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Left, Blue Spruce Farm, the Water Mill home of Pylones-USA and Hamptons Honey owners Frederic Rambaud and Alan Ceppos.
In the Shops 13 Crafty Bunch
Marianne Rohrlich’s picks for home accessories with the maker’s touch.
Interview 14 Architect Robert A.M. Stern
Stern talks with HOME about an evolving New York, life in a building of his own design and 18 Gramercy Park South.
Entertaining 18 Spring Wares
Chic accoutrements for outdoor (and indoor) entertaining.
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20 Required Reading
Design books on coffee tables this spring: Rooftop Gardens, A House for an Art Collector and Litchﬁeld Style.
Collecting 26 Go Fishs
The eccentric collections of the New Yorkers behind iconic dishware emporium Fishs Eddy.
Expert Advice 30 Spring Revival
Tips on hitting the restart button at home: refresh, revive, renew!
34 Hall(way) of Fame
Developers are injecting style and personality into the lobby.
New York Observed 84 The Dow is Up
Elizabeth Dow’s wallcoverings hang in all the best places.
Clockwise from top left: Fruit Basket wire light ﬁxture from Peddlers Home Design; a ﬂoral arrangement chez Olivier Giugni; the Nico Sari bench from Global Home.
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Features 40 Out of the Box
Linda O’Keeffe brings expansive style to her 1920s Sears catalog kit house in the Catskills.
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46 A New Spin on It
Daun Curry creates a glamorous but comfortable home for jet-setting DJ Sky Nellor. 52 Artfully Arranged
Celebrity florist Olivier Giugni’s apartment overlooks his backyard garden (Central Park). 58 The Hamptons, Honey
64 Balet Studio
Marc Balet’s work/life Soho loft is filled with evidence of the ultimate downtown existence. 68 Lease on Life
Janine Carendi MacMurray works her magic on a young family’s Upper East Side rental townhouse.
Worlds collide at the Water Mill farm of Pylones-USA owners Alan Ceppos and Frederic Rambaud.
Above: the youngest residents of an Upper East Side townhouse designed by Janine Carendi MacMurray. Left: Elas candleholder.
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ON THE COVER Kick off your shoes: it’s spring! DJ-slash-model Sky Nellor is happy at home on an Eames La Chaise chair. Her Chelsea duplex loft was designed by Daun Curry, founder of New York-based interiors ﬁrm Modern Declaraction. Gray shearling fur throw from Venﬁeld (227 East 60th Street, 212-588-9436). Rug and Kieran Kinsela stump tables both from BDDW (Five Crosby Street, 212-625-1230). Painting, Cloudy Abstract, from Flair Home (88 Grand Street, 212-274-1750). Photograph by Emily Gilbert.
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CRAFTY BUNCH Forget the new and the sleek for a moment. When it comes to home furnishings, a handmade feeling retains its homey allure. Everything here has the maker’s personal touch, many made with recycled materials—a guarantee for uniqueness. BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH
1 WIRY The Fruit Basket wire light ﬁxture is $159 from Peddlers Home Design; to order, peddlersdesign.com, 800-391-4927.
2 BE SEATED The seat and back of the Airy Settee are woven of recycled cotton ﬁber; the frame is metal. It is 35-inches wide and costs $298 at Anthropologie, anthropologie.com, 800-309-2500.
3 REPURPOSED The seat of the Nico Sari bench is made of recycled saris; the colors in each are slightly different. The bench is 54-inches long and costs $695 from Global Home, globalhomeny.com, 845-482-3652.
Boucherouite, vintage rag rugs from Morocco, are made of scrap ﬁbers like cotton and nylon; each is handmade and is unique. This one, $2,200, is from a collection, $850 to $3,000, at Kea Carpets and Kilims, keacarpetsandkilims. com, 718-222-8087.
5 TOES UP An ottoman covered in antique quilts is $802 at the Future Perfect, thefutureperfect.com, 877-388-7373.
6 CLEARLY Tom Dixon’s Fresh Fat Easy Chair is made of extruded plastic that is formed by hand; each chair is slightly different; $3,400 at Property, propertyfurniture.com, 917-237-0123. 7 A TISKET, A TASKET
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Jonathan Kline makes splint baskets and trays inspired by Shaker basketry. His materials come from trees he harvests in upstate New York. The baskets range in price from $200 to $4,000 (for a large ﬂat tray) at Ruby Beets, rubybeets.com, 631-899-3275.
How did you come to live in the Chatham (designed by your ﬁrm)? Somewhere in the course of design, I made up my mind to select a particular apartment which I was then able to customize in the construction process with special French windows and the like. It offered slightly higher ceilings because it was a structural transfer ﬂoor, and I got a small balcony too.
S ROBERT A.M. STERN the Rosario Candela of our time? The allure of living in a Sternstamped building has perhaps eclipsed even Candela’s own 740 Park ((an address so celebrated it almost requires no street name, like a residential Cher). From 15 CPW to Superior Ink, Stern’s limestone icons are the domains of big hitters (Damien Loeb, Denzel Washington) and, well, big hitters (A-Rod). A native New Yorker, he may have kicked off his postYale career working for Richard Meier, but Stern’s classically inﬂuenced, “modern prewar” style is centuries away from his ﬁrst boss’ white-on-white portfolio. The Home Observer talked with Stern about an evolving New York, living in a building of his own design and his newest venture with the Zeckendorf brothers—will 18 Gramercy Park South be the new 15 CPW? —Rebecca Morse 14
What’s it like to live in a building of your own design? At ﬁrst I was terriﬁed that every time I encountered my neighbors, they would tell me about a
leaky faucet or something like that. But actually, it’s been quite wonderful—people are very appreciative of the building. I, for one, get a great deal of pleasure from others enjoying my handiwork. Anything you wish you had done differently? Bought a bigger apartment!
modern lifestyles. I think that trend still holds. In those days, we often tore out the walls of maids’ rooms to create laundries, family kitchens, and playrooms. The typical prewar apartment building, which I’m talking about, was designed for residents with live-in staff. That lifestyle is long since gone.
