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Urban eyrie Teak paneling, engaging artworks and an earthy color palette bring warmth to this contemporary apartment Modern apartment interiors are invariably crisp and sleek. But they can also be cold when form becomes more important than function. There was little chance of that happening in this New York apartment – the owner made it clear he was not interested in a clinical white box. In fact he wanted the opposite, says interior designer Robert Kaner, who worked on the project with architect Rafael Berkowitz. “The owner was extremely engaged in the process,” says Kaner. “He compiled an inventory of inspirational images for us. These all had a very clean, contemporary, yet warm language. It became clear the interior needed to have a cocoon-like feel. Our focus was on creating visual warmth – and providing a seamless, open living space.” The designer says the team was able to reconfigure the layout before the new apartment was completed, to better integrate the kitchen with the living area and to conceal several unsightly structural and mechanical elements. “A lot of visual tidying was required to create a sleek, contemporary interior,” Kaner says. “For example, there was an awkward, bulky column in the center of the apartment, which Rafael enclosed within a vertical structure that incorporates a niche for a bar. The bar itself is cantilevered so it appears to float between the walls – these are lined with bronze glass. “The haphazard design of the ceilings was also changed. There was an oddly shaped diagonal beam cutting right across the living space, and other oddities related to the mechanical services. We rationalized the design, creating shallow soffits to streamline the whole look.” In the living room, the designers introduced teak paneling to two walls, to create a warm, inviting sitting area. The panels conceal a Murphy bed behind the television, which sits on a track and can slide out of the way. Concealed storage is provided on either side.

Left and above: Contemporary apartment interiors don’t have to be white and clinical – this interior is highly modern, yet also warm and welcoming. Designed by architect Rafael Berkowitz and interior designer Robert Kaner, the apartment features designer furniture pieces, including a bench seat by Fritz Hansen and a coffee table designed by Kaner. The teak paneling behind the television conceals a Murphy bed and storage. The large artwork is by Chuck Close.

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Left: An ungainly structural column in the center of the apartment was concealed within a dividing wall, which has a bronze glass-lined niche for a bar. The bar features teak paneling similar to the walls and is cantilevered so it appears to be floating. Downlights illuminate the shelving and bar top. Above: Similar built-in furniture forms a home office near the entry.


“The width of each teak panel is relatively narrow, so the scale is in keeping with the size of the space,” says Kaner. “This helps to make the room seem larger. The extensive use of the veneer and the rich, dark sapele wood floor enhance the warm intimacy of the space.” So, too, does the furniture, and a large area rug, which reflect the earthy color palette. “The palette was inspired by a leather swatch in a rusty, orange-brown shade that we found very early on in the process,” says the designer. “With slight variations, this color echoes right through the apartment – it conveys the warmth and the emotional qualities we wanted.” The furniture includes a Fritz Hansen bench seat in the living room. “This piece speaks to the architecture of the apartment, which is all about layers of overlapping planes and rectilinear elements,” says Kaner. “It appears to float in the center of the space between the dining and living rooms.” The bench seat is teamed with two lounge chairs by Dordoni that have a more organic form, and a Magnum sofa by Flexform. “The owner was conscious of not making the space appear too masculine,” says Kaner. “So we have introduced softer forms in some of the furniture pieces – in the living area and master bedroom.” Wood veneer also features in other areas of the apartment. Teak wraps around the home office in the open-plan living space, mimicking the meeting of the vertical planes in the living room. Because this area is close to the entry, the designers kept it sleek and contained. The kitchen, opposite the office, was changed extensively from the original. It now features an extra-long island that connects with the rest of the living space. Cabinetry with a dark wenge wood matches the flooring. Millwork in the bedroom was also stained to echo the color of the flooring, enhancing the sense of retreat.

Left: Extensive changes to the original kitchen plan have created a long island, anchored at one end by a vertical cabinet that accommodates a refrigerator. The linear form of the kitchen is offset by a round dining table and the Twiggy by Foscarini floor lamp. Above: Rather than cluttering up the interior with a lot of small artworks, the owner limited his collection to just a few key pieces.

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Architect: Rafael Berkowitz, RB Architect (New York) Interior designer: Robert Kaner, Robert Kaner Interior Design (New York) Builder: Orion Construction Flooring: Sapele wood with custom stain by New Wood Floors Paints: Benjamin Moore Millwork and coffee table: Engberg Design & Development Area rug: Aziz + Cucher Drapery: Marie Savettiere Sofa: Magnum by Flexform Lighting: Through Millennium Collection; table lamps from Property Furniture; dining room floor lamp – Twiggy by Foscarini from Domus Design Collection Desk chair in office: Oxford by Fritz Hansen from Suite NY Chair in master bedroom: Mart from B&B Italia Headboard: Custom by Interiors by George & Martha Kitchen cabinets: Engineered textured wood panels in wenge finish Countertops: Quartz Backsplash: Cotto D’Este Noisette matte porcelain tiles by Stone Source Oven: Viking Barstools: Coast/Fold from Dune

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Facing page and above: Dark-stained sapele wood flooring helps to visually anchor the interior, and is a strong contrast to the teak paneling. Above left and left: Millwork in the bedroom was stained to match the flooring, creating a sense of enclosure. The curtains feature two fabrics and were designed to disguise uneven window heights. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Michael Moran/Otto

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Strength of character This loft celebrates its industrial beginnings with a simple layout and sympathetic new materials Open-plan living can go far beyond having a kitchen overlook the family room. One way to bring out the drama in a large industrial volume is to ensure the entire space can be read at a glance. Built in 1907, the clocktower in San Francisco’s South of Market district was originally a factory. Then in the early 1990s, the building was converted into live-and-work spaces, maintaining its

brick and wood surfaces as well as the overall concrete, industrial feel. When architect Irit Axelrod came to renovate an 1800sq ft loft in the historic building, it was decided to make the most of the strong simple form and build on its industrial material palette. The original 14ft ceilings, big concrete columns, mezzanine, and steel window frames have been retained, says Axelrod.

Left: Looking as much like an art gallery as a loft, this design by Irit Axelrod favors industrial-style

surfaces, minimalist furniture and plenty of space. A blade wall provides privacy for two bedrooms.

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Preceding pages: An Eames chair provides a pop of color in a decor that is largely in hues associated with commercial premises. The elongated shelf not only plays with extremes of scale but also echoes the shape and orientation of the loft space. Left: The original wall of windows was retained. The concrete window surround, concrete columns and polished concrete floor are complemented by clean-lined furniture in the same colorway. Everything about the design accentuates volume, from the floating bookshelves to the white ceiling.


“The floor was stripped back to the original concrete and sealed with a highgloss finish. The wall of windows was kept and other walls surfaced in plywall. “To maximize the impact of the large volume, I set the mezzanine-level master bedroom, and guest bedroom beneath, behind a freestanding wall finished in gray wallpaper – a dark planar insertion into a white loft envelope. This allows you to see past the wall and understand the dimensions of the space at a glance. “Other internal walls needed for room


separations were made of glass or acrylic to maintain a visual flow of space.” The minimalist kitchen is set in front of the dividing wall and has sleek aluminum cabinets and stainless steel countertops. “The introduced materials – acrylic, stainless steel, and plywood – all play off the industrial feel,” says Axelrod. “However, I used them in a more finished way. For example, I designed a coffee table in layered resin sheet to create a piece that’s refined, despite the basic material.” Some whimsical touches include a

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wall niche containing miniature models, further dwarfed by the apartment’s scale. And in the master bedroom, artificial grass grows at the base of a pillar. With furniture chosen in sympathetic hues, color accents are achieved through stacks of colorful books. Apart from the living room furniture, a desk and the kitchen, the loft is an open space, dotted with sculpture. “The end result is a vibrant new take on a well-known theme – an industrial loft with a modernist aesthetic,” Axelrod says.

