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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Art Deco Heaven: Manhattan pied-à-terre—a duplex penthouse

I hope you are having a great day, dear friends.

By now, you all know I'm fascinated by interior desing of 1930's. I found this lovely image-packed article on This penthouse is surely a gem! 

So, let me give you a tour!

Some people employ a broker to find their dream apartment, others search the Internet. But Los Angeles–based designer Michael S. Smith discovered his Manhattan pied-à-terre—a duplex penthouse off Madison Avenue—by looking out a window. He was working nearby and noticed a terrace of elegant proportions that skirted the top floors of a prewar building. “It had such a beautiful perspective,” he says of the apartment. “City views that unfold gently, on four sides, with townhouse rooftops in the foreground and glass towers in the distance.”

On a summer afternoon nearly five years later, Smith is admiring the lushness of that terrace from a Jansen sofa in the adjacent living room. He and his partner, HBO executive James Costos, enjoy the contrast of this consummately old-world aerie and their spacious modern house in Holmby Hills. “L.A. is a dinner-party town,” Smith says. “New York is a dinner-reservation town. We love hosting cocktail parties here—you get that crazy wall-to-wall people, Breakfast at Tiffany’s vibe between six and eight, and then you’re done.”

Just take a look:

 The Manhattan penthouse of designer Michael S. Smith and HBO executive James Costos, 
which Smith renovated with Oscar Shamamian of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects,
 brims with Francophile touches. 
The living room’s Louis XVI–style gilt-wood fauteuils, upholstered in a Jasperfabric, 
bracket a Japanese lacquer robe chest on a stand;
 the painting, mounted on the wall of antiqued mirror, is by Philip Taaffe, 
and the Aubusson is Louis XV.

 Silk Roman shades and diaphanous curtains of a Lee Jofa stripe filter sunlight in the living room, where an Ellsworth Kelly lithograph and an antique overmantel mirror are displayed. 
The cocktail table is Chinese, and the swing-arm floor lamps are by Vaughan;
 the room’s decorative woodwork is by Féau & Cie.

 Delphiniums in a William Yeoward crystal vase and an Imari porcelain 
lidded jar top a Directoire mahogany table from Gerald Bland.

 Smith and Shamamian updated the living room’s glazing 
with custom-made steel doors and windows by Optimum
the bureau plat and 18th-century chair are both auction finds.

 The terrace, where Costos and Smith often host cocktails, 
features outdoor seating by Kenneth Lynch & Sons
with cushions of a Rose Tarlow Melrose House fabric; 
the planters at left are byInner Gardens
the side tables and cocktail table are by Treillage
the standing lanterns are all by Restoration Hardware
and the wall-mounted lanterns are by Charles Edwards.

 Louis XV–style canapés

 A Russian commode.

 In the dining room, George III chairs surround a table set 
with a tablecloth of Jasper silk and Oka dinnerware.

 Gracie restored the room’s antique wallpaper, 
which once belonged to publisher Condé Nast; 
its design motif was hand-painted on the window shades.

Detail of the wallpaper. 

 The kitchen has a Wolf range, E. R. Butler & Co. cabinet hardware, 
a silver-leafed ceiling, and a floor of French Blue limestone by Ann Sacks.

 The entrance hall features a circa-1815 Italian neoclassical console 
and flooring by I. J. Peiser’s Sons.

 The walls of the guest room are lined with a striped fabric and decorative border, 
both by Edmond Petit from Stark Carpet.

 The tufted bed, by Jasper Furniture, is upholstered in a Jasper leather 
and dressed in Nancy Koltes linens; 
the table lamps and pillow fabric are also by Jasper, 
the photograph at left is by Ruud van Empel, 
the chair at right is late Gustavian, and the carpet is Chinese

A Louis XVI side chair holds fresh towels 

Cabinetry and plasterwork by Féau & Cie and walls painted in a custom-mixed Farrow & Ball gray lend an old-world air to the master bedroom; the Louis XVI–style bed and the mahogany bench are both by Jasper Furniture, the crystal chandelier is by Mathieu Lustrerie, the mirror is 19th-century French, the bed linens are by Nancy Koltes, and the circa-1805 Aubusson is from Beauvais Carpets. 

In the master bath, hand-carved details distinguish a custom-made vanity; 
the sink fittings and door hardware are by P. E. Guerin
and the marble-mosaic floor tile is by Smith for Ann Sacks.

True to its owner’s vision, the pied-à-terre now embodies an ideal of pavilion architecture: artifice paying homage to nature. But it also dramatizes, with poetic economy, the narrative of Smith’s career—tradition and modernity paying homage to each other.

I would not mind living here.
How about you?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

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