To refresh this apartment located in Manhattan's famed Apthorp Building, architecture and interior design firm
Elias Associates mixed bold color and modern furnishings with the home's existing old world elegance and historic architectural detailing. Through this dramatic juxtaposition of old and new, the design team infused energy and life into this gracious home. 68
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The home's original architectural details were kept intact and mixed with contemporary furniture and art for a fresh look. The Bruno Houssin
KAO suspension light fixture creates an eye-catching focal point in the foyer. The long narrow bench upholstered in a striped fabric from Harlequin echoes the artwork by Marc Van Cauwenbergh that hangs above.
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Bright accent colors were used throughout the home to inject a bit of liveliness into the gray-and-white color scheme. The hardwood floors were stained a warm shade of espresso and create a pleasing contrast with the intricate plasterwork.
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The mood is set in the living room by the gray-and-yellow geometric drapery fabric from
Kravet. The custom-sized Hive coffee table adds a bit of edge to the room with a lace like cutout that runs through the center. Global Views' three-dimensional Boom scultptures are cleverly arranged on the wall to create a freeform art piece.
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A living room vignette features the Eames fiberglass La Chaise chair and Karen Silver's colorful
Market , which was found at New York City's Affordable Art Fair. XXIV
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The living and dining rooms, which flank the central hallway, share a similar look. The Saarinen marble-topped dining table and chairs were the starting point for the dining room design. Their iconic silhouettes were the right combination of sleek and sculptural to contrast the classical architectural elements of the space. A 1950's Gino Sarfatti light fixture and Warp & Weft's color-blocked Horizon Adriatic rug complete the look.
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The kitchen was completely gutted and outfitted with white lacquer countertops and cabinets to create as much functional space as possible. Made of recycled glass, the custom gray-and-white wall mosaic was laid in a geometric pattern to add to the flow of the space and complement the laquer detail.
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The custom mosaic tile and light charcoal porcleain floors add sophistication to the kitchen. Mixing periods and styles brings interest to the space and gives it a timeless look.
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Instead of a buttoned up look in the semi-private library, which is located right off the entry, the space has a relaxed ambiance with Room & Board's high backed Boden chair; a zebra rug from
ABC Carpet & Home and a Fornasetti pillow from Barneys.
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The master bedroom features a more muted palette that is enhanced with interesting textures and finishes, including the shimmering area rug and a faux fur throw from Nobilis. The headboard is upholstered in a cut velvet abstract animal pattern fabric, which adds a luxurious touch, and is complemented by an eye-catching chandelier from
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The striated Siberian marble countertop is the focal point in the master bathroom.
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Because the home's guest bedrooms are used less, the design team used youthful and colorful palettes in these spaces to create a feel that was more laidback than the other areas of the home.
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A colorful linear painting in the guest room is paired with a contrasting geometic rug from Madeline Weinrib. A sleek white desk from Blu Dot unites the patterns and ties the space together.