Architect and interior designer: Irit Axelrod, Axelrod + Stept Architects (San Francisco) Kitchen manufacturer: Arclinea San Francisco Flooring: Existing polished concrete with sealer; birch veneer plywood Paints and varnishes: Benjamin Moore Lighting: Ingo Maurer; custom linear pendant in kitchen by Irit Axelrod Heating: Existing radiant baseboard Furniture: Herman Miller Eames moulded plywood lounge chair from Design Within Reach; Porro dining table, Moooi sofa from DZINE; custom-designed acrylic coffee table by Irit Axelrod; Megis chairs Kitchen cabinetry: Aluminum

Countertops: Stainless steel Backsplash: Black acrylic by Tap Plastics Faucets: KWC Oven, cooktop, refrigeration, dishwasher: Bosch Bathroom vanity, shower surround: Stainless steel Tub: Zuma Faucets: Hansgrohe Axor

Above left: The master bedroom has a birch plywood floor, in keeping with the industrial chic sensibility. Grass ‘growing’ at the base of the structural concrete pillar adds a light touch, as do the his-and-hers icons on the door to the master bathroom. The stack of books was Axelrod’s way of bringing color into a monochrome palette.

Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Tim Maloney

Above: A glass dividing wall and stainless steel vanity top and shower surround combine rugged materials with a finished treatment. Wall niches here echo the elongated niche in the wall of the open-plan living areas.

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Let’s take Manhattan This apartment captures all the excitement and sparkle of the city with glittering surfaces, vibrant color and exotic textures – each room has its own distinct personality When one of the most exciting cities in the world lies just outside your windows, one interior design approach would be to welcome the razzmatazz into your home. This was the desired outcome when interior designer Billy Beson and architect Andrea Swan created this Upper West Side unit. The home is in an apartment tower designed by architect Robert AM Stern, with Art Deco architectural references. Swan made minor changes to the as-built layout and designed feature beam ceilings complete with integrated pockets

for window treatments. The architect also created the millwork in simple steppings, reminiscent of Art Deco design, offering interest without detracting from the decor. Trusted by the owners to follow his own vision, Beson went ahead to create a sparkling interior that reflects the spirit of Manhattan, with the sense of exhilaration starting at the entry. These pages: A wealth of shiny, reflective surfaces in this Manhattan apartment captures the glamour and excitement of the big city after dark.

“Initially, there wasn’t an arrival space so I created one in the long, narrow hall that goes to the salon one way, and to children’s bedrooms the other. Materials were key to creating a sense of arrival. “For the walls, I chose a Maya Romanoff silver leaf wallcovering with crystal beads attached. To avoid unsightly seams, I had the 30in-wide strips turned on their sides so they run along the wall lengthways – this is called railroading – and introduced horizontal stainless steel strips to conceal the seams.”

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Left: The silver pattern in the wool and silk area rug reflects the light – just one of the ways this apartment catches the eye. The custom walnut dining table has curved stainless steel inlays that echo the pattern on the rug. Top: A sculptural corner lamp brings diffuse light into the space. The designer says it is better to have several light sources for an effective night interior. Above: Oversized wing chairs swivel so guests can turn to take in the apartment’s main feature – the big city views.


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Alongside the shimmering horizontal panels, Beson replaced standard closet doors with a sliding aluminum door with an abstract pattern ground into its surface. “There was no room for a cabinet in the hall so I created a multilayered fixture or sculpture which has drawers on three sides, for storing phones, keys and so on.” A mirror behind this doubles the size of the hallway visually. Beson chose silk runners to lead both ways down the hall. These were designed in sections to avoid a rambling feel, the designer says.


In the salon, comprising living and dining areas, the walls have two distinct treatments – one a pearlescent shell tile, catching the twinkle of city lights, the other a red vinyl wallcovering, picking up on the vibrancy of the Big Apple. The shell tiles are bordered by millwork that extends from the door opening. This approach allowed the red vinyl to run round the room and avoided the light, shiny tiles seeming to float into the white ceiling. “The decor has an Art Deco-revival feel with elements like the curved bar, but

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it is also an eclectic ensemble,” says Beson. “Two red lacquer and ostrich-skin dining chairs connect with the wall tone and also add texture. As there is a fair amount of pattern, I designed the other dining chairs in a stripe – exciting, but not too busy. The camel-back sofa is finished in damask linen, while the pillows are in silk. “Separated from the living spaces and master bedroom by the hall, the children’s rooms have individual colorways, while the master bedroom offers what all city dwellers need occasionally – tranquility.”

Interior designer: Billy Beson ASID, CID (Minneapolis, MN) Architect: Andrea Swan, Andrea Swan Architecture (Minneapolis, MN) Flooring: White oak, herringbone pattern Surface treatments: Foyer – glass bead wallcovering by Maya Romanoff, ceiling in metallic silver vinyl wallcovering; salon – Bon Aire Ruby vinyl wall covering by Wolf Gordon, Pearlescent shell in Jewel Box style by Stark; master bedroom – pale yellow pleated fabric by Weitzner, Benjamin Moore paint Furniture: Salon – sofa by EJ Victor, wing chairs by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, all with Stark fabric, ottoman by J Robert Scott with lambskin fabric, bar by

Lee Weitzman, round end table by Powell & Bonnell, dining room chairs, red, by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman in Valtekz fabric, dining room upholstered chairs and banquet by J Robert Scott in Romo fabric, mahogany dining table by New Classics; master bedroom: CR Currin bed, Powell & Bonnell nightstand Salon lighting: Cascade luminaire by Todd Rugee Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Preceding pages: Height of refinement – the crystal chandelier in the salon has its own mount, worked into the ceiling beam design by Andrea Swan. The bar, one of the more overtly Art Deco pieces, allows drinks to be served from front or behind. Facing page top and above: The children’s bedrooms have their own distinct flavors, while retaining a level of formality. Above: The master bedroom is peaceful but still has its share of subtle textures. The walls are finished in a pleated, pale cream fabric.

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Investment dressing A former Chicago bank building undergoes a dramatic conversion Above: A geometric mirror makes a strong design statement in the foyer of this new apartment in a refurbished bank building in Chicago. The mirror is teamed with a distinctive Masterpiece DC Collection console and an antique rug, which provided the starting point for the neutral color scheme. The interior design is by Martin Horner of Soucie Horner, Chicago.


Every once in a while a great opportunity presents itself and you need to grab it while you have the chance. For the owners of this new apartment, it was the refit of a former bank building right across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago that caught their eye. Being able to create a home in such a central location was an opportunity to good to pass up.

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The empty nesters, who had moved from a large family home in the suburbs, commissioned Martin Horner of Soucie Horner to design the interior of their new home. “Because the apartment was bought early on in the process, it was in a raw state,” Horner says. “The building had been completely gutted, but there were a lot of mechanical services to work around,

and the ceilings in the main living space were of different heights. However, we could see the potential – it was very spacious and there was a beautiful light coming in through the steel-framed windows. “The apartment extends over two levels, so we could also see it would be possible to maximize a lovely view of the tree canopy from the master bedroom on the second level.”

