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contents SPRING 2013 COLUMNS


In the Shops Ease into spring with a whisper of color on decorative accessories and tabletop wares.


Native New Yorker Alexa Hampton is ushering in a new generation of elegant and comfortable classicism.


On the Shelves No rest for the stylish! Interior designers are even chic on vacation.

20 Shop Locally Like mini-malls for decor, New York’s design centers have it all. 22 On the Couch No need to weed: This season’s prettiest flowers take root on fabric. 64

NYObserved The New York City Ballet has some competition in the form of a furniture installation at Lincoln Center this spring.

24 Shades of Gray Behind a Georgian façade in Scarsdale lies a modern house designed by Vicente Wolf.

30 Rock Star Fawn Galli injects glamour and whimsy into a Chelsea loft.

36 Painting with Light Deborah Berke carves a masterpiece out of raw space for a young family in the West Village.


A Charmed Connection

Carrier and Company creates a tailored home in a Robert A.M. Stern building on the Upper West Side.

50 Smooth and Shiny Daun Curry brings a personal touch to the Moroccanoil founder’s Upper East Side aerie. 6

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On the cover Light from a southern wall of steel-framed Hope’s windows pours into the living area of a West Village apartment designed by Deborah Berke Partners; the firm helmed both the architecture and interior design work. Saarinen Executive chairs in white Spinneybeck leather cluster around a custom Berke-designed pyrolave dining table. A red Carolina Sardi installation pops in the background. Plain sawn white oak flooring throughout the apartment was treated with a dark charcoal stain mixed with white pigment, to dramatic effect. Photography by Chris Cooper.



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Save saturation for summer: While a chill lingers, bright colors feel a little jarring. With light tints on anything from pendant lights to napkin rings, spring comes in like a lamb. When color coats something organic—whether Brazilian agate or humble seagrass— it feels just right for right now: Not bold, but hardly boring.



1 clearly Tom Dixon’s $425 Glass Light Top pendant is made from extra thick pressed glass and is available to order at Property, 14 Wooster Street or

2 abstract The four foot-square Big Square Abstract Painting is $3,250 at Brooklyn’s Fresh Kills (Special Things for Special People), 50 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, 3 shiny Kim Seybert’s Constellation napkin rings come in five colors. A set of four, $100, can be ordered at La Terrine, 1024 Lexington Avenue or 280 Columbus Avenue,



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6 misty Crate & Barrel’s Murano glass Castello Bowl, $55.96, was made in Italy and measures 11.5 inches across and 4.5 inches high. Available at Crate & Barrel, at 611 Broadway in Soho and


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1. The Dexter chandelier, in antiqued white and gold, designed by Alexa for Circa Lighting. 2. Alexa Hampton. 3. A New York living room designed by Alexa Hampton. 4. Leontine linens designed for a Mark Hampton LLC project. 5. The Regan Klismos chair from the Alexa Hampton collection for Hickory Chair .

From the best buildings on Fifth Avenue to Architectural Digest, Alexa Hampton’s work is seen in all the right places. Her firm, Mark Hampton LLC, was started by her late father, and she carries on his tradition of classic, comfortable style, both for her clients and fans of her lines for Circa Lighting, Kravet, Hickory Chair, and Stark.

On New York design Houses require that their interiors be somewhat appropriate to their exteriors. In New York, interiors are, to an extent, separate and disembodied from the exteriors that contain them. The result is that we, New Yorkers, feel we can have any kind of interior design we desire. Our options are unlimited. It’s a very liberating feeling.

Where do you live? I live in a pre-war apartment in a building on the East Side.

Last great purchase From Niall Smith Antiques, I recently purchased a pair of beautifully framed bronze medallions. His taste is impeccable!

What do you love about your apartment? I love the windows (3), the lack of nature, and the dirt that collects regularly and throughout. I also love the ten-foot ceilings and two wood-burning fireplaces.



General aesthetic My style is eclectic. However, I am drawn to classic forms, and I prefer logical spaces to impractical ones. Interiors that combine great beauty with livability are always the goal. Most importantly, though, is that my job is to shepherd the style of my clients from inception to reality. Best “instant fix” A great quick fix is to paint a cleaner trim color than what came before. I am currently favoring Benjamin Moore Mascarpone, or Benjamin Moore Mascarpone cut with Super White. It’s like whitening your teeth for your room. It takes years off its face.


Home accessory everyone should have My micro answer is a soft throw blanket. My macro answer is a Klismos chair (5). Favorite bed linens Leontine Linens (4) have been my favorite for over a decade now. Morning routine Snuggle in bed with my kids (who




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use Ariston Flowers), and new pillows (my best ones are pretty but gutsy patterns that were embroidered by Chelsea Textiles on brown taffeta). Best paint color for a spring refresh Farrow & Ball, Light Blue #22 (9) is a bit of an obsession with me, spring or fall.

Recent trip I returned home from Switzerland the day before yesterday. I don’t ski, and don’t care to learn, ALWAYS IN HER but I do love raclette. I BAG A universal am suspicious of anycharger (for my one who doesn’t. Blackberry, iPad and iPad Mini) Favorite hotel (10). I am a My favorite hotel is charger-aholic. Hôtel Le Bristol, Paris (11). They have their own eponymous “salty butter”! Spring tip The best way to enliven your house is to bring in gobs of fresh flowers (I 12

Fabric for spring I aspire to one day own Lee Jofa’s Silk Tiger Velvet. Favorite local shopping haunt I have been obsessed with Niall Smith Antiques, Lee Calicchio Antiques, Objets Plus, and Daniel Barney Antiques for 20plus years. At least I am consistent.

