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JONATHAN HANSEN X MARIE DAÂGE Jonathan Hansen had his head in the clouds for some time before it dawned on him how to bring his artistic vision for Ciels Bleus, the New York designer’s Limoges porcelain collection, to fruition. “I met Marie Daâge through a friend during a work trip to Paris,” Hansen explains of the French tableware designer and name behind the storied brand. “I had admired the dreaminess of her color palette and the way in which each piece has a unique identity resulting from the hand-painted work.” So who better than Daâge, he thought, to bring his concept to life? Inspired by the ceilings of Renaissance and Baroque churches and the historic buildings of Europe, Hansen’s dreamy dinnerware set comprises 14 tableware and decorative porcelain pieces that are at once realistic and ethereal, traditional and contemporary—and fully unique, as each is handproduced and individually painted. “The result is better than I could have expected,” Hansen says. “Marie’s craftspeople captured the essence of the cloudscapes I had in my mind and in my sketches with depth, sophistication and a touch of lightheartedness. We not only created a beautiful collection, but we also started a wonderful friendship.” modaoperandi.com
Talk about your connection to New York. We lived in the West Village and I was studying at Cooper Union. Then I had the opportunity to work at Kohn Pedersen Fox uptown. I have met so many inspiring individuals there over the years. I have always tried to work on projects with a connection to New York and am now working with French and American contractors on a daily basis.
Describe the vibe of Spring Place. The project was conceived as a space to foster creativity and networking. In order to balance the industrial design of the building, our intention was to create a suave atmosphere inspired by the 1970s and midcentury furniture. References to history, modern art and fashion are made with the moiré carpet and the plaster ceiling, both created in France specifically for Spring Place. I thought over the shapes and finishes to make the venue a dynamic one that facilitates the members’ interactions. You also design furniture. What common thread runs through your pieces? I try to maintain an architectural gesture—which you might say is a common thread. Ideally, each item should stimulate dreams. I have been told that my European architectural background and its historical fundamentals are evident, which is very rewarding.
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Nathan Litera loves New York. The Parisbased architect has worked on a number of projects in the Big Apple, where he has studied, worked and plans to set up shop in the near future. “New York was my first foreign experience,” he says. “I have considered it my second home ever since.” After the debut of his latest venture, Spring Place, Luxe chatted with Litera about the new members’ club as well as the philosophy behind his furniture designs. nathanlitera.com
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TRUE ROMANCE 10 YEARS OF DUNES AND DUCHESS
Partners in life and business Michael Partenio and Stacy Kunstel convey their personal love story through their wares. The founders of Dunes and Duchess literally conceived of their colorful, glossy candelabras during the early days of their budding passion; today, the partners have expanded to offer decor, furnishings and accessories as they celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary. Luxe caught up with Partenio and Kunstel to get the brand’s backstory. dunesandduchess.com How did you come up with the name? SK: I was living in New Hampshire when Michael and I started dating, and his sons would say their father was off to visit the “Duchess of Hampshire.” MP: I have lived near water my entire life and am happiest among the dunes and the beach. The combination of the two came about as we were starting a relationship and a company together and probably thinking more about romance than branding. So we incorporated an anchor and crown into our logo and it’s still one of our favorite things.
What made you decide to start creating “wildly romantic” products for the home? SK: It started with a candelabra that Michael made for me. It doesn’t get more romantic than that. He had made me something that he wanted to light every night as we had dinner and gazed across the dinner table at each other. MP: People saw our pieces and wanted to see those forms in all sorts of creations. Depending on the wood and the finish, our designs can work in any home. What’s been going on behind the scenes during the pandemic? SK: We have been working on our Love Collection. We’ll be debuting a candelabra celebrating our anniversary, a trestle table, new lamps and coffee tables, some accessories and a bed. MP: Every day it’s something different. One thing we will continue to do, though, is make everything here in the U.S. and support our local suppliers.
Those with a penchant for beautiful design can always appreciate a gorgeous new coffee table book. If that’s you, you’ll want to crack open the newly released James Huniford At Home. Over the course of eight chapters brimming with 200 images, the prolific Huniford— commonly referred to as “Ford”—shares his approach to designing everything from dining rooms and libraries to kitchens and bedrooms in homes across New York, Connecticut, Martha’s Vineyard, Nashville and Marin County, California. But this monograph is far from all dessert and no entrée. Along with its aesthetic allure, you’ll get to follow Huniford’s thought process as he takes on each project, starting with how he considers scale and proportion, moving through the selection of art and color, and offering insight into his mastery of juxtaposing contemporary and traditional, rustic and refined, all while ensuring each home remains true to the personalities of its occupants. Also showcased are Huniford’s own Tribeca loft and his historic Bridgehampton home, both of which he has referred to as “laboratories” for his ideas.
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EMBRACING HOME DESIGNER COMMENTARY
Colors I love right now are cool, glossy, very pale blues and greens, offset by neutrals. I’m thinking Benjamin Moore’s Crystal Blue, paired with Seapearl and Summer Lime. Calming, yet joyful. –AMY LAU In my living room upstate, I have an extremely comfortable English rollarm sofa from Lee Industries, custom throw pillows in soft Pierre Frey mohair and a zebra-print throw blanket from Aero Studios. I honestly never want to leave that spot! –NICK OLSEN
Your bedroom is your most personal space, where you recharge your body and mind. A Savoir bed dressed in crisp linens by Gingerlily is the ultimate luxury. –NICOLE FULLER
Natural light plays such an important role in our well-being and mood. We almost always opt for solar shades and cellular shades. Our go-to for window systems is Lutron. –ANISHKA CLARKE
A daybed or chaise invites one to lay back, relax and reflect on one’s blessings. Alexa Hampton’s Lorenzo Chaise for Theodore Alexander is an elegant choice for a living room or bedroom. –CALEB ANDERSON
A Hästens bed is on my Christmas list this year— I have been a very good girl and hope Santa can get it down our chimney! –BELLA MANCINI
I find cozy textures in fabrics are very inviting and comforting. These days I’m loving fabrics from Dedar and Alt For Living, with pops of pattern by Fortuny and Lauren Hwang. –SARA STORY
The idea of a space dedicated to one task seems a bit out of touch. We’re working from everywhere—dining tables as conference rooms, kitchen counters for Zoom calls, even walk-in closets as desk areas.
Three things we all need right now are Astier de Villatte Stockholm incense, a thick cashmere blanket and a wellstocked wine refrigerator. –SHAWN HENDERSON
Lalanne Coquetier Oiseau egg cups are the ultimate luxury. What’s more wonderfully whimsical than eating a soft-boiled egg out of a tiny, birdshaped cup designed by FrancoisXavier Lalanne? –ALYSSA KAPITO
I've been trying some pretty unconventional (for me) color combinations. Chinese red mixed with oxblood and a hint of electric blue. Against a black backdrop, it’s an incredibly energizing palette that feels like you’ve taken a quick trip to Paris. –DANIELLE COLDING
The midcentury modern sensibility is giving way to a more eclectic vibe that includes plush upholstery you can sink into. Velvet-tufted Chesterfields and Vladimir Kaganinspired curved sofas are very appealing. –DOREEN CHAMBERS
Science shows the Japanese concept of forest bathing, or surrounding yourself with nature, can improve health and creativity. I suggest the book Forest Bathing by Qing Li or the podcast “Your Outside Mindset.” –BRAD FORD
My ideal palette would be some combination of chinoiserie wallpaper, Moroccan tile, reclaimed hand-scraped oak floors, an antique Kerman rug and a hand-painted beamed ceiling. I'll have to find the right client for this one! –KATI CURTIS 066
All I want are desert tones now. I’m a big fan of Benjamin Moore Nimbus. It can go gray or blue or taupe, and every room scheme looks good against it. –JOSHUA GREENE
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THE 2020 GOSSIMER COLLECTION
Toasting our 15th anniversary, Luxe celebrates the power and influence of feel-good design.
THREE LUMINARIES CONTEMPLATE DESIGN. AS TOLD TO MICHELLE BRUNNER
Bunny Williams in the sample library at her Manhattan office.
