Based in New York's Upper East Side, this is a home that’s hardwired for glamour, with a current of irreverence running through it.
A single-storey apartment on the 13th floor of a pre-war building in New York’s Upper East Side. There is a lobby, two living rooms, a kitchen-diner, study, three en-suite bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The owner’s collection of Andy Warhol Flower prints stand out against black lacquered walls in the hallway.
The apartment features mostly south-facing windows and a layout that works perfectly for its owners. Even so, redecorating was an extensive project. It’s a pre-war building, and although it has great bones, the owners wanted it to look more contemporary, so they gutted it back to the studs.
The owners took a fearless approach to colour and pattern, with each room treated individually, but working together to create a chic vibe. Their aim was for a happy feel with happy colours and happy art. The designer focused on a single piece as the starting point for the design in each of the rooms. The Yves Klein table in pink was the inspiration for the living room (above). It appears even more vibrant against the monochrome colour scheme. The outsized head is a self-portrait by LA artist Alex Israel. It’s also a contemporary use of two of the owner’s favourite Art Deco colours – coral and turquoise.
Structurally, the biggest changes were raising the height of the doors leading off the entrance lobby to give a sense of scale and drama, and removing a wall to increase the size of the kitchen. A peninsula unit doubles as a work surface, sink and breakfast bar, while industrial lighting and chunky chrome handles give an industrial edge to the design.
Instead of having a separate dining room, the family prefers to eat in the kitchen. The banquette and café chairs give a bistro feel, but the wall of children’s artwork makes this a totally personal space.
Back-to-back beds give the owner’s two children a sense of personal space in the shared bedroom.
The sticker walls were a designated project for the children.
The Tiffany blue was inspired by a friend’s bathroom. The owners loved it as it’s a gender-neutral colour, which makes it perfect for the kids’ bathroom.
The bedroom looks simple, but an opalescent headboard and a retro chandelier add glamour. The light looks magical at night, when the crystals reflect across the ceiling.
Venetian glass is used for the wardrobe doors and even on the window shutters, turning the bedroom into a jewel box of trippy reflections.
Photography Matthew Williams