How has the way we live as New Yorkers changed over the course of your career? When I began as an architect in the early 1970s, I had lots of work converting large apartments to
How have those changes been reﬂected in your residential architecture? At 15 Central Park West, the apartments are as generously sized as those of the pre–World
Stern lives in a building of his own design; does he wish he had done anything differently? “Bought a bigger apartment!” Here, Stern’s living room.
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War II era, and they have many traditional amenities—generous foyers, dining rooms, libraries—but they also have large family rooms adjacent to kitchens. There are no staff rooms in the apartments, but there are separate rooms for staff that can be bought elsewhere in the building. Two very special features in the building are a groundfloor library and a restaurant— people think of 15 as their home and their club. How does being a native New Yorker inform your personal experience with New York? I think that in New York we have a tremendous respect for people’s privacy. The person who lives next door to you may share a wall or a hallway, but is not someone you necessarily borrow sugar from. In fact, you often don’t get too chummy with your neighbor just because privacy is so impor16
tant. An apartment building in New York, no matter the scale or in which borough, is a collection of private homes at close quarters. On the other hand, every resident in an apartment house shares the same street door, vestibule, and lobby—they are the collective representation of each of the families living in the building, and very important—they constitute the first impressions of ‘home.’ What’s going on at 18 Gramercy Park South? Facing Gramercy Park at the top of Irving Place is a wonderful location. The building was built as a residence for single women working in Manhattan at a time when women were entering the workplace in great numbers. They were coming to New York from other cities and small towns, and this was a great place for them to live in a secure environment as
they made the transition to big-city life. It’s a lovely building with fine brick details and very much an air of elegant, quiet domesticity about it. We are maintaining the character and detail of the original while modestly enlarging the windows. We’re also reinventing the building by reconfiguring all the interiors, transforming a dormitory into fullfloor luxury apartments. There will be a new lobby which carries forward the Georgian classicism of the original, which was quite elegant but had gotten rather tired over the years. How does working with individual clients differ from working with developers? The best residential developers we have encountered are the ones who treat their buildings as if they were going to live in each and every one of the apartments. In fact, at 15 Central Park West and
Superior Ink, our developers have bought apartments and are living there. At the Chatham, that’s also true. I think a good client is a client who knows what he or she wants, has clear expectations and can articulate them, and then turns to his or her architect and says, “Show me what you can do” and is open to new ideas. There should be no difference between a house and an apartment house, except that of magnitude. Of course, with houses, we often get to decorate as well as design. What’s fun at 15 Central Park West in particular is that we’ve been able to do interior design in some cases, adjusting room configurations for residents of the building. We also designed and decorated all the public spaces. So our work has extended deep into the building, extending right into specific apartments to meet the needs of individual owners. the home observer spring 2011
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SPRING WARES O.K., it’s ﬁnally spring. We’ve set the clocks forward, and now it’s time to put our thoughts forward as well. This is the moment to give accoutrements for outdoor (and indoor) entertaining a good, hard look. What needs to be replenished or refreshed? Here are some items that do big jobs; some, like a mini-grill, are compact enough to store and use in tight spaces. BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH
1 ALL IN ONE Blooming salad set includes a plastic bowl, cruet and servers; $99 at Elemental Store, elementalstore. com, 786-276-5955.
2 JOE COOL The Bean Ice Coffee maker brews 12 cups of iced coffee in the refrigerator overnight. The French-press–style pot comes in a choice of colors like red, yellow or green; $39.95 from Bodum, bodumusa. com, 800–232-6386.
3 LABWARE Pipette Oil and Vinegar cruets are $59 for the set from Design House Stockholm, designhousestockholmusa. com, 877-884-0226.
4 ONE SIZE FITS ALL Elas silicone candleholders hold candles of various widths; $34.50 from All Modern, allmodern.com, 800-615-9703. 5 GREEN THUMB A countertop Herb Garden, complete with scissors, holds herb plants or soil for planting seeds (not included); in white plastic, $45 at Lekker, lekkerhome. com, 877-753-5537.
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6 TRIPLE PLAY Three-tiered Ray Tray by Sandy Chilewich is $125 from Chilewich, chilewich.com, 888-851-7130.
7 SNIP AND GRILL The Hot-Pot BBQ by Black + Blum is a combination grill and herb garden, compact enough for small city patios and terraces; $124 from Mxyplyzyk, mxyplyzyk. com, 800-243-9810.
8 PERFECT SETING A pad of 50 Perfect Setting paper placemats provides on-thespot style advice; $20 at the American Folk Art Museum Shop, folkartmuseum.org, 212-265-1040.
9 THE GOOD STUFF Plastic cutlery sets in a choice of colors are $30 for a three-piece place setting or $25 for a four piece setting (depending on pattern), at Property, propertyfurniture.com, 917-237-0123.