Doyenne of Decor
My memories of growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, were of constant company. I lived out in the country, and everyone—my great aunt, godmother, parents—went to each other’s houses. Having a dinner party or a cocktail buffet was a regular occurrence. There were libraries stacked with books and dogs constantly running in and out. It instilled in me the belief that houses should be welcoming, but not so precious that someone might feel uncomfortable. I’ve often said that starting a project is like embarking on a new romance—that feeling of seeing someone across the room at a dinner party and your heart races. I fantasize about the house, imagining what it’s going to look and feel like finished. Like all affairs, there are the highs and lows, the traumas and dramas. There are exhilarating moments when you go shopping and find the perfect piece. Then there are the times when you’re dealing with budget constraints or something goes wrong. When I finish a house, I get incredibly sad. It’s time to move on to the next affair, but it’s hard because that project lived in my head for so long. Working for Sister Parish and Albert Hadley taught me so much. I was just 24 years old, when I was lucky enough to experience the taxi-cab yellow drawing room they did for William Paley’s apartment. It had beautiful French furniture, a Coromandel screen and paintings by Van Gogh and Gauguin, yet the room was so comfortable. It was a perfect juxtaposition of grand and simple. I’ll never forget that space. Interestingly enough, people tend to think that I mostly do chintz rooms, but I believe one of the most beautiful things is to have a very severe background with an incredible piece of 18th-century furniture and a modern painting. No matter the style, it’s got to be comfortable, and that’s especially important now. Eight people should be able to sit in a group and talk to each other with a place to rest their drink. Coming out of this period, people will either want cozier houses filled with furniture and objects, or they’ll be compelled to edit and simplify. Everybody wants an easy answer, but there’s never been just one way in design.
photo: lesley unruh.
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This past year taught us that design isn’t just a pretty picture; it’s a vital component of our lives. We all like to believe that our homes matter. Certainly, I do—after all, I have a business based around that idea. But the importance of the spaces that we live in was magnified during the pandemic. When we look at gatherings that are more intimate, it makes experiences more valued and important. Though I’ve been sheltering in Provincetown, Massachusetts, I generally think of San Francisco as my home. There’s a common thread that draws outsiders and nonconformists there, whether it’s artsy bohemians or the tech folks; it’s a community that relishes quirkiness and eccentricity. You get the feeling that even the blue bloods in San Francisco have some wonderful tawdry tale in their past! It’s the kind of place where a leather daddy, a drag queen, a tech gazillionaire and a doyenne with a neck full of diamonds can all sit at the same table. It’s part of what drew me there, and what adds a sense of otherness or fearlessness to our work. When I was younger, I was desperate and excited to learn about design. Growing up in Virginia, I recall the impression family trips to Monticello or The Greenbrier had on me. As I got older, I became interested in designers who built totally immersive environments. The first time I went to Hotel Costes in Paris I was enthralled by Jacques Garcia’s ability to create transportive spaces. Similarly, Tony Duquette and Renzo Mongiardino had this gift for crafting rooms in an incredibly theatrical way. For us, every project starts with a story. There’s literally a written script for every job we do. The story provides a guidepost so we don’t lose sight of what we’re trying to achieve. Not every project comes with a rich narrative, but sometimes you get lucky, which happened with our revamp of the Cloud Club, (the legendary lunch spot in the Chrysler Building). It’s one of the most iconic buildings in the world. We want to honor the building’s past as well as the optimism of its era. That’s what’s so special about working on this building at this particular moment. I think we all want to feel optimistic about something right now.
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Ken Fulk on a balcony at the Saint Joseph’s Arts Society in San Francisco.
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Growing up in Palm Beach was a unique experience because it was all folly and fantasy. Every aspect of my childhood home was magical. I grew up in a turreted-shingled church in the middle of a garden filled with orange blossoms and bougainvillea. It’s a place where you can paint vines up over your walls and ceiling. It’s personality-forward decorating. That love of theatrical design, the integration of indoor/outdoor spaces and a laid-back approach to entertaining carry through my designs, no matter where I’m working. Though I hadn’t planned on becoming a designer, I didn’t know how to not make design a priority. Deep down I just really like to find things and shine a light on them in a way that shows their potential. To illustrate, I’m not a morning person—there’s very little you could do to get me to wake up before 8:30 a.m. But if a friend said, I’ll give you $300 to go to the flea market to buy things for my house, I would be up at 5 a.m. shivering in the rain with a sense of anticipation that rivals Christmas morning. I get this feeling when I walk into an antique store or turn down an aisle at a flea market. I think we’re all led to things by our joy and if we’re lucky that can be our career. When I look back, the buildings could burn down and the houses could be sold, but what matters is the people I’ve come to love or be changed by. It’s funny—you think your career is about what you do, but it’s mostly about who you do it with. An unforeseen and often uncelebrated highlight is that I get to work with my mother (interior designer Mimi McMakin). She’s the designer I’ve learned the most from, and it’s not just what she’s taught me professionally per se, but also the constantly evolving, beautiful home she provided for us. The past year has given us all a chance to reconsider our priorities and what makes our homes distinctly ours. The pandemic, the stopping of work, having been stuck in our houses—it’s made things that matter mean much more. Personally, it has made me more focused on antiques, vintage items and things that have history. It’s beauty with deeper roots, meaning and authenticity.
photo: stephen karlisch.
Wit & Whimsy
Celerie Kemble in her New York City apartment.
FOR A NEW WAVE OF HOME DECOR BRANDS, GOOD BUSINESS AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUS GO HAND IN HAND. W R I T T E N BY G R AC E B E U L E Y H U N T
“Consumers are becoming more discerning about investing in brands with purpose,” says Jodie Fried, co-founder of Armadillo. Of the brand’s artisan and weaver community (shown here), she adds, “We consider them extended family.”
Being confined to our spaces like never before has shed light on every facet of our homes: the look, the function, the comforts— and with renewed potency, the intentions behind the items we live with. While consumer activism gained fresh credence in 2020, a rising tide of young design brands have been defining a new model of ethical production at scale for years. Unable to find fine, handmade rugs that aligned with their value set, Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst founded Armadillo with community enrichment and fairtrade practices as key DNA pillars. Not a decade into business, the duo established The Armadillo Foundation, which supports free medical clinics and funds an elementary school in their weaver village in India. “We have a team on the ground and our artisans know that if they have a
financial or medical need, they can come to us,” says Fried. For Los Angeles-based Block Shop, kinship was a similarly integral principal. Helmed by sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, the cult favorite design studio was born on relationships Lily had developed with a family of next-generation block printers while studying overseas. Recognizing kindred spirits in these artistic entrepreneurs, the sisters hatched plans for a graphic block print brand whose success champions wages two to three times higher than the national average and dedicates 5% of proceeds toward health care initiatives in the Jaipur artisan community. “A familial sense of decency has always been our core ethos,” says Hopie. Like the Stockman sisters, Christina Bryant too found the spark for St. Frank,
her luxury home goods brand, while abroad. Living in rural Rwanda, Bryant became enamored with the exquisite Agaseke baskets made in her village. So spurred a business model that works with artisans in under-resourced communities to design and produce product lines. (To date, St. Frank supports jobs in more than two dozen countries.) “We showcase traditional craft as art form,” says Bryant, adding that her Oaxacan embroidered tablecloths take four women an entire month to create. “Our model is the opposite of exploitative. We make a premium product that the handiwork deserves.” As with anything shown affection, the impact is palpable. Notes Hopie, “When human care and thoughtfulness flow from creator to object, you sense that intention when you hold it in your hand.”
photo: courtesy armadillo.
MAKERS CHANGE RADAR
A-LISTERS RECALL THE SPACES THAT HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK. W R I T T E N A N D P R O D U C E D BY B R I T TA N Y C H E VA L I E R M C I N T Y R E
Alexa Hampton's sitting room for the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
“In 2014, I did the Kips Bay Decorator Show House at the famed Villard Houses. It was a Mudejar fantasy of a sitting room that was really elevated by the architecture of this NYC landmark.” –ALEXA HAMPTON, ALEXAHAMPTON.COM
“I have a few rooms I continually fall back on for inspiration. I love Nancy Lancaster’s ‘buttah-yellah’ drawing room on London’s Avery Row and Billy Baldwin’s La Fiorentina in the south of France— both for their mastery of furniture layouts and comfortable style.” –DANIELLE ROLLINS, DANIELLEDROLLINS.COM
“ If I had to choose one building as being the most important to my work, it would be the Renaissance palazzo Villa Rotonda designed by Andrea Palladio. Studying it helped me discover the tenets and discipline of classical design and the proportional principles of Vitruvius.” –TOM STRINGER, TOMSTRINGER.COM
alexa hampton photo: jean bourbon.