How have your late father’s designs influenced and inspired your design perspective and process? After 15 long years since his death, it’s hard to know what germs of his taste, style, and professional practices flower in my projects; but, I hope there are many. He is and will always be my design hero. To my mind, he should be yours, too.

7. Hampton’s Estelle display lamp for Circa Lighting. 8. Lee Jofa’s Silk Tiger Velvet. 9. Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue #22. 10. Blackberry. 11. Hôtel le Bistol, Paris. 12. Alexa’s latest fabric collection for Kravet was inspired by the northeastern coastal landscape.


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NO REST FOR THE STYLISH Being chic is a full-time job! Spring’s literary crop shows designers being fabulous off duty. Plus: Champagne wishes and caviar dreams courtesy of Georgis, Rinfret, and Shelton Mindel, and more.


Personal Reflections on Stylish Living By Ronda Rice Carman Rizzoli New York,

That’s gorgeous, Georgis! From an eclectic art-filled Upper East Side townhouse with plush couches and ink-splatter-patterned carpet to a dramatic concrete-and-glass Quogue beach house, architect and designer William Georgis sure has made it fabulous, and it’s all laid out on dispaly in his first monograph Make It Fabulous: The Architecture and Designs of William T. Georgis, available this season from Monacelli Press. Georgis speaks the language of whimsical, decadent, and overthe-top glamour; his signature use of shape, texture and color makes his rooms every inch as much a piece of art as the works his MAKE IT clients collect. FABULOUS

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Only the best, and all of it: blogger Ronda Rice Carman has been bringing beauty to her readers online for years with her blog All the Best ( Her stylish musings are now available in hard copy too. Designers At Home sneaks a peek at the homes of interior design’s biggest names, from Celerie Kemble’s grassy Central Park South family home (pictured, with the designer, above) and Katie Ridder and

Peter Pennoyer’s Moroccan fantasy in Westchester to Vicente Wolf’s minimalist Chelsea loft and Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier’s family apartment on the Upper East Side (see other spaces designed by Wolf and Carrier and Company in this issue!). Replete with tips from the designers on create a warm, beautiful home, Carman’s first book is just as enjoyable as her popular blog.


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GREENWICH STYLE By Cindy Rinfret Rizzoli New York, $55

The grass is always greener across the New York state line, especially in Greenwich, where everything is verdant, from lawns to wallets. Cindy Rinfret’s style is classically Connecticut, and her second monograph about her beloved town brings us into a world of interiors full of stylish Yankee comfort and classic American elegance.

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ONE-STOP SHOPPING Like super-chic malls, design centers contain showrooms with products that tend to every inch of your home, from top (lighting) to bottom (carpets), and everything in between (wallcoverings, furniture, bath and kitchen fixtures, and appliances). It’s a jungle of style out there, and an interior designer is your best guide—but many of New York’s design buildings, traditionally trade-only domains, are also making efforts to appeal to educated consumers. Here’s how.

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The best of the best have made their home at the NYDC, from Grange, Metropolitan Lighting, Tucker Robbins, McGuire, and Desiron (whose Aeris chandelier is pictured above), to new showroom openings by Julian Chichester and Kindel. NYDC’s Access to Design program has changed the game for retail consumers, providing an insight into the design process by matching consumers with designers and facilitating purchases in NYDC’s trade-only showrooms. On the top floor, you’ll find the bricks-and-mortar incarnation of the beloved online shopping destination 1st Dibs, with 33,000 square feet of antiques and 20th-century design that are fully open to the pubic.


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CHEERY Baker Lifestyle’s Zinnia print (T), pictured in Mauve colorway,

COUNTRY Osborne & Little’s linen Persian Garden (T),

ROMANTIC Pierre Frey’s Le Boudoir de Marguerite fabric (T),


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Urban gardeners, put down your pruners: The spring’s prettiest blooms have taken root on cotton, linen, and silk. This season’s fabric offerings reveal floral prints for every setting, whether downtown or Downton. Kathryn M. Ireland’s new collection for Scalamandré invokes an English country manor while Donghia’s Rio print might sprout in a modern loft. With a historic French print from Pierre Frey or Baker Lifestyle’s bright zinnia pattern, how better to usher in spring?

EXOTIC Manuel Canovas’ Serendip pattern (T), shown in Nuit,

ELEGANT Lee Jofa’s 100% cotton Elton Handblock fabric (T),

DELICATE Kathryn M. Ireland’s Downton fabric (T) for Scalamandré,

BLOOMING Maxwell’s 100% cotton Georgi fabric (T),

BOLD Edit’s Chinois hemp fabric, at Studio Four,

ABSTRACT Donghia’s cotton-silk Rio print (T), pictured in Samba Pink,

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Though renovated to contemporary perfection, a Georgian-style home in Scarsdale retains its intricate original mouldings and fireplace that date back to the 1920s. Benjamin Mooreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intense White amplifies the entry roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scale. 24

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Renowned Sag Harbor architecture firm Bates Masi designed the Brod family’s Bridgehampton residence. Paul Masi created a resortlike atmosphere by linking six glass and wood boxes (each representing a


he house was a wreck, but the couple could imagine their two young children in its grassy backyard and airy rooms—plus, it was located on a quiet lane a stone’s throw from the village of Scarsdale. It might have been more efficient to raze it than lovingly renovate, but renovate they did, the careful undertaking allowing them to add a large kitchen and den while keeping original details like columns and mouldings that date back to 1926. Despite its period charms, says the owner, “we wanted the house to be as contemporary as possible and allow for modern living.” The success of that mix required furnishings with gravitas and proportion to pay homage to the home’s history while complementing the vast scale of its rooms. They turned to renowed designer Vicente Wolf. “I used to keep a binder of homes from designers that caught my eye and whose


