and 1950s designs. The shape of the back legs and intersection of the seat are referenced from earlier 20th-century profiles. The exposed ribcage back detail, eased edges, and corners on the front legs and seat are a nod to â€™50s modernism. Profiles, Suite 1211, 212.689.6903, profilesny.com
Beauty and Structure Brueton introduces the Kros Dining Table to its line of contemporary high tables. Designer Stanley Jay Friedman uses a pure geometric configuration with an architectural aesthetic that adds to its structural stability. Kros is crafted from the finest standard stainless steel, perfectly exposed by its clear glass top.Â Stone and wood tops and other options available. Brueton, Suite 910, 212.838.1630, brueton.com
Brought to Light The unusual door/drawer configuration of the Scene Six Chest brings a fresh feel to traditional bedrooms. Of special note is the sunburst grain pattern on the back gallery panel. The nickel-plated feet, gallery, and hardware with knurled accents add a modern edge. With a glass overlay, it doubles as dining room storage or a wet bar. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 616, 212.679.5828, henredon.com
Jett Set Designed by Douglas Levine, Jett is a versatile series comprising lounge, arm, and swivel chairs from The Bright Group available in fully upholstered versions or with exposed back legs with unique carved detailing. Offered in oak, walnut, or cherrywood stained to specification in com or COL. The Bright Group, Suite 902, 212.726.9030, thebrightgroup.com
Top Chef Wheelie Great A Wheel of Life to Buddhists, a Medicine Wheel to Native Americans, a Mandala to Hindus, the wheel symbolizes the circle of life in many world cultures. Interpreted here by the metal weavers of Honduras, the Wire Wheel Pendant/Chandelier by Tucker Robbins brings a sense of serenity and unity to any space. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, 212.355.3383, tuckerrobbins.com
After two generations of research, AGA, Britain’s iconic range, introduces the Total Control Range Cooker offering radiant, heat-storage cooking that locks in moisture, nutrients, and flavor. Shown here in aubergine, this state-of-the-art cooker is manufactured in cast iron and enamel in a range of colors. Available at Grange. Grange, Suite 201, 212.685.9494, grange.fr
Always Within Reach S.A. Baxter’s Project-Ready line of bespoke architectural hardware suites includes beautiful doorknobs, levers, and accessories finished to order in an unprecedented 2–4 week lead time. This Art Deco–inspired doorknob is sure to be a favorite, as it embodies a clean and precise aesthetic. S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, Suite 1205, 800.407.4295, sabaxter.com
Louis Weathers Any Storm This hand-carved reclining Louis XVI Chaise Longue from Côté France is made of teak for use on the patio, lawn, or at poolside. It’s built to withstand all kinds of weather and comes in a natural or oiled finish. The water-resistant cushion can be ordered in brown, offwhite, or C.O.M. Côté France, Suite 1201, 212.684.0707, cotefrance.com
freshpicks Fitting End Louis J. Solomon’s Round Transitional End Table blends Old-World quality design and craftsmanship with clean contemporary lines. In metal with a gold finish and a tempered glass top. Available in two sizes. Louis J. Solomon, Inc., Suite 911, 212.545.9200, louisjsolomon.com
Fan-tabulous Haiku® Ceiling Fans look different because they are different, with revolutionary technology hiding inside the seamless fit and finish at their center. The sleek look conceals Sensorless Drive Technology™ that delivers an 80% improvement in efficiency over conventional ceiling fan motors. Shown here in White Matrix Composite. Haiku (at Calger Lighting, Inc.), Suite 434, 212.689.9511, haikufan.com
Base Lines The upholstered Remy Wall Unit by Hickory Chair was inspired by Japanese Tansu cabinets and is made up of 2-door cabinets and 3-drawer chests sitting on bases. Select from linen, velvet, and flannel suede fabrics, and more than 70 paint and stain finishes to create the perfect chest, armoire, server, or wall unit for your room. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, 212.725.3776, hickorychairpearson.com
Side Pockets According to the designer, The Memphis Side Table by Charlotte Moss for Century Icons is “an American version of what the French call a ‘vitapoche.’ I’m always looking for a place to set down more than just a cup of tea. Two baskets give me options and a girl likes to have options.” Century Furniture Showroom, Suite 200, 212.479.0107, centuryfurniture.com
Sunny Weather The Mistral Chandelier from Niermann Weeks was inspired by an antique weathervane in Provence, and features swooping decorative silhouettes tied together with thin metal rods. The six lights have hand-wrapped beeswax candle covers that combine with the glow of the gilded finish to evoke the warmth of Provençal sunshine. Niermann Weeks, Suite 905, 212.319.7979, niermannweeks.com
Fully Figured An ideal end or bedside table or even a small desk, the Regency Style Side Table from Wood & Hogan has a highly figured rosewood top with inlay line and crossband. It features turned tapered legs terminating in solid brass cup castors and appropriate gilt details. Also available with a tooled leather top. Wood & Hogan, Inc., Suite 812, 212.532.7440, woodandhogan.com
Twinkle Star As a dinette, the Grove Table by Powell & Bonnell at Dennis Miller will be a sure conversation piece with its stunning starburst detail wood top and waterfall edge. The A-tapered interweave of hand-forged steel “twigs” plated in a warm polished nickel creates a veil of twinkling highlights. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, 212.684.0070, dennismiller.com
Right Angles This decidedly masculine Transitional Wing Chair from Pearson features angular, bordered wings that flow into square, thin arms. The boxed seat cushion is supported by a solid maple base and tall tapered maple legs. Available with a coordinating ottoman, it makes a perfect reading chair. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, 212.725.3776, hickorychairpearson.com
STYLESPOTLIGHT F eatured highlights of craft and design .