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Sky Gardens Rooftop Gardens: The Terraces, Conservatories, and Balconies of New York
by Denise LeFrak Calicchio and Roberta Model Amon Photography by Normal McGrath (Rizzoli New York, $45)
N NEW YORK, the rooftop garden is a bit of urban heaven, an oasis high above the noise and grime of the city, a bright island of green in an ocean of concrete. Denise LeFrak Calicchio and Roberta Model Amon’s Rooftop Gardens is garden porn for those who wistfully daydream of indulging their every horticultural whim amid the skyscrapers—and inspiration for those who actually have access to a rooftop space and aren’t quite sure what do to with it. Rooftop Gardens balances ﬂawlessly this juxtaposition of
the haves and the have-nots. Gardens is introduced by Evelyn H. Lauder, who writes of her own rooftop garden experience pruning and tending plants early in the morning in a garden free of groundhogs and squirrels (a distinct perk of the urban terrace). Gardenless herself, Dominique Browning, the former editor in chief of the now defunct House & Garden, recounts craning her neck upward, itching to catch just a single blade of grass from a garden in the sky.
In each verdant chapter, extraordinary spaces abound: a breathtaking terrace reminiscent of a rural cottage; a garden with an exotic twist—artifacts from Thailand, Burma and China; an impeccable 42-foot-by-20-foot Japanese garden with weeping cherry trees and a stone tsukubai, or water basin, with a bamboo spout. Far from merely a green appendage, gardens fulﬁll the universal longing of nearly every New Yorker—more square footage. In fact, Calicchio and Amon refer to rooftop gardens as “a direct extension of the interior: outdoor living in an urban context,” like a French country getaway in Manhattan, with an inviting terrace surrounded by boxwood hedges, a bistro-style dining area and upholstered outdoor lounges replete with pillows and cushions. Gasp at a modern terrace that combines the elements of water, air, ﬁre and the Greek element ether ether, considered by ancient Greeks to be the ‘pure upper air that the gods breathed,’” which is in fact the perfect descriptor for a Manhattan outdoor space. The most coveted feature of a rooftop garden for those breathing that godly “upper air”? Undoubtedly the view of the mortal city below. The authors offer readers a voyeuristic view from the Time Warner Center, a Park Avenue perch replete with red maples and a perfectly mowed grass lawn—with a perfect view of the Great Lawn—on Central Park West. Rooftop Gardens is a jewel because Calicchio and Amon let Norman McGrath’s photographs carry it, as they should. Unparalleled are McGrath’s photographic accounts of the soughtafter outdoor space that is a rooftop garden. Not pictured? The status that comes with. —Rachel Morgan
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dark grandeur and sophisticated design. The 128-page House for an Art Collector opens with construction shots, elevation diagrams and blueprint-like plans: not your ordinary coffe table book. It gradually guides readers through the process of transforming the classic Upper East Side carriage house into an innovative home replete with idea spaces to showcase a rotating art collection alongside room for an expanding family. Some high points: textured black concrete, a glass staircase that also operates as an intercom and a glass elevator. A glass bridge connecting the living room to the floating library is another showstopper—but in a house such as 77E77, it’s
“77E77 was an entirely different animal.” simply impossible to name them all. The multiple pages of blueprints and floor plans can be a bit much to take, but just as the mind begins to wonder, the focus is intuitively shifted, with the reader being rewarded with a detailed photo of some textured surface within the house. This seems par for the course in A House for an Art Collector—intermixing more tedious diagrams with sexier, textured photos. Perhaps the most interesting point within the volume was the preface by Lindemann, which told the tale behind the townhouse—his current home with wife Amalia, their five children and their extensive art collection. Their collection includes works such as The Undesirables by Tim Noble and Sue Webster, which sat in storage for years prior to the construction of the home; Urs Fischer’s Paris 1919; and Franz West’s White, Blue, Yellow. In fact, it was the art collection that spawned the creation of 77E77, not a burgeoning family. In it, Lindemann acknowledges that this labyrinth of a home may not do it for everyone: “Undoubtedly this building and décor will not appeal to everyone; however, it was specifically designed not to.” —Rachel Morgan the home observer spring 2011
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The eccentric collections of Julie Gaines and David Lenovitz, the New Yorkers behind iconic dishware emporium Fishs Eddy BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH
and called it Fishs Eddy. The rest is history, serendipity even. “In those days you could snag a lease even if you didn’t have money,” Ms. Gaines says of the days before Union Square was home to a Best Buy and a Nordstrom’s Rack. The couple scrounged together $3,000, which got their foot in the door on a store on East 17th Street near Gramercy Park. They stocked the place with “junk from our mothers’ homes—my mother even unloaded some of her wedding gifts that by then were vintage,” loot from hours of dumpster diving and salvaged throwaways from garbage piles left outside other peoples’ stores (one shopkeeper’s garbage is another shopkeeper’s treasure, or merchandise). Ms. Gaines said they were also aggressive about calling places like the 21 Club and the Plaza Hotel offering to pay for and cart away whatever old tableware
New glassware (top) designed by Patrick Hruby, and a dinnerware pattern (above) by Todd Oldham, are available at Fishs Eddy.