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style I admired” said the wife. “I had copies of most of his homes that were published in the various magazines I had perused. Once I finally met him, I knew he would be perfect for my house.” There’s no mistaking a Vicente Wolf interior. His purist’s approach infuses his glowing, serene spaces punctuated with hints of the exotic. “Vicente has the unique ability to mix classic, contemporary, and modern furniture with the unexpected,” says his client. “He sources extraordinary accessories during his travels throughout the world, which then find themselves in the interiors he designs.” Many of those items found themselves in Scarsdale, from an Ashanti stool from Ghana in the living room to a trio of bronze Thai mirror gongs above an original fireplace mantle. The tension between the classical architecture and the unexpected was also at play in the

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left: A sheer curtain provides a dramatic reveal in the home’s foyer. Wolf’s suppliers sourced the 400-pound table in Bali; the 3-inch thick live edge wood slab sits atop a custom base made from mirror and polished stainless steel. The pair of armchairs belonged to the client’s mother. above: Wolf arranged a trio of stone wheel sculptures by the front door. right: Designer Vicente Wolf. below: In the dining room, Wolf installed panels coated with an industrial metallic silver paint usually used on cars.


dining room, where, in a riff on period panelling, Wolf hung custom raised panels slick with an industrial metallic silver paint usually used on cars. Two banquettes clad in smooth metallic silver vinyl pull up to the concrete-topped table alongside more traditional dining chairs. That balance of tonality and texture added interest and intimacy to the large rooms, but there was another priority: Wolf had to bear in mind how a young family lives. “Strong lines and functionality played an important part. Things had to look good and function well,” says Wolf, including the living room, where a layering of velvets and wools on chairs and sofas made a grand room cozy. “The living room, despite being a somewhat formal room, is warm and inviting, and we have so enjoyed using it when entertaining our friends,” said the h owner. “We love how the house turned out.” 

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A custom Vicente Wolf-designed chaise upholstered in a Coraggio velvet provides a quiet respite in the living room. The tri-arm floor lamp is from Design Within Reach. A VW Home stainless steel Chinese-style armchair sits near a custom mahogany tea table with mirrored accents. THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: The kitchen was designed by Scarsdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JEM Designs. In the living room, squarebacked club chairs are clad in a Savel velvet.



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Cole & Son’s Palm Leaves wallcovering adds a playful element to son Simon’s room. The sides of an arm chair and ottoman are upholstered in Quadrille’s Petite Zig Zag. Cowtan & Tout’s Peaceable Kingdom fabric pops on a square pillow. RIGHT: In sister Roxy’s room, oversized butterflies float on Timorous Beasties’ wallpaper. The pink bedside lamp was found at the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts.



Wild animal prints, black patent leather stools, gold pillows, and a shiny round pendant light like a disco ball—sound like the domicile of a rock & roll crew? It is, but here the mosh pit has toddlers in it, and the animal prints are of butterflies and penguins. Glamour reigns nonetheless in the Chelsea loft where entertainment publicist Rebecca Shapiro resides with her husband, a music entrepreneur whose ventures include the beloved, now-shuttered Wetlands and Williamsburg’s favorite hipster haunt, Brooklyn Bowl. Shapiro had been saving tear sheets for years to hone in her vision: “I was looking for a downtown loft space that was livable for a downtown family,” Shapiro says. She needed something “with an open feeling,” as conducive to grown-up brunches as it was to less decorous play dates—a delicate mix for sure. When the time came to decorate, she enlisted a designer who knew the feeling—the interior designer (and mother of two boys) Fawn Galli, who is known for her signature use of color and texture and the beautiful (but functional) family homes she creates. For Shapiro, Galli knew the right answer would be a blend of the traditional and the modern, with a big dose of cool: a formula reflective of her clients’ personalities, passions, and sense of humor. In the living room, with its traditional seating arrangement of sofas and armchairs, that humor was established with quirky fabrics from a Florence Broadhurst peacock feather print used

as curtains to a Donghia penguin print covering two X-stools. Rock star glamour was introduced with reflective surfaces that shine throughout the open living area, like jolts of accent leather in black patent and gold, or that Tom Dixon pendant in the dining area, which mirrors a facing wall of music-themed art, which, hung salon-style, creates a home that is truly personal. “We have a lot of photographs from concerts over the years,” said Shapiro of her collection. “There’s a preppiness to it.” The prep continues with punches of shocking pink throughout the threebedroom, three-and a-half bathroom apartment’s neutral foundation palette of beige and brown. “The sofas and the pillows being brown, and the carpet being brown, makes it very livable and very durable without taking away from the sophistication of the space,” says Galli. Punches of pink include fuchsia pillows and a glassy lacquered hot pink cabinet. Shapiro’s daughter Roxy rocks a bedroom wallpapered with large-scale powder blue butterflies, offset by bursts of pink: a pink headboard, pink toys, and more butterflies (pink of course) on the upholstery of what is agreed on by all parties involved in the design process to be the centerpiece of the room: a creamy, oversized Andrew Martin egg chair. The chair was initially brought in “just to try,” says Galli, but Shapiro’s husband declared, “ ‘my child must have this, it cannot go back.’ ”