1. Yacht Sea (facing page) The inspiration for this Scene Six Dining Table by Henredon, featuring a heavy polished nickel-plated band, came from a table created for an early 20th-century yacht. 2. Topped Off Louis J. Solomon’s beautifully designed Tea Table features shaped aprons with flowing raised detailing following the lines of the aprons into the carved cabriole legs. The tray top is removable.
3. Palatial Light (facing page) This 30-Light Reproduction Solid Bronze and Crystal Chandelier at Côté France is based on a 6-foot chandelier in the Palace of Fontainebleau near Paris. 4. Raised Chaise Raised on a maple base and legs, this Transitional Chaise from Pearson is a new addition to a popular collection, sharing the same serpentine back shape as the sofa and chair. 5. Salt Air Dining Originally created for a family on the island, the Nantucket Dining Table at Wood & Hogan draws upon its celebrated sea-faring tradition and the simple elegance that sprang from it. 6. Indian Cast The Ulta Champa Table from the Stephanie Odegard Collection is designed and handmade in India using the sand-casting technique. The Champa design is inspired by the frangipani tree. 7. Entertainment Hub The Pacific Isle Media Console at Lexington Home Brands is a fusion of Asian and contemporary styling, offered in gloss black or Mandarin red with dramatic solid brass hardware. 8. All Mine Grange now offers MyGrange so you can personalize with complete design confidence. Choose your finishes and desired level of distressing, et voilà, see your design in 3D color! OCT
9. Back in Shape The modern sculpted shape of the Strato Lounge Chair by Michael Berman at Profiles harks back to the 1950s. Shown with a charred oak base. 10. Willing & Hable Hickory Chair’s collaboration with Hable Construction was the first pairing of an American textile brand and a domestic furniture maker. Shown are the Farm Wing Chair, Serge Ottoman, and Annie Ottoman. 11. Pattern Recognition The Palissy Ceiling Fixture from Niermann Weeks contains a ring of silver-leaf glass tubes and a semi-transparent antiqued mirror bottom. When lit, it creates a beautiful pattern across the ceiling. 12. Nature & Nurture Inspired by Jean-Michel Frank’s early 20th-century work, Tucker Robbins’ minimalist Cubist Desk contrasts the undulating grain of cerused oak with the clean lines of chromed steel. 13. Looking Glass With mirror on every face, the Penelope Desk from the Douglas Jennings Collection at The Bright Group can stand alone or be the centerpiece of any room. 56
14. Pure Air Organic essentialism, the idea of eliminating anything superfluous and perfecting the basics, influenced the design of Haiku Fans, available at Calger Lighting. Haiku’s unique airfoils allow a seamless central finish to its revolutionary motor. 15. Bauhaus To Your House Modern clean lines abound in this contemporary door knob from S.A. Baxter that’s sure to please any Bauhaus fan. The recessed pocket adds depth and character to this streamlined offering. 16. Shine and Sparkle Designed by Alecia Wesner for George Kovacs Lighting, the Bling Bang Table Lamp at Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. has a perforated steel shade with crystals that sparkle in the light. 17. Bold Approach A sensational grouping of brilliant colors and striking design, the Electric Collection is exclusive to Maxwell Fabrics. Yowza features multicolored zigzag embroidery, while its vibrant satin stripes pull the look together. 18. Sign Here The Signature Table Lamp by Bill Sofield at Baker Knapp & Tubbs was inspired by the movement of a personal signature. Custom cast brass captures whimsy, while the finish conveys a rugged look. OCT
15. European Post Korts & Knight, Kitchens by Alexandra Knight introduces the Post European Kitchen to the American consumer. Their Paris Collection includes Draper DBS’s Four Carat and Sculpted Wave doors. 16. Hide In Plain Sight To celebrate The Bright Group’s partnership with Edelman Leather, the Elana Ottoman by Douglas Levine is covered here in a natural hide from Edelman’s Cavallini in the Wild Collection. 17. Reclining Class This mahogany Edwardian Lounge Chair and Ottoman from Wood & Hogan has a tight back and a loose seat cushion on tapered and grooved legs. 18. Tree Carving The simply shaped Folio Eighteen Chest by Henredon features a unique, carved “tree of life” design, including carved wood pulls for the two drawers.
19. America The Comfy (facing page) The America Sofa, Designed for Brueton by Stanley Jay Friedman, is a strong, clean, classic sofa that offers comfort and style along with amenities like tablets and lamps. 20. On the Edge Altura Furnitureâ€™s Offset Desk at Dennis Miller features a cantilevered work surface and ample legroom. The asymmetrical layout strikes a congruous balance with the nested Arris Ottoman. 21. Chat Room The signature Charleston Slipper Chair by Charlotte Moss for Century can flank a fireplace, furnish a feminine boudoir, or be pulled up for an intimate chat. 22. Two Times Two The Barbara Barry Encircle Vases are handmade for Global Views in two countries. The metal base is spun in India and the ceramic vase is created in Italy. 23. Bespoke Up Draper DBS, a true custom shop, has partnered with Korts & Knight, Kitchens by Alexandra Knight, to design cabinetry for the bespoke client.