“My favorite room is the grand salon of the late designer Hubert de Givenchy in Paris. It taught me the importance of creating multiple ways to use a room, the joy of mixing wildly disparate elements together, and that a space shouldn’t appear perfect, but rather that it has effortlessly evolved over time.”
When designing the grand salon in his former residence, Château du Grand-Lucé, in France’s Loire Valley, Timothy Corrigan turned to Hubert de Givenchy as inspiration.
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“My first ‘pinch me’ moment was when Luxe ran my Palmolive Building project on its Chicago and National covers in 2012. It was a game changer for my confidence and gave me assurance that I was really capable of hanging with the best designers in the country.” –SUMMER THORNTON, SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM
“Last year, I designed a bedroom suite for a showhouse inspired by my mother, a breast cancer survivor, with the intent of renewal for anyone going through treatment. Colors, textures and patterns were all inspired by my heritage, and once the room was complete, I knew I had created something that would take me to the next level.” –GAIL DAVIS, GAILDAVISDESIGNSLLC.COM
The foyer of Summer Thornton’s Chicago project featured in Luxe Interiors + Design in 2012.
timothy corrigan photo: eric piasecki. summer thornton photo: nick johnson.
“Three years ago, my career changed when I was hired for the interiors of a Mayan-inspired house by Paul Lamb Architects. Not only did the clients have a love for the Mayan culture, but also a fascination with Art Deco. It was my first chance to put a collection together that embraced several centuries— everything from Biedermeier to Ruhlmann to Giacometti to now. It was scary, but oh so rewarding!”
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–KATHRYN IRELAND, KATHRYNIRELAND.COM Kathryn Ireland’s textile Breakfast nook designed collection displayed by Charlotte Lucas in her original Santa Monica home.
“Many years ago, I designed the main bedroom and bathroom for a showhouse that changed my career. At that time, I had several articles written about my love for color and pattern. While I do love both, I felt like I was being pigeonholed as “the pattern guy.” So, I designed a neutral room. It certainly helped me gain a whole new level of clientele.” –JAY JEFFERS, JAYJEFFERS.COM
“Ca’Liza, our version of Heron Bay in Nassau, was on a magazine cover and changed my career forever.” –AMANDA LINDROTH, AMANDALINDROTHDESIGN.COM Mark Sikes’s room for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
“ Designing the dining room for the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House was a big step. It was classic and timeless but bold. The room was inspired by Marella Agnelli. It was the first time East Coasters and editors could see and experience a space by me.” –MARK D. SIKES, MARKDSIKES.COM
Amanda Lindroth’s island getaway in Nassau, Bahamas.
kathryn ireland photo: tim beddow. mark sikes photo: amy neunsinger. amanda lindroth photo: tria giovan.
“Since Los Angeles was void of anything resembling the British Isles in the early ’90s, I opened a tiny shop in Santa Monica. With my collection of lighting, pillows, tartan throws and other accessories flying off the shelves (all 10 of them), I realized I had arrived!”
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A breakfast nook designed by Charlotte Lucas.
–CHARLOTTE LUCAS, CHARLOTTELUCASDESIGN.COM
“Growing up in New York, I was starstruck by the magnitude and beauty of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now, whenever I begin a project, I think of its grandeur and scale, its enclosure and how specific pieces will relate to the space and create just enough tension to make it interesting.”
“ My great-grandmother’s house in the small village of Péronne in France has the thing I find most beautiful in a building: a deep sense of being grounded, having been in one place for so long that it feels like it belongs as much as the hill that it sits on. The building’s stone is the same color as the earth of the courtyard and the vineyards that surround it. It feels organically connected, almost as if it sprouted up on its own.”
–JOY MOYLER, JOYMOYLERINTERIORS.COM
–JESSICA HELGERSON, JHINTERIORDESIGN.COM
Patrick McCarthy’s Miami living room designed by Thom Filicia. Thom Filicia's living room design for Patrick McCarthy.
“Fashion publishing icon Patrick McCarthy’s Miami apartment was one of my first projects after opening my firm. I was able to push creative boundaries with the space—custom pieces blended with antiques and his incredible art collection. The design made sense for Miami and McCarthy’s lifestyle, while pushing the limits a bit.” –THOM FILICIA, THOMFILICIA.COM
charlotte lucas photo: laurey w. glenn/southern living. thom filicia photo: jason schmidt.
“Designing a house for my sister-in-law and her family was a turning point. My style has evolved since this 2016 project, but the hallmarks of my work— combining old with new, taking chances with pattern and color, and being practical yet creative about space— ring true to this day.”
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“Our homes run the gamut of style, from clean-lined modern new builds to traditional historically sensitive renovations.”
hether it’s a beautiful place to live amongst decadent furnishings, a larger space for children, a connection with nature or all of the above, the client’s goals for their home play a key role in the process for premier builder M. Daddio, Inc. Working with some of the most prominent architects and designers in the industry, principal Michael Daddio and his team feel that an understanding of the homeowner’s wishes helps them to execute the vision in the most ideal way. It also establishes a relationship they need to achieve their own goals for every project. “An absolutely client-centric approach is necessary to ensure our client’s experience throughout the construction process is positive,” Daddio says. “At the same time, internally, we are never settling for anything but the highest quality at every step.” Asked to discuss his ambitions for the firm itself, Daddio says, “We are excited to be serving our clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Hamptons, Greenwich and the
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Name influences and inspirations that inform your work and approach to it. As general contractors, we are fortunate to have worked with a large number of talented design professionals, and we’ve enjoyed doing so. Through collaboration on every detail of each project, we have gained the insight needed to improve and standardize the range and quality of our capabilities. What part has the digital age played in the success of your firm? Our growth has been entirely organic and based on client referrals, but as our capacities increase, we are excited to utilize social media to stay in touch with our communities and share both our projects and social justice initiatives. What type of project would you love to take on? For now, we are endlessly inspired by the extraordinary homes on which we work.
Left & Right: Daddio and team collaborated with interior designer and architect Luca Andrisani on this Manhattan apartment, which features the owner’s collection of mid-20th-century Italian furniture. All photography by Emilio Collavino
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n the 1990s, New York’s Little Elves got its first assignment to keep the rooms of the famed Kips Bay Decorator Show House looking pristine throughout. It wasn’t long before this fine cleaning company was getting calls from other show houses, as well as many of the city’s elite interior design and architectural firms. “Our familiarity and care with high-end surfaces and delicate objects, and our ability to work during frenetic installations, built the design community’s trust in us to make their work shine and put their customers at ease,” shares Sabrina Fierman, the company’s vice president. Whether putting the final, sparkling touch on a designer or architect’s completed project, or helping homeowners to set up new homes or maintain them during life’s busier times, New York’s Little Elves is driven by a passion for helping people find wellness and comfort in a clean home. “We work to ensure that our customers are happy with the work we do at the end of each day,” Fierman says. “Our only ‘key milestone’ is a daily
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What are you known for within your industry? The quality of our work, along with reliability, makes us stand apart from all other cleaning services. We are even known to use Q-tips and chopsticks covered with fabric to get into tiny spaces! Up to this point, what do you feel has been your greatest success? It would be becoming known as New York City’s leading home cleaning service, and to have a potential client call and say, “My neighbor, contractor/designer and building manager all recommended you!” That is very satisfying. What type of project would you love to take on? We are lucky to be working in many of the most iconic local properties, both new and historic. We also have a team in South Florida now, so in addition to serving the Tri-State area, we are helping clients in Palm Beach, Miami and beyond.