The designer says that in opening up the living area to create a single, large openplan living space, the different ceiling heights were exposed. “To disguise these, and to conceal mechanical services, we introduced several large beams to the room,” he says. “The beams also help provide visual separation for the various areas in the overall space – they define the main seating

and dining areas, an intimate sitting area, and the kitchen.” Choosing the color palette for the interior was not too difficult, Horner says. “The windows are so big we needed to acknowledge the color coming in from outside. One of the owners also likes very large furnishings, so it made sense to keep these quite neutral and bring in color accents that would help to

connect the different spaces.” An antique rug in the foyer of the apartment became the key piece that tied the entire palette together. And a soft celadon blue-green shade seen in the rug became the accent color that enlivens the neutral tones. It appears in a large custom rug that visually anchors the dining area. “This rug, like the other large rugs in the living area,

Above: Large steel-framed windows maximize the view, which includes the neighboring Art Institute of Chicago. The A Rudin lounge chairs in the main seating area are upholstered in Lee Jofa Grace fabric, in the color Lichen. The custom sofas, from Barron Custom Furniture, are upholstered in Osborne & Little Kintyre Plans Kinture chenille fabric. The two Luke cocktail tables by Motif Designs feature Roman travertine tops by Becker Works.

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is not highly patterned,” says Horner. “The rugs provide a simple, uncluttered backdrop to the furniture.” And it is the furnishings that really bring the apartment to life. The designer introduced a mix of antique and modern pieces in a variety of textures and from different cultures to create a collected look. “We didn’t want everything to look new,” he says. “The

buffet in the dining room is a Hungarian Art Deco piece from the 1940s, for example, while the dining furniture features a custom table from Randolph & Hein and chairs from Design Atelier. We added a beautiful Murano chandelier to help bring it all together.” The mix of furnishings gives the apartment a sophisticated look reminiscent of Art Deco Park Avenue apartments.

Left: Accents of blue-green enliven the interior, and include the custom rug that helps to define the dining area. The backs of dining chairs are upholstered in Clarence House Peggy fabric in Brown. A Murano chandelier adds a luxurious touch. Above: This intimate seating area is at one end of the large, open-plan living area. The designer teamed a variety of antique and modern furnishings and artefacts to create a collected look.

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Left: Large beams help to disguise a change in ceiling heights. They also conceal a variety of mechanical services and define the separate rooms within the overall living area. The layout of the apartment, with the kitchen to one side, makes it ideal for entertaining – it can easily accommodate 100 people. The large walnut entertainment cabinet conceals a television.


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Interior designer: Martin Horner, Soucie Horner (Chicago) Cabinet company: Wood-Mode from Lee Lumber Wood flooring: Margaritelli Corona Carpet: Watson Smith Lake Tahoe in Eggshell Track lighting: Lightology Shield Swivel 1 with pendant in satin nickel Foyer mirror: Wisteria Foyer console: Masterpiece DC Collection from Sherrill Collection Foyer area rug: Oscar Isberian Rugs Lounge chairs and ottoman: A Rudin, upholstered in Lee Jofa Grace in Lichen Side table: Global Views Sofa: Custom by Barron Custom Furniture Cocktail tables: Luke Cocktail Table by Motif Designs with Roman travertine stone top by Becker Works Sofa console table: Custom by Barron Custom Furniture; antique mirror top Sofa table lamps: Circa Living room rug: Watson Smith Grand Textures in Horizon Millwork for entertainment center: JJ Designs & Development Dining table: Randolph & Hein Dining and side chairs: Design Atelier Dining room console: Golden Triangle Dining room drapery: Countryside Drapery and Interiors Bed: Swaim from TCD Company Bedroom chairs: Presidio by Williams Sonoma; Neptune from Artistic Frame Bedroom desk: Drexel Heritage Lamps by bed: Arteriors Bedroom benches: Barron Custom Furniture Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Eric Hausman

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A putty shade on the walls reinforces the look. “We wanted the space to be warm, not a stark, white box,” says Horner. “And we created a horizontal band around the room by joining two contrasting fabrics on the drapes. The brown fabric at the bottom provides a dark backdrop to the light-colored furniture at this level. These drapes are not pulled – there are concealed

motorized blinds to provide privacy at night.” Technology is also hidden within a custom entertainment cabinet designed to look like a piece of furniture. The two-tone cabinet is made from walnut, and has an inlay that resembles parchment. The master bedroom posed its own challenge, says the designer, mainly because it is a very large space.

“The room is so massive we introduced a patterned wallpaper to provide texture and to give it personality,” says Horner. “We added a private sitting area with two Presidio chairs in chocolate wool sateen, an A Rudin sofa and a tassel side table.” This suite also features a Fortuny pendant light – the colors tying in perfectly with the dark and light neutrals.

Facing page: The master suite is large enough to incorporate its own seating area. A textural wallpaper, Osborne & Little’s Travertino Onyx, adds visual interest. Above: Dinastia fabric in Vanilla, from Pindler & Pindler, features on the bed. The Reflection nightstands from Henredon have Gold Dust Triple Gourd glass lamps by Arteriors. The pendant light is by Fortuny.

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The big country Understated on approach, this house opens up inside to dramatic spaces that meld the essence of the land with a more modern sensibility Preceding pages and above: A classic mountain log house from the outside, this home conceals another level that steps down the hillside to the rear. Living spaces feature rustic hardwood surfaces with each piece matched to provide uniform tones across the different species. Facing page: Massive brick-like swatches of cow leather cover the entryway – an early clue to the decor’s dual agenda.


Building a mountain getaway in the rugged environs of Montana invites a corresponding rusticity of design and decor. However, if you want to bring a touch of the city to the country, one way is to address modernity in the details. Only the upper floor of this 10,000sq ft ranch-style house in Montana is seen from the road. The house steps down a hillside with the lower level tucked out of sight. However this is just one of many expectations confounded by a house that celebrates the old and the new, the rough alongside the smooth, and the traditional with the decidedly modern.

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Interior designer Lisa Kanning and builder Todd Theising both played integral roles in the interior design. Part of the equation for this design was responding to the setting, and many of the construction materials also impact on the decor, says Theising. “The house looks at first glance like a giant log cabin. Hewn wood and cedar shakes are typical construction materials in this part of the country, as is the building style, with its gabled roof and exposed rafters.” The rustic feel continues indoors, with the extensive use of hardwood throughout.

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Preceding pages: Rustic surfaces are underpinned with contemporary touches in the great room and adjacent breakfast area. For example, the breakfast table has a broad slab of wood for a top, but modern, stainless steel feet. These pages: A long drape, with a semi-sheer upper section to admit light, can separate the living area from the kitchen. The bar is backed in embossed leather, a further instance of playful material contrast.


The walls and most ceilings of the public spaces are finished in recycled rough-hewn boards. There are distressed exposed rafters, substantial support columns built from stacked wood pieces, and the floors are recycled wideplank oak, in a custom finish. “To bring the outdoors inside, locally sourced fieldstones were used for the fireplaces, complete with touches of original, living moss,” says Theising. However, this big country feel is only half the design story. The owners wanted to balance the traditional with the modern, and several

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surface treatments and features – some hidden in the detailing, some not – help achieve that. An early clue to this is at the entry where double-height walls on both sides are finished in large ‘bricks’ of cowhide, with rail pegs jammed into the textural surface as coat hooks. “The mix of old and new is also seen in the millwork. The wood window frames, baseboards and door surrounds all have a band of steel running through them – the colors are dark on dark but the material contrast has a presence,” says Kanning. “This juxtaposition can be seen most clearly in the living room.”

