Within the recently reconstructed 1897 luxury stone building along New York City’s famed Central Park South, the architectural design and decorative furnishings of this multilevel penthouse apartment adjoining The Plaza Hotel with endless park views to the north were inspired by the variety of exposures to natural light, an open floor plan, expansive views and industrial materials of our city’s celebrated lofts and warehouses within the historic SoHo district.
The duplex occupying the top two floors of the building is bifurcated by a prominent top floor for entertaining over a lower private level accommodating bedroom suites for both family and friends. While the bedroom level is organized off a central hallway oriented north and south, the upper level is a completely open plan organized off a central communal kitchen with expansive glass to the northern terrace and Central Park beyond along with the tree lined terrace to the south.
Both the interior finishes and decorative furnishings are contemporary in their application; however, the selected artisans and craftsmen constructed architectural details and custom furniture pieces inspired by our exploration into the connection, shapes and materials of factory mechanics reminiscent of the once idle city factories, but scaled and refined to the residential interior.
The architectural design and decorative furnishings of this apartment within the formidable new stone luxury building on the Upper Eastside along Park Avenue were inspired by the historic Regency period flourishing in England in the early 1800s. The maisonette is organized by a series of public rooms linked along the expansive windowed south facade, while privatizing the family quarters to the north by means of a private interior corridor. While the inspired decorative furnishings share a likeness to an English era long ago with a contemporary twist, the newly formed art collection is of artist originating both domestically and within Europe during the span of the 20th Century.
The original design of the 33,000 square foot coastal retreat on a 10-acre site included a large ten bedroom villa, swimming pool, beach pavilion, tennis facility, staff quarters, service buildings, Chinese pagoda, orchid house and surrounding gardens. The buildings are environmentally responsible and fortified with the construction of native coral stone, wood shingled roofs, local mahogany doors, windows with shutters and the orientation of the buildings to integrate with the region’s tropical climate along the southern shores of the Dominican Republic.
Fifteen years later under new ownership, a renovation of the contemporary villa and its service dependences was completed along with the addition of several events pavilions and gardens.
Following the completion of Hotel des Artistes by the architectural firm of Rich & Mathesius in 1916, the duo turned their attention across the street to establish a complementary building for painters and sculptures overlooking Central Park. Now a cornerstone building for the Central Park West Historical District and one of New York City’s landmark streets, the architectural design of the duplex was inspired by the avant-garde industrious American designers of the early 20th century to echo the building’s façade work.
The abundant northern light illuminates what was originally conceived as an artist’ painting studio with twenty-foot ceilings is now surrounded by industrial steel fenestration, oak paneling and an extensive book collection. This majestic room remains the centerpiece of the parti at both levels, allowing all public and private supporting rooms to play off its prominent scale, while allowing additional filtered light from the southern and western exposures. The majority of the hand crafted furnishings are inspired by either an inventive use of materials by craftsman as decorative objects or as a celebration of scientific elements in our surrounding natural environment, all refined by artisans.
The collection of custom designed furniture, rugs and bronze work throughout the apartment includes contributing works by Jacques Adnet, Just Anderson, ironwork of Edger Brandt, and glasswork of Rene Lalique to enforce the clarity and function of the architectural elements.
The master plan for a 51-acre woodland site along the Croton Reservoir and comprehensive architectural services for a collection of stone and timber animal barns and service buildings, rustic lodge and a wooded aviary are reminiscent of the early 19th century great summer camps along New York State’s Finger Lakes region.
The refined Adirondack-style mountain lodge is set among the trees on a steep slope providing panoramic views overlooking wildflower meadows and wooded pastures of exotic animals from the Serengeti. The construction methods are a traditional mixture of barked logs, reclaimed Douglas Fir timber framing, native fieldstone and rustic woodworking, which combine to create a bucolic and luxurious year round retreat.
The architectural design and decorative furnishings of this apartment within the historic landmark Art Deco luxury building on the corner of 72nd and Central Park West were inspired by both the avant-garde French artisans of the decoratifs et industriels moderns and the industrious American designers of the 1930s to early 1950s stateside. Framing panoramic views of Central Park and the southern skyline of midtown, the combining of the two apartments is organized by a series of adjacent rooms linked by the hourglass shaped interior spine. The collection of artisans featured in the renovation includes Dominique, Lelu, Wormley, Paul Kiss, Dorsky, Perzel and custom designed furniture crafted in Europe to reinforce the organization of the architectural forms and elaborate decorative furnishings.
The master planning and comprehensive architectural services for this 4,500 acre southern quail plantation in the tradition of the 18th century Georgian low country Provincial Period include a ten bedroom colonial main house, shooting lodge, equestrian facility with twenty-one stalls, kennels and service buildings, as well as a series of interconnected lakes and trails leading to the hunting grounds.