was idling in storage spaces. Their vision never wavered, and over the past 25 years, the vintage dishware and kitchen accouterments they sold have become highly sought after by all sorts of New Yorkers, including Julian Schnabel who, according to Ms. Gaines and Mr. Lenovitz, not only bought plates but smashed them to pieces to glue onto his well-known paintings. At one point occupying ﬁve retail locations, the store currently stands as a single emporium on Broadway and 19th Street, where Ms. Gaines and Mr. Lenovitz also offer newly made merchandise they design and manufacture in similar style and comparable quality to their vintage wares. The walk-up apartment on 15th Street is long gone. For the past dozen or so years Ms. Gaines THE HOME OBSERVER SPRING 2011
RAEANNE GIOVANNI-INOUE; PRODUCT IMAGES COURTESY OF FISHS EDDY
Serendipity: luck, or good fortune, in ﬁnding something good accidentally. “After I graduated college in 1984, with a not-so-useful art degree,” recalls Julie Gaines, “I moved into a small walk-up building on West 15th Street. The landlord gave me a break on the rent to sweep the ﬂoors and maintain the hallways. I was making small, folksy paintings to sell on the street, but other than that I was pretty lost. The Wooden Indian (a shop that sold vintage stuff) was only a few doors away from my home. The young man behind the counter, who was wrapping up my purchase of drinking glasses (who was working there because he was also pretty lost—he had dropped out of high school), quietly asked me to a movie.” Ms. Gaines, now 47, married the young man, David Lenovitz, now 51, about two years after that movie date. A year before the wedding, they opened a small store together
Julie Gaines and David Lenovitz at home. They ﬁt their interior perfectly: Fashion is not their thing, but they do have a look.
The living room is also a dining room and home office; it’s decorated with paintings, throw pillows and many knick-knacks.
A white cake stand holds sculptures by Ms. Gaines. Above, right: Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway (at 19th Street).
Gaines claims the thrift-shop painting genre has become popular and more expensive over the years (although she never paid more that $100 for any one piece, and most were in the $20 range). Every sur-
face in the apartment is home to collections of interesting tchotchkes, also collected over decades. “There’s no system in our home,” said Ms. Gaines, and even though there is so much diversity in the
place, it all hangs together since the “decorators” are true to their aesthetic and never deviate; sleek and modern does not sneak in. Nothing looks out of place here, yet at first glance it appears to be a bit unruly (as does Fishs Eddy, in fact). “Our house reflects our crazy lifestyle,” said Ms. Gaines. “We’re scheduling challenged; when the doorbell rings all four of us run to the door hoping there’s a food delivery.” “We are successful in spite of ourselves. We trust our instincts and ourselves. When we create stuff, it works.” the home observer spring 2011
raeanne giovanni-inoUe; exterior shot coUrtesy fishs eddy
and Mr. Lenovitz have lived with their two now teenage children in a three-bedroom duplex on the top floor of a riverfront high-rise in Battery Park City (Ms. Gaines does not sweep the hallways here). The apartment, which has a splendid panorama of the Hudson and an unobstructed view of Ellis Island, might be referred to as cookie-cutter in style, except that Ms. Gaines and Mr. Lenovitz have transformed it into a highly personal and idiosyncratic space that could just as well be in a Victorian mansion or a turn-of-the-century brownstone. The interior is true to their personal, very quirky aesthetic. “I hate a ‘decorated’ space’,” said Ms. Gaines blithely, while giving a tour of her home and attempting to tidy up along the way. “I’m rebelling,” she said, adding that she grew up across the river on Staten Island, where her relatives were the only Jews in the neighborhood amid Gambinos and Bonnanos. “My mother’s home was highly decorated in ‘Staten Island Provincial.’ Everything had a place. Her home didn’t evolve like ours has. I love things with a history, and I hate new.” Ms. Gaines describes their home décor as “authentic, eclectic and curated.” In fact at first one hardly notices furniture. Rather, eyes are instantly drawn to the walls that are covered from floor to ceiling with a massive collection of “thrift shop paintings.” The couple’s collection of about 1,200 paintings includes 800 nudes that Mr. Lenovitz recently bought from an unknown artist in Philadelphia (those are in a gigantic warehouse due to lack of space at home). Ms.
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The gloves are off—so are coats. Spring brings a desire to revive, refresh, reinvigorate. The Home Observer asked the experts how to hit the restart button at home.
Roll up your old Persian carpets and put down straw matting, and put slip covers on all your furniture.
Bring in new throw pillows and draperies in vibrant, spring colors and patterns, restyle your tabletop vignettes and bring in a bouquet of fresh spring flowers. These quick and flexible changes will transform the feeling of your space. —Nicole Gibbons, SoHaute, sohautestyle.com
Nothing feels fresher than a deep spring cleaning. Clean areas not usually done: windows and the sills and frames, —Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Clos-ette, clos-ette.com baseboards, —Miles Redd, Miles Redd Inc interior of kitchen Lighten up! Start by waShing your windowS, add a large- appliances, hanging light fixtures, Scale mirror to a Space, trade your brown wood coffee ceiling fans and table for one made of gilded metal with a pale marble top, other lighting. add toucheS of criSp white. —Bunny Williams, bunnywilliams.com —Sabrina Fierman of New York’s Little Elves, inc. Rotate table linens and guest towels; I look forward to pulling out blue and white stripes, linen, burlap, and Turkish towels. In the powder room, I bring out fun hand towels by Sharyn Blond Linens, and I set out Diptyque candles in Vertiver and Coriander—it’s important to change the smells in your home according to season as well. —Sara Gilbane, saragilbaneInteriors.com
Clean out your closet! Spring is the perfect time to do an edit and weed out clothes you’re not wearing. After you edit, color-code your clothes from light to dark, a great visual merchandising trick. Use hangers in all the same color: it makes even a simple space look well designed and organized.
The least expensive and most effective way to kick-start a new look is to rearrange all your furniture. Simply moving the things you have around can totally transform your space.