Top and above: The aptly named Tree Hall downstairs is reminiscent of mountain aspens. As these trees lose their white hue when cut, this is in white beech instead. The bed sits on a base of untreated wood boards. Right: Designed by a local artisan, a driftwood bed is a feature of one of the children’s rooms. The wall is in woven grasscloth stained a deep chocolate. A mezzanine level is provided for friends to sleep over.


“Exterior siding is used to line the inside walls, to create the feeling that an external niche has been enclosed. By contrast, the bar features glass shelves set into a wall backed with embossed leather. It is as if someone has cut through the traditional cladding veneer to discover a contemporary decor hidden behind.� Hand-matched hardwood boards used for the ceilings in adjacent rooms make way here for green Macrosuede fabric, giving the living room a softer aesthetic. The mix of materials continues with the custom furniture. A coffee table in the great

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Above: Contrasting natural textures and tones in the master bedroom include a grasscloth ceiling set against smooth plaster walls. The bed base is constructed of cowhide squares and the cushions are in silk and wool. A feature pendant light is a purely contemporary touch and draws the eye up through the almost double-height space.


room has rough wood beams as a base, with steel legs and a glass table top. “Material play is also seen in the chandelier in the living area – sculpted in metal, this has the look of real wood branches,” says Kanning. The contrast of materials is also seen in the master suite, although the bedroom gives priority to softness and comfort. This room combines weathered ceiling beams with a textured grasscloth ceiling finish, fine linens and whimsical feathers on the bedside lamp. In the bathroom, rich stone tiles impart an earthy flavor while the freestanding tub is

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smooth and sculpted. Six types of tile include a floor tile embedded with fossils. Downstairs, visitors en route to an outlying guest room pass a stand of close-set birch trees on one side of the hallway. At the end of the hall, the bedroom is wallpapered in a tree motif. “Despite every detail in this big house being carefully thought through, the feel is simple, not grand. From hearthstones to sit on and warm yourself after a day out in the snow, to the custom dining tables that can be drawn together for après-ski feasts, this house is built to embrace and entertain,” says Theising.

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Catch the breeze Billowing curtains, a touch of whimsy, French doors flung open – this summer house has all the ingredients for a great escape

Preceding pages: This summer house is designed to make the most of a spectacular waterfront location. Each of the five suites opens up to the view and features an inviting, informal seating area. The fabric choices were the starting point for the color palette of each space. Above: Special features of this suite include the raspberry red painted floor, and symmetrical mirrored vintage window frames mounted either side of the French doors.


Traditional New England shingle-style homes dot the coastline along the Eastern Seaboard. The style has become especially synonymous with summer houses on Long Island and in the Martha’s Vineyard region. This new house, on Chappaquiddick Island, echoes the architectural vernacular, but the design team from MJ Berries – Jon Hattaway and Martin Potter – have put a very personal spin on the interior. Hattaway says the two owners had different preferences that needed to be accommodated with the design, color and material palettes.

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“He loves tradition, while she is an artist devoted to color and texture,” he says. “They both had a lot of design involvement with the house, right from the start, including the architecture. The house, which was designed by Ahearn Architecture, has a very New England look when viewed from the water, but has a more European sensibility at the front. “The home is large, with five light and airy bedroom suites that are almost like separate apartments, where the extended family can stay when they come to visit.” Hattaway says all the suites have space for

seating areas and ensuite bathrooms, and are linked to an additional room that could be a children’s bedroom. And they are all designed to maximize spectacular water views. “This arrangement means there is a suite for the owners, and one for each of their children and families. Each suite needed to match the personalities and design preferences of the people who stay there.” The designer says the size of the bedrooms was a challenge – it was essential that furniture did not look lost in the space. Consequently, the team took a bold approach, opting for large,

Above: Quirky furnishings include this antique drawing table, complete with trestle legs and vintage chair. The hooked rug was made by the mother of one of the owners. Most of the paintings are by the woman owner, who is an artist. Left: The same light sky blue that appears on the beadboard in the bedroom also shows in the bathroom. The tub is positioned to allow a view while bathing.

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Top: While most of the bathrooms are similar in design, with beadboard doors on the vanity cabinets, they each have distinguishing features, such as the marble vanity tops. Above: This large window seat can be used as a bed if required. The interior design team at MJ Berries says there are seven different shades of white in the suite, and the same number of different red tones, which help to enliven the interior.


comfortable beds and sofas, area rugs and a mix of old and new furnishings. One ground-floor suite features a warm raspberry-colored painted floor and light sky blue painted beadboard walls. This suite has French doors that open up to the water views. To expand the sense of this view, Hattaway and Potter positioned two large mirrors either side of the doors. These are made from vintage arched windows, which provides a visual link to the fenestration elsewhere in the house. This room also features pyramid étagère shelving units that reinforce the symmetry.

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Soft white linen drapes with deep hems are found in many of the bedrooms. “In the humidity, the linen rises and falls like the tide,” says Hattaway. “This is simply what happens when you hang linen drapes just 30ft from the ocean – but it is all part of the look. The drapery metal hardware was chosen to resist the effects of the salt air. The rods have a very simple design, bordering on the industrial. It’s a style used in 18th and 19th century houses in France, so it has a historical precedent.” For the suite shown on these pages, the team chose a red and white theme, with sheer cotton

gingham drapes. The drapes are layered, and the lining is not attached at the bottom, which means the fabric billows in the breeze, enhancing a sense of romance and escape. But the interior of this suite is more complex than can be seen at first glance. “There are at least seven different shades of white in the room, and about the same number of different reds,” says Hattaway. “If all the walls, ceilings, doors and floor were painted in the same white, the room would look very flat and two dimensional. It is the subtle play of tones that give it vitality – they bring it to life.”

Above: The red and white theme in this bedroom is enhanced by the bed linen, which includes vintage patchwork quilts. The drapes are a sheer cotton with unattached lining at the bottom, so they can billow in the breeze. Black accents were introduced in the rocking chair, low table and a picture frame. Left: Paintings are grouped for maximum impact on the textural beadboard wall.

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Above: The master suite is defined by a large pale periwinkle blue barrel vaulted ceiling. The color is also picked out in the fabrics and artworks. Right and far right: This suite has a soft, warm palette, with ceilings and walls painted in varying shades of pale apricot. A darker wheat color features on the sofa, and the floor is painted in a French blue.


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Throughout the house, color is present, yet restrained. Many of the fabrics have a faded quality, with brighter tones introduced through accessories, such as an antique blanket chest or side table. The owner’s artworks enliven all the rooms, including the master suite, shown on these pages, which features a soft periwinkle blue painted barrel-vaulted ceiling. Hattaway says the owner also likes to bring a touch of black to a room, as a defining accent. The master suite is the one bedroom that has a natural wood floor – Brazilian hardwood. Natural materials also appear in the brown

bamboo side chairs, which feature woven sides and dark lashing. “The median brown tones of the wood dictated the exact shade of the blue and green we needed to introduce,” says the designer. “Everything in this room, from the blue-framed paintings – with one quirky red frame – to the vintage quilt on the bed, works together to unify the space and evoke the right feeling.” Hattaway’s and Potter’s love of furnishings even influenced the design of the terrace railing on the balcony outside. This mimics a Chinese Chippendale pattern.

Top: White sofas with blue accents provided by the pillows bring a fresh, clean look to the seating area in the master suite. Above: The master bathroom features white on white, and includes a freestanding tub. The beadboard doors on the cabinets are a little more decorative than those in the other bathrooms.

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Interior designer: Jon Hattaway and Martin Potter, MJ Berries (Boston) Paints: Benjamin Moore Flooring in master suite: Brazilian hardwood Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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Left: The white box at the end of the bed in the master bedroom accommodates a television that can be raised automatically. This room also features symmetrical bookcases that line the walls either side of the doors, and a blue-upholstered daybed beside a window. Above: A private terrace off the bedroom has a custom balustrading that resembles traditional Chinese Chippendale patterns.