The clients’ appreciation for sophisticated whimsy was music to Galli’s ears: “I like things that are ageless, but speak to the spirit of a child,” she says, “Things that are fun and somewhat adult, but then have a child’s comfort.” The large palm-print Cole & Son wallpaper in son Simon’s bedroom speaks directly to that youthful imagination. In the adult zone—the master bedroom—color has a place too, but slightly more muted: the headboard is clad in a floral blue-and-brownLulu DK print which pops against elegant Schweitzer linens. Unique as it is, the Chelsea home had goals common to most New Yorkers with young children: namely, creating storage, keeping to a budget, and focusing on durability. Galli prioritized finding inexpensive items that could be easily replaced; Shapiro wanted a livable living room with practical pieces that wouldn’t incite panic when the kids got dirt on them. The solution was to get creative, with custom-built cabinetry providing extra spots to stash things away and flea market and online searches to source well-priced pieces with potential. “We’re proud of finding things on eBay that look terrible, but are totally affordable,” says Galli, like a pair of midcentury chairs that she had reupholstered in a lush pink Maharam velvet. A mere six months of online bidding, planning, and shopping resulted in a space that is funky, eclectic, kitschy, and modern, much like the family that lives there. “It’s very much who they are,” says h Ms. Galli of her clients. SPRING 2013 THE HOME OBSERVER

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s evidenced by the Shapiro family home, living with kids doesn’t mean living without style. Rebecca Shapiro (pictured right, with son Simon) worked with Fawn Galli to make chic choices that are attractive to all the home’s residents, big and small (and feline too!). Some takeaway tips: MIX IT UP The Chelsea apartment sports a high/ low mix of fabrics, allowing the unique and precious to puncuate more functional basics. Case in point: sturdy brown Kravet sofas are seemingly indestructible (and impervious to stains), and they allow special fabrics to shine— like a Donghia silk embroidered with tiny Emperor penguins.

WIPE IT DOWN Pick surfaces and materials that are deliberately low maintenance. “White lacquer furniture,” advises Fawn, who introduced such a cabinet, custom-made to serve as the living room’s television media cabinet: it’s easy to wipe down and repels dents from toy cars driving too fast (a similarly sensible cabinet, this one in hot pink, provides additional storage). Moore & Giles’ Domino black patent leather tops two X-stools in the living room: it too can be cleaned of applesauce and crayon marks with the swipe of a towel. COVER OVER IT Spills happen: Galli suggests buying chairs on the cheap and leaving some budget for reupholstering

(and reupholstering again). Here, she scored two midcentury arm chairs on eBay and covered them in a special pink velvet. Fingerpaint accident? No worries: they can be recovered again someday. GROW UP To maintain adultlevel cool in children’s rooms, Galli advises avoiding kiddie furniture. Bypass transitional toddler beds: “I would just get a regular size twin bed and put a headboard on it,” says Galli. SUPERSIZE IT An adorable wallcovering in a kid’s room makes it special, but avoid being twee by blowing it up. “The idea of over-scale wallpaper takes it from cute to fantastical,” says Fawn.

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master bedroom features a headboard upholstered in Lulu DK’s Paradiso fabric by Donghia. The bedside tables are from Bungalow 5, with blue trays from West Elm. Waterfall sconces from Blue Marble Lighting hang next to the bed, which is dressed in Schweitzer Linens.


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Clockwise from top left: The kitchen’s backsplash is lined in glossy Nemo tiles. In her room, Roxy curls up in an Andrew Martin egg chair

upholstered in Mod Green Pod’s Wee Jubilee damask-print organic cotton canvas; the curtains are made of Missoni’s Leeka fabric. In the living room, durable brown Kravet sofas anchor a seating area that includes two shapely chairs found on eBay and upholstered in hot pink Maharam velvet. The pink and gold pillows are made of fabric by Création Baumann and Moore & Giles, respectively. The white glass and chrome cocktail table is from BoConcept. The curtains were made from Florence Broadhurst’s cotton Peacock Feathers print fabric. Designer Fawn Galli in her client’s living room, in front of a custom pink lacquer cabinet made by Elizabeth Bolognino. DESIGNER

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he Light and the windows, the sunrise and the sunset,” rhapsodizes the owner of this west side family apartment, where she lives with her husband and two children, aged seven and ten. “It’s almost not like living in New York City.” It was a New York City real estate story though: The family bought into the West Village development when it was still in its construction phase. Two sets of friends had independently recommended Deborah Berke, and “the recommendations were so strong we didn’t even interview any other architects. We met with Deborah and decided immediately.” The immediate appeal of Deborah Berke Partners could stem from the firm’s impeccable, award-winning work on private residences, buildings (like the Upper West Side’s Laureate), and art galleries (like West Chelsea’s Marianne Boesky Gallery). It might also come from the firm’s “whole vision” approach: Its architects work handin-hand with its interiors team to create totally cohesive design narratives. Here, that narrative started with a blank canvas: raw space, which gave the team “many opportunities to customize the apartLeft: Exposed concrete walls in the ment,” says Berke. “Starting with a raw gallery are puncuated by a limited edition James Nares print. Right: A interior is wonderful because it allows glass cocktail table is from SUITE the client and architect to engage the New York, as is the TK8 Daybed by space in a dialogue about their design viThomas Bo Kastholm. A custom wall sion; the space influences the design and composition by Carolina Sardi floats the design can shape the space.” above a sofa from B&B Italia. In this case, the clients’ design vi-

sion was focused on creating a warm, comfortable home. “Most importantly,” says the client, “the space had to be a home, sophisticated but not precious. We sought a retreat from the city—quiet, elegant, peaceful, serene.” The layout of the apartment set the tone. “Providing a clear, yet fluid distinction between public and private spaces was important as well because they love to entertain, but value their family’s privacy,” said Buck. “Creating architecturally distinct public and private spaces also makes sense when the owners aren’t entertaining because it allows them to regulate the degree to which they engage the city.” In the airy open living room, the family can ponder the view beyond those oversized windows. Quiet moments might find them tucked in one of the intimate rooms on the north side of the apartment. But most time is spent in and around the kitchen, where an exotic zebra wood island punctuates quartz slab counter-

