The program for this smart one bedroom apartment on New York’s Upper East Side was to make it exciting and elegant while accommodating large numbers of family and friends. Overlooking the Frick Museum and with a view to nearby Central Park the apartment already had a great address. The interior, however, was conventional and gloomy. We made our statement right from the rosewood paneled front door which opens onto a knockout graphic entrance gallery. A spacious and elegant living room is adjacent to a silk damask paneled dining room and the master bedroom is a sunny and serene retreat.
Photos: Ann Stratton
I love the Baroque styling of this large, comfortable house. The beamed ceilings, the heavy wood doors with nailheads , and the English Bluestone flooring are rich and elegant while at the same time relaxed and strong. We designed the upholstery to be formal yet comfortable. The fabrics are dense and flat; wools and heavy linens. The Dining Room is brown lacquer and bronze mirror. The Master Bedroom features a custom hand formed, English Arts and Crafts inspired plaster fireplace and a polished nickel four poster bed.
Photos: Ann Stratton
PUCK BUILDING PENTHOUSES
William McIntosh Design was enlisted to design the architectural interiors for the Lobby and six Penthouses that sit atop the iconic Puck Building. From the custom designed honeycomb floor pattern and stone trim in the Entry Foyer, to the massive Quebec Noir fireplace mantles, we designed and specified every significant architectural element to the highest design and quality standards. This includes a wood paneled Kitchen with terrazzo floors and glazed ceiling tiles, His and Her Master Bathrooms with polished nickel details, and bronze door hardware selected from H. Theophile. The Lobby includes custom black stained sandblasted Pine paneling, a bronze concierge desk with leather panel inserts, and a custom designed wool and silk carpet.
BEAUX ARTS TOWNHOUSE
The Beaux-Arts style architecture of this home inspired us to design the interiors with the feel of a Parisian apartment. We developed a collection of period art deco furnishings coupled with our own custom contemporary designs set against classically scaled rooms, traditional moldings, architectural paneling, and elegant fabric lined walls. The clients collection of art includes Murakami, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, Donald Baecheler and Alex Katz.
Photos: Ann Stratton
For our design of this elegant, sun-filled limestone mansion every detail was painstakingly considered. Adnet inspired metalwork, gilt-edged plaster ceiling details and a unique commissioned bas-relief are just a few of the numerous bespoke designs and details to be found throughout the house.
Every room reflects the sunny personality of the owners. Each space a combination of elegance and ease. For this multi-year project we enlisted a team of artisans and craftspeople who meticulously produced dozens of custom construction and decorative details; from the sky-lit below ground indoor pool, to the double-storied sitting room on the top floor, the result is a house unmatched in its commitment to craftsmanship and accommodation for the needs and desires of an active family.
Photos: Ann Stratton
BEACON COURT RESIDENCE
On the 49th floor in Midtown New York , you can’t go wrong with views like these. A pied-à-terre for a young European couple the program for this 2500 square foot apartment was relatively simple: make it chic and accommodate a lot of family and friends. The twenty-two-foot-long sofa and Holly Hunt club chairs surround a custom limestone coffee table on a wool and silk carpet. The Master Bedroom is completely upholstered in brown worsted wool and the carpet is chocolate brown silk.
Photos: Åke E:son Lindman
EXECUTIVE OFFICE SUITE
Our design for the private office for the head of a major New York fashion retail company, is as tailored as a bespoke suit. From the custom wool carpet, the fitted upholstered panels, hand-raked plaster walls and a custom nickel and mahogany desk, the office is a custom, one-off design for a very sophisticated and particular client. A palette of gray and blue is a smart background for very powerful artworks, including a staggering map of lower Manhattan by Damian Hirst made up entirely of razors, scalpels, and zippers. The terrace was restored and furnished to allow for outdoor lunches with the Santiago Calatrava transit station and the Trade Center Tower as a backdrop.
Photos: Marco Ricca
This was a complete architectural reconstruction and furnishing of a 3,000-square foot penthouse apartment in the Sovereign apartment building. With unobstructed views North and South we eliminated most of the partitions between the living spaces and unified them with the same wide plank flooring and paint color. The owner’s extensive collection of paintings and sculpture are displayed throughout.
Photos: Billy Cunningham
KIPS BAY SHOWHOUSE
We were honored to be chosen to participate in the prestigious Kips Bay Showhouse. Our room was a private retreat for a well-travelled New Yorker. We thought the room needed a fireplace so we designed one that was incorporated into a wall of frosted and clear bronze mirror surrounded by a walnut frame. The furnishings included an antique Moroccan rug, a custom Chesterfield sofa, and a bronze framed desk with a pony-hair cover edged in wool.
Photos: Phillip Ennis
NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENCE
This was our second design for this house in the North Carolina woods. Our clients wanted to make some changes to the house which reflected their evolving lifestyle. Structurally we removed partitions and joined rooms to make the house more open and loft-like. We replaced the original wood kitchen with a more modern and elegant design from Bulthaup, created an all- white corian bathroom with electrically frosting glass, doubled the size of the master bedroom, and recolored the woodwork to a darker more elegant tone reminiscent of an Asian aesthetic. We enlarged the fireplace, restored the limestone floors and redesigned the lighting throughout.
The furnishings reflect our clients request for a more elegant, sophisticated approach and a higher level of finish.
Located in a newer Chelsea development, this apartment suffered from cheap construction and bad detailing – however it had two beautiful terraces and great views. Our client was a young single man who was raised in India and had attended English boarding schools. He wanted to have his heritage and experience reflected, if only subtly in the design of his new home. We acknowledged that request in the wide plank mahogany flooring, printed Indian textiles, and a few select pieces of English Colonial furnishings. We completely reconstructed the apartment, levelling the floors, raising the ceilings, installing an entirely new kitchen and three bathrooms, including the master bath which was completely opened to the bedroom with a custom half-frosted glass shower enclosure.
Photos: Elliott Kaufmann
Located in an extraordinary Jean Nouvel-designed building in Soho, our clients request for a somewhat traditional, tailored apartment was answered with meticulous mill-work insertions that gave the apartment a more substantial feeling and polished finish. The millwork inserts allowed us to correct the awkward proportions of the entry and the study as well as lend a feeling of tradition and warmth. The furnishings although more contemporary in line are upholstered in quiet gray wools and linens.