Height of charm This home exudes a sense of easy refinement – think Mediterranean with verve

Above: In this interior design, an understated palette receives color boosts from the many artworks in the home. The curvaceous chandelier echoes other fluid lines in the room, such as the window arches. Right: The Mediterranean-comes-toCalifornia style includes simplified architectural detailing on a larger scale, as seen in the corbels on the fireplace in the great room.


The architecture and the interiors of a home work best when they reflect their surroundings. In a blue-sky setting, a light, generous aesthetic seems appropriate, with tall windows and doors that open to engage with the environment. Such was the feel requested by the owners of this 12,000sq ft Californian home. Interior designer Alison Whittaker was involved in the project from the outset, working with architect William Maston on a home where architectural forms, window styles and ceilings all played a prominent part in the final aesthetic. The owners had asked for a Santa Barbara Mediterranean style home, a translation of the classic Southern European look, with arches, pale tones and easy connections to the warm outdoor environment, says Whittaker. “However, the Californian interpretation is simpler and larger in scale. Here grand 10fthigh Palladian French doors reach nearly to the gabled ceiling in the great room and the archways are more relaxed. The result is an airy, open-plan feeling, with entry into each space subtly framed by a soft curve.” Ceilings are a feature of this home, with each room having an individualistic treatment. “In the living room we decided on French white oak beams with a ceruse finish and an aged patina. This lightens the formal space and allows the darker door frames to pop.” Light, low furnishings accentuate the room’s height and don’t draw attention away from the views over the Saratoga valley. An open-backed Donghia sofa at the entry to the room offers a graceful echo of the Palladian arches. Soft Rodolph fabric drapes lead the eye up, again accentuating the height. “In an interior design that favors a neutral, sandy colorway, texture becomes important,” says Whittaker. “As the walls are hand-finished in smooth Venetian plaster, furniture fabrics were chosen in part for their textural interest.”

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These pages: While the Venetian plaster walls and scraped walnut floors continue between the living and dining rooms, the different ceiling heights and treatments give each their own character. Soft arches frame each transition but don’t overpower the interior design. Large rugs define both the dining area and the central conversation space in the great room.

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Above: The copper-patina range hood is a centerpiece of the kitchen. Perimeter cabinets are in walnut with a distressed glaze, building on the rusticity of the home. Right: In the family room, the Bausman breakfast table has an inlaid sunburst pattern. The cabinet to the rear has been customized to contain a pop-up television system. The curved delicacy of the living room chandelier gives way to a simpler style of lighting fixture.


“In this area hand-scraped walnut floors ground the spaces and add touch of rusticity, as do the hand-treated ceiling beams. In the kitchen and hallways, the floors are in antique limestone tiles, recycled from French floor slabs 12 inches thick.” The dining room opens to the formal living room but has an almost Italianate accent, with its Panache dining chairs. The ceiling here is lower and has a rectilinear pattern in dark walnut, set off by a colorful mica mosaic pendant lamp, which further increases the feeling of intimacy. While the living room is light yet formal, the family room features slightly darker tones and has a more relaxed appeal. The ceiling beams are in a dark finish here, too, as is the furniture. “Texture is as important in this room as it is throughout the home,” says Whittaker. “For example, the fireplace is in a mix of materials – concrete, scraped limestone tile, a wood mantel and darker Venetian plaster hood.” In the kitchen, the floors and a copper-patina range hood designed by Whittaker build on the tactile emphasis. The unusual ceiling in the kitchen has a beam layout like a quarter wagon wheel, in response to the room’s shape – a modern take on a classic design element. The master bathroom by contrast has a barrel-vault ceiling, accentuated with rope lighting. This adds to the height and drama in this room and leads the eye up to the large, central Palladian window while also showcasing the freestanding tub beneath. “Scale and weight were considered when selecting the furniture as well. For example, the presence of the dresser in the master bedroom is lightened by its slender legs,” Whittaker says. “Touches of modernity juxtapose the classic throughout, in the form of abstract paintings or the custom-designed Tibetan rug and delicate wire chandelier in the master bedroom.”

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Architect: William Maston, William Maston Architects and Associates (Mountain View, CA) Interior and kitchen designer: Alison Whittaker, Alison Whittaker Design (Saratoga, CA) Builder: Mehus Construction Doors and windows: Albertini with mahogany interior and faux bronze Floors: Limestone from Paris Ceramics, custom walnut wood floor Wall treatments: Custom plaster finishes and Benjamin Moore paints Furniture: Donghia, A Rudin, Ironies, Panache, Bausman, Baker, Dessin Fournir Drapes: Custom Rodolph fabric Bathtub: Aurora by Native Trails Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Russell Abraham

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Above: A custom scroll pattern features on the stairway leading to the bedrooms. The stairs combine the home’s floor surfaces with walnut treads and limestone risers. Right: A frieze of mosaic tiles runs along the wall behind the copper tub and form a tile ‘rug’ beneath it. Facing page: The master bedroom offers a softer look. The mahogany four-poster bed is by Dessin Fournir.


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Above: A built-in armoire conceals the entrance to a fanciful tower hideaway in this remodeled home. Opening the double doors sets off an automated sequence of reveals, showing the way through. Right and facing page: Once inside, a deceptively formal atmosphere is achieved through a mix of antique furnishings and modern technology. Between the two floors, an LCD glass floor goes from transparent to opaque at the flip of a switch.


On the wings of imagination Inspired by classic children’s stories, this concealed retreat places fine antiques into a near-magical setting From JK Rowling to CS Lewis the books that stay in our hearts long after childhood has passed are those that inspire our imagination with visions of living in a secret, magical world in which all is not as it seems. But for most of us, all too soon, the mundane duties of adulthood render these fanciful notions obsolete; nothing more than pleasant memories. In Northern California, the

owner of this house, in close collaboration with interior designers Walter and Kirsty Burns and architect Ed Buchanan has successfully translated the whimsy of a fairytale into this adult retreat. In the home’s master bathroom, a large armoire conceals the entrance to a twostory tower-shaped structure. Opening the double doors activates an automated sequence

of lighting effects and reveals a passageway into a private sitting room. Furnished in a traditional style similar to the main house, there are imaginative touches throughout that personalize the space. “Some of the architectural elements had been sourced before construction began,” says Walter Burns. “The tall ornate arched panel that hides the wet bar came from the

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Above: Ornate detailing enhances the fanciful atmosphere. Four griffins support the RJ Horner Victorian-era writing desk, and carved swans appear on either side of the gas fireplace. Along the top of the room, lion’s-head corbels are a reference to the CS Lewis Narnia series. Reflected in the gold-framed mirror is one of two larger elephant head corbels, which are positioned above the two largest bookcases.


estate of Hollywood mogul Jack Warner. That and the fireplace were the starting point for the dimensions of the tower and for the overall look of the paneling on the lower level.” Architect Ed Buchanan had to take into account not only challenging external factors, such as the steeply sloping site; but also the numerous hidden interior features that make these rooms special.

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The wealth of traditional detailing and clever design work together to conceal modern technology that allows the most imaginative ideas to become reality. Floor-length curtains sweep across the arched windows at the touch of a button; and they also quickly slide back out of sight, retracted into narrow cavities hidden by the fireplace and the bookcase on either side.