Left: A contemporary living room designed by Eve Robinson, a New York’s Little Elves client, this space is within the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Right: This sumptuous master bath in a Water Mill, Long Island, home was designed by Jennifer Cohler Mason, a New York’s Little Elves client. . Left: Photography by Marco Ricca Right: Photography by Brett Beyer
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Clockwise from top left: Aussellet Darl Fabric by Nicholas Herbert / claremontfurnishing.com. Botanic Garden Fabric / soane.co.uk. Somerset Openwork Braid Trim / samuelandsons.com. Melaya Fabric by Jasper / michaelsmithinc.com. Sitaron Fabric / namaysamay.com. Somerset StriĂŠ Braid / samuelandsons.com. Tatting Stripe Fabric / bennisonfabrics.com. Shiraz Fabric / fortuny.com. Limbury and Hector Fabrics by Colefax & Fowler / cowtan.com. Background: Rainforest Raffia Wallcovering / phillipjeffries.com.
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Clockwise from top right: Sakana by CW Stockwell. Cimaruta / zakandfox.com. Catalina by Moore & Giles. Orange & Leaves by Jennifer Shorto. Saga / meridastudio.com. Midnight Mademoiselle by Jennifer Shorto. Cashmere by Johnstons of Elgin. Bishop by Jeffrey Bilhuber / legracieux.com. Anni Stripe by Imogen Heath. Kinkead by Ferrick Mason. Whistler by Moore & Giles. Bromley by Jeffrey Bilhuber / legracieux.com. Mosaic Weave / thibaut.com. Speakeasy / fabricut.com. Wallpaper & Fabrics: Harbinger / harbingerla.com.
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Clockwise from top center: Brazilian Nut Beads and Kenyan Miniature Baskets / nyumbani.org. Classic Mud Cloth Fabrics / stfrank.com. Vintage Japanese Napkin. Return of the Rudeboy by Dean Chalkey and Harris Elliott / antennebooks.com. Figure Sculpture by D. Gabbidon / theolympiagallery.com. Background: MacramÃ© Wallpaper / arte-international.com.
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Pay close attention and Portugal’s complex history comes to life via its masterful legacy of intricate tilemaking. Individual geometric and colorful patterns can be credited to the Moorish influence dating back to the 13th century, whereas blue-and-white scenic motifs were first introduced to the country by Italian artists. This detailed scene decorating a Porto railway station illustrates a storybook narrative—we take it these walls can talk!
The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Clockwise from top right: Rivers Small Fluted Pendant by Marie Flanigan for Visual Comfort & Co. / $679 / circalighting.com. Origami and Stellar Wallpaper / Price upon request / arte-international.com. Taper Chair by Kara Mann / Price upon request / mcguirefurniture.com. Tommy Table / Other finishes from $2,835 / armani.com. Marquetry Sphere by Silvia Furmanovich / $1,500 / bergdorfgoodman.com. Channel Placemat / $86 / kimseybert.com. Ornamenta Frog Closure in Persimmon / Price upon request / jimthompsonfabrics.com. Kortez Wall Art / Price upon request / madegoods.com.
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Step foot inside Beijing’s Forbidden City, constructed some 600 years ago, and a sense of reverence immediately sets in. The palace’s precise and complex carvings and bas-relief detail—all handmade—showcase exceptional craftsmanship and artistry. Vibrant hues of red, gold and green bring the ornamentation to life—a centuries-old palette that still feels remarkably modern in today’s world of design.
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LOW PROFILE The low-slung slipper chair was in vogue during the Victorian Era when ladies needed a comfortable place to put on stockings and shoes. While this design has certainly withstood the test of time, Brooklyn-based maker Eny Lee Parker nixed the petite scale of the slipper silhouette with her * Chair in favor of a more substantial approach. Upholstered in mohair, the rounded shape of the piece is meant to resemble an O and accompany Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stitch Stool for an XO effect. enyleeparker.com
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ON A LIMB The Vintner Table by Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger of Ironies provides a refreshing spin on the classic drinks table, which was introduced in the 1920s when cocktail hour became de rigueur and occasional surfaces were needed. This piece has a cast-brass base antiqued by hand and decorated with a charming fauxbois pattern, while the shagreen top is applied in a starburst motif. ironies.com
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MUSINGS + MAKINGS: A Q+A WITH RUMLEY How has your 20 years in design shaped this new collection? One learns to ‘speak a lot of languages’ as style, fashion and form have evolved. I love references to classic design and the excitement created when traditional and modern forms are mixed with soft silhouettes and architectural forms.
Top: HC3014-05 Parker Sofa, HC3013-14 Joel Chair, HC3007-55 Jim Wing Chair, HC3086-70 Bill Lamp Table, and HC3085-10/HC8030-02 Grace Table base. Artwork by Jim Koch. Above: HC3003-06/96 Kate Sofa, HC3004-27 Susan Swivel Chair, HC3006-21 Wayne Lounge Chair, and HC3080-70 Krystal Cocktail Table. All photography courtesy of Hickory Chair
What inspired your approach? With inspiration from fashion, jewelry and fine art, I created this collection of bedroom, dining and living room furniture with a deep understanding of the desires of the Hickory Chair customer. It was important that each piece have beautiful proportion and scale, a dynamic shape and be made from an interesting array of materials.
What materials will we see? American walnut and ash along with mahogany, marble, glass and customdesigned hardware were used in the creation of the wood products. Optional tops, finishes and Customer’s Own Hardware COH®, as well as a new Made 2 Measure™ table group provide an exciting palette ready for personalization. The new upholstery collection includes signature chairs and sumptuous sofa and sectional groupings, as well as hand-tufted pieces.
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Table for Two EVERY CORNER IS CONSIDERED IN DESIGNER THOMAS O’BRIEN’S COZY AND COLLECTED KITCHEN. W R I T T E N A N D P R O D U C E D BY K AT H R Y N G I V E N P H O T O G R A P H Y BY F R A N C E S C O L AG N E S E
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Thomas O’Brien’s Library House started with a vision for the kitchen. As the story goes, when the building next to his current Bellport, New York, home—a former 1830s boys’ school, which he shares with husband and designer Dan Fink—became available, O’Brien purchased it and started fresh with a ground-up build. “We both love to cook and dine in and when planning this house, we decided it was finally time to create a wonderful kitchen like we do for our clients,” he says. aerostudios.com Talk to us about the floor plan. The kitchen had to be both beautiful and functional and was laid out to accommodate two small rooms flanking the main cooking space, which sits at the top of a large, layered library. Both adjacent areas can be closed off allowing the main space’s kitchen island to shine. Inspired by an actual English table several hundred years old, the substantial island features clipped corners, lots of storage and a beautiful stone surface. What was the starting point for the design? I love marble and the way it looks in traditional homes. I had originally bought slabs of marble for the kitchen but on a trip to the stone yard I came across this Connemara marble I had never seen before. Sourced from the coast of Ireland, the veining reminds me of a vivid green landscape, which I knew would look lovely in the kitchen. It completely changed the space and became the total inspiration for the room. That table is so inviting! The dining table is the ideal scale for two or four people and is an old English design that falls into the category of brown furniture no one wants anymore, but it’s kind of perfect. The way we set it up is that the cook sits in the chair, for easy access to the kitchen, and the other gets to relax on the settee, but we mix up duties all the time. This whole area feels easy, even if it’s a bit fancy! The backsplash transforms the space. Why a mirror? The moment the mirror went in, it changed everything. It not only opens up the kitchen but functions as a window bringing in and reflecting light, which is important in this slightly darker Library House. You can see what’s happening behind you, so the mirror acts as a tool to see the full picture.
In Thomas O’Brien’s kitchen, a custom walnut island by Aero Studios, his design laboratory, takes center stage. The Art Deco drawer pulls are from Le BHV Marais found on a trip to Paris. A Visual Comfort & Co. ceiling fixture and Galia Century stools, both collaborations with O’Brien, complete the arrangement. On the previous page, the designer’s dogs, Dally Mae and Totie, pose on the dining settee upholstered in Owls & Fruit by GP & J Baker for Lee Jofa. The French linen tablecloth is from Copper Beech and the large tumblers are by Baccarat.
