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Publication Date: 2018-04-11

Behind the Design

Designer to the Rescue: White Webb

A duplex apartment in a Stanford White building on Manhattan's Park Avenue had plenty of space and character, but it languished on the market. But then Frank Webb and Matthew White of design firm White Webb, who lived in the building and understood its quirks, stepped in. They revamped the floorplan—what was down went up, and vice versa—resulting in a glamorous design that merges modern and traditional, while showcasing the new owner's impressive art collection.

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By moving the living and dining areas up to the second floor from the garden level, eliminating a pointless half-wall, and expanding the floor space, the designers were able to create a spacious living area and bring focus to the original Stanford White fireplace and plaster ceiling. The banquette is a custom design, the 1960s Danish chair is upholstered in a Castel fabric, the game table and chairs are by Harvey Probber, and the wallpaper is by Astek. Photos: Art Gray.

A new custom staircase leads to the lower level, which now serves as a spacious master bedroom suite. The mid-century chair is upholstered in a Maharam fabric, the George Nelson bench is from Design Within Reach, and the Tony Duquette light fixture is from Remains Lighting. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Seattle Mist, the curtain fabric is by Pollack, and the carpeting is by Patterson Flynn Martin.

The upper floor before the redesign, with an awkward half-wall breaking up the space.

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