London Calling

Upon repatriating, back to NYC to the Lincoln Square neighborhood, this young family of four longed to bring the flavor of their turn-of-the-century London townhouse to this renovation and combination of three units. While living in London they collected several traditional English pieces, including upholstery and classic carpets. They hoped to balance these classic decorative elements with a more modern, urban tone suited to their new life in New York City. Delicate moldings modulate the space and are scaled to the context. Cole & Son wallpapers, a famous English company, are featured throughout the apartment. The kitchen is evocative of a classic garden-level kitchen complete with a limestone floor, just like their kitchen in London. A delicate English Arts & Crafts fabric is used behind glass as a back splash. A wet bar, evocative of an old English pub, has doors in the form of a Union Jack, and custom millwork in the dining room and the office are reminiscent of a private club in London. All this is mixed with decidedly modern and urban decorative elements. A stunning Milo Baughman dining room table of mahogany, black lacquer, and gold leaf rubs elbows with a classic camel back sofa in the living room, and the all mahogany office stylishly features an Arne Jacobsen Oxford chair. Though the apartment is rendered in a traditional architectural language, it remains decidedly modern.