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Jacobsen Swan Chairs were found at SUITE New York; the hand-dyed, hand-hooked wool & silk Bergen carpet is by Elizabeth Eakins. Architect Deborah Berke. The master bath has a custom walnut vanity by JW Woodworking and a Duravit Vero washbasin. The apartment’s floor plan. OPPOSITE, FROM TOP: B&B Italia’s Luis sofa cozies up in the family room. The kitchen countertops are DuPont Zodiaq quartz agglomerate slab; the Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen are fully upholstered black leather.




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tops and cabinetry that reflect the light flooding through the windows. “The single most important vision was for the kitchen as a central aspect in the house,” says the owner. Alongside the project architect Catherine Bird, Berke worked extensively on the kitchen, with a result that is both stylish and functional. “People gather in the kitchen to socialize and enjoy each other’s company; we made sure this kitchen could stand up to loads of fun.” The apartment’s decor does too. “When I think back to the initial inspiration for our design scheme I think of three words: minimal, subtle, and sophisticated. So that was our jumping off point. We set out from there on a mission to give our clients the refined space that they would be at home in,” says Bird. The apartment’s neutral palette has shots of color throughout to enliven the space, much of that color flowing from the client’s art collection, which includes a poppy red Carolina Sardi installation in the living area. Texture played as important a role as color. The gallery connecting the main living space to the bedrooms is lined with rough exposed concrete. “The structural concrete was used throughout the building and was meant to be covered by a more finished material but after walking through during construction we decided to use the wonderful texture to our advantage,” says Berke. “I love the rhythm of the rough concrete interacting with the fluid movement of James Nares’ print at the end of the hall.” Woods provide texture too, adding depth and warmth to the space, from American walnut in the family room and master bath to the clean lines of finished plywood in the children’s bathrooms. But the ultimate warmth comes pouring through that southern wall of windows with their narrow dark bronze sashes and mullions. “The natural light streaming through the southern wall of windows plays an important role in achieving our vision of a light, calm environment and the bold steel frames work well with the clean lines of our design,” says Berke. “Light reflected from the river and adjacent buildings illuminates and fills the space; the interior is exceptionally bright and animated,” says the owner. “I love the lively quality of the space and that it h changes seasonally.”

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In the double-width living room, a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofa is flanked by two Thomas Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien standing lamps. The custom sisal rug is from Turabian & Sariyan.


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A family of four enlists Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier of Carrier and Company Interiors to take two apartments in a Robert A.M. Stern building and conjure a sprawling home with softly tailored style. BY DEBRA SCOTT PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS COOPER STYLING BY EMILY RICKARD

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It It wasn’t the client’s first experience with interior designers. The couple had wrestled with members of the profession when decorating their last home. “They pushed product on us we didn’t want and veered off budget more than once,” says the husband, a real estate developer. “You want someone who’s going to be collaborative instead of shoving their ideas down your throat.” When they were introduced to husband and wife team Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier of Carrier and Company Interiors, there was an immediate aesthetic camaraderie. The wife had amassed hundreds of shelter magazine clippings, a collection of ideas incorporating color palettes to furniture, that were perfectly in tune with the sensibility of Miller and Carrier’s own portfolio. “Personalities are so important when connecting,” says the wife. But most important was the “trust factor.” Each couple (designers and clients) has two young children and the accompanying need for practicality: Beauty is good. But beauty that takes into consideration little feet running through a space is even better. “We’re casual, relaxed people. We didn’t want a museum; we wanted to be comfortable,” says the wife. Celebrated widely as decorators to such high-profile clients as Anna Wintour (her North Fork retreat) and Jason Wu (his Garment District studio), Carrier and Miller are known for accommodating their clients’ needs rather than branding themselves with a particular style. “It’s not about fulfilling our vision, but using our design skills to fulfill the client’s vision,” says Mara. The two met in the mid-90s as students at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where they became romantically involved. 44

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ upholstered Regis bed, an Alexa Hampton for Hickory dark walnutfinish bedside table is topped with a custom-cut antique mirror. A ceramic glazed lamp in tonal slate blue is from Crate & Barrel, and the raffiaupholstered bench is from Oly. In the office, a pair of vintage aluminum Parsons-framed tables with signed David Hicks tile tops sit near a custom Thomas O’Brien Hallings secretary; the wall lamp is by Sandy Chapman for Visual Comfort. This page, clockwise from top left: The owners at home. A John Derian plate atop a brass tray from Flair Home smiles from a laquered tabouret with gold detail from Mecox Gardens. Stephen Antonson’s Pie’d Pan plaster (edition of ten) takes a hit in the living room. Brother and sister jam below a dog painting by Brooke Bradford Churchill. Madeline Weinrib’s lilac Chi Chi Kari carpet was purchased at ABC Carpet & Home.

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Phillip Jeffriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Japanese Paper Weave wallcover lines the family room, which turns into a guest suite with the whisk of pocket doors; the sleeper sofa is from Room & Board. Club chairs clad in a Knoll velvet flank a set of shell veneer nesting tables the clients purchased on their honeymoon in Bali. The Wilton Broadloom area rug is from Studio Four.


