THE APARTMENT ISN’T ENORMOUS, AND THERE IS A NARROW
hallway that connects the living room and the bedroom. I
designed a grid of antique mirrors with upholstered centers
that are also in an iridescent fabric. So from the moment
you walk in, everything that you perceive is very rich and
not patterned, but it has depth to it. It is antiqued mirror, so
it gives you a sense of the past. What is wonderful about the
iridescent fabric is that it goes from blue to sort of caramel
depending upon how you look at it. So it was a perfect lead-in to the living room.
The previous owners had more traditional tastes, and the
living room fireplace was faux dark wood with a tile surround.
We painted it the color of the walls and changed the tile to
stainless steel, which gave it a little reflective quality. I used
a large mirror to open up the space, and instead of placing
an antique rug on the floor we did sisal, which gives enough
glamour but doesn’t go over the edge. We placed a drop-leaf table that I designed for Ralph Pucci in front of the mirror.
That piece is ideal there because it serves as a console, but
when the leaf is extended, the clients can pull up the chairs
for dining. The combination of the table and the Jacobean-
looking chairs is really unexpected, and I like that mix.
In the library we wrapped the color everywhere, which
again expands the space. I love rooms that have walls and
floors and fabrics all in the same color. Originally we didn’t
have a console in the library until the client told me “the
gentleman of the house loves brandy and cigars,” and she
wanted a place for his things. She said she wanted something
out of left field, and when I was in Paris I found a beat-up
industrial table with this wonderful blue coming through the
rust. I felt it was a perfect complement to the living room.
When I showed it to her she wasn’t certain, but I think a piece
like that in a room like that gives it a surprise, a kick, and
always becomes a focal point. So we bought it.