De. FIN.ingPieces items that sum up what a showroom is all about.
wood and hogan The Radial Mahogany Extending Dining Table with Hoop Base is meant for family and friends. Each table is individually made in England by highly skilled craftsmen using the finest mahogany and highly figured radial mahogany veneers. The traditional French polish finish gives each table the clarity and luster of a fine antique. Wood & Hogan, Inc., Suite 812, 212.532.7440, woodandhogan.com
Côté France This Directoire-style Commode Ecritoire Chest with Writing Desk has simple clean lines. With its drawer chest offering plenty of storage, it’s a great spot to write or work on a laptop. It comes in a beautiful French cherry with a choice of desk leather, or in any painted, antiqued Côté France color. Côté France, Suite 1201, 212.684.0707, cotefrance.com OCT
freshpicks Maxwell Fabrics Galaxy is a dynamic collection of geometric embroidery designs woven on an elegant satin ground cloth. Pairing sumptuous satin with sleek geometrics gives a unique character to the fabric while the unexpected color combinations add variety and distinctiveness to the entire collection. The surface luster and easy tailoring of satin provide modern opulence in any application. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, 212.779.4540, maxwellfabrics.com
Korts & Knight The Louis Philippe Collection from Neff expresses the grandeur of fine French cabinetmaking with pleasing curves in a rich lustrous finish. Sand-burned medallions are surrounded with book and mirror matched burl. Moldings and pilasters are jeweled by hand with an antique gold finish. Massive, carved moldings surround double gothic mullions. Korts & Knight Kitchens by Alexandra Knight, Suite 714, 212.392.4750, korts.com
Global Views The Mimi Chair represents a new era for Global Views. What began as a strictly decorative accessories company has grown to accommodate many other categories, including lighting, furniture, and textiles. Mimi, with a 3-leg base and clean sophisticated white leather, perfectly illustrates what to expect from todayâ€™s Global Views. Global Views, Suite 613, 212.725.8439, globalviews.com
DefiningPieces Brueton A gracefully sculptured stainless steel arch defines the stunning Selina K Table, designed by Louis A. Lara. Tops are available in stainless steel grid, glass, wood, or stone, making it suitable for a wide variety of styles and situations. Brueton, Suite 910, 212.838.1630, brueton.com
haiku Naturally beautiful, fully renewable and incredibly strong (it has the tensile strength of steel), bamboo is the perfect material for crafting Haiku Bamboo, a fan that creates a new paradigm in ceiling fan design and engineering. Unlike wood, this hardy grass regrows to full mature height within five years after harvesting. Haiku (at Calger Lighting, Inc.), Suite 434, 212.689.9511, haikufan.com Baker Knapp & Tubbs Laura Kirarâ€™s Vienna Dining Table features a fixed base with fillers on the end. The highly figured Mozambique veneer gives it flicker and flash, while the quarter-cut technique is bold enough to be seen through a dark finish. The table features a reveal underneath which makes the top seem to float. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, 212.779.8810, bakerfurniture.com
Henredon Interior Design Showroom This sectional from the Henredon Upholstered Furniture Collection has a square box back, narrow track arm, and upholstered base. Henredonâ€™s Fireside Custom Program provides the ultimate in flexibility to create unique upholstered seating. Extensive back, base, and arm style options are offered including fabric or leather and by-the-inch sizing. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 616, 212.679.5828, henredon.com
Louis J. Solomon, Inc. Made in America and constructed with a solid hardwood frame, this Upholstered Lounge Chair offers both high quality and high style. Hundreds of fabrics are available as well as custom cushion choices and optional swivel or swivel rocker base. Louis J. Solomon, Inc., Suite 911, 212.545.9200, louisjsolomon.com
Hickory Chair Pearson The Ceylon is the latest in Hickory Chair’s distinctive Made 2 Measure table program and it takes only a few weeks from order for the artisans at Hickory to make a custom table. The Ceylon is made to order in four heights including cocktail, side, dining, and console. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, 212.725.3776, hickorychairpearson.com
Hickory Chair Pearson This fully upholstered Biscuit-Tufted Headboard is flanked with modified upholstered wings. The side rails and foot rail are fully upholstered and accented with large, low, solid maple carved feet. The interior frame of the bed is adjustable in height, which allows for different mattress thicknesses and the contemporary “platform bed look” of this frame. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, 212.725.3776, hickorychairpearson.com
Dennis Miller The Gibby Lounge Chair is a classic lounge chair by renowned mid-century furniture designer, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings. Made to the original specifications, it is shown here in walnut-stained maple. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, 212.684.0070, dennismiller.com
GRANGE The Directoire Modular Unit features sliding bookshelves to conceal a TV, displaying a foursection bookcase when closed. The TV can be mounted on the back panel or set on a base unit with glass or wood sliding doors. Available in any combination of Grange wood and paint finishes. Available at Grange. Grange, Suite 201, 212.685.9494, grange.fr
Profiles A new classic, the Modena Buffet sets a new standard in simple design, yet is rich in details such as the metal-leafed doors set back from the highly polished woods. This buffet can be customized both inside and out. Profiles, Suite 1211, 212.689.6903, profilesny.com
Niermann Weeks The simple, elegant outline of this chandelier is based on a voluminous 18th-century Italian sconce. The suspension system at the top is an adaptation of work found in European churches. The fixture features a textured chalk rust finish with the unexpected touch of a simple garland of crystals hanging from the arms. Niermann Weeks, Suite 905, 212.319.7979, niermannweeks.com
