These spalted maple fins provide privacy between the dining and living room areas, while adding a bit of architecture and proportion to the room. They’re wired with incandescent bulbs set on dimmers to create the perfect ambiance for dining. Design by Betty Wasserman Art and Interiors, New York City, NY.
In this New York City townhouse both the architecture and the furnishings have been executed in a minimal and modernist manner, but the client requested a house that also references the Moroccan aesthetic of which he is especially fond. The interior’s palette of browns, blues and warm golds complements the architecture, with just enough accessories and incidentals to reference the Moroccan sensibility of the architectural details.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
The owner's affection for Moroccan details inspired custom laser-cut aluminum screens, hand-carved Spanish cedar doors and special finishes that are woven through the interior of SPG Architects’ Murray Hill Townhouse in New York City. These details capture the essence of the Moroccan influence while maintaining the modern visual and spatial language inherent in SPG's design.
Moroccan details inspired the custom laser-cut aluminum screens, hand-carved Spanish cedar doors, custom stone mosaics and special finishes, which are woven through the interior of this Murray Hill townhouse in New York City. These details capture the essence of the Moroccan influence while still maintaining the modern visual and spatial language.
"I needed to create a transition between the homeowner's office and the lounge area, but didn't want to shut off the space with a traditional wall and door. These wide wood barn doors allow for both privacy and openness," says Betty Wasserman, owner and designer, Betty Wasserman Art and Interiors, Ltd., New York City, NY.l
The client for SPG Architects’ Chelsea penthouse in New York City asked for a white architectural and interiors palette to create a calming retreat from the hectic nature of NYC life. SPG's interest in diverse materials to add warmth to their particular modernist aesthetic led to this solution: bringing a variety of materials together to create a serene yet textured living environment. The full expanse of windows along the south face of the building and the north- and east-facing terraces provide a visual link to the city, but the space itself remains a refuge of tranquility and light.
"The idea in this space was to conceal an ugly kitchen vent and create a focal point above the banquette, so I designed a modern version of a shoji screen. To make it more personal, I took words from an Arabic prayer the homeowner learned as a child and stenciled them on the Plexiglas using silver paint," says Betty Wasserman, owner and designer, Betty Wasserman Art and Interiors, Ltd., New York City, NY.
Sometimes, the architecture of your home is the best guide for the style of the furnishings you fill it with; other times, its surroundings will direct you. When choosing furniture for this living room, designer Kristen Rivoli took the latter tack. “This space is in a building right next to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in New York City, so our inspiration was the classic midcentury modern furniture you might find at the museum,” she says. “We found the side table at a vintage furniture store, but the sofa is new—it’s available through KRID but it has the lines of a classic tuxedo-style sofa. The Brittania light fixture is also new but adds to the midcentury style, and the toss pillows are custom-made in a mellow color palette typical of the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.
New York City is a nesting doll, made up of cities within cities, all constantly in the act of being built, with more popping up all the time. One of the newest places to explore is Long Island City. Not to be confused with Long Island itself, the Long Island City sits on the western edge of Queens, right at the point where the Queensboro Bridge ends its trip from Manhattan. There, in a luxurious twenty-third floor apartment with commanding views of both Brooklyn and Manhattan, interior designer Tanika Goudeau Hochhauser, the creative principle of the design firm Depsyn (https://www.depsyn.com/) makes her home with her husband, Brian, using all of her design abilities to ensure that the view inside her space is every bit as breathtaking as the one outside her window.
Tina and Jared Rich (http://www.tinarichdesign.com/) are a renaissance couple and frequent collaborators. Jared, a doctor, and Tina, an interior designer, collaborate on furniture design that can be brought into Tina’s work. And the two are also proud parents to their puppy, Brody. Step into their New York City interior, and you are transported to a home that reflects this couple’s Florida roots, with design that is inspired by natural splendor and gives off definite beach vibes.
To update a wreath for the winter, use white paint and fake snowflakes, like New York City interior designer Eduardo Rodriguez of The Designer Pad did for this wintery tablescape. He upcycled pinecones, which are dipped in white paint for a shimmery effect, and arranged them in terracotta pots that he painted white and gray. The rest of the pots hold colorful candies and cookies for a casual Scandinavian-inspired winter get-together.