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Publication Date: 2015-06-16

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Inside a Pied-Á-Terre Filled with Rare Mid-Century Finds in One of NYC's Most Historic Buildings

When called to design the interiors for this three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment, designers Jayne and Joan Michaels of 2Michaels Design knew they had to pay homage to the incredible history of the home. The apartment is located in Manhattan's famed Apthorp building, which was designed for William Astor in the early 1900s and is designated as a New York City landmark. For the interiors, the Michaels chose 20th century, neoclassical furniture from Northern Europe and looked to the Dutch painter Vermeer for inspiration. The result is a carefully curated home filled with the warm woods and soft colors of vintage treasures from luminaries of the design world.


Architecture firm Ageloff & Associates and contractor Leonidas Interiors oversaw a major gut renovation of the apartment, and the mosaic front gallery floor is one of the few elements in the home that remains of the space pre-renovation. The living room includes a custom sofa, a Philip Arctander arm chair, which is covered in a linen boucle fabric from Pollack, and a custom weave rug from Doris Leslie Blau.

The large hexagonal foyer includes a Frits Henningsen settee covered in a grass linen fabric from Peter Fasano.

Also in the foyer is a 1940s cabinet by Otto Schultz with vintage Swedish pottery.

Inside the living room, the space is rounded out with beautiful vintage furnishings that include a Gio Ponti coffee table, a Josef Frank desk and a curved chair by Otto Schultz covered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen and velvet fabric. The room's neutral color palette is punctuated by pops of color from a 1950s Jacques Hauville floor lamp, a Nanna Ditzel desk chair and a teal vintage Swedish desk lamp.

The dining room table is Antoine Proulx and the dining chairs are Austrian from the 1920s. The chandelier is from Remains Lighting.

The layout of the apartment was reconfigured during the renovation to open up the kitchen and dining room and to change the size of the bedrooms. The lighting in the kitchen is from Circa Lighting.

The library is welcoming with a custom sectional sofa covered in a green slate fabric by Kerry Joyce. Vintage pieces abound in the space with a 1950s wing chair designed by E. & Sv. Olsen, a 1950s coffee table by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and a Nanna Ditzel side table. The space is tied together with a custom flatweave rug by Doris Leslie Blau. On the walls, the Michaels hung the owner's collection of photographs of notable jazz legends.

In the bedroom, a side table from Embru and table light by Paavo Tynell that dates to the 1940s are placed next to the custom made bed.

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SHOP (Top Row): Lounge Chair 1410, Craft Associates (price upon request) // The Allessandro Table, Studio Van Den Akker (from $2,900) // Veronique 12 Chandelier, Remains Lighting ($5,995)

SHOP (Bottom Row): Celine Desk, Design Within Reach (starting at $850) // Dino table lamp from Gong by Jo Plismy via Maison&Object Paris ($495) // Rigoleto in Green Slate, Kerry Joyce Textiles (price upon request)


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