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Chairs from Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Milling Road collection pull up to a country English round Regency table from Guy Chaddock & Co. The Lancaster Oak bookcase is from Sarreid. The handblown glass chandelier was created by Ohio glass artist J. David Taylor and purchased at Liza Sherman Antiques.


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The layout, with its distinct rooms, holds true to the sensibility of an earlier, more gracious era.


Above: The foyer is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Early Morning Mist. The Modo Chandelier is from Roll & Hill. Blass topiary form lamps were found at AD LIB Antiques & Interiors in Hudson, NY. The handwoven striped rug is from Imports from Marrakesh. Bradley Hughes Moe mirror sports an antique gold iron frame. Left: Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier in their clients’ kitchen. The chairs are Ikea and the wallcovering is a JM Lynne vinyl found at Designtex.

They joined professional forces around the time they were married in 2002, after embarking on parallel careers at design firms including Bilhuber (him) and Sara Bengur (her). For this project, the major challenge was to artfully combine two apartments into one with a layout that flowed logically without taking on the maze-like aspect that cobbled-together apartments often do. Miller and Carrier separated the space into an adult area replete with a formal living and dining room and a master bedroom suite with adjoining office. A children’s zone, with bedrooms for the son and daughter, is down a long hall demarcated by what was once a sitting room and now serves as a family room whose pocket doors can be closed off to create a guest suite when grandparents arrive. The family room opens off of the grand entry foyer (that began life as two foyers); As an extension of the foyer – and as the first room encountered – it needed to make a sophisticated impression while maintaining its casual functionality. Miller and Carrier dressed it in masculine, contemporary raiment – square-armed furniture, strong colors, textured wallpaper, and patterned carpeting. The clients brought along heirlooms that needed to be incorporated into the overall scheme: a wood-framed settee, bookcase and pair of winged back chairs. While these heavy pieces had been out of proportion in their former home, they fit well in the high-ceilinged rooms of the Robert A. M. Stern-designed building with its pre-war scale and cleanly wrought millwork, door panels and hardware. With these elements setting the tone, the design duo layered in modern touches for balance. “To lighten the living room, everything else had to be thinner, more tailored and monochromatic,” says Miller. The palette of mostly whites and beiges, ethereal sheer drapery, and “eye candy” such as a pair of dimuntive chairs on canted tapered legs, transformed the combined living room into the “genteel, pretty room” the designers sought. The only clues that the room was formerly two are the beams and remaining supporting column. In order to prevent the double-width expanse from feeling too big, Miller and Carrier came full circle, positioning the space as two distinct seating areas divided by a leather ottoman and defined by a pair of sisal rugs. The dining area, which anchors the living room, can be used to entertain formally, but with its bookcase backdrop and impressive avenue views, doubles as a library and is mostly inhabited by laptops and homework. The chandelier, a cluster of hand-blown glass balls, is an unexpected folly set against the room’s classicism. The layout, with its distinct rooms, holds true to the sensibility of an earlier, more gracious era. “There’s a lot of opportunity for togetherness in a New York apartment,” says Miller. “The trick is not to get sick of looking at h everybody else.”

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No split ends here! Moroccanoil founder Carmen Tal â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s mansion in the sky becomes a whimsical playground for her and her three childen, courtesy of Modern Declarationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daun Curry.

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entral Park is Never enough: New Yorkers yearn for nature in the concrete jungle. Transplanted Manhattanite Carmen Tal, who arrived two years ago from Montreal, is no exception. So when the founder of Moroccanoil hair products teamed up with designer Daun Curry, it was all about invoking natural elevents—from the whimsical to the sublime. “I grew up in the countryside in Chile,” Tal says. Before moving to New York, she and her three children lived in a big house with a yard. “Finding ways to reference nature was important to me.” The globetrotting head of the mega beauty brand whose nutrient-rich treatments have revolutionized the haircare industry, needed a soothing treatment for her home too. (When you go from being a salon owner to head of a multimillion-dollar company that expanded from a single product to a profusion of hair and body products in a few short years, serenity is key.) “People find peace in nature,” says Curry. The founder of design firm Modern Declaration, Curry’s references to the outdoors were rarely literal. In the entry hall, Curry created a custom plaster wall finish with a texture that invokes tree bark. Juxtaposed against an ethereal Murano glass sculp-


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ture comprised of etched leaves surrounding a mirror, it’s like entering into a silvery jungle. Above an oxidized maple top dining table hangs a ball chain chandelier modeled after the South African protea flower. This is nature with an edge. Curry’s trick? Infusing organic elements with an urban material or hue. In the case of a custom rug designed with a malachite pattern, for instance, the colorway is neutral rather than an obvious green. Personal touches abound in the home’s private sanctums. In order to make the transition to New York as smooth as possible, Tal says, “I wanted our bedrooms to be a very personal space that reflected each of us as individuals.” Curry worked with Tal’s three children to uncover the unique aspects of their personalities. For the younger daughter, full of creative energy that is often focused on food, Curry sourced cushioned seats resembling cake slices and installed shelves to hold a candy collection. The older daughter revelled in creating an installation to hang over her bed by choosing handmade Limoges hearts, each one different, which Curry sourced from Austria. The pair also shopped together to find vintage Philippe Starck side tables and a light pendant made from recycled bleach bottles that appealed to the youngster’s green bent. Tal’s son helped

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Portrait by Marcie Richstone

Clockwise from top left: In the living room, a mohair sofa is flanked by Paul Laszlo wood-andbrass tables. A built-in seating area cozies up to a wall quilted in individual squares of Lelievre fabric. Willowlampâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Protea chandelier hangs above a BDDW table; the curtains are of a Holly Hunt fabric. Carmen Tal and her children.