The Bright Group The Lorae Series is a play on mid-century modern curves adapted to todayâ€™s design sensibility. Expertly tailored and precisely fitted, the upholstery is accented with turned and tapered round legs. Lorae is available as shown as an armchair and ottoman combination, and in lounge and sofa options. Made in native walnut, cherry, maple, and oak woods. The Bright Group, Suite 902, 212.726.9030, thebrightgroup.com
Tucker Robbins Inspired by the architecture of the Barcelona Pavilion, Tucker Robbinsâ€™ Modernist Dining Table uses a simple architectural base to accentuate the exotic hardwood top. The open design of the legs allows the top to float in space while the straight lines of the steel contrast with the organic edges and grains of the wood. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, 212.355.3383, tuckerrobbins.com
Century Furniture Showroom Bringing new life to a classic design, the Dallas Side Table by Charlotte Moss updates and modernizes a classic pie-crust table by finishing the top in antique mirror. This showstopper of an end table brings a little extra glamour to the living room or the bedroom. Century Furniture Showroom, Suite 200, 212.479.0107, centuryfurniture.com
This stately and meticulously detailed traditional doorknob, inspired by Early American Masonic designs, has an added intangibility that truly enhances a particular aesthetic. A part of S.A. Baxter’s ProjectReady line of bespoke architectural hardware suites, it can be made to order in your choice of six select finishes in an unprecedented 2–4 weeks. S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, Suite 1205, 800.407.4295, sabaxter.com
Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. The Perle Ceiling Lamp by Oggetti features a cluster of handmade globes that showcase traditional Murranese techniques of glass canes and murrines, balanced by solid-colored globes with ribbed surfaces. All are mouth-blown in Venice, Italy, and are offered in a variety of styles. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, 212.545.0032, minka.com
Stephanie Odegard Collection Inspired by vivid art photographs of raw crushed vegetables, Stephanie Odegard created Somoroff III, named after the photographer whose work inspired them. Stephanieâ€™s interpretation is at once energetic and expressive while still maintaining the attention to detail and saturated color found in the original photographs. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, 800.670.8836, stephanieodegard.com LExington Home Brands The Belfort Sofa is from the Images of Courtrai Collection by Lexington Home Brands. Available in a two-cushion version and a longer three-cushion version, the elegant tufted back roll arm sofa is covered in fine Belgian linen, with an array of decorative throw pillows. A matching chair and ottoman are also available. Lexington Home Brands, Suite 212, 212.532.2750, lexington.com
ShowroomPortraits Profiles of Some of NYDC’s Most Familiar Names
BAKER KNAPP & TUBBS Suite 300
BENJAMIN MOORE & CO. Suite 714
BOLIER Suite 1216
THE BRIGHT GROUP Suite 902
Founded in 1902, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc. remains one of the largest wholesale distributors in the industry with 17 showrooms located in major design districts throughout the United States and at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre in London. Product assortment spans from historic reproductions dating back to the 17th century to modern designs from today’s most recognized independent designers. Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Suite 300, phone 212.779.8810, fax 212.689.2827, bakerfurniture.com
Benjamin Moore has opened the doors of its new designer showroom for the New York City design community. This to-the-trade showroom brings the company’s color design tools and color consulting directly to the New York City market. The goal is to be at the heart of the design community—to provide convenience, accessibility, service, and inspiration when it comes to color selection. Benjamin Moore & Co., Suite 714, phone 212.684.2001, fax 212.684.2115, benjaminmoore.com
Presenting a "modernist's view of classic form," Bolier offers a select portfolio of classic forms inspired by traditional fine furniture and shaped for contemporary lifestyles. Each piece reflects a dedication to design, materials, and authentic craftsmanship and is created for lasting value. Pictured: The Domicile Crescent Lounge Chair by Michael Vanderbyl in a cerused oak finish. Bolier, Suite 1216, phone 212.684.0070, fax 212.684.0776, bolierco.com
At The Bright Group, you will find a refined collection of classic contemporary furnishings from top U.S. designer manufacturers such as Bright Chair Company, Knowlton Brothers, HH Ruseau, Douglas Jennings Collection, Evan Lewis, and Maxine Snider. Plus, discover lighting collections by Charles Loomis, Salgado Saucier, and Sezession by Jonathan Browning. The collections are all beautifully designed and produced in the U.S., and all items are customizable. The Bright Group, Suite 902, phone 212.726.9030, fax 212.726.9029, thebrightgroup.com
BRUETON Suite 910
CENTURY FURNITURE SHOWROOM Suite 200
CÔTÉ FRANCE Suite 1201
COUTURE SHOWROOMS Suite 715
Brueton, a U.S. manufacturer based in New York, manufactures a full line of contemporary furniture including sofas, tables, chairs, casegoods, and accessories catering to residential and commercial clients. In addition, Brueton offers vast custom capabilities, including fabricating the simplest to the most complicated stainless steel products and architectural metals for architects and designers. Brueton, Suite 1502, phone 212.838.1630, fax 212.838.1652, brueton.com
Since 1947, Century Furniture has provided finely crafted luxury furniture with impeccable design and quality, plus legendary service to its customers. Now a third generation family-owned company, Century is located in Hickory, North Carolina, with more than 900 associates. Each employee owns a stake in the company and their commitment and dedication can be seen in every piece of furniture they make. Century Furniture Showroom, Suite 200, phone 212.479.0107, fax 212.479.0112, centuryfurniture.com
Visit Côté France for quality, style, and originality. The company’s French workrooms proudly boast generations of families continuing a tradition of fine handcraftsmanship. In addition to classic French reproductions in authentic finishes, Côté France brings tradition into the 21st century with vibrant colors and unique painted designs. Recently introduced is a collection of 18th-century reproduction outdoor teak furniture and a solid bronze lighting collection. Côté France, Suite 1201, phone 212.684.0707, fax 212.684.8940, cotefrance.com