“ I love beautiful, functional designs that are incredibly crafted and well thought out—there’s such enjoyment in collecting these items. When I pull out different pieces to set the table, it’s all about recombining my favorites. I could never use the same dish for every occasion.” –THOMAS O’BRIEN
Clockwise from top: A vintage boxed set of sterling silver flatware by Tiffany & Co.; Iced Marble by Benjamin Moore decorates the nostalgic pegboard, which houses the designer’s cookware collection; Irish Connemara Marble, available at BAS Stone, creates a stunning backdrop for an assortment of objets.
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An assemblage of new and antique copper cookware decorates this charming nook off of the main kitchen area. Furniture pieces purchased on an excursion to Lillie Road in London add character.
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“There’s too much to enjoy in this world to not have variety. I love collecting silver, crystal and serving ware. Plus, we use it!” –THOMAS O’BRIEN
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Past Perfect CHARACTERFUL AND COMFORTABLE, THERE’S NOTHING DATED ABOUT THE NEW HISTORICAL HOME. W R I T T E N A N D P R O D U C E D BY G R AC E B E U L E Y H U N T
There’s something soothing about a house that has stood the test of time—layers of soul, a testament to enduring materials and beneath it all, a suggestion of simpler days. It is these and so many other attributes that have intrigued design devotees young and old to seek out historic homes. As Summer Loftin, designer, antiques dealer and lucky inhabitant of this preserved 1920s carriage house, keenly observes, “Nostalgia is making a comeback and everybody loves a great story.”
In her own Atlanta living room, designer Summer Loftin chose Benjamin Moore’s Summer Blue to create “a calm yet vibrant” setting for original architectural features, including black-and-white checkered floors and preserved dentil moldings, to shine. Adding interest, Loftin’s personal collections of blue-andwhite porcelain, early 20th-century Dutch oil paintings and antique furnishings build a unique and storied tableau. summerloftin.com
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ORIGINAL FLAVOR Brooklyn-based architect Elizabeth Roberts built an empire around gently injecting turn-of-the-century homes with contemporary perspective. Here, Roberts waxes poetic on balancing old with new and the appetite for historic charm in the luxury market. elizabethroberts.com Natural niche: As an undergrad at UC Berkeley, I spent summers on an archeological dig in Crete, which opened my eyes to the layers of history found in architecture. At the time, Columbia University’s Architectural Historic Preservation graduate program offered a Design Sector degree that focused on the reuse of historic buildings.
I’m so happy this brought me to New York. I’ve restored more than 50 townhouses here, the vast majority more than 150 years old. Reno rule: With an addition, it’s respectful to create a clear demarcation where the old building ends and new one begins. I will not design “fake old.” Never update: Original handrails. Solid mahogany is irreplaceable and when restored, incomparable to any other wood. Always update: Lighting and paint. Dream digs: An old Parisian apartment with high ceilings and plaster moldings everywhere. Characterful refresh: Minimize sheetrock by installing painted or unpainted wood paneling on the ceiling or walls. Finding balance: If there is an authentic detail, I’ll try hard to work around it—and not just in prewar buildings. For a current 1980s renovation, we decided that the unusual roof and double-story fireplace should stay. We’re replacing the lava-stone panels on the chimney breast with handmade tile, but decided the shape and form were important to retaining the feel of the original structure. Always chic: Authenticity. I spend an enormous amount of time creating unique homes that sit well within their context.
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RUTH DAVIS, FOUND HOUSTON, TEXAS
In-store: Conversation pieces with personality— unique furnishings, new and vintage art and creative accessories. Personal aesthetic: I’m drawn to antiques with a contemporary feel and look for pieces with very clean lines. That being said, I also love rococo. It’s all about the mix. Signature pieces: Mirrors. Even in a contemporary house, an antique mirror looks fresh, and we sell a lot of them. We also love a great gilt wood chair which we’ll usually upholster in something fun, like chartreuse felt. Two cents: The designer Miles Redd once said that the success of a project depends on how many “yeses” he gets. My advice is to hire a great designer and say “yes” a lot. foundforthehome.com
CRIS BRIGER AND CHARLES PEED, CASA GUSTO WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Old with new: We offer antiques, art and exclusive contemporary pieces, including Mexican Talavera pottery and papier-mâché botanicals. Recent favorite: A 19 th -century Irish mahogany settee, which arrived in a very stiff blue silk. We reupholstered it in a brown stripe and added chocolate ribbons for spunk. Totally Pride and Prejudice worthy. Secret sauce: We like opposing fabrics, like mattress ticking upholstery for a formal bench to change its attitude—like a day dress for evening. Why antique: Furniture, like architecture, should pass the test of time, evoking where it came from, and bringing a story to a room. getthegusto.com
MICHAEL TRAPP, MICHAEL TRAPP INC. WEST CORNWALL, CONNECTICUT
Sweet spots: 16th- to 20 th-century textiles, furniture, carpets, ceramics, natural history, paintings, chandeliers and more. Latest score: 16th -century Ming Swatow porcelain plates from a shipwreck discovered off Sumatra. I covered the walls of my sitting room with over 300 of them. Timeless means: Good proportion, quality materials, solid construction and a nice patina. In demand: Dutch Colonial furniture from the 19th and 20th century; simple pieces with strong lines. Mantra: I search the world for beautiful objects. It doesn’t matter who made it or when—just that it’s beautiful. michaeltrapp.com
For a decadent dose of old-world style, look no further than de Gournay’s new Cabinet of Curiosities wallcovering. Drawing inspiration from the 16th -century Wunderkammer craze, the design depicts an array of collectible objects—all hand-painted and custom curated per client—set within the illusion of decorative cabinetry. Think of it like your own miniature museum immortalized in silk. degournay.com
ROOTED IN PLACE Residences by architect Gil Schafer are an inimitable cocktail of timeless style and modern comfort. Whether designing his own Greek Revival farmhouse in New England or a sprawling Mediterranean Revival in Montecito (as seen in this sketch), according to Schafer, the following three considerations shape every ground-up project from outset to install day. gpschafer.com Siting. The most successful home design sits on its site in a way that feels inevitable. It nestles into the land, taking cues from its contours, embracing the views and creating seemingly effortless fl ow between inside and outside. Context. A new historic house’s authenticity really depends on how well it relates to its context—both natural and historical. What style it is, its proportions, how the windows look, its details—all of these elements send subliminal messages to the mind’s eye that tell you whether to believe the design or not. Decoration. Never leave thinking about decoration until the end of the project— it should be right there at the beginning along with the architecture and the landscape. In the most successful schemes, the furniture sits effortlessly in rooms designed around them, and the colors and textures of the fabrics enhance the architecture, connecting with the residence’s sense of time and place.
While the exact origin story remains unconfirmed, the rocking chair is widely held as an American contribution, first favored by Colonial mothers, later decorating porches from the Great Plains to the White House and always being reinvented anew as a dynamic design statement. Handiwork of Asheville, North Carolina-based chairmaker Brian Boggs, the Cio rocker—available in maple, walnut and cherry— speaks to both the resurgent chic of clean-lined brown furniture and the enduring appeal of a quintessentially American staple. brianboggschairmakers.com
ROOTED IN PLACE PHOTO: COURTESY G.P. SCHAFER ARCHITECT. AMERICAN INVENTION PHOTO: COURTESY BRIAN BOGGS. PLAYING FAVORITES PHOTO: COURTESY DE GOURNAY. MAKING HISTORY PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO.
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DESIGNER DAVID KAIHOI TELLS THE TALE OF A GRAND OLD 1810 FEDERAL THAT LURED HIS FAMILY TO THE HUDSON VALLEY.
We got the itch last April. A friend insisted we crash at his 19 th-century farmhouse in upstate New York, and that’s when my wife began aching for a country home. She always wanted a Jane Austen fantasy: an old house with good bones and stories. But it was only an abstract notion with architectural flourishes—a crackling fireplace, a proper staircase, gutsy millwork, worn floors and wavy glass windows. Maybe a kooky attic. Something rough around the edges with strong, redeemable character. Our hearts are in New York City’s East Village, where we haven’t tired of our fifth-floor walkup. Our two kids share a bedroom and we colorfully negotiate use of a single bathroom. It’s an adventure that keeps us tight and mindful. We weren’t necessarily in a position to buy, but we love a project—and entertaining the idea had become a preferred dinner conversation. Where could it be? What might it look like? We were open to all scenarios, but that weekend directed our focus to a historic home in the Hudson Valley.