Before the plants on our terraces fully wake up from a dormant winter, it’s a great time to put them in new planters. Planters in fresh colors and shapes complement your indoor living space and are sculptural and appealing to look at. —Chris Myers of Just Terraces, justterraces.com
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a great way to welcome Spring iS to repLace heavy winter piLLows and bLankets with brightly colored Silk or linen pillowS and lighter weight throwS. —Heather Clawson, Habitually Chic, habituallychic.blogspot.com
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Above: The kitchen was painted in Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Safari in deference to the yellow Aga stove. A vintage oak ﬁne-arts desk serves as a kitchen table. Cantilevered wood and steel stools, Cisco Brothers; Chilewich rug; Andersen windows. Right: O’Keeffe wears a vintage wooden toy as a necklace.
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Clockwise from top: In the kitchen, a teak and glass cabinet from Nectar Imports functions as a pantry; a ceremonial Juju hat from the Cameroons is mounted above O’Keeffe’s collection of vintage “Campus Cuties” ﬁgurines encased in a customized box from PlexiCraft; the wooden antelope head was a house-warming gift.
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Sky Nellor, seated on an Eames La Chaise chair, with Daun Curry of the New York–based design ﬁrm Modern Declaraction. Kieran Kinsela wood tables. Painting from Flair Home.
Modern Declaraction’s Daun Curry turns up the volume at a duplex Chelsea loft owned by DJ and model Sky Nellor BY DAISY PRINCE
W White Gus chaises anchor the living room. Curry found the three vintage lucite tables at Venﬁeld. The Rug Company wool and silk rug. Custom pillows from Flair Home. Pendant chandelier from Lighting by Gregory.
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Left: Vintage brass palm tree lamps from Venﬁeld ﬂank a Pop Sofa and Tracy coffee table, both by Kartell. The teal Dana Barnes looped area rug is from BDDW. Below: Prints from several of Nellor’s modeling campaigns hang in the bathroom, above the tub and a Vivienne Westwood British ﬂag rug. Opposite: The Marison dining room table is from Environment by Heather Heron.
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Opposite (left): A 19thcentury French baroque mirror hangs above a Paratie bed from Environment by Heather Heron. Pendant lighting ﬁxture from Lighting by Gregory; Dippy Lime area rug from the Rug Company. Opposite (right) and above: Papier-mâché wings dipped in 24-karat gold ﬂank a 19thcentury French Louis VI stool. Left: Nellor’s accessories.
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Musa chairs and an Xilo dining table with a rotating lazy susan (both Maxalto) below a Venini chandelier. Opposite, from left: Guigni in front of a series of Dietmar Busse photographs in his office; spring blooms.
Artfully Arranged Celebrity ﬂorist Olivier Giugni’s Central Harlem loft has a big green centerpiece (the Park)
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Above: Giugni designed the coffee table with green lava stone. Branches rise from square battery containers. B&B Italia Charles sofa; terrarium from L’Olivier. Right: The office. With a few drops of blue food coloring, Giugni created an orchid not found in nature.
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What would Bloomberg say? A wooden Buddha smokes a long cigar in front of a No Smoking sign.
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SEEDS OF INSPIRATION Giugni’s advice on living with ﬂowers
■ Best spring ﬂowers? Flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths, the eremurus or foxtail lily, muscari, fritillaria, crocus, daffodils, peonies and the sweet pea. ■ Follow the French tradition by offering friends a fresh bouquet of Lilies of the Valleys on May 1 to mark the passing of winter. ■ Cut ﬂowers should last about a week, according to Giugni. Remove lower leaves and thorns with a knife. For maxiumum hydratation, cut stems at an angle before placing in water. ■ Remove wilted petals and change ﬂowers’ water every other day. Warm water speeds the opening of ﬂowers; cold water slows down the process.
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■ Choose orchids to last: Pick plants with at least three or four ﬂowers, several unopened buds and meaty green leaves. Place the plant in a humid corner, away from drafts and bright lights and dry heat from a radiator. Water sparsely every three days. After the orchid dies, cut it at the knot; it can ﬂower again every year. ■ Several times a week, Olivier visits the ﬂower district on West 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Go to observer.com/nyohome for a guide to Olivier’s favorite suppliers!
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The Hamptons, Honey A bee yard, a Frenchman, a few down-on-their-luck chickens: worlds collide at Blue Spruce Farm, the Water Mill home of Pylones-USA owners Alan Ceppos and Frederic Rambaud BY MARIANNE ROHRLICH
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Blue Spruce Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solar-heated swimming pool. Opposite: The farmouse and barns.
The living room is furnished with a mix of Franco-Indian furniture from Mr. Rambaud’s mother’s ancestral home in Pondicherry, India, and modern African pieces. Opposite, from top: A suite of mid-century modern Italian furniture that Mr. Rambaud’s father bought in Paris in 1967 spent time in Senegal before ﬁnding its way to Water Mill 10 years ago; Ceppos (left) and Rambaud.
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The farm’s eclectic interiors: “It’s a bit kitchy,” said Rambaud. Clockwise from right: a Malian sculpture with an Obama campaign button; 600 European souvenir spoons collected by Ceppos’ grandfather are stored in red ﬂat ﬁles; bedside, a contemporary French lamp and an Afghani war rug; unmatched French country chairs and a Senegalese ﬂoor lamp in the dining room.
Opposite, clockwise from top: The back deck’s seating area, anchored by a plastic outdoor rug; Frederic Rambeau’s “21st century Victorian curiosity cabinet” (“That’s his,” Mr. Ceppos reaffirmed); the bees’ retreat on the property (their honey is bottled in the barn and sold at local Hamptons farmer’s markets under the name Bees’ Needs).