Couture Showrooms is now on the 7th floor. In addition to carrying the wellknown Vladimir Kagan Couture line, they have now expanded their offerings to encompass other prestigious names such as A.S. Morris, Spectrum West, Ron Seff, Axis Mundi, and Custom Designs by Luigi Gentile. Fabric and leather lines are available for your selection from their local workroom. Couture Showrooms, Suite 715, phone 212.689.0730, fax 212.689.1830, coutureshowrooms.com
DENNIS MILLER ASSOCIATES Suite 1210
FLOURISHES Suite 414
GLOBAL VIEWS Suite 613
GRANGE Suite 201
Since 1983, Dennis Miller Associates has offered innovative furniture and lighting collections designed by architects, interior designers, and artisans. Its showroom provides a continually evolving showcase of contemporary and 20th-century classic design excellence. Its popularity with top designers speaks for itself. Come see the recent additions to Dennis Miller Fabrics, Lighting, and Rug collections. Dennis Miller Associates, Suite 1210, phone 212.684.0070, fax 212.684.0776, dennismiller.com
After 59 years, Maxwell’s reputation is rock solid. Now they have a new face and a fresh look as a younger generation of the Maxwell family sets the pace. They have unique insight and awareness into emerging new design trends, while presenting modern classic fabrics that add distinction, value, and vitality to projects. Maxwell Fabrics available at Flourishes, Suite 414, phone 212.779.4540, fax 212.779.4542, maxwellfabrics.com
Global Views is a home decor wholesale company with collections that blend various styles to make pieces that are elegant, exotic, refined, and casual. They offer a wide assortment of fashion-forward products from furniture to accessories that fit every price range. Global Views, Suite 613, phone 212.725.8439, fax 212.679.4927, globalviews.com
GRANGE, introduced in the United States in 1982, has a commitment to the techniques of master artisans. Each piece is handcrafted using 19th-century methods and materials, and 21st-century green practices. GRANGE uses waterbased paints and varnishes to reduce emissions and good-sense forestry practices that honor the 60to 80-year rotation. Since 1904, the factory has been based in the foothills of Lyon, France. Grange, Suite 201, phone 212.685.9057, fax 212.685.7312, grange.fr
HAIKU (CALGER LIGHTING, INC.) Suite 434
HENREDON INTERIOR DESIGN SHOWROOM, Suite 616
Hickory Chair-Pearson Suite 102
KORTS & KNIGHT KITCHENS BY ALEXANDRA KNIGHT, Suite 714
Backed by years of research and development and hundreds of prototypes, Haiku reflects the attention to detail the Big Ass Fan Company is known for worldwide. Its industry-leading efficiency, silent motor, tops-in-class airflow, sustainable materials, quality craftsmanship, and minimalist design combine to create the perfect air-moving machine. With eight patents worldwide, Haiku is a true original. Haiku (at Calger Lighting, Inc.), Suite 434, phone 212.689.9511, fax 212.779.0721, haikufan.com
The mission of the Henredon Interior Design Showroom is to service the design trade at the highest possible level, while offering a fashion-forward shopping experience. The showroom represents Henredon Furniture, Barbara Barry Realized by Henredon, Lane Venture, Maitland-Smith/LaBarge, and Taracea. Founded in Morganton, North Carolina, in 1945, Henredon now offers hundreds of beautiful wood and upholstery designs for every room. Henredon Interior Design Showroom, Suite 616, phone 212.679.5828, fax 212.679.6509, henredon.com
Hickory Chair and Pearson bring together in one showroom a combination of unique and inspirational collections, with a combined age of 172 years of fine furniture manufacturing. Pearson has an amazing collection of more than 500 styles, all designed in-house, ranging from traditional to contemporary, dressy to casual, with a number of custom options with which to help individualize your furniture choice. Hickory Chair Pearson, Suite 102, phone 212.725.3776, fax 212.725.3763, hickorychairpearson.com
Korts & Knight, San Francisco’s premier kitchen design company, opened their first design studio in the San Francisco Bay area in 1975. They have expanded to the East Coast with a new Manhattan showroom—Korts & Knight, Kitchens by Alexandra Knight. Notably, the New York showroom only features North American cabinetmakers. Come discover the Post-European kitchen. Korts & Knight, Kitchens by Alexandra Knight, Suite 714, phone 212.392.4750, fax 855.200.LEXI, korts.com
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KRAVET FABRICS & FURNITURE, INC. Suite 401
LEXINGTON HOME BRANDS Suite 212
LOUIS J. SOLOMON, INC. Suite 911
METROPOLITAN LIGHTING FIXTURE CO., Suite 512
Kravet’s showroom strives to create a unique shopping experience for every designer in order to be the primary resource in the decorative fabrics and furnishings industry. The company's goal is to create a comfortable workspace and resource center for designers that serves as an extension of its own design studios. Product selections are presented in an environment that is both functional and stimulating. Kravet Fabrics & Furniture, Inc., Suite 401, phone 212.725.0340, fax 212.684.7350, kravet.com
Known for innovative lifestyle design, the Lexington Home Brands showroom features casegoods and custom-upholstered seating for every room of the home, by Lexington, Tommy Bahama, Sligh, Henry Link Trading Company, and Aquarius, in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. Lexington Home Brands, Suite 212, phone 212.532.2750, fax 212.532.2875, lexington.com
For more than 75 years, Louis J. Solomon has been an important source of traditional fine reproduction furniture to the trade. They specialize in producing 18th- and 19th-century French and English antique reproductions that have been carefully rescaled and restyled to appeal to the modern lifestyle. They are an important source to interior designers, high-end furniture retailers, and designer showrooms throughout the United States. Louis J. Solomon, Inc., Suite 911, phone 212.545.9200, fax 212.545.9438, louisjsolomon.com
Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. has been illuminating fine interiors since 1939. Now part of the Minka Group, the Metropolitan showroom represents lighting from all Minka companies, including George Kovacs, as well as products from other quality lighting manufacturers. Its large showroom offers one of the most comprehensive selections of designer-oriented lighting in the industry. Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co., Suite 512, phone 212.545.0032, fax 212.545.0031, minka.com