Behind the writing desk, a panel is hung with a painting of a fox and a hummingbird: both creatures that play a part in many a fairytale. Touch a button and a flat-screen TV rises in front of the painting. Another case in point can be seen – or not – on either side of a slim bookcase. Detailed with sapele wood insets and ornate crystal sconces, these panels are actually concealed

doors. The individual latch mechanisms are disguised by two books on the adjacent shelves. The door to the left opens to a walled garden, while the right-hand door reveals a small elevator to the upper level. Burns says, “Along with the mechanical aspect of these two books activating the switches that open the doors on either side, there’s also the

fact that each door had to be wired for its lighting sconce, and we needed to allow room for the door, with the sconce, to swing out smoothly.” The crystal fixtures attract the eye, drawing attention up and away from any signs of the panels’ true purpose. The secret elevator rises to the upper level of the tower. Here, the walls are lined with wardobes and cabinets, topped

with a formal dentil moulding. In contrast to the study below, a more ethereal mood is created by the soft robin’s-egg turquoise and sky blue paint colors, enlivened with goldpainted details. Flooded with natural light, this space serves as a painting studio, and the cabinets lining the walls store the large collection of theatrical costumes the owner has acquired.

Top: A gentle pull on the spine of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden opens a hidden door to a walled-in courtyard of colorful and fragrant flowers. Above: John Braine’s Room at the Top activates the latch to the tower’s elevator, which allows access to the upper level. The ornate sconces are fully operational, and the glittering crystal drops further conceal the purpose of these panels.

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Interior designers: Walter and Kirsty Burns, The Other Studio (San Rafael, CA) Architect: Edward Buchanan, Buchanan Opalach Architects (Oakland, CA) Architect of record: Jarvis Architects Builder: David Gordon, The Hawthorne Company Cabinetmakers: Espinoza Cabinetry Structural engineer: Engle & Engle Windows and French doors: Jeld-Wen Interior doors: Custom entry doors with copper cladding by CP Sheet Metal, designed by Tricia George and fabricated by James Reynolds; others by Espinoza Cabinetry Interior cabinetry and paneling: Custom in mahogany, sapele and walnut by Espinoza Cabinetry Overmantel mirror: Antique from Garden Court Antiques LCD glass floor/ceiling: The Hawthorne Company Venetian plaster: Todd Merrill, Venetian Walls Trompe-l’oeil painting: Tricia George Furniture: Reclining chairs by Kravet; Sofa by Guy Chaddock Collection; other sourced by The Other Studio Automation: Auton and Lutron Internal elevator: Acme Home Elevator Exterior iron railings: Custom by Tom Boes Metal Works Exterior landscaping: Robert Love of McCrea Design Group

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This page: This upper level is painted in soft shades of blue. When viewed from below, through the glass floor, it gives the sense of the tower being open to the sky. A chandelier by David Iatesta is reminiscent of an orrery – the clockwork models once used to illustrate planetary orbits. Against the cloud-painted ceiling, it further blurs the lines between reality and a fantasy world. Story by Kathleen Kinney Photography by Russell Abraham


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Perfectly suited A wonderful view is often accompanied by an understated interior, but a more creative approach can also be effective

Exotic welcome A balance of the clean-lined and classic brings a serene, expansive air to this condominium A skillful remodel can transform a space in ways that go beyond the aesthetic. Even a unit that seems somewhat cramped can gain a new lease of life as a welcoming residence. The owners of this seaside condominium had already lived in it for two years before asking interior designer Jennifer Corredor, of J Design Group, to redress the interior. “For the remodel, I wanted to achieve a look that would reflect the spirit of the young owners but also be in keeping with a family home – the couple has five children. This meant striking a delicate balance between the contemporary and

traditional. The modern accents cater to their youthful tastes, while more classical elements evoke a feeling of warmth and solidity that’s appropriate for a family residence.” The first thing the designer did was strip back the existing interiors completely. Large marble floor tiles were laid throughout the home, including on the exterior verandas and in the four bedrooms. “As soon as you step into the foyer from the elevator, this run of marble leads the eye through the formal living space and out to the sea views,” says Corredor.

Preceding pages: A mother-of-pearl wall by Maya Romanoff is a focal point in the living room. Other features include Barbara Barry sofas, a Bill Sofield console, and a silk area rug. The limited-edition Vanini vase provides a splash of vibrant color. These pages: The entry foyer features custom cherry wood panels. The Laura Kirar console is from Baker Knapp & Tubbs. A pale B&B Italia sofa and low coffee table are set off by a Danskina rug in the family room.

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“I designed the entry in clean-lined green glass panels and laminated cherry wood, custom cut in a jigsaw-like pattern. The interlocking wood panels cover all four sides of a circulation hub, the nucleus of the home.” In the formal living area, a mother-of-pearl accent wall provides the leading contemporary feature. Most of the furniture pieces, fabrics and finishes were custom specified by Corredor. “The exotic wall finish offers an understated elegance. It was important to complement the deep blue outlook without detracting from it.” This feature is balanced by traditional pieces,

such as a curvaceous wood console and linear sideboard with inlaid leather doors. Lace-like drapery and a silk rug are more classic touches. Crown mouldings on the tray ceiling had given it an oppressive feel. These were stripped out and energy-efficient LED lighting installed for a cleaner, lighter appeal. Touch-screen, energy-efficient lighting systems are now installed throughout the condominium. “In the family room, the original decor had made the space feel hemmed in,” says Corredor. “Now this room is more airy and open, with pale tones and textured walls. This room has

Facing page: Decor highlights in the dining room include the wall covering by Maya Romanoff and Thomas Pheasant dining chairs in a couture fabric from Boca Bargoons. Above: The kitchen has solid granite countertops. Lamps over the island are by Bocci from Luminaire.

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Interior designer: Jennifer Corredor, J Design Group (Coral Gables, FL) Doors: Custom by J Design Group, produced and installed by Miami Wall Unit Group; glass work by Abel Glass Flooring: Marble from Universal Stone, installed by Martile Marble and Stone Wall finishes: Custom wood paneling by J Design Group; textured feature wall finishes by Maya Romanoff; master bedroom wall panels by Modular Arts Lighting design: Custom control system integrated with Energy Saving Eco Smart Lighting System by Billy’s Electrical and Media Sound Design Art: Martha Dominguez Window treatments: Coraggio fabrics, produced and installed by ADM Interiors Living room: Barbara Barry sofas and lamp console, chair fabric from Boca Bargoons; Bill Sofield console; console with leather detail, coffee table, chandelier by Thomas Pheasant; Laura Kirar lamp; most pieces from Baker Knapp & Tubbs Family room: B&B Italia sofa, coffee table and side table, from Luminaire Dining room: Thomas Pheasant chairs, fabric from Boca Bargoons; dining table and Vanini vase from Luminaire; Barbara Barry sideboard and lamp; Pagani Collection chandelier Kitchen: Cabinets by J Design Group, made in Italy and installed by Group Europrojects; countertop Jade Bluff by Coverings; backsplash by Golden Glass; Miele appliances from Marcelin Appliances; breakfast table by McGuire Master bedroom: Bed, side tables, desk, étagère, dresser by Barbara Barry; armchair, ottoman from Jacques Garcia Collection Master bathroom: Tub from Decorator’s Plumbing; tub filler from Sophisticated Hardware; custom vanity by J Design Group, made by Miami Wall Unit Group; Boffi basins from Luminaire; faucets Massaud Axor from Sophisticated Hardware Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Daniel Newcomb

Top: The master bedroom has a sedate, restful feel, with most furniture by Barbara Barry. The generous, comfortable armchair is from the Jacques Garcia Collection. Above and facing page: The master bathroom includes several eyecatching elements, such as the stepped vanity and mirror by J Design Group, the large onyx inserts and the sculptural tub. Setting the vanity off the floor adds to the spacious ambience.


a stronger emphasis on the contemporary, but the wood panel wall brings warmth, as do the vibrant area rugs.” Modern paintings were commissioned to create an exotic accent and tone in with the surrounding hues. The curved, L-shaped sofa softens the feel and smaller armchairs enhance the sense of space. As with most of Jennifer Corredor’s work, the family kitchen is predominantly modern. The green glass backsplash echoes the panels in the foyer. Wood also features, in the ebony veneer finish on the island.

