Design Project: Explore A Stunningly Curated Townhouse In NYC’s Upper West Side

This six storey townhouse in New York's Upper West Side is home to an art-collecting couple, who asked design studio Gachot to design a gallery-like space in which their collection – ranging from 17th century Rembrandt etchings to contemporary mixed media works by Sophie Calle – could take centre stage.

Get the look: Wall Paint is Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball. Panelling is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dimity.

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A six storey townhouse in New York’s Upper West Side, originally built in 1893, home to a couple with an interest in the arts. The impressive home covers 8,000 square feet with an additional 1,700 square feet of private garden and terrace space, and was bought by a couple with a big interest in the arts and culture scene – though their professions are an Equity portfolio manager and a data analyst in the culinary industry.

The owners asked interior design firm Gachot to help them turn the six storey townhouse into a home that would showcase their ever-expanding collection of art. They asked for a clean, “gallery-like” space in which their collection – ranging from 17th century Rembrandt etchings to contemporary mixed media works by Sophie Calle – could take centre stage.

The result is an approachable yet rigorously edited home that reflects the clients’ collector sensibility and taste for clean lines – all infused with Gachot’s signature warmth and easy comfort.

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The owners and designers made a conscious decision to forego rugs in this entrance space, to create a gallery-inspired formality and to put more emphasis on the art collection which was curated specifically for this space.

Get the look: Sculpture is by Barbaraso. Entry table is vintage Italian. The pendant light is from Allied Maker. The large floor vase is from March S.F.

The extensive renovation included completely reconfiguring the first five floors, while retaining period details including decorative architectural paneling and the original staircase.

Get the look: Wall Paint is Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball. Panelling is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dimity.

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Gachot designed the home with a focus on a clean palette to emphasise the grandeur and lofty proportions.

Get the look: Art on the walls is Sophie Calle, Gotham Collection. Sculpture is by Tatiana Trouve. Sculpture on the left is Anthony Caro Floor Sculpture “HÉ”. This is the Kagan Serpentine Sofa. The coffee table was custome-made, in the manner of Charlotte Perriand – adjusted for scale. Floor lamps are Elan Atelier. Side table is the Galata table by Konstantin Grcic from Avenue Road. The stone vase is Michael Verheyden from March SF. Pillows are Alt for Living. Easy chairs are vintage; Gio Ponti – pair of lounge chairs from the Hotel Bristol, Merano Casa e Giardino, upholstered in Holland and Sherry cotton velvet. Chandelier is the Concorde chandelier by Bourgeois Boheme Atelier. Window treatments by Distinctive Windows; Kohro drapery panels and cornice.

They custom-made a lot of the furniture, and added contemporary designs by leading studios such as Dimore Studio, and vintage European Modernist design from the likes of Gio Ponti, Jacques Adnet, Pierre Bacou and Verre Lumiere can be found throughout.

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Gachot is known for the way they cross over hospitality and residential design principles, creating a feeling of aspiration and inspiration in residential homes, while giving residential-inspired character, personality and warmth to hospitality projects.

Get the look: Dining chairs are vintage; Carlo Decarli, reupholstered in Fortuny cashmere mohair. Dining table is custom-made by Gachot. Chandelier is the Serge Mouille 6 arm ceiling light. Glass vase on the table is Andrew highes from Ferrer Co. Mirror is custom by Gachot. Window treatments are Distinctive Windows roman shades; Khoro fabric with Samuel & Sons trim. Fire mantle stone is Chesneys Carrera. Artworks are Sophie Calle’s Gotham Collection

In each room of this property, they’ve applied a restrained and curated look which gives the spaces a chic formality.

Get the look: On the cabinet; a glass vase by Antonio da Ros, 1983, from Maison Gerard. Also on the cabinet: the ‘Terre Rouge’ ceramic pitcher by Alexandre Kostanda, from Maison Gerard.

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A clean, simple white kitchen features sleek cabinetry with indent handles and white marble worktops.

Get the look: Millwork is custom by Gachot. Kitchen stools are from BDDW. Light pendant is the Endless fixture by Roll & Hill. Kitchen fixtures are Lefroy Brooks. The footed fruit tray is from Avenue Road; Grey Saint Laurent Stone.

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The modern kitchen island and breakfast bar is made from the same oil-rubbed bronze as the extractor hood, punctuating the pale space with masculine glamour.

Get the look: Millwork is custom by Gachot. Oil-rubbed bronze island and stove hood are custom made by Gachot. Kitchen stools are from BDDW. Light pendant is the Endless fixture by Roll & Hill. Kitchen fixtures are Lefroy Brooks. The footed fruit tray is from Avenue Road; Grey Saint Laurent Stone. The yellow vase is Bergdorf Goodman, the utensil pot is from Aero Studios.

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The white kitchen also features an informal dining nook with warm walnut woods and natural cane back dining chairs.

