Family Apartment – Greenwich Village

  • The master bedroom encapsulates the clients’ eye for art and decorative accents. The pencil drawing above the bed is by Alan Saret; the embroidered throw on the bed is a Suzani from Uzbekistan. The Liberty “Thebes” chair is a Gissler hallmark, a seminal work of decorative art which appears in several of his interiors.

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These Manhattan clients, art collectors and parents, acquired a 3000 square foot apartment in a particularly charming prewar building on lower Fifth Avenue, having already inhabited a smaller apartment in the same building. The new space, which required gut renovation, provided an exceptional opportunity for a more serious display of their collection of modern and contemporary drawings.

Capacious closets were plentiful; suddenly there was room for amenities such as a laundry room, central air conditioning, an office-cum-playroom which doubled as a guest room, two full baths and two half baths. Glenn also renewed much of the architectural detail in the apartment: crown moldings, baseboards and door casings were all painstakingly recreated.

The most striking attribute of the apartment was its abundant and spectacular views of Greenwich Village, seen through beautiful original steel casement windows. The dining room, in particular, comprised a large loggia with windows on three sides. So immense was the dining table designed by Gissler, that its top, made by Tucker Robbins of reclaimed wood, had to be brought in via crane!