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In the master bathroom, a largely unused spa bath was replaced by a freestanding tub for a lighter, roomier feel. Large-format white glass tiles add to this aesthetic, while onyx inserts with a swirling pattern appear almost like a matching painting and area rug. Corredor says, “Overall, the project celebrates the crisp and exotic, as befits an entertainer’s residence in a prime location, but it has a nurturing heart.” See an image gallery for this project online at

In between This penthouse straddles two worlds – on one side is the bustling city, and on the other, a tranquil, green view of the surrounding countryside Above: Floating candles within a water feature create moving patterns of light on the poolside terrace of a two-story penthouse in Shenzhen, China. This near-new building has been extensively remodeled by Kokaistudios to open it up to the view and light. Facing page: Changes to the exterior include a reshaped pool, which now features a shallow walkway that provides a link between the two terraces.


A penthouse on the 48th and 49th floor could be expected to be far removed from nature. But that is not the case for this penthouse in Shenzhen, China, which has a tree growing right in the middle of the pavilionstyle lobby area. Architects Filippo Gabbiani and Andreas Destefanis of Kokaistudios were contracted to redesign the penthouse to create a dramatic show piece.

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The architect says the main challenge was to create a visual link between the two floors of the penthouse. Each floor was essentially two apartments joined together by a corridor and there was no connection vertically. To open up the space, the design team made large-scale architectural modifications. These included enclosing a small portion of the outdoor

terrace to create a central glass pavilion that forms a soaring, double-height atrium. “The space is almost like a wintergarden – a look we have taken further with the planting of a tree in the centre of the space,” Gabbiani says. “We wanted to create a close link with nature, which is somewhat unexpected in a penthouse. But it is highly appropriate, as the building is

right on the border between the Shenzen city center and Hong Kong countryside.” The pavilion now forms part of the main circulation area on the lower level, and is overlooked by a bridge linking the two sides of the penthouse on the upper level. The original corridor walls were knocked down to create the bridge, opening it up to the view. “Throughout the interior,

we have played with the way the spaces interact,” says the architect. “There are areas where the space is compressed and places where it opens right out. Sometimes it is a very subtle detailing that creates the required psychological effect.” Gabbiani says the design was also about experiencing the interior as a journey, one that involves the sense of touch as much as sight. Materials

Facing page: Part of the original terrace was enclosed to create a soaring, double-height glass pavilion with a large atrium. With walls removed, the existing corridor on the upper level now forms a bridge that overlooks the atrium. Above: To provide a link with nature, a tree was planted in the centre of the atrium. The design team also specified the extensive use of natural materials, including marmorino plaster and Spanish stone tiles.

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were chosen for textural appeal and contrast. Walls throughout the interior feature marmorino plaster, which creates a surface that can breathe. It also highly reflective, enhancing the natural light that now floods the interior. Another wall is clad in Siberian oak from a sustainable forest resource. This is finished with a natural tung oil. “We specified sustainable

materials as far as possible. “And craftspeople used handhammering techniques for the Spanish stone tiles. We also specified energy-efficient lighting, sensor lights and water-saving fixtures,� says the architect. Key decorative features include a Western-style kitchen finished in African wood, and a satin bronze shelving unit with backlit display niches.

Facing page: Highly grained African wood was specified for the kitchen cabinetry. Unlike most other Southeast Asian homes, this is the sole kitchen in the penthouse. The room can be closed off from the dining area by large metal and glass doors, which feature a traditional Chinese pattern. Top and above: Similar shelving units feature in the main living room (above) and family room (top). The shelving shown above is in bronze.

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Architect: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis, Kokaistudios (Shanghai) Builder: China Resources Land (Shenzhen) Co Ltd Flooring: Stone by Aureole Paints: Marmorino by Danilo Lighting: Produzione Privata; Tom Dixon; Reggiani Furniture: Matteograssi; Poliform; Smarin; BoConcept Speakers: Bose Styling: 2B Square Design Gallery Kitchen cabinets: SieMatic

Countertops: Quarella Sink and kitchen faucets: Franke Kitchen appliances: Gaggenau Bathtub: Kaldewei Basins: Villeroy & Boch Bathroom faucets: Dornbracht; Hansgrohe Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Charlie Xia

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Facing page: Natural stone features throughout the penthouse. Granite lines this bathroom – the squareedged look is enhanced by the linear forms of the basin and bathtub. Top: The master suite has a tranquil outlook, toward the rolling hills and distant river. Above: At the opposite end of the suite, a relaxation area looks back toward the city.

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Well connected Furniture and art in a mix of colors, textures and styles combine to create a visually interesting and cohesive interior

Preceding pages: An eclectic mix of antique, Art Deco and mid-century furnishings, modern finishes and splashes of color give this condominium, by Jill Vantosh, a comfortable and lively atmosphere. Various styles mix congenially when the background and furniture forms are simple. Neutral walls form a backdrop for an art collection and highlight the view. The consistently neutral palette also allowed Vantosh to add touches of vibrant color, which reflect the outdoors.


An eclectic mixture of furniture, art and color can make or break an interior. Done well, the combination can create a comfortable and warm living environment that’s at once cohesive and visually interesting. Interior designer Jill Vantosh’s condominium is a shining example of this. Furniture and art in a variety of textures and styles and of various origins have been drawn together with splashes of vivid color. It’s a stark contrast to what Vantosh found when she bought the property, located 19 stories above Atlanta.

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“The interior was dark, with black floors and walls. It just didn’t suit the surroundings or the view,” the designer says. “My main goal was to bring the outside in. I wanted to create a light, clean and comfortable environment that was warm, interesting and highlighted the view.” Although major structural alterations weren’t possible due to the nature of the property, the redo provided Vantosh with the opportunity to make better use of the space. “Several rooms were too large and they weren’t suited to my needs. When I evaluated

the floor plan, I saw an opportunity to create more functional spaces and add openness and light to the interior, while also improving the flow from room to room.” To do this, several walls were removed and relocated, creating a small study and a hallway. This allowed for easy access from the living areas to the three bedrooms and entranceway, and ensured the view was visible from each end of the condominium. It also provided the perfect space to display artwork in an alcove positioned between two doors disguised as large paintings.

Art is displayed in this way throughout the home, where Vantosh has transformed closets into niches for her eclectic collection. Other pieces, such as ornate mirrors and statement designer furniture, serve a visual as well as a practical function, lifting a simple space and adding interest, Vantosh says. “I wanted to add an element of surprise. I had so many interesting pieces that I’d collected over the years and wanted to incorporate – an eclectic style makes it easy to do that.” A consistently neutral backdrop was used to unify the furnishings and ensure the art and

Above: Built in 2001 and designed to resemble the Flatiron Building of the early 1900s, the condominium has floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound terraces which provide expansive vistas across the city. Although the footprint remained the same, the space was reevaluated and a few walls were relocated to better suit the owner’s needs. To add warmth, Vantosh kept the original Brazilian cherry floors and incorporated other wooden touches, such as the Art Deco chairs.

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Above: Interesting pieces such as this Frank Gehry Knoll bentwood chair were paired with artworks to lift a simple space. White glass tiles have replaced the original flooring, which was black. Right: The panels in the new hallway were painted red and green to bring all of the elements together and an alcove was built into the wall to display Vantosh’s art collection. Elsewhere in the condo, linen closets were transformed into niches for art.

view were focal points. Splashes of color were then added, chosen to reflect the outdoors. “I was inspired by the view of the trees and landscape in the daytime. I wanted people to walk in and feel a sense of connection.” The use of wood and the combination of modern, antique and mid-century elements also bring warmth to the unit. “I wanted a comfortable and simple decor so I stuck to clean lines, a few colors and textures and very few accessories. As a whole, the combination created a warm and harmonious look which is very easy to live in.”

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Interior designer: Jill Vantosh (Atlanta, GA) Doors: Custom interior frosted glass Flooring: Brazilian cherry; Super Thassos Glass tile Paints and varnishes: Benjamin Moore Lighting: Juno, Eurofase Living room: Two-tone linen drapes from Shades; Frank Gehry Knoll bistro table and stools; antique Turkish rug, stipped of pile and dyed green from Atlanta Showroom; Foscarini lighting fixture Fireplace: Luminary Series Painting above fireplace: Timothy Tew Gallery Bedroom: DKNY bedcover Hallway: Painted panels by Ralph Rickets; Frank Gehry Knoll table and chair Story by Ellen Dorset Photography by Galina Coada

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Above: Beyond the master suite, is a sitting room and office space. Consistency is key to ensuring the decor is cohesive. Just as the neutral palette was carried right through, all of the doors in the condominium are frosted glass. Left: In the master suite, various textures and styles combine to create a harmonious space. A modern bed blends happily with the vintage and antique items Vantosh has acquired over the years. 103

index 2B Square Design Gallery 95 A Rudin 39, 70 Abel Glass 86 Acme Home Elevator 76 86 ADM Interiors Albertini 70 64-71 Alison Whittaker Design Andrea Swan Architecture 24-31 Arclinea San Francisco 23 Arteriors 39 Artistic Frame 39 Atlanta Showroom 103 Aureole 95 Auton 76 Axelrod + Stept 16-23 Axelrod, Irit 1 6-23 Aziz + Cucher 15 B&B Italia 15, 86 Baker 70 Baker Knapp & Tubbs 86 86 Barbara Barry Barron Custom Furniture 39 Bausman 70 Becker Works 39 Benjamin Moore 15, 23, 31, 63, 70, 103 Berkowitz, Rafael 8-15 Beson, Billy ASID, CID 24-31 86 Bill Sofield Billy’s Electrical and Media Sound Design 86 53 Black Box Design Boca Bargoons 86 BoConcept 95 Boffi 86 Bosch 23 Bose 95 Buchanan Opalach Architects 72-76 Buchanan, Edward 72-76 China Resources Land (Shenzhen) Co Ltd 88-95 Circa Lighting 39 Clarence House 35 Coraggio 86 Corredor, Jennifer 80-87 5 Cosentino Countryside Drapery and Interiors 39 Coverings 86 CP Lighting 53 CP Sheet Metal 76 CR Currin 31 Deadwood Creations 53 Decorator’s Plumbing 86 Design Atelier 39

Design Within Reach 23 Dessin Fournir 70 Destefanis, Andrea 88-95 2-3 Diamond Spas DKNY 103 15 Domus Design Collection Donghia 70 Dornbracht 95 Drexel Heritage 39 Dune 15 Dzine 23 Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman 31 EJ Victor 31 Engberg Design & Development 15 Engle & Engle 76 Espinoza Cabinetry 76 Euro Bath & Tile 53 Eurofase 103 Flexform 15 Fortuny 39 Foscarini 15, 103 Frank Gehry 103 95 Franke Fritz Hansen 15 Gabbiani, Filippo 88-95 Gaggenau 95 Garden Court Antiques 76 Global Views 39 Golden Glass 86 Golden Triangle 39 72-76 Gordon, David Grohe OBC Group Europrojects 86 Guy Chaddock Collection 76 Hansgrohe 23, 86, 95 Hattaway, Jon 54-63 Henredon 39 Herman Miller 23 Highline Partners 42-53 Horner, Martin 32-39 Ingo Maurer 23 Interiors by George & Martha 15 Ironies 70 J Design Group 80-87 J Robert Scott 31 86 Jacques Garcia Collection James Reynolds 76 Jarvis Architects 72-76 53 Jean de Merry Jeld-Wen 76 JJ Designs & Development 39 John Saladino 53 Juno 103 Kaldewei 95 Kaner, Robert 8-15 Kanning, Lisa LKID 42-53

Kevin Cherry 53 Kirk Michels Architects 42-53 103 Knoll Kokaistudios 88-95 Kravet 76 KWC 23 Laura Kirar 86 Lee Jofa 39 39 Lee Lumber Lee Weitzman Furniture 31 Lightology 39 Love, Robert 76 86 Luminaire Lutron 76 Marcelin Appliances 86 Margaritelli 39 Marie Savettiere 15 Martha Dominguez 86 Martile Marble and Stone 86 Marvin Windows & Doors 53 Maston, William 64-71 95 Matteograssi Maya Romanoff 25, 31, 86 McCrea Design Group 76 McGuire 86 Mehus Construction 64-71 Miami Wall Unit Group 86 Miele 86 Millennium Collection 15 MJ Berries 54-63 Modular Arts 86 Moooi 23 39 Motif Designs Murano 35 Native Trails 70 New Classics 31 New Room 53 New Wood Floors 15 Orion Construction 8-15 Osborne & Little 33, 39 Oscar Isberian Rugs 39 Oso Industries 53 Pagani Collection 86 Panache 70 70 Paris Ceramics Phillip Jeffries 53 Pindler & Pindler 39 Poliform 95 Porro 23 Potter, Martin 54-63 Powell & Bonnell 31 Produzione Privata 95 PT Evata Eastern Furniture 53 Quarella 95 Ralph Rickets 103 Randolph & Hein 39

RB Architect 8-15 Reggiani 95 7 Rev-A-Shelf RL Dorn 53 Robert Kaner Interior Design 8-15 Rodolph 70 Scott Macbeth Tile 53 Shades 103 Sherrill Collection 39 SieMatic 95 Silestone 5 Simkins-Hallin 53 Smarin 95 Sophisticated Hardware 86 Soucie Horner 32-39 31 Stark Stern, Robert AM 25 Stone Source 15 Suite New York 15 Swan, Andrea 24-31 23 Tap Plastics Taracea 53 TCD Company 39 The Hawthorne Company 72-76 The Other Studio 72-76 Theising, Todd 42-53 Thomas Pheasant 86 Timothy Tew Gallery 103 76 Todd Merrill Todd Rugee 31 Tom Boes Metal Works 76 Tom Dixon 95 Trends Publishing International 4, 6, 40-41, 77-79 Tresco Lighting 7 Tricia George 76 Universal Stone 86 Vantosh, Jill 96-103 Venetian Walls 76 Viessmann 53 Viking 15 Villeroy & Boch 95 Walter and Kirsty Burns 72-76 WaterDecor 53 39 Watson Smith Whittaker, Alison 64-71 William Maston Architects & Associates 64-71 Williams Sonoma 39 Wilson Cabinetry 53 Wisteria 39 Wolf Gordon 31 Wood-Mode 39 Zuma 23

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