Art Adviser- Will Kopelman enlisted architect Gil Schafer of G. P. Schafer Architect to help him realize his vision for his four- bedroom duplex on Park Avenue. Prior to enlisting Shafer’s help to reconfigure the duplex into an expansive family zone, the formal dining room, cramped kitchen, butler’s pantry, and laundry room were organized into smaller rooms. “It was a rabbit warren,” Schafer notes, “totally opposite to the way families live today.”
“I wanted to make the kitchen the centerpiece,” Kopelman continues. “It’s where I make the girls breakfast in the morning and cook their dinner at night. It’s where we watch our movies, and it’s where I do a lot of work, right at the dining table. I wanted a space that could handle all of that.
In the multi-family zone between living rooms there are large steel-and-glass doors that were installed to allow light into the entry way but to also keep sound travel to the rest of the apartment.
A 15-foot-long 17th-century tapestry depicting the coronation of Charlemagne that Kopelman snagged at auction in London before realizing it was too fragile to be unmounted and rolled up and so had to be crated flat for shipping and then craned in through the windows of the 10th-floor duplex.
A 1977 Triumph Bonneville 750 motorcycle stands like a sculpture in one corner. “When I had my children, I decided I didn’t want to ride anymore, but I didn’t want to sell it—it came off the production line the same year I was born!—so there it sits.”
There’s plenty of storage, including a cupboard specially designed to hold cereal boxes at kid-friendly height and a built-in wine cellar for the grown-ups. “I wanted to make the kitchen the centerpiece,” Kopelman continues. “It’s where I make the girls breakfast in the morning and cook their dinner at night. It’s where we watch our movies, and it’s where I do a lot of work, right at the dining table. I wanted a space that could handle all of that.
You know how there are just some people who are born with amazing talent. Well, Athena Calderone just so happens to be one of those amazing people. It seems that everything she touches turns to gold. It is appropriate that her life style brand is called EYE SWOON , she has a true visual talent. I have been following her since the beginning of her career and have enjoyed seeing her blossom throughout the years. Athena has a cookbook ‘Cook Beautiful’ which I recommend checking-out. Every recipe that I have attempted from it has been met with nothing but high praise. A few years ago, she and her husband purchased a row home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn NYC. For three years it was under construction and the Calderone’s just recently unveiled their masterpiece in Architectural Digest. They enlisted the help of Architect Elizabeth Roberts to bring their dreams into fruition. Check it out!
Athena’s kitchen inspiration
Athena Calderone in her Brooklyn kitchen
The porch just off the kitchen
Sketch of the kitchen
Athena’s James Beard Award winning cookbook
Above and Below are dishes from the cookbook
Dining Room- AFTER
Dining and living room – BEFORE
Above and below are the living room design inspiration
Sketch of the living room
Living room – AFTER
Entry way inspiration
Current entry way
Her son’s bedroom
The master bedroom
The master closet
Informal living room with custom plaster
1st floor- floor plan (unfortunately I could not find the floor plan for the rest of the row home)
Squarespace’s new headquarters are located in the former printing-district in New York’s West Village in the 12-story 1927 Maltz Building. The project architecture firm, A+I took a hospitality approach to the redesign of the Squarespace offices. From the street, passersby’s can visibly see into the layed back offices somewhat mimicking the likes of a hotel lobby. Apparently, A+I took inspiration from Roman+Williams design of the lobby located at Manhattan’s Ace Hotel. Squarespace is a continually fast growing tech web platform company that wanted a strong brand identity when it came to its design. The interior is of a minimal color off-white paint, concrete floors and ebonized wood paneling. Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena says “The brand identity is very black-and-white but you’ll never see a hard black or a hard white- we varied the materials to get lots of texture. I’ve come to understand the power of design. When it comes to brand identity, if it looks clean and smooth, it has a lot more credibility.” I would absolutely love to work in a free flowing, open, modern space such as this one.
Exterior- Maltz Building with a view of the HQ lobby
Exterior- Maltz Building
The lobby of the Manhattan Ace Hotel- designed by Roman + Williams
These images are a source of inspiration. Rattan, velvet, color, marble, moldings and light can transform a place and create a memorable and remarkable sanctuary.
Designer Brad Ford was hired by modernist clients to help outfit their new Upper West Side , Renaissance Revival apartment they had recently purchased. Brad is known for his modern aesthetic with a warm soul and was hired to help add just that kind of touch.
‘Balance, light, space and color factor into all of his designs, creating a timeless effect. Clean lines and simple but well-crafted furnishings, with an attention to texture and the highest quality materials are Brad Ford ID essentials. “We create environments that complement and suit the lifestyle and personality of the client. Whether the room is formal or casual, traditional or modern, accessibility and comfort are a must.”’
Designer – Brad Ford
The above and below are photographs of his other work
Former CEO of Rebecca Taylor and founder of fine jewelry line Foundrae , Beth Bugdaycay opened her and her husband’s home to Elle Decor for a tour of their Tribeca duplex. Her husband Murat, is a real estate developer whom had completed his first residential project and with that opportunity were able to customize their duplex. It is light-filled, airy and minimalist. Beth described herself as the gatherer of things in the home and Murat is the one that likes orderliness, instilling the clean lines throughout.
Beth and Murat Bugdaycay
Foundrae- pendants & necklaces
The store has a book share section
The beautiful Beth Bugdaycay
The recent reveal of Lily Aldridge (Model) and Caleb Followill’s (Musician- Kings of Leon) Nashville, Tennessee home via Architectural Digest is very homie and in a great way! It is decorated in an eccentric style, though I am not always fond of that particularly look I like how the fun duo Pierce & Ward have decorated it. Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward are the cool female duo behind Pierce & Ward and the extension of their personalities makes their interiors unique, vibrant and stylish. I want to be friends with them just based on their about description.
Lily and Colin Nashville Home
The cool duo Pierce & Ward and more of their work
I do not recall the first time I saw a James Nares painting, but I do remember immediately falling in love and having to find out who this artist was.
The brushes used are custom designed by the artist. Most of James’s paintings are produced in a single brushstroke and he doesn’t deem a painting successful until it is “balanced”.
I would be thrilled if I had one of his paintings in my home.