I’ve posted about works-in-progress before and I’m excited to share another great project: our build-out of a beautiful apartment in New York’s Meatpacking District. The home’s original bronze, floor-to ceiling window frames—which look out to expansive downtown and Hudson River views—inspired us to design the space in the style of a 1930’s salon apartment, where every inch is carefully finished with materials like bleached walnut wood, custom bronze framed cream lacquer kitchen cabinets, leather door knobs, quail feather wallpaper, and other luxe materials.
I’m a big fan of designs from this period after having researched the original development of Rockefeller Center when I began re-designing the adjacent Rockefeller Townhouse a number of years ago for my clients’ corporate offices. I especially love the furniture and interiors of Jean-Michel Frank and Paul Dupré-Lafon. Both worked in the 1930’s and ’40’s, creating beautiful furniture combining metal, wood, and fine leather. Dupré-Lafon, in particular, did awesome power offices and I’m incorporating a number of elements into the apartment inspired by those spaces.
We’re still in the process of choosing many of the surface materials, but all bathrooms and the living spaces will have bronze custom fixtures throughout complimented by warm chocolate, cream, and grey tones. Overall, I want the entire apartment to feel like a custom piece of fine furniture.
Here are a couple inspiration boards:
And here are images I’ve been looking at from books covering works by Jean-Michel Frank and Paul Dupré-Lafon:
I’ll be posting more updates on this project in the coming months, so check back soon!