NIERMANN WEEKS Suite 905
ORREFORS KOSTA BODA Suite 602
PORCELANOSA Suite 609
PROFILES Suite 1211
Niermann Weeks Designs borrow elements from the past and reinterprets them to fit current lifestyles. Over half of the firm’s business is custom work to meet the special needs of professional designer and architect clients. Niermann Weeks features more than 600 standard designs with 500 finishes, available through to-the-trade designer showrooms in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Niermann Weeks, Suite 905, phone 212.319.7979, fax 212.319.6116, niermannweeks.com
Orrefors designer Martti Rytkonen likes to give his clear crystal designs a narrative theme. Even in experiments with form and execution, his collections are always designed in true “Orrefors spirit.” In his Fashion series, he re-creates the grid pattern of the city’s streets and avenues, while the subtle optics and finely rendered cuts suggest something of the pace and pulse of the exciting Manhattan scene. Orrefors Kosta Boda, Suite 602, phone 212.684.5455, fax 212.684.5665, orreforskostaboda.com
Porcelanosa, a leader in the manufacture and distribution of Tile, Kitchen, and Bath products, is the industry leader, providing cutting-edge designs of unparalleled beauty, uncompromising quality, and dependable services to clients. Porcelanosa, Suite 609, phone 212.252.7370, fax 212.252.8790, porcelanosa-usa.com
Serving the design profession since 1980. PROFILES’ workrooms in the USA and in Europe create pieces of uncommon beauty and imagination for both residential and contract customers. They offer a full spectrum of furniture in a variety of woods, metals, and finishes, as well as finely tailored upholstery— all to the designer’s specifications. Profiles, Suite 1211, phone 212.689.6903, fax 212.685.1807, profilesny.com
RESTORATION TIMBER Suite 436
S.A. BAXTER ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE, Suite 1205
SALADINO FURNITURE, INC. Suite 1600
STEPHANIE ODEGARD COLLECTION Suite 1209
Restoration Timber offers a wide spectrum of materials, including reclaimed wood flooring, wainscoting, beams, siding, and stock for furniture and cabinetry. Naturally weathered by a century or more of use, Restoration Timber provides wood rich in history, unparalleled in beauty, and solid with age. Environmentally responsible reclaimed wood adds warmth, depth, and character to almost any installation. Restoration Timber, Suite 436, phone 877.980.WOOD, fax 212.679.5408, restorationtimber.com
From handles to hinges, from levers to latches, S.A. Baxter manufactures hardware of exquisite complexity and finishes to adorn the doors and windows of luxury homes, chic hotels, and upscale retailers. They offer the deepest palette of patterns, metals, and finishes, and deliver the highest quality, custom-designed pieces for the upscale residential and luxury commercial markets. S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware, Suite 1205, phone 800.407.4295, fax 212.252.1031, sabaxter.com
Established in 1986 by renowned designer John F. Saladino, the Saladino Furniture collection currently has over 75 original designs of upholstery, casegoods, and lighting. The line is available exclusively through its New York showroom among select antiques and accessories. A 75-page catalog may be purchased via the Web at saladinostyle.com. Saladino Furniture, Inc., Suite 1600, phone 212.684.3720 x31, fax 212.684.3257, saladinostyle.com
The Stephanie Odegard Collection is a leader in bold design and color innovation in the production of high-end, hand-knotted carpets. The collection also features handcrafted furniture, lighting, antiques, and decorative accessories from across the globe. In all of her products, Stephanie Odegard requires strict adherence to social responsibility, raising standards of living for thousands of craftspeople in developing countries. Stephanie Odegard Collection, Suite 1209, phone 888.988.1209, fax 212.545.0305, stephanieodegard.com
TED BOERNER Suite 515
TK COLLECTIONS Suite 410
TUCKER ROBBINS Suite 504
WOOD AND HOGAN, INC. Suite 812
Ted Boerner, Inc., New York offers a diverse and captivating variety of home furnishings and artwork. The showroom includes collections from the following renowned designers and artists: Ted Boerner, Lesley Anton, Tracy Kendall, Christopher Farr, Michael Shemchuk, and Rick Chapman. Ted Boerner, Inc., Suite 515, phone 212.675.5665, fax 212.675.5654, tedboerner.com
For over two decades. TK Collections has been the sole importer of the classic French handcrafted rattan café chairs and stools along with French sidewalk café tables. In addition, its new collection also includes decorative wroughtiron table bases, coffee tables, and cast-bronze lighting made in France. TK Collections, Suite 410, phone 212.213.2470, fax 212.213.2464, tkcollections.com
The Tucker Robbins showroom features products from all over the world, developed by Tucker and indigenous craftspeople. The Toraja women of Suluwesi, Indonesia, created this form originally to catch fish. Now they continue their beautiful tradition of weaving rattan to catch light in the Teardrop Table Lamp, shown here in natural rattan. Tucker Robbins, Suite 504, phone 212.355.3383, fax 212.355.3116, tuckerrobbins.com
Wood & Hogan carries an extensive collection of one-of-a-kind antique accessories that are perfect for those people who seem to have everything. Whether it’s their fine reproductions or antiques, Wood & Hogan offers superior-quality unique gifts for friends, family, and clients. Wood & Hogan, Inc., Suite 812, phone 212.532.7440, fax 212.532.4640, woodandhogan.com
NYDCEvents Calendar T rad H ome Spring Issue Celebration
RISD Textiles New Talent MFA Event
The New York Design Center was joined by Traditional Home on May 3 to celebrate the spring issue of TRADhomemag.com and introduce this year’s 10 New Trad Designers. Guests flooded the Century Furniture showroom, eager to mingle with the newly honored designers, as well as have a chance to meet the design bloggers that nominated them. Traditional Home Editor in Chief Ann Maine welcomed all guests, and joined the festivities at the themed blackjack table, with the designer’s faces on the card decks.
