I recently finished a complete renovation of a pre-war penthouse in Manhattan for an art collecting couple with dissimilar tastes. One has a more modern aesthetic, while the other is more traditional (isn’t this almost always the case!). In what I’ll call luxe-minimalism meets modern English country house eclectic, today I’m sharing photographic details of the space.
I ALWAYS say that the devil is in the details. One of the reasons I get hired by my loyal clients is because I look at spending money in the details – in the architecture of a space and in key decorating pieces like artwork and furnishings. While nobody has a crystal ball to see the future value of something, good bones in the architecture of a room almost always yield a higher resale price, while investing in choice decoration (art and objects) selected with the eyes of a specialist will bring joy and hopefully an increase in value as well. And don’t think this in only achieved with multi-million dollar budgets. Even with smaller more modest budgets, I would rather spend good money in a few great things than to fill the space (some call it layering) with tchotchkes.
In the coming weeks, I will share some before and after photos of this delightful remodeling project of a pre-war penthouse in Manhattan.
image credits: pre-war penthouse in manhattan : (red dots) © Joshua McHugh; (blue dots) © Krystal Davis; all other, © Richard Rabel
image 1: period Art Deco furnishings
image 2: pair of Mongolian 19th century incense burners incrusted with jade and semi-precious stones; 18th century Moghul jade
image 3: original details: 1930s steel door frames, nickel door hinges and Bakelite door knobs
image 4: 19th century Georgian rosewood breakfast table with 17th and 18th century silver candlesticks
image 5: 20th century abstract painting paired with a 19th century Corinthian Roman capitol; 18th century Chinese ivory carved vessels
image 6: 19th century portrait painting