Given the big windows in the apartment, the designer felt hat black walls would seem oppressive at night, so he went from the darkened entry to increasingly lighter volumes – like Corbusier at Villa Savoye. “Corbusier didn’t invent the concept,” Stewart explains. “Ancient Greece and Rome had such spatial progressions, too.” His skillful interpretation of such concepts neatly incorporates one of ODADA’s signatures: white lacquered spaces filled with modern art, custom furnishings and vintage one-of-a-kind pieces. Stewart melded the dark and light influences deftly, including the Portoro in the powder oom and Tiger Eye stone mosaic in the bar, where a gilded Portuguese lion from Therien & Co. holds court. Stewart also made strategic changes to the plans he inherited. By moving a few walls, he mitigated any lingering tension between the materials and the flow of the space, visually and literally linking the onyx-clad white bathroom he designed for the wife to its twin, the husband’s dark Macchia Vecchia marble-clad bathroom. He also ensured seamless transitions from a contemporary kitchen and breakfast room with Josef Hoffman-esque chairs to a modern family room adjacent to the formal dining room. In the Neoclassical-styleblack diningroom, a white lacquered ceiling with a round gold-leafed drum inset is an effective foil for a 1940s French crystal chandelier. A large black dot print on a square sheet of paper by Richard Serra hangs on the wall, while artist Hiramatsu Yasuki’s piece Flight, a 1997 gilded-iron spiral from Japonesque, adds movement. “It is a nearly square room, so I wanted to allude to the classical penchant for circle-and- square patterns,” Stewart says. His dining table—a gilded sphere sitting on a square base—underscores the theme. Two-tone vintage Swedish chairs around the table are covered in Dedar taffeta. In the trapezoidal living room, softened with vaulted ceilings, Swedish Neoclassical chairs from Therien & Co. complement he dining chairs as well as gilded panels by Colombian textile artist Olga de Amaral. Stewart designed a custom sofa and several new lounge chairs, which were made by Marco Fine Furniture, and arranged them around two coffee tables that were originally old Chinese screens. The seating is covered with Joseph Noble linen velvet and accented by pillows
covered in Bailey & Griffin striped silk and solid gold silk