West Village Maisonette – NYC



This grand-scale duplex apartment in a 1906 building was purchased as a raw space ready to create a home. Glenn Gissler Design was given the task of creating, essentially from scratch, a livable and happy space for a young family while connecting the design to the building’s past. Appropriately scaled architectural elements and moldings were added as well as a grand-scale curving stair. The furnishing and decoration were selected to be cheery and classic, yet strong and bold enough to hold up in these large-scale rooms

In the living room, bold scale molding and architecture details were added to the bright and sunny room. The decor is a mix of bold furnishings based on classic forms and the fabrics are a mix of Bohemian woven textiles all placed on top of a red and rich chocolate-brown contemporary carpet. The sculpture abstract root-like table lamps are vintage James Mont.

The entrance vestibule was painted a rich and dramatic aubergine. The contemporary antiqued brass and glass globe light fixture hang in contrast to the patina of the 19th-century Chinese bench and console cabinet. The mirror sconce is custom designed by Gissler.

Up a few stairs from the front door, the spacious stair hall is paneled in cerused oak adding a light, yet rich surface. The 1940’s French table with a pair the vintage bronze lamps are placed center in the dynamic space serving to anchor the room.

The newly built curving stair wrapped in cerused oak paneling, appearing as if it had always been a part of the building. An enormous custom Lindsey Adelman chandelier hangs dramatically in the large curved volume.

In the sitting room, a series of large Walton Ford editions are installed in a grid on the rich green-brown walls. The pair of vintage 1970’s table lamps are the perfect complement to the tailored upholstery in a warm mix of deep browns, greens, and oranges.

For the draperies of this sitting room, the reverse side of a formal paisley fabric of used to achieve a more vintage handmade affect.

The warm dining room is enveloped by a commissioned mural by artist Kevin Paulsen, depicting a fantastical landscape of an imagined history of New York City. The large-scale oak dining table was custom made and a pair of vintage Moroccan lanterns and the feeling of exoticism to the room.

The large custom kitchen was painted a Farrow and Ball ‘Hague Blue’ a deep blue-green. The backsplash is a handmade brick-like subway tile. The island was finished in the same cerused oak to found in other areas of the home.

The corner banquette and oak pedestal table are the perfect place in the kitchen for a cozy family meal. The chairs are English oak with a unique spindle back

In the upstairs stair landing the squiggle linear pattern of the contemporary carpet lead your eye to the large-scale Lindsey Adelman chandelier and the canvas by Robert DeNiro Sr. is an unexpected splash of color.

"Glenn Gissler Design did a tremendous job transforming an imposing raw space in an historic building in the West Village into an architecturally beautiful home that is warm and comfortable. Our family will be happy in our home for many years to come!"

– Client

Formerly an airshaft the focal point of this symmetrical secret garden is the bronze sculpture titled ‘The Elan’ by Bill Barrett which sites inform of a large architectural mirror that reflects light and creates a feeling of openness in the small space. The trellis above gives a sense of enclosure and privacy from above. The garden is filled with green plantings like boxwood, magnolia trees, and climbing vines mixed with perennials