We’d ogle listings of romantic piles, sigh to ourselves and think, ‘too much work,’ or ‘too much money.’ It was heartbreaking! Death by a thousand listings. But then, one stopped us cold. You know that feeling when it starts to hurt? That’s love, I think. We fell in love. The house was in Columbia County and since we were in the area over the New Year, we planned a drive-by; a tempt of fate. We snooped around and peeked through windows. As we feared, it checked all boxes: history, scale and gentle layers of quirks from owners past and present. We contacted the broker for a closer look, and you know the rest. For now, the rooms are empty and the echoes couldn’t make us happier. It will be a long, slow burn, collecting stories and writing the next chapter in the history of this house. reddkaihoi.com
The new neighbors—goats from an abutting horse farm—offer an unconventional housewarming for designer David Kaihoi, wife Monique, daughter Mirabelle and son Anders, as they settle into their recently purchased historic home in Ghent, New York.
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Uptown Girl High above Park Avenue, a traditional floor-through apartment gets a heady dose of joie de vivre. W R I T T E N BY M A I L E P I N G E L P H O T O G R A P H Y BY J O S H U A M C H U G H
Interior Design: Nick Olsen, Nick Olsen Inc. Architecture and Home Builder: Lee J. Stahl, The Renovated Home
Two portraits by Dora Maar greet guests in the entryway of this newly renovated Park Avenue home. Designer Nick Olsen chose a gilded wallcovering from Roger Arlington for the space, adding a Regency center table won at auction at Stair Galleries and Miles Redd for Ballard Designs stools. The 1950s chandelier, found at BK Antiques, is attributed to Jacques Adnet.
he first thing she said was, ‘I want light, bright, fun and young,’ ” recalls designer Nick Olsen of an early meeting with a client who would fast become one of his favorites. “She was bored with her last apartment and wanted something with a vivacious spirit.” Her words fell upon him like pixie dust and the result is a sunlit floor-through home that melds her treasured collections with colorful new statement pieces and playful prints, all while acknowledging several of America’s legendary designers. “First and foremost, every project is clientcentric and based on what that client needs,” says Olsen. In this case, discussions began in the kitchen of the homeowner’s previous apartment, where she talked about issues of flow and her wish to make better use of the rooms in her new home. Olsen responded with a plan that offered just what she needed: comfortable chambers with task-oriented areas, like a makeup vanity in her bedroom, a writing desk in the den and the living room’s many conversational seating groups, which can accommodate two or 10 in equal intimacy. They even opted to turn a bonus room into a pink-hued “ladies’ lounge”—a decidedly luxurious and feminine retreat. “She can work in different areas on her laptop, and there are lots of places to curl up and watch TV,” Olsen adds. The apartment had been designed and remodeled for its previous owners by Lee Stahl and was move-in ready, but Olsen, who worked closely with his junior designer Tara McCauley on the project, needed to tailor a few last architectural aspects for his client. He brought back Stahl (“Lee is more than a general contractor, he’s a design-build guru!” Olsen says) to make several key updates, including reconfiguring the main bathroom and closet, adding more storage, restoring the housekeeper’s room that had been turned into an office, and updating hardware and light fixtures. “Now it’s the perfect apartment,” says Stahl. “Grand but not cookie cutter, and her bedroom suite is like something you’d find in a home in Greenwich or Southampton.”
The furnishings are a fittingly sumptuous mix of old and new, a reflection of both Olsen and his client’s open approach to the design. “She came with some of her own pieces, but this was a fresh start,” he explains. Throughout the apartment, Olsen interwove custom pieces with what he dubs “the stars of her collection,” namely a 10-foot Coromandel screen (“I’m obsessed with it,” he says), an English breakfront, an Art Deco dining table and a 1940s French writing desk. Her art collection, which includes works by Ross Bleckner, Alex Katz, David Hockney, Picasso and Matisse, also features prominently in every room. Giving them all new life is Olsen’s fresh color palette, which the designer took directly from his client’s predominantly neutral wardrobe and arsenal of jewel-toned accessories. “Beige gets a bad rap, but I love it!” he says. “Here, it creates a clean envelope for jolts of emerald green, red and blue. It’s a luxe backdrop—not matchy-matchy.” Other special touches include the living room’s hand-troweled, mica-flecked plaster walls by decorative painter Agustin Hurtado and the dining room’s whimsical lambrequins by curtain maker David Haag, which were inspired by the Art Deco buildings seen just beyond the windows. What Olsen has done here is give every wowfactor moment one expects of a glamorous prewar apartment exactly the spunky spirit his client wanted. “Say Park Avenue and people think fussy,” he says. “I’m trying to bring traditional room arrangements and a lush, layered look into the 21st century.” For inspiration, he looked to a few of the greats: Albert Hadley, himself a veteran of Park Avenue projects and whom Olsen calls “a genius at placement,” and Billy Baldwin, whose grand sitting rooms influenced the living room’s convivial layout. Olsen also took influence from his own mentor, Miles Redd, the designer he worked for before launching his own firm a decade ago this year. The little stools in the entryway are Redd’s design and bring a sense of formality to the space. “I want this home to feel natural and fun, but entry halls should let you know what you’re dealing with. This is the Upper East Side, and I believe in acknowledging history and place, and what it means to be a New Yorker.”
In the Coromandel screen-framed living room, elegant seating groups encourage conversation. Olsen chose a Pierre Frey linen for the loveseat and sofa, adding passementerie trim and houlés fringe to the latter. The client’s antique fauteuil was updated with an emerald Jim Thompson velvet and the Oomph slipper chairs were given a Bennison stripe. The James Mont eglomisé cocktail table is from Decor NYC and the rug is from ABC Carpet & Home.
Above: First conceived as a dressing room, the “ladies lounge” is a restful, feminine jewel box awash in floral motifs, including Phillip Jeffries’ Empress wallcovering and a Roman shade of Pierre Frey’s Le Grand Genois. The Vaughan pendant and sconce, crystal lamp with new Fermoie shade from John Rosselli & Associates and large mirror from KRB add light and sparkle. Opposite: Artworks by Field Kallop and Picasso preside over the dining room, where Olsen paired Art Deco chairs from Paul Stamati Gallery with the client’s own dining table atop a carpet from The Rug Company. The 1970s chandelier is from Tom Thomas Gallery and the mirrored credenza is from BK Antiques. Lambrequins of Manuel Canovas silk sing against Quadrille wallpaper.
Above: Near the bathroom swathed in a Studio Printworks wallpaper, Olsen created an inviting reading spot with his client’s existing antiques. The chair was reimagined in Lee Jofa’s Mingo fabric and above are mixed media artworks from Mecox. The Moroccan tile-inspired rug is from Anthropologie. Opposite: In the guest suite, Benjamin Moore’s Breath of Fresh Air pops on the ceiling. Olsen chose a Clarence House print for the headboard and Old World Weavers fabric for the bed skirt and drapery panels edged with Fabricut trim. Above the bed is a mirror from HM Luther, while a painting by Rose Kuper crowns the Saarinen table from DWR topped with an Aero lamp.
Olsen wrapped the main bedroom in a fabric wallcovering from Winfield Thybony, creating a soft background for the custom bed upholstered in Dedar fabric and artworks by Marino Marini, EugĂ¨ne Boudin and Matisse. The sconce from Circa Lighting was given a Clarence House fabric shade and the Patterson Flynn Martin carpet was layered with a vintage runner from Bazar Oriental Rugs.
“I believe in acknowledging history and place, and what it means to be a New Yorker.” –NICK OLSEN
Above, left: A lively Clarence House fabric was chosen for the main bathroom’s Roman shades, positioned over a BainUltra tub with Michael S. Smith for Kallista fittings. The Charles Hollis Jones bench was found at Decor NYC and given a Nobilis velvet. Above, right: The powder room is adorned with a silver tiger wallcovering from Clarence House and a red Japanned Queen Anne-style mirror from Doyle. The vanity is Palmer Industries with a faucet from Harrington Brass Works.
