Upper West Side Apartment – NYC

  • The table with turned legs is from Dessin Fournir and is used as an entry table, library table and dining table on occasion. The lamp is American, c. 1920. The glass doors on the bookcase offer elegant protection to first edition early art books.


As enthusiastic readers and collectors of books on art, architecture and design, many of them important first editions, it was particularly interesting for us to work with these clients. One of their challenges was to house, conserve and live with a collection of several thousand volumes—-including a first edition of the Futurist Manifesto!

Our strategy was to use the client’s vast library as a natural asset in the organization and decoration of a two-bedroom pre-war apartment on the Upper West Side. Books as physical objects, housed in glass-fronted bookcases, become architectural elements of a room, lending stature, warmth, and an aura of culture.

In addition to books, the clients possessed a small, significant collection of Austrian paintings from the turn of the century, including works by Schiele and Klimt. Vienna–both 19th century and early 20th–thus became an inspiration for us in the selection of furniture, which includes pieces designed by Josef Hoffmann and Biedermeier antiques.