The New York Design Center hosted the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Textile Department New Talent exhibition on the 10th floor on June 6. Twelve students transformed the space with their incredible work—largely hand produced, displayed on the walls, and draped on life-size mannequins. Two students were recognized with the Sherri Donghia Award of Achievement. Congratulations to Niharika Nallari and Eulalia Choi.
Left to right: NYDC President and CEO Jim Druckman, Traditional Home’s Editor in Chief and Publisher Ann Maine, and Beth Brenner with Century VP of Sales and Marketing Alex Shuford III; 2011 honorees Nicki Clendening and Callie Jenschke of Scout Designs with Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors (center); Traditional Home editor Tori Mellott with Elizabeth Blitzer; Traditional Home’s Blaire Rzempoluch with 2011 honoree Lisa Sternfeld; Austin Bradley, Jeffrey Bershad, 2011 honoree Robert Passal, and Tony Parrotta; Anne Maxwell Foster, New Trad Nick Olsen, Marisa Marcantonio, Suysel dePedro Cunningham, and Ann Maine; blogger Stacey Bewkes and New Trad Allison Hennessy; blogger Nicole Gibbons with New Trad Gideon Mendelson; NYDC’s Alix Lerman with Michelle Adams of LONNY; designers Lisa Frantz and Lydia Marks. Photo Credit: Photo - RYAN MCCUNE / PatrickMcMullan.com
Top to bottom: NYDC President and CEO Jim Druckman with Sherri Donghia; the students’ work on display; Brooks Hagan, honored students Eulalia Choi and Niharika Nallari with Sherri Donghia.
For a list of NYDC's upcoming events, visit nydc.com.
New York Magazine’s Design Hunting Launch Party
AD Loves N Y DC
On May 17 designers and New York Magazine enthusiasts poured into the McGuire showroom to celebrate the launch of “Design Hunting.” Guests congratulated and thanked Wendy Goodman, New York Magazine’s Design Editor for creating an impressive guide to the New York design industry. The showroom donned a chalkboard mural, illustrating the pages of the issue that doubled as a photo booth wall. The event truly brought the pages of the magazine to life.
Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell celebrated “AD Loves NYDC” on June 19th, as she and the editorial team selected nine of their favorite finds in the NYDC showrooms. Attendees traveled to participating showrooms, including The Bright Group, Century Furniture, Dennis Miller Associates, Hickory Chair Pearson, Lexington Home Brands, Niermann Weeks, PROFILES, and Stephanie Odegard Collection, to view the highlighted products, all branded with a special heart from the publication for the event.
Left to right: NYDC’s Jim Druckman, New York Magazine’s Wendy Goodman and Editor in Chief Adam Moss; the Design Hunting issue on display; Liza Weiner, William Cullum, and Thomas Jayne; designer Todd Oldham and Wendy Goodman; designer Nate Berkus; Wendy Goodman with stylist Robert Verdi; the chalkboard sketch on the showroom wall.
Left to right: Stephanie Odegard with designer Eugenia Au Kim; Steven Stolman with Margaret Russell; the Lexington Home Brands Aria Chest; designers David Scott and Kati Curtis; Architectural Digest’s Bill Pittel, NYDC’s Jim Druckman with Margaret Russell and Giulio Capua from AD; editors Courtney Peterson and Ellie Somerville with PROFILES’ Bel Air Sofa; Urban Karlsson, Juan Montoya, and Mark Copeland; Dennis Miller and Margaret Russell.
E ighth Annual First Look™ The New York Design Center presented the Eighth Annual first LOOK™ on July 18. Over 24 contract showrooms provided a first look at their newest products. In attendance were nearly 1,000 of the A+D industry’s top principals, architects, and designers. In addition to the new product introductions, attendees were given a chance to win one of five iPads and MoMA memberships for two.