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Declaration-designed bench sits atop the Espina wool rug from Top Floor. The custom textured plaster wall finish was done by Judy Mulligan of Chester, New Jersey. The chandelier is a custom metal mesh design by Daun Curry. The Murano glass mirror is by Glas Italia. This page, from top: The master bedroom walls are clad in Troveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Askella feather-print wallpaper. The custom feather-and-crystal pendant lamps were designed by Daun Curry. The sculputed wool and silk rug is from ABC Carpet & Home. The bed is dressed in Frette linens. Below, in the family room, Poltrona Frauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travalo table sits under the Dear Ingo chandelier by Moooi; it was purchased at The Future Perfect. The Kennedee sofa is from Poltrona Frau. The Zulu carpet is from Masland.

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choose Steven Abrams wallpaper and pistol-shaped side lamps, both of which he found “really cool.” For the hallway that connects the kids’ rooms, Curry wanted an effect that would take the idea of family photos to the next level. Enlisting the kids, she had each make handprints on large sheets of paper that she transformed into a wall covering. “The whole process helped them tremendously to adjust to so many changes in their lives,” says Tal. For Tal’s bedroom, Curry designed pendant lighting adorned with feathers. “Getting to know Carmen, I realized the driving force of her success comes from her free spirit,” says Curry. “The feathers symbolize that.” Sconces sculpted from vintage Venini glass in Tal’s favorite colors hang nearby. “My bedroom always feels like an oasis,” says Tal. “It’s just very special.” What Curry calls the “great room” is also a favorite of Tal’s. To hide structural columns, Curry built elaborate bookshelves that also carved the sprawling room into zones. When Tal entertains, the room “provides areas for dining, lounging, and dancing,” the entrepreneur says. “It’s the perfect setting to relax with my family and guests.” The pièce de resistance is the terrace with its views of the East River and the 59th Street Bridge. “It’s such a luxury to have such a grand outdoor space in the city.” And, if her tresses become too dry from the elements, the stylist-turned-entrepreneur can always dig up a bottle of golden argan oil that will do the trick. h


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Getting Personal Daun Curry’s tips on making a home uniquely yours “Your home isn’t a show house,” says Modern Declaration’s Daun Curry (pictured below). “It should reflect what’s meaningful to you.” Personal touches make a house a warm, comfortable, and intimate place to come home to—as well as a testament to your personal style. Curry, who incorporated many personal elements into Carmen Tal’s apartment, shares tips for your own space: Make your children part of your design scheme. Tal’s children were instrumental in the design of their own rooms—and in the creation of a foyer wallpaper which bears their handprints in golden paint! Try framing children’s artwork or displaying their collections as colorful installations.  eflect your passions in your R possessions. In Tal’s home, says Daun, “another personal element that I incorporated was her love of animals” with a Hunt Slonem painting of a bunny featured prominently in the kitchen. Go shopping in your closet for inspiration. Fashion choices can be clues to your style. Note fabrics and patterns you gravitate toward. Are your accessories whimsical or architectural? The tailoring of a jacket or the pleating of a skirt could inspire an upholstery; the graphic or metal finish of a piece of jewelry could be represented on custom cabinet hardware.

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pendant and chandelier in the kitchen were found at SUITE New York and hang near an oil painting of a rabbit by Hunt Slonem. The vintage lucite stools are from John Salibello. Cole & Son’s Hickory-Lichen wallpaper hangs in Tal’s younger daughter’s room, where curtains in a Scalamandre fabric coexist with stools resembling slices of cake from Lisa Perry. In the master bedroom, a vintage Milo Baughman chair is upholstered in gray cashmere. The 1940s etched mirror is from Venfield. In an office area, Lee Jofa wallcovering pops against a Zettle’z 6 chandelier by Ingo Maurer and Jonathan Adler’s Whitter lamp. This page, top: A Fontana Arte table lamp sits on a BDDW credenza with lacquered frame and hand-carved ebony handles. Right, in a hallway, custom wallpaper bears the golden handprints of Tal’s children. The custom candle pendant chandelier is from Mark Figueredo. The hot-rolled steel bench is from Blu Dot. Top Floor’s Esperanto wool runner.

Personal touches can make the commute to work too! “Carmen loved the vintage Blenko glass bottles I used in her house,” says Daun, who recently decorated Moroccanoil’s New York offices, “so I incorporated those into the office design as well.” DESIGNER

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Ercole Home Since 1986, Ercole has been one of the most exclusive custom glass mosaic furniture companies in NYC. We specialize in making custom pieces, each designed to fulfill the style, color and vision of our customers. Our furniture provides unique expression to many different home environments, from foyer to bedroom. We offer kitchen tables, chests of drawers, buffets and decorative pieces from vases to mirrors. Visit our showroom @ 142 W 26th St, NYC

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GE Monogram. Luxury for real life. In the world of high-end appliances, Monogram stands out with its own brand of luxury. Refined but not rarefied, it’s the kind of luxury that makes a statement of quality and timeless elegance. Award-winning technology makes it possible to cook faster, clean easier and enjoy more time relaxing with family and friends. And there’s nothing more luxurious than that. GE Monogram Design Center, A&D Building, 150 East 58th Street, 10th Floor.

