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Publication Date: 2016-08-08


Behind the Design: A Moody & Sophisticated Tribeca Apartment

To update this 1860's Tribeca loft apartment for its new bachelor owner, designer Elena Frampton of Frampton Co mixed vintage lighting and furniture with menswear-inspired patterns and textures for a handsome, sophisticated look with a bit of edge. Mirrored accents, a neon installation and intense paint colors from Farrow & Ball create an apartment that is all about entertaining and having fun. Below, Frampton shares with us her inspiration for the design, favorites pieces in the home and more.

Photography by Joshua McHugh

​Q: ​What was the inspiration for the design?

​A: ​Our fashionable client served as the inspiration for this project​. ​He wanted an apartment conducive to entertaining and having a good time. Like most of our clients, he was engaged in and excited by the design process.​ ​From the beginning I knew this job was going to be fun and creatively fulfilling for both of us.

​Q: ​This project has a long skinny floor plan.  How did that impact the design choices?

​A: ​The entrance gallery is 70 feet long and connects the entry to the living space.​ ​We lined the wall and ceiling with a blue tinted mirror, neon accents and steel to create a ​dark, sophisticated ​feel for this party loving bachelor and his friends to enjoy.

Photography by Joshua McHugh

​Q: ​What is your favorite design element in the space? 
​A: ​The sculptural light fixtures, 60’s and 70’s furniture, and menswear-inspired textiles are some of our favorite elements.

Photography by Joshua McHugh

Q: What is your favorite piece of furniture in the home? 
A: Pierre Paulin’s ‘Pumpkin’ sofa reproduced by Ligne Roset is a favorite. We used it in the living area, and its unique rounded shape brings a soft organic quality to the rectangular space of the room. While it's an icon of 1970's French design, the sofa feels modern and timeless. 

Photography by Joshua McHugh

Q: What was the biggest challenge with the project? 
A: The biggest challenge was the fast track deadline. One way we were able to meet our client's schedule and maintain our aesthetic vision was by refurbishing vintage items, which we used throughout the home. We also worked with a contractor who was eager to please!

Q: What projects does the firm have on the horizon?

Residences on the design boards include a waterfront Southampton estate, a Tribeca loft, and an apartment in the ONE 57 tower with a magnificent Central Park view. On the commercial side, we're working in a new condominium building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that includes 90,000 interior square feet of space and are helping with the building's brand identity.



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