y mandate was not to screw it up," says designer
Susanne Csongor, who had worked with her clients on
several homes before tackling a Manhattan apartment
distinguished by sweeping views of Central Park.
"My twenty-year career with them was on the line!"
Csongor had previously collaborated with the
wife, who leans toward traditional, but the New York
space called for a bolder, decidedly contemporary
approach. The husband had recently opened an office
in the city, and he was excited by the urban vibe and
the opportunity to showcase his art collection. "This is
definitely a more modern, industrial and organic interior
than any they had done before," Csongor notes. "We
had a three-hour meeting with him, and we brought in
samples of furniture and fabrics that I knew would make
sense for this space. Nine months later, it was installed."
When she starts a project, Csongor and her team at
SLC Interiors, which is based in Massachusetts, clearly
defines the concept of the story she wants to tell. "The
discipline of holding steady to that idea throughout
the project is what we continually work on," she says.
"That clarity of intention is the thread that runs through
our work." In the entry hall, the designer explored a chic
interplay of elements, mixing organic notes such as
a stone slab bench with an antique chest and a Vreeland
pendant from Fuse Lighting. A 2005 photograph by
Pieter Hugo, Mallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara,
Nigeria, gives the room a graphic edge.