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.
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.
The extensive renovation included completely reconfiguring the first five floors, while retaining period details including decorative architectural paneling and the original staircase.
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Gachot designed the home with a focus on a clean palette to emphasise the grandeur and lofty proportions.
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.
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.
In each room of this property, they've applied a restrained and curated look which gives the spaces a chic formality.
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A clean, simple white kitchen features sleek cabinetry with indent handles and white marble worktops.
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The white kitchen also features an informal dining nook with warm walnut woods and natural cane back dining chairs.
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The home office is a calm, serene space, with white walls and edited furniture.
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.
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A separate library room offers more walnut wood walls and shelving, with built-in lighting that illuminates the couple's collection of books.
Galchot designed this custom book display specifically to highlight the owners' Hockney Sumo book, bottom right, which sits below a framed Hockney sketch.
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.
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The master bedroom feels neutral and serene, featuring a white and wood scheme.
The main statement in this room is the impressive artwork by Thomas Muller, dictating the colour scheme for the two armchairs.
The master bathroom is an impressively generous space, with a bay window and wall-to-wall marble.
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In the bay window there's a freestanding bath, offering a view down below from the bubbles.
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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.
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GUEST BEDROOM VANITY
In the guest bedroom, a vanity nook features a striking triangular chair by Rick Owens.
Photography by Nicole Franzen
Styled by Gachot Studios