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River views meet state-of-the-art acoustics in an audiophileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West Village penthouse.
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Interior Design: Rendell Fernandez and Inna Medvedkina, Pembrooke & Ives Home Builder: Noah Bogen, Bogen Construction Management Landscape Architecture: Britt Zuckerman, Dirtworks Landscape Architecture, PC
A custom light fixture by Jeff Zimmerman crowns a West Village homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s striking stairwell, which was fabricated by Legacy Stairs & Millwork, Inc. and sheathed by Bogen Construction Management. Designers Rendell Fernandez and Inna Medvedkina selected custom leather wall panels by Spinneybeck, offering modern contrast to the cerused white-oak flooring from I.J. Peiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sons.
esign bestows an unmistakable power—the kind that intuitively improves the everyday experience of those surrounded by it. Rendell Fernandez understands this acutely; as a design director for bicoastal firm Pembrooke & Ives, he leads projects that tap into clients’ emotions, resulting in bespoke spaces that practically rise from their subconscious. “We believe design changes lives,” says Fernandez. “Our role is to expand comfort zones to open new ways of living.” Case in point: potential clients who had purchased a new-build penthouse on the Hudson River in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood. The clients, a couple with three adult children, were pitching designers with two primary requests: comfortable design that prioritized the views and a state-of-theart sound system. “He’s an audiophile and wanted to enjoy music at concert volume without bothering the neighbors,” says Fernandez. “We had to use both technology and design to take this space beyond their expectations.” Under the stewardship of Pembrooke and Ives’ president Andrew Sheinman, and together with general contractor Noah Bogen and fellow designer Inna Medvedkina, Fernandez developed a plan that won the team the project. Working with a raw space, they devised a layout that set the amenities—the powder room, fireplace, coat closet, bar and wine refrigerator—into a single core that ran the length of the apartment. This formed an entry hall on the north side while opening the main areas—the living room, dining room, kitchen and upstairs bedrooms—to the views on the south side. “The goal was an eﬃcient layout with an open plan,” says Fernandez, “and with this arrangement, the space becomes a backdrop for the spectacular vistas of both downtown and the New York harbor.” Once in execution mode, two immediate challenges met the team: the construction of a staircase and the head-to-toe integration of acoustics. Proper stair placement required moving and resizing two major structural beams and since the floor couldn’t support its full weight, it had to be suspended from the landing above. To prevent sound from traveling, ceilings were raised, floors were reinforced with high-density polymer, and walls were surveyed to tie down anything that might rattle at high volumes. “Vibration and sound absorption were thoroughly considered and integrated into every part
of the construction,” says Bogen. In addition to the living room’s two speaker towers, five subwoofers were installed in the ceiling through ports eventually hidden in draperies and lighting coves. The clients had requested an emphasis on beautiful materials from the start and in this case, Fernandez saw a double function. “We deployed several to both add texture and reinforce the acoustic quality,” he says. For example, leather paneling lines the stair hall, creating verticality while deadening noise. A focus on materials throughout amplifies the home’s mastered aesthetic: cerused white-oak floors, artisan plaster walls and gleaming stone surfaces all exist together in fluid symbiosis. In its final form, the stair itself is a site to behold. Twelve applications of high-gloss oil paint create a sculptural centerpiece, while a custom brass light fixture mimics its captivating form. At the landing above, a medley of vintage finds counteracts the stair’s contemporary presence, providing a juxtaposition that Fernandez strikes often. “Adding vintage to the mix ensures a universally timeless feel,” he says, pointing to pieces like the dining room’s azure Max Ingrand chandelier. There and throughout, Fernandez pulled blue-and-gray palette notes directly from the Hudson River, creating a calming eﬀect that reiterates the view. Notably, by Manhattan standards the penthouse is sizable, but not giant. “The project was an exercise in maximizing space,” insists Bogen. The first floor’s full-height doors create volume by carrying the eye up, an island separates the dining and kitchen areas while hiding a television and warming drawers, and a raised counter in the kitchen provides another spot to eat. Spatial considerations extend to the outdoor terrace—a verdant aerie designed by landscape architect Britt Zuckerman—where Fernandez arranged three separate ‘rooms’—a lounge section, dining area and sunbathing space. The team even managed to sneak in a hot tub and outdoor shower. It goes without saying that impeccable consideration applied to every detail. One encapsulating example: the powder room, which was fabricated as an architectural cabinet. This pivot meant the team could follow tolerances found in millwork, setting the wall at 3-inch thick versus the standard 6.5-inch, thus saving critical room. “This home is one of the best-crafted spaces we’ve built,” says Fernandez, adding, “When you assemble a group of experts as we had here, the results will push the limits—and be exceptional.”
Above: The dining roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leather chairs from DDC provide a contemporary complement to the octagonal dining table, custom-made with stained, varnished oak and inlaid brass by Avenue Road. A vintage ceiling fixture by Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte adds a touch of glitz. Opposite: In the kitchen, handblown crystal pendants from Holly Hunt delicately accent the multilevel island, constructed with Taj Mahal Stone by Marble and Stone Creations, Inc. Stainless steel-and-leather stools from Artistic Frame make a comfy breakfast perch while sleek Gaggenau appliances play to the metal backsplash.
A custom plaster wall finish by Fresco Decorative Painting casts the upstairs landing in a pearly glow. Vintage finds from John Salibello, including a 1960s Italian elliptical mirror and a 1970s wall-mounted console attributed to Karl Springer converse with Salibelloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own contemporary frosted Murano glass sconce designs and a Haas Brothers stool.
The sitting room, brushed in crisp lavenders inspired by the Crosby Street Studio carpet, doubles as a guest room. White lacquer built-ins offer sleek storage while upholstered pieces like the leather swivel chair with footrest from DDC and custom chaise keep the scene soignĂŠ. The bronze leg cocktail table from Holly Hunt adds a touch of glam.
Above: Fernandez chose the main bathroomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s azul quartz wall slabs from ABC Stone to resemble the blue-gray sky outside. White onyx tiles from ABC Stone and hardware from Lefroy Brooks complete the luxe tub; nano-glass floor slabs reflect sunlight throughout the space. Left: The main bedroom is arranged to soak in views of the New York Harbor. A vintage brass light fixture from John Salibello illuminates a custom bed dressed in E. Braun & Co. bedding. A Stark Carpet rug and Patrick E. Naggar club chair from Ralph Pucci soften the windowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; industrial lines; a sconce from Donghia provides reading light.
Fernandez oriented all deck furnishings outward to capitalize on the open-air views. Sheltered by a pergola designed by Dirtworks Landscape Architecture in collaboration with Peter Hosier Design LLC, a custom dining table surrounded by David Sutherland weathered-teak barstools expands the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertaining space. Chaises from Walters Wicker offer a spot to lounge.
Through the Cracks An artist explores the intersection of meditation and art via her textured mixed-media works. W R I T T E N BY M O N I Q U E M C I N T O S H | P H O T O G R A P H Y BY K R I S T I N G L A D N E Y
ike the armless goddesses of ancient Grecian ruins, there’s a certain beauty that belongs only to broken things. Away from the confines of precision, the rough edges reveal a new level of vulnerability and intimacy. This graceful brokenness takes on modern resonance for New York-based artist Esther Rosa, who creates introspective paper clay artworks made of flaws and fractures. “I want to express how to love imperfections,” Rosa says. This focus is informed by the artist’s background as a psychologist who worked for years in corporate human resources in her native Madrid. “I’ve always loved the study of minds and the inner workings of people,” she says. Moving across the Atlantic to New York City, however, sparked a sea of change in more ways than one. “I wanted to have something of my own,” recalls Rosa, who enrolled in art classes to help “calm my mind and think clearly about what I wanted to do next.” What began as an exploratory side project soon illuminated a path forward. To develop her own visual language, she experimented with mediums, from dreamy acrylic paintings to delicate drip-like sculptures made from wax, Hydrocal or resin. Most recently, her focus has shifted to paper clay, which she found best expresses the emotive potential of her fractures. “I needed a material to build layers and get those accidental cracks,” explains Rosa. “This allows for shadows, creating nuance of movement from light to dark.” Rosa’s handmade paper clay is a slurry of tissue, plaster, glue and pigments, favoring ethereal soft whites “to focus the viewer on how light interacts with the edges,” she says. After the mixture is flattened to dry, she layers it across boards coated with metallic pigments, which peak through the fissures. The effect echoes the Japanese art of kintsugi, where cracked pottery is bonded together in gold. These tears play out differently in other pieces, where she’ll layer the sheets in large folds or small, delicate petals. Finding such gentleness in chaos and uncertainty has only grown more profound since the pandemic began. Before this era of isolation and social distancing, “the life we had with its daily tasks and responsibilities didn’t facilitate us to stop,” says Rosa. So for the artist, watching the whole world pause as an act of care only affirms “the need to take the time to stop, observe and question. To find moments for yourself where you can hear your own mind.”