Hastens About Hästens: Celebrating 161 years of exquisite craftsmanship and design, Hästens is Sweden’s oldest, most revered manufacturer of beds and mattresses. Recognizing the company’s implicit association with “quality products and good sleep,” Hästens received the prestigious, Nordic Signum prize in 2013 for best long term branding. Each bed is handcrafted in the Hästens factory in Köping, Sweden by expert artisans, meticulously assembled using all-natural materials including horsehair, cotton, flax, wool and Swedish pine. Hästens beds allow for ventilation, creating the ideal temperature and perfect environment for a restful night’s sleep. Since 1952, Hästens has been the exclusive supplier of beds and mattresses to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

Interior Design Building 306E61 – Interior Design Building, which houses 19 spacious showrooms, is the leading New York destination for decorative arts from the 18th, 19th & 20th Centuries, including bespoke collections. Featuring modern furniture, textiles and accessories. The building is located at 306 East 61st Street, (between 1st & 2nd Avenues), in New York City.


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New York Design Center Located at 200 Lexington Avenue, The New York Design Center is the industry’s premier resource for fine furnishings. Built in 1926, the New York Design Center’s rich history enhances its reputation as a respected resource for imaginative solutions to any design challenge. In addition to nearly 100 of the industry’s finest showrooms, the NYDC houses over 33,000 square feet of antiques and 20th century design from 1stdibs® dealers. The Access to Design™ program assists consumers in navigating the design process and finding a designer. To learn more, visit www.nydc. com.


Just Shades This “go-to” shop for interior designers and set designers, JUST SHADES, is THE source for custom and ready-made lampshades. Their extensive in-stock selection, available in an array of colors and materials, can dress any lamp, whether traditional or modern, tiny or oversized, or unusually shaped. They can also create custom shades with your choice of materials… A staff of expert professionals is always on hand to help you find that perfect shade!

Runtal Steam Radiators RUNTAL ELECTRIC BASEBOARD Runtal unveils their new electric panel radiators. This revolutionary patent pending technology combines high outputs and low surface temperatures with the fine design and outstanding quality that one expects from Runtal. Available in 120, 208 or 240 volts in 100 colors. 1-800-526-2621

Lee Jofa In his fourth collection for Groundworks, Thomas O’Brien offers an assortment of lush and saturated velvets along with luxurious silks. From the light and clean soft neutrals, cool mid-tones and signature misty blues to deep saturated claret and viridian these fabrics will add a touch of flair and originality to the rooms that O’Brien’s engaging vision has already helped to create.

Sunshield Applied to the interior surface of your windows, SUNSHIELD ENERGY CONTROL’s invisible coating offers high tech protection of 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 will remain safe for future generations to enjoy. Sunshield Energy Control Systems “The Intelligent Solution to Solar Control” 129 Union Avenue New Rochelle, NY 10801

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Valcucine Founded in 1980, VALCUCINE produces kitchen cabinetry and accessories. Valcucine is dedicated to providing the best product possible with a focus on aesthetics and creativity. They work to apply technology to increase the product life, reduce the consumption of raw materials and ensure that all the products they produce can be reutilized or recycled. They are committed to sourcing materials that meet the most stringent standards for the release of volatile organic compounds. 66 Crosby St., New York, NY

Walter’s Wicker As we enter our 79th year of single family ownership and management, we are proud to present furniture that is at the heart of Walters’ constantly evolving brand. Our classic collections, the pieces that have stood the test of time and are the tried and true design essentials, are the hallmarks of WALTERS WICKER. Alongside the classics are bold new concepts that match the needs of today’s environments. The equation of classic plus contemporary equals a broad array of styles to meet every designer’s needs. Walters Wicker Inc. 979 Third Avenue Suite 538 New York, NY 212-758-0472

Zarin Fabrics Zarin Fabrics is the largest resource of discounted designer fabrics and custom upholstery and window treatment services in New York City. Since 1936, Zarin Fabrics has covered windows and furniture with the most beautiful fabrics in countless homes of the most discerning New Yorker’s. As with our founder, Harry Zarin, the third generation is focused on the highest level of customer satisfaction. From window fashions to custom upholstered beds and everything in between, Zarin Fabrics.

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he lithe limbs of the New York City Ballet corps have some competition this season in the form of a furniture installation on the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. In connection with NYCB’s 20/21: On The Promenade initiative to bring 21st-century local furniture design into Philip Johnson’s iconic 20th-century theater, Brooklyn-based firms Egg Collective, Asher Israelow, and Token created pieces (pictured above in situ on the promenade) that reference the intersection between design and dance. For Asher Israelow, that connection was nothing short of galactic: his walnut-topped tables are inlaid with brass star maps depicting the heavens at the moment that NYCB founder George Balanchine’s first choreographed piece in the United States was performed for a small crowd in White Plains. With a nod to traditional red velvet theater seating, Egg Collective’s upholstered red benches and


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solid bronze tables fit together in a variety of arrangements. “The material choices and colors were specifically chosen to complement the jewel-like nature of the space and its rich material palette—the velvet seats on the inside of the theatre, the red marble stripes on the promenade’s floor, the travertine, the gilded ceiling, and the brass handrails,” said Egg’s Hillary Petrie. Classic dance positions were the inspiration for a series of chairs and tables from Will Kavesh and Emrys Berkower of Token. “One thing that’s really important in Balanchine’s work is geometric repetition,” says Kavesh, “and that was something we wanted to work with in constructing these pieces,” the angles and legs of which mimic the placement of the dancers. “It’s about capturing a gesture—like a hyperextended knee.” The furniture can be seen (and used) on the promenade of the David H. Koch theater at Lincoln Center by performance ticket-holders through the end of the ballet season in May. Bravo!


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