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Balet Studio For more than 20 years, Marc Balet has led a quintessentially downtown existence in a work/live loft at the crossroads of Soho
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A collection of work by Andy Warhol from Balet’s Factory days hangs in the loft’s main studio room.
Clockwise from top left: Furniture inherited from Balet’s grandmother in the studio entry; the top ﬂoor’s master bedroom; a young Balet between Carol Channing and Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Rueben).
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Clockwise from left: The view of the historic Cable building from Balet’s terrace; Marc Balet; the living-room corner of the main studio featuring long curtains manufactured by Fran Lebowitz’s father; work by friends leans against the ﬁreplace.
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Janine Carendi MacMurray of AREA Interior Design works magic on a young family’s Upper East Side townhouse rental BY REBECCA MORSE
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: ERIN FLORENCE
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In the living room, pinch pleat drapes in a Kravet fabric frame the view over the townhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. Pillows in Donghia and Dedar prints enliven a velvet chaise and WilliamsSonoma sofa. The clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own club chairs were re-upholstered in a silvery Fabricut linen.
A Henredon dining room table seats twelve on Safavieh chairs upholstered with silver nail heads. The zebra rug was purchased on the couple’s honeymoon in Africa. Ralph Lauren hurricane candleholders.
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A painting by Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam hangs above a ﬁreplace, one of four in the townhouse. Henredon faux crocodile console tables inspire an exotic yet reﬁned feel. Chart House by Visual Comfort polished nickel sconces.
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In the dreamlike master bedroom, a headboard was upholstered in Lee Jofa’s blue and white zebra print. Schweitzer linens; Lee Jofa sofa pillows. Stark area rug.
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THE ELEGANT RENTAL CREATE YOUR OWN STORAGE SYSTEMS. MacMurray created custom storage ottomans for the parlor ﬂoor. “We needed a place to hide toys that was easy for the kids to manage, but also created more seating.”
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so that when they come to stay, there’s actually a portrait of them of the nightstand.” Children’s artwork is also framed and mounted.
CONSIDER A HEADBOARD. It’s like a movable wall treatment.
ORDER BUILT-INS TO TAKEOUT. Custom cabinetry throughout the house is attached by screw, says MacMurray, allowing the clients to take it with them when they go.
PERSONALIZATION MAKES A RENTAL FEEL LIKE HOME. “The client did something in the guest room that I thought was lovely, displaying pictures of friends and family
DON’T BE SCARED OF STANDARD RENTAL WHITE WALLS! “You don’t need to put color on the walls to make sure each room has personality and expresses your particular lifestyle … paint, wall covering, texture is all great, but if you’re not able to [include it], really think about what pieces can put in the room.
YOU CAN’T TAKE WALL TREATMENTS WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO, SO IF YOU DO INVEST, MAKE THEM COUNT. “We did do two wallpapers,” said MacMurray, “in the power room and in the foyer. [The latter] isn’t a very big wall but it has an impact as soon as the door is opened.”
DIM THE LIGHTS. “Lighting is really important. Adding dimmers is an easy thing to do and inexpensive.”
“REUPHOLSTER! REUPHOLSTER! REUPHOLSTER!” says MacMurray. “You don’t have to throw out all your stuff and buy new furniture. Just with changing the fabric, things look a million times better.”
ACCESSORIZE! Her client’s accessories were “fabulous,” says MacMurray. “She’s got silver from her own purchases and from her family—lovely silver frames—and things from their travels.” It made the room.
Pottery Barn trundle beds in the children’s room are customized with Country Swedish (headboard, inset) and China Seas (footboard) prints.
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Left, the office, with personal artifacts from the couple’s travels. Below, storable turned adorable in the ivy-covered garden, where the couple’s daughter and son love to play in the shed-turnedplayhouse. “I can’t imagine this home without this little house,” said the wife, who conceived the custom-built house while brainstorming how to make a shed look more presentable. “The kids love the house, and the colors go perfectly with the blue room,” she said.
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The ﬁrst ﬂoor of the house was designed for indoor/outdoor living—and play dates. Custom storage ottomans (inset) are upholstered in Schumacher fabric. A Dash & Albert outdoor rug can be taken outside and hosed down. Ballard slipper chair in William Sonoma Home Blue Herringbone fabric. Restoration Hardware sectional; coffee table by Belvair for Modern Living.
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ATELIER offers an exceptionally innovative selection of Italian residential and contract furniture, lighting and accessories. The contemporary designs offered are exceedingly advanced in quality, comfort, functionality and aesthetics. Atelier presents a plethora of life-style alternatives for contemporary living while providing highly personalized and comprehensive furnishing services for their clients. Atelier partners with suppliers who invest in eco-friendly production aiming to signiﬁcantly reduce the negative impacts on the environment. Atelier is not only a valuable resource for highend contemporary furniture but also operates as an art gallery showcasing works by national and international artists. 206 Lexington Avenue, Suite 202 212-696-0211
CARLISLE has been creating custom made handcrafted hardwood ﬂoors for more than 40 years in a variety of wood species, ﬁnishes and colors. Our experienced woodworking culture provides unique detailed handcrafted hardwood ﬂoors in a wide range of textures, our expert milling techniques mean every board is tooled to perfection. The combinations of color, character and style are endless - and Carlisle handcrafted hardwood ﬂoors are the ﬁrst choice of leading architects and designers. Carlisle custom made handcrafted hardwood ﬂoors are built to ﬁt your lifestyle and to last a lifetime. There is no other wood ﬂoor in the world that compares to a Carlisle custom made handcrafted hardwood ﬂoor.
Since 1995 when the family-owned BROADWAY KITCHENS & BATHS opened its ﬂagship Manhattan store, customers have asked the same question, “I want to redo my kitchen and bathroom, but where do I start?” The answer is “Broadway Kitchens & Baths”. BKB now has 3 convenient locations; Manhattan, Englewood, NJ and Stamford, CT. BKB has a simple mission to help the customer make good choices, then execute the renovation on time, and within budget.
Since 1930, BOGRAD’S has presented the ﬁnest and most beautiful furniture the world has to offer. Today that includes Matsuoka International of Japan — the makers of magniﬁcently designed ﬁne furniture that offers both Oriental and Western aesthetics to the deﬁnition and adornment of space. Matsuoka is just one more reason why Bograd’s has continued to thrive as the most distinguished ﬁne furniture store in Greater New York. Bograd’s is located off I-287 exit 53 in Riverdale, NJ. www.bograds.com
At CARLYLE you can: Purchase a new custom sofa or sofa bed that will last for over 50 years. Have us recover that same sofa over and over again. Have us replace your cushions and/or mattress when needed. Have a trusted source for all your heirloom re-upholstery and cushion needs. Over 50 years of expertise, our own showrooms and a local factory make us the wise choice for quality driven New Yorkers.
CENTER44, the Midtown Manhattan marketplace for antiques and modernism. 75 dealers and every time period are represented at Center44’s showrooms, open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, 222 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017 212-450-7988. Take a look at our website www.center44.com. Nate Berkus recently said “Center44 is my favorite place to shop!”
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CHRISTIE’S April 15th sale, A Trumbauer Estate on the Philadelphia Main Line, will feature a spectacular collection of furniture and works of art including Baccarat crystal vases, exquisite carpets and Sèvres porcelain, among other highlights. With designer Barbara Eberlein, the collector assembled an extraordinary group of works representing an inspiring quest to collect the very best. Explore christies.com, sale 2504 to view the entire collection. Sale Viewing at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza: April 9–15 Inquiries: Laura E. Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org +1 212 636 2434
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For over 60 years ELGOT has been Manhattan’s premiere source for kitchen and bath design, remodeling and major appliance sales and installation. That’s why discerning New Yorkers rely on Elgot for quality, service and experience. Our staff is always happy to help you choose energy efficient and eco-friendly products to allow you to support green living in Manhattan. From too-tight spaces to arcane building codes to co-op regulations, we’ve seen and done it all! Elgot 937 Lexington Avenue (68th/69th Sts.) New York, NY 10065 212-879-1200 www.elgotkitchens.com
222 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017 212-450-7988 www.center44.com
HAN HORSE For 12 years the McCormick family has hand picked and brought the best antique treasures from China to NYC. Their two-story gallery showcases this exquisite 18th/19th century. Qing furniture, along with Han, Tang and Ming Dynasty artifacts and a range of wonderfully unique accessories and artwork. These pieces are loved for their unusual elegance and great utility. The website shows pieces in context along with full inventory, including two books written by the McCormicks: “Chinese Country Antiques” and “Old China/New Style.” www.thehanhorse.com 973 Lexington Ave. 212 988-4558
J. POCKER & SON has spent over 80 years developing a superior reputation in the picture framing and decorative prints industries for good taste, product knowledge and customer service. We are a thirdgeneration, family-owned business. We strive to make relationships with our clients the focus of our business. Our clients include neighborhood loyalists, the best of the interior design world and the next generation of New York trendsetters. This makes J. Pocker & Son the perfect resource for “The city that never sleeps.” Contact: Website www.jpocker.com, By Phone: 1-800-443-3116, email@example.com
Manufacturing furniture is our expertise – providing an unforgettable experience is our passion. LAZZONI does not design, manufacture, and market extraordinary furniture for the home, but for the individual. We embrace the diversity of nonconformity, and uniqueness of our customers and furniture alike. The foundation for this philosophy was established over 50 years ago, and Lazzoni has never looked back since. If we are as exceptional as our customers, who knows what will come next.
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HOME Gallery Established in 1938, JAGUAR OF GREAT NECK was the ﬁrst Jaguar dealership in the Country. Our experience has led to a reputation of value, personal service and aftersale support that is unrivaled. For 70+ years we have been selling to and servicing the New York area with the pride and attention it deserves. Model for model, option for option, no one is more competitive than us. We will beat any advertised price in New York... Guaranteed! Fulﬁll your passion for perfection with one of our awesome 2011 Jaguar XJ models. One is waiting for you at Jaguar of Great Neck. www.GreatNeckJaguar.com 888-263-4158
Founded in 1823, LEE JOFA is the industry leader in high-end, to-the-trade home furnishings, including fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, carpet, trimmings and lighting. Lee Jofa specializes in style and luxury, offering products distributed under exclusive brands such as Lee Jofa, Groundworks, G.P. & J. Baker, Mulberry Home, Cole & Son and others.
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JUST SHADES, The source for custom and ready made lampshades, has been serving the trade and public for over 40 years. This “go-to” shop for interior designers and set designers features an extensive selection of modern and traditional shades in a wide range of sizes, from shades small enough to ﬁt a chandelier or wall sconce to shades large enough to hang as pendants. A staff of expert professionals is always on hand to provide assistance in selecting the perfect shade for your lamp. If you can’t make it in person, assistance is available by phone or e-mail. There is also a large selection of ﬁnials to top off that perfect shade! 21 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, 212-966-2757, firstname.lastname@example.org
Both of LIGNE ROSET’s Manhattan locations display Europe’s largest collection of brilliant contemporary furniture designs. We are proud to introduce new groups of upholstered chairs created by the late, renowned Pierre Paulin just before his death last spring. Our talented design staffs are always ready to work with you on that one special piece or on a total plan for your new condominium. For the full Ligne Roset collection and Quick Ship program go to www.lignerosetny.com. 250 Park Avenue South at 20th, 212-375-1036 155 Wooster Street at Houston Street, 212-253-5629 www.lignerosetny.com
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LE FANION brings you dazzling colorful crystal fruit chandeliers inspired by the tradition of the French kings. Each chandelier is unique in design and combination of colors and fruit. Get one of these gems and it will transform your house. The store is open 7 days a week and is located at the charming corner of West 4th and Bank Streets in Greenwich Village. tel. (212) 463-8760 or go to www.lefanion.com for even more treasures from the South of France.
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THE MANHATTAN ART & ANTIQUES CENTER is New York’s largest antique center (the length of an entire city block!), housing 100 galleries on three levels with varied collections from America, Europe, Africa and Asia. They specialize in ﬁne furniture, silver, jewelry, tapestries, paintings, clocks and many other objects of art.
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METROPOLITAN LIGHTING offers one of the most comprehensive selections of lighting in the New York Metro area. The designer-oriented showroom represents an array of lighting styles from period to contemporary, mini to massive, indoor to outdoor and incandescent to LED.
M.S. RAU ANTIQUES invites you to experience the ﬁnest art and antiques in the world, backed by our 125% satisfaction guarantee and incomparable customer service nearly a century strong. Our 30,000 square-foot gallery located in the historic New Orleans French Quarter showcases one of the world’s most extensive and stunning collections of rare antiques, ﬁne art and breathtaking jewelry, featuring works by artists including Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Paul Revere, Paul Storr, Tiffany & Co., Messen, and Fabergé, among countless others.
MYHOMEMYPLANET is the distributor of Leicht, Germany’s leading kitchen cabinetry manufacturer. We offer exceptional quality, a tremendous variety of colors, ﬁnishes and styles, competitive pricing on budget and on time. Visit our New York showroom located on Broadway between 68-69th Street and make Leicht the right choice for renovating your kitchen. www.myhomemyplanet.com 2003 Broadway 212-799-7755
New York Design Center, Showroom #512 200 Lexington Avenue NY, NY 10016 1-800-233-4500 or 212-545-0032 www.minka.com; www.nydc.com
For more than two decades, NEW YORK’S LITTLE ELVES has applied the platinum standard to everything we touch, in turn earning the trust of the metropolitan area’s most exclusive and demanding clients. We were proudly named one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America by “Inc. Magazine” three years in a row and recognized as “Best House Cleaner” by “New York Magazine.” We believe that your property, your possessions and your privacy should be treated with the utmost integrity, and only hire documented, expert and dedicated cleaning professionals who have undergone extensive, ongoing training. Contact us today for a free estimate. New York’s Little Elves 212-673-5507 email@example.com
Applied to the interior surface of your windows, SUNSHIELD ENERGY CONTROL’s invisible coating offers high tech protection of your ﬁne furnishings, fabrics and artwork from the destructive effects of sunlight. Their proprietary preservation products are utilized in the world’s ﬁnest homes and most prestigious museum environments. Energy conservation beneﬁts are additionally realized through solar heat and glare reduction. Sunshield’s knowledge and expertise will ensure that your valuable investments remain safe for future generations to enjoy. Sunshield Energy Control Systems “The Intelligent Solution to Solar Control” 129 Union Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801
PIANETA LEGNO Floors are engineered and preﬁnished at state-of-the-art manufacturing lines with Italian precision. Visit our showroom and see our wide range of exotics as well as stylish variations of oak ﬁnishes. Our experienced sales team will help you through the decision making process by giving you technical information and design tips. In our showroom’s friendly environment, we will make sure that you enjoy every minute of your New York home’s transformation into a well deserved luxurious residence. Pianeta Legno Floors will add value of your property, while improving its entire atmosphere. PIANETA LEGNO NYC SHOWROOM 1100 SECOND AV E (cor. Of 58th) 212 755 1414 WWW.PLFLOORS.COM
STAIR GALLERIES is a full-service auction house offering a large variety of auctions throughout the year including modern art, English and Continental furniture, ﬁne art and decorations, Asian and ethnographic art, and single-owner auctions. Don’t miss the popular Friday evening exposition auctions. Located at 549 Warren Street in historic Hudson, NY, surrounded by shops, galleries and restaurants, Stair Galleries is easy to reach by car or by Amtrak. View illustrated online catalogues for all auctions at www.stairgalleries.com.
STEAM RADIATORS -The Stylish Alternative to Bulky Cast Iron Free up valuable ﬂoor space by replacing bulky cast iron radiators with sleek Steam Radiators. Available in two distinctive styles: contemporary (pictured) and traditional, Steam Radiators operate with both one and two pipe steam systems. Available for immediate delivery shipped direct from the factory. Several sizes and over 100 colors to choose from. Steam Radiators Ward Hill, MA 1-800-966-0587 www.steamradiators.com
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Elizabeth Dow’s Observer wallpaper (to order, at Holland & Sherry) in designer Jason Wu’s studio. Below, from top: Elizabeth Dow; Observer wallpaper in the powder room of a private residence.
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