Get the look: Banquette is custom-made by Gachot, with Dedar upholstery. Dining chairs are Jean Prouve. Dining table is custom made. Wall light is also custom, inspired by Mid-Century design. The wall sculpture is by Jose Davilla. The marble dish is from Avenue Road.

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The home office is a calm, serene space, with white walls and edited furniture.

Get the look: Millwork is custom by Gachot. Coffee table is Yves Klein edition; ‘Bleu Klein Pigment’ from David Gill Gallery. The chair is vintage; Pierre Bacou from Demisch Danant. The sofa is the Howard sofa from Egg Collective in Rogers and Goffigon upholstery. Side table is from Monologue London. Art is a collection of Ansel Adams and Baltz photographs, Chric McCaw Slashed, Silver Paper Work, Sophie Calle Mixed Media Piece at the centre.

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A recessed alcove features walnut walls and shelving, to display art and books. But the real wow-factor is in the 3D wall sculptures by Rana Begum.

Get the look: Millwork is custom by Gachot. Desk is vintage; Jean Prouve, Modele BS1. Chair is also vintage; Jacques Adnet. Table lamp is Verre Lumiere from Demisch Danant. Wall sculpture and framed maquettes by Rana Begum.



A separate library room offers more walnut wood walls and shelving, with built-in lighting that illuminates the couple’s collection of books.

Get the look: Art is Gustav Rembrandt etchings. Sofa is the Noel sofa by Pinch, upholstered in Pierre Frey velvet, from The Future Perfect. Rug is a custom mohair pile rug by MND. The coffee table is custom by Gachot; leather inset top with lacquer base.

Galchot designed this custom book display specifically to highlight the owners’ Hockney Sumo book, bottom right, which sits below a framed Hockney sketch.

The arm chair is vintage; rose wood Eames for Herman Miller, Reupholstered in Dualoy leather. The millwork is custom by Galchot. Side table is XYZ Dorik side table from Matter. Rug is custom mohair pile rug by MND. Desk is Jorge Zals Zupin (C 1970s). Desk chair is vintage swivel back, Austrian. Desk lamp is Bottega Venetta.

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The illuminated shelves are a stunning feature point.


There’s also a chic home bar with a Nero Portero stone splash-back, and a bronze rack under the cabinets, perfect for hanging wine glasses, champagne flutes and cocktail glasses from.

Get the look: This is a Nero Portero stone splash-back with custom bronze glassware display and hardware and custom mahogany millwork. The cocktail shaker is vintage, the glassware is from St Louis, the sink and tap is from Waterworks.

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The master bedroom feels neutral and serene, featuring a white and wood scheme.

Get the look: Art is Transparency (negative) series by Walead Beshty. Bed is custom by Gachot, with integrated reading lamp lighting, after Gio Ponti. Table lamp is vintage Travertine lamp. Bed linens are Silver Peacock, custom Italian percale. Blanket is from Barneys, New York. Rug is Holland and Sherry silk. Millwork and built-in wardrobes are custom by Galchot.

The main statement in this room is the impressive artwork by Thomas Muller, dictating the colour scheme for the two armchairs.

Get the look: Art is by Thomas Muller. Dresser is BDDW bronze dresser with leather pulls/ Lounge chairs are Jorge Zalsupin Dina Marquesa chairs upholstered in Fortuny linen. Table lamp is marble table lamp from Aero. Window treatments are Holland and Sherry baby camel drapery panels and cornice. Rug is Holland and Sherry silk.

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The master bathroom is an impressively generous space, with a bay window and wall-to-wall marble.

Get the look: Andirons, vintage brass. Bench is custom by Galchot with Loro Piana linen. upholstery. Vanity lights are custom by Galchot in the manner of Paul Hennigsen. Pendant light is a vintage Murano globe. Cabinet is vintage Illum Wikelso. Art is Sophie Calle’s Gotham Collection. Glass vase on mantle is the fluted vase from Aero.

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In the bay window there’s a freestanding bath, offering a view down below from the bubbles.

Get the look: Stool is solid resin stool by Pinto Paris from Maison Gerard. Chair is India Mahdavi with custom upholstery. Bath fixtures are by Waterworks. Pendant light is vintage Murano globe. Window treatments are Corragio linen sheers.

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The walk-in shower features marble walls and floors, with a recessed alcove for toiletries, and a built-in seat ledge.

Get the look: This is Blue De Savoie stone. Fixtures are from Waterworks. Shower product is Byredo. Natural sponge is from Waterworks.

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In the guest bedroom, a vanity nook features a striking triangular chair by Rick Owens.

Get the look: Wall sconce is from Dimore Studio. Waste paper basket is the Onyx waste basket by Aero. Table lamp is JM Szymanski lamp from Galerie Michael Bargo. Side chair is Rick Owens Alchemy Chair.

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Photography by Nicole Franzen

Styled by Gachot Studios

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