UPPER WEST SIDE – NYC

Global Inspired Modern

A young West Coast transplant to New York City found a great two bedroom apartment to put down her roots. The 1920’s apartment had all the character people seek in more traditional apartments, but rather than pursuing a traditional decor we put together a younger, more comfortable style with global patterns and textures mixed with some mid-century inspiration. 

Our young client grew up in a household with a lot of art, and the tradition continues here with works on paper by David Hockney, Henri Matisse, Jean Dubuffet, and others, as well as some multi-cultural artifacts  from Africa, Japan, and Persia.

We established a continuous color palate throughout the apartment that was used for upholstery, curtains and paint colors that includes lavender, light and medium blues, deep purple that were coupled with a white trim and millwork throughout. And used a mix of textures and modern shapes and soft silhouettes to create a younger and more feminine feeling for the apartment. 

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An organic blown glass bubble chandelier hangs over a modern table paired with rattan dining chairs for a less formal feeling. Purple linen curtains frame the only window in the Dining Room, which help to balance the wonderful Jean Dubuffet print. 

A colorful vintage Persian rug establishes a global point of view at the front door with a grey shagreen covered console table seen against the texture of neutral grass cloth. The purple stool serves a purpose in this shoes-free home, and the vintage sculpture and geometric raspberry lamp add further interest. 

The large comfortable linen-covered sofa with its bohemian mix of pillows covered in velvet, linen and kilim rug remnants encourage hanging out, casual entertaining, reading or watching a movie. The owner’s love of book inspired the wall of custom bookshelves, which bring a casual den-like feeling to the room. Bronzy golden metals are used in a variety of ways throughout the apartment for furniture, lighting, hardware, trays and some picture frames. 

Casual linen-covered sofa with a  back-drop of a built-in bookcase.

A pair of mid-century modern sideboards, each with a pair of modern purple lamps and large mirrors over them, create an infinity spatial effect in the Dining Room.

An organic blown glass bubble chandelier hangs over a modern table paired with rattan dining chairs for a less formal feeling. Purple linen curtains frame the only window in the Dining Room, which help to balance the wonderful Jean Dubuffet print. 

The bright second bedroom serves as a modern home office, with a large built-in work surface and extensive storage as well as a chic daybed that can accommodate overnight guests. 

A deep purple paint was used to create a rich calm sleeping environment with a mix of soft colors as a compliment. Linen curtain, velvet bench, waffle textured bedcover and an over-scaled knit throw continue the tactile surfaces used in the apartment.