Apartment – Upper East Side

  • A subtly faded antique Sultanabad rug with elements of blue and coral in its pattern lays the groundwork for this living room, dominated by the Milton Avery seascape above the sofa. An Empire gondola chair, and Parsons slipper chair, trimmed with brass upholstery nails, add comfort as well as style to the ensemble.

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This Upper East Side apartment reminds us that past eras  before the waves of Modernism – produced furniture of fine wood that was light, sparingly embellished and streamlined in form. Fortunately, the clients already possessed an eclectic array of English Regency Revival furniture juxtaposed with French 1940s pieces. To these, we made certain bold additions which defy categorization, but possess great style and aesthetic appeal, notably the tall, attenuated chest of drawers used originally as a coin cabinet.

The clients had collected a significant selection of 20th century paintings and photographs punctuated with such names as Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery and Alice Neel. These works became informal icons whose visual interest we sought to surround with equally interesting, sometimes curious pieces of furniture. The artwork also inspired the palette: ochre, amber, sepia, ebony. The result is a small but engaging dwelling in which every corner possesses aesthetic value.

At the same time, we could not omit to imbue this jewel-box with comfort, creating an almost curvaceous upholstered couch for the living room, along with deep club chairs and a slipper chair. The luxury of finely-crafted upholstery makes this apartment a place to be at ease with art, as well as to enjoy both entertaining and privacy.