In her Long Island City, Queens, studio, artist Esther Rosa mixes her signature paper clay (bottom), while plaster and pigments (left) await their transformation into delicate sheets (below). One Step At A Time (opposite), one of Rosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest pieces, introduces a shocking orange hue to her largely neutral body of work.
Colonial REVIVAL A mĂŠlange of confident colors and spirited patterns breathes new life into a historic home in Bedford. W R I T T E N BY M I C H E L L E B R U N N E R P H O T O G R A P H Y BY A N N I E S C H L E C H T E R
Architecture: Patrick M. Croke, Patrick M. Croke, Architect Interior Design: Brittany Bromley, Brittany Bromley Interiors Home Builder: Jason Siemers, Siemers Carpentry and Construction
For the entry of this Bedford home, designer Brittany Bromley paired a vintage Italian chandelier with an antique French bench upholstered in leopard print and a hot pink Beni Ourain rug from Morocco. Walls swathed in a Studio Four NYC grass-cloth wallpaper in collaboration with artist Sally King Benedict frame views to the adjacent den.
erched on a hill overlooking the quaint hamlet of Bedford Village, this gracious 1930s home is a portrait of oldfashioned Yankee charm. One could easily imagine a young Katharine Hepburn gliding down its staircase or taking tea in a sunlit corner. But while the appeal of center-hall Colonials—and screwball comedies, for that matter—is arguably eternal, traditional houses can read a bit stiff, especially for a young family. That’s what the client, a single mother with three children, thought when she first viewed the property: She loved the elegant bones and 10-foot ceilings, but wished it were less buttoned-up. “The design brief was to create a more vibrant family home,” says designer Brittany Bromley. “We really wanted to make it feel lighter and more open.” Addressing the need for a more connected layout, the project team, which included Bromley, architect Patrick Croke and general contractor Jason Siemers, carved new openings between most of the first-floor rooms. On the second floor, they redistributed the square footage to enlarge the bedrooms, adding storage as well as a new laundry facility. As is often the case with old houses filled with surprises, “This was one of those jobs that started out small in the beginning, but its scope seemed to grow daily,” notes Siemers. Similarly commonplace for period homes, the bulk of the renovation occurred in the kitchen, where reconfiguring the existing layout allowed for a generous cook space and eat-in breakfast nook. “We wanted to give the kitchen a better relationship to the existing outdoor spaces,” says Croke. With the architect’s luminous new fenestration in place, the lush backyard and bluestone-lined terraces now seemingly flow into the home’s central core. To refresh the interiors, Bromley punched up the palette and introduced unconventional finishes while simultaneously celebrating period details. Upon entry, grass-cloth wallpaper, hand-painted in an abstract pattern, winds its way up the main staircase. “It sets the stage for the idea that you’re going to encounter traditional tropes, but they’re going to be interpreted in ways that are both modern and relevant to the way these people want to live,” she says. For instance, the foyer’s midcentury chandelier, leopard settee and hot pink Moroccan rug bid a warm welcome, but do so with unexpected sass.
That playfulness extends to the living room, a fizzy parfait of melon and kiwi that toes the line between formal and fun. Not many clients would be game to paint the walls of such a large and prominent space a pale peach lacquer, but Bromley says the feminine hue wasn’t a hard sell. “At that point in the project, we had a real creative currency with her and she trusted our instincts,” says the designer, who daringly paired the color with acid green silk taffeta drapes. “We wanted to honor the beautiful dentil moldings and allow you to feel the grandeur of the ceiling height, but also do something less predictable and a little tonguein-cheek.” Sherbet tones continue in the dining room where a vintage French birdcage chandelier presides over the table, resembling an ornate miniature pagoda. Bromley scored the antique pendant early in the design process and it quickly became the muse for the room’s color scheme. It also inspired the hints of exoticism found in the swooping curves of the cornice board and the midcentury Italian hammered-brass tree sculpture. “To me, that’s what’s so interesting about design,” she says. “It’s the layering of those little moments that are influenced by other things that make a space feel collected and curated.” Upstairs, Bromley took a more subdued approach in designing the main suite, where soft pastels create a restful atmosphere. “In our business, we hear more and more that clients want their bedrooms to feel like a hotel, but they’re not looking for anonymity, they’re looking for simplicity and elegance,” she says. “That’s what we were trying to accomplish—to create a retreat where she could leave behind the craziness of her life.” Chinoiserie and animal print fabrics in serene colorways keep the mood quiet while still feeling of-a-piece with the rest of the home. But the room where Bromley’s penchant for pattern reaches full crescendo is surely the media lounge. There, the designer imagined the space as an opulent Turkish casbah replete with tortoiseshell wallpaper. Embracing the room’s petite proportions, she wrapped the perimeter in an oversize, custom U-shaped velvet sectional. By going big and bold, she took what seemed like a deficit—a smaller room typical of old houses—and turned it into a jewel box, which neatly sums up Bromley’s vivacious edge: “We love to take design challenges and turn them into triumphs.”
Above: Bromley modeled the upstairs media room, which is clad in Schumacher tortoiseshell wallpaper, after a Turkish casbah. The sconces from Circa Lighting and custom Roman shades (reflected in the mirror from Mirror Image Home) feature a Quadrille fabric that coordinates with the pillows. The Moorish-inspired ottoman is custom. Opposite: In the dining room, a pagoda chandelier sourced from Antonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bella Casa hangs over a faux tortoiseshell table surrounded by chairs upholstered in a leather from Designers Guild. For pattern play, Bromley paired a Holland & Sherry wallpaper with a rug by Celerie Kemble for Merida Studio. The window treatment is a Schumacher silk taffeta and the silver objets are from Bromleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bedford shop, Brittany Bromley Home.
Left: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carnivalâ&#x20AC;? wallpaper and fabric by Christopher Farr dress up the breakfast nook, where a vintage tole lantern hangs above a farmhouse table painted by decorative painter Shelly Denning in the Gustavian style. A Peter Fasano dot print covers the vintage Italian rope chairs and the sconces have custom shades of Fermoie fabric. Opposite: To ground the kitchen, Bromley opted to paint the mullions of the new windows black. The cabinets feature fixtures from Katonah Architectural Hardware and the backsplash and counters are a honed white arabesque marble from Alise Marble & Granite Inc. in Bedford Hills. A vintage French gilt chandelier hangs over the island.
For calming effect, Bromley chose a custom pale blue paint in the main bedroom. Antique French chests flank the bed upholstered in a Thibaut chinoiserie fabric that coordinates with the drapes. An ottoman covered in a Brunschwig & Fils zebra print with Samuel & Sons trim creates a sumptuous reading spot. The antique chandelier is from Brittany Bromley Home.
“It’s the layering of those little moments that are influenced by other things that make a space feel collected and curated.” – B R I T TA N Y B R O M L E Y
Bromley used the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s covered bluestone patio to create an outdoor room with a European vibe. Surrounded by Belgian urns and abundant greenery, an antique wood trestle table with ProvenĂ§al-style wicker chairs provides a place for alfresco meals. The sunburst mirror and Italian Oluce sconces are from Avantgarden in Pound Ridge.
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