Interiors

NYC- WILL KOPELMAN’S HOME

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.

FOYERLIVING ROOMLIVING ROOM 2LIVING ROOM 5A 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.

LIVING ROOM 1A 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.”

KITCHEN 1KITCHENThere’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.

BEDROOMThe master bedroom is swathed in a custom hand-painted wallpaper by Gracie. Bed by RH; bedding by Ralph Lauren Home.

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DREAM BROOKLYN ROW HOME

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!

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Athena’s kitchen inspiration 

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Athena Calderone in her Brooklyn kitchen

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The porch just off the kitchen

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Sketch of the kitchen

COOK BOOK

Athena’s James Beard Award winning cookbook

COOKING

Above and Below are dishes from the cookbook

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Dining Room- AFTER

BEFORE

Dining and living room – BEFORE

INSPIRATION

Above and below are the living room design inspiration

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Sketch of the living room

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Living room – AFTER

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Entry way inspiration

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Current entry way

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Staircase

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Her son’s bedroom

OFFICE

Athena’s office

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The master bedroom

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The master closet

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Master bath

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Informal living room with custom plaster

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Exterior

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1st floor- floor plan (unfortunately I could not find the floor plan for the rest of the row home)

SQUARESPACE HQ- NYC

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.

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Exterior- Maltz Building with a view of the HQ lobby

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Exterior- Maltz Building

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The lobby of the Manhattan Ace Hotel- designed by Roman + Williams

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BRAD FORD-TRADITIONAL PREWAR APT

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.”’

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Designer – Brad Ford

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The above and below are photographs of his other work

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BETH BUGDAYCAY – TRIBECA DUPLEX

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.

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Beth and Murat Bugdaycay

JEWELRY

Foundrae- pendants & necklaces

STORE

The store has a book share section 

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Beth designing 

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The beautiful Beth Bugdaycay