The clients, a young couple once living in NYC, had relocated to England where they began raising their two boys in a classic 19th century London town home. Upon repatriating back to NYC to the Columbus Circle/Central Park area, they wanted to bring a little of the UK back with them. While living in London they collected several pieces of sentimental value of traditional English provenance, including upholstery and a suite of classic carpets.
They came to INC with the desire to balance the classic decorative elements, brought from their life in London, with a more modern, urban style suited to their new life in New York City. The design challenge and measure of success for the project came in creating a harmony between traditionally evocative architectural detailing in the context of the modern proportions of a contemporary residential building and the composed mixing of decorative pieces.
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, and with a delicate English Arts & Crafts fabric 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. For example, 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, clean lines, simple forms, and spaces that flow one to another prevail.