Left to right: Brueton displays the showroom’s new product; Ben McLean and Mike McLean with NYDC’s Dennis Cahill; Interior Design magazine’s Helene Oberman, Karen Donaghy, and Mark Strauss; Jennifer Eno and Michele Bisaccia browse the evening’s program; attendees dropped their business card for a chance to win one of the event’s giveaways. OCT
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Andreu World America
Antique Chinese Furniture
Kasthall USA, Inc.
Keilhauer Primason Symchik, Inc.
Antique Rugs, Jerry Livian Collection 806
Korts & Knight Kitchens by Alexandra Knight
Kravet Fabrics & Furniture, Inc.
Atelier Interior Design
Atlas Carpet Mills, Inc. Baker Knapp & Tubbs Benjamin Moore & Co. Bolier
The Levine Calvano Furniture Group, Inc.
Lexington Home Brands
Louis J. Solomon, Inc.
Maxon Furniture, Inc.
Boyce Products, Ltd.
McGuire Furniture Company
The Bright Group
Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co.
Milano Smart Living
M. Topalian, Inc., Antique Carpets
Century Furniture Showroom
Napier + Joseph + McNamara, Ltd.
City Dekor Lighting
Cliff Young, Ltd.
Orrefors Kosta Boda
Colombo Mobili USA
Palumbo Anderssen/Parzinger Originals
Delivery By Design (DBD)
Dennis Miller Associates
Renaissance Carpets & Tapestries, Inc.
DIFFA DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Rooms by Zoya B
Disegno by James DiPersia
Roubini Rugs and Furniture
R & Y Augousti Paris
S.A. Baxter Architectural Hardware
Saladino Furniture, Inc.
Gibson Interior Products
Sanford Hall Carpets
Giorgio USA, Inc.
Smith & Watson
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Sun Decor Fabrics
Thrive by Herman Miller
In House Kitchen Bath Home
Wood & Hogan, Inc.
Wood Mode, Inc.
Interior Crafts NY
New York Design Center
Access To Design
backstory Bentel & Bentel
By Shelley Wolson
T he architectural team’ s Apella conference center offers a beacon of light.
Clockwise from top left: Corten-and-glass-deck-prism wall and ceiling in one of the informal breakout areas; executive conference room with custom-designed solid walnut and stainless steel table; intimate breakout area with view into one of the conference rooms; reception area at entrance to conference center; lounge near reception area overlooking the East River; detail of Fresnel prism screen that magnifies the foamed aluminum wall beyond, at reception area.
Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA is known for its award-winning, superb contemporary designs specializing in a bold, modern, and creative touch. The firm’s work encompasses a wide range of building types and styles, from urban environments to refined interiors, and its four partners draw inspiration from each project’s location, always incorporating both practical and aesthetic qualities. The Apella is no exception. The 16,000-square-foot, high-tech, state-of-the-art conference center they created for the Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) Center for Life Sciences exemplifies all those characteristics and more. The facility overlooks the East River, and its design metaphorically refers to the beaconlike illumination offered by the ancient lighthouse on the island of Pharos that is also ARE's corporate symbol. Every detail of the center follows that metaphor for the working scientists that visit. Conference guests ascend a helix-shaped staircase and enter a luminous environment that literally radiates light. A consistent palette of gloss-white ceilings, translucent glass walls, and travertine floors tie the meeting spaces together, while continuous slots of light separate these primary materials from each other. Woven into this sparkling setting are a set of unexpected materials and spaces that are intended to spark lively conversation and ideas. “In every project we do, we try to push our envelope. We had never done a conference center before, so in addition to including the requirements for one, we looked at what might be missing from other centers,” recalls Peter Bentel. “We thought about the relationships formed by conferees outside of the conference. We wanted something to engage them, so we created breakout rooms that would foster discussion, and not just be a place for getting coffee and checking email.” As in all Bentel & Bentel projects, the materials used in the space relate directly to its location, and also draw from nature. “This is an important aspect 80
that is consistent in our work. We pick natural materials, not those that are gaudy or synthetic,” Carol Bentel points out. “We research materials carefully, using those that will improve with the touch of humans while supporting our aesthetic direction. We regard the surfaces in our projects as art and choose them accordingly.” Upon entering, conference attendees find two glowing walls comprised of thin slices of open-cell foamed aluminum (normally used as high-impact crash protection) that act as material “guides” that greet and lead them from the reception area to the outlying meeting rooms. A screen wall of circular lenses, also at reception, magnifies the aluminum’s lacy texture by directly utilizing prismatic lens technology first developed in the 1800s by Augustin Fresnel to improve the intensity and focus of the light from lighthouses. A radiant “drapery” of 10-foot-tall sandblasted resin tubes envelops the 120-seat main conference room. All of the smaller conference rooms are characterized by oxidized raw steel walls and ceilings that have been pierced by glass hexagonal prisms originally used to channel light through ship decks into the cargo holds below. This beacon of light, tranquility, and creativity is not just a scientific conference center. Peter Bentel notes that the client saw its potential as an evening event space, which delighted the team. “Just because it was designed for the science community does not mean it could only serve that community. That was very resonant for us, and was a significant and happy moment when we heard about that expanded goal. Now it’s also transformed to accommodate a variety of private events—weddings, parties for the art community, and more.” No doubt it has left a brilliant impression on all who have experienced its intelligent and dramatic craftsmanship.
ARRAY INSIDE THE NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER
VOLUME 4 ISSUE 3
FA B R I C S
K R A V E T. C O M
Published on Nov 27, 2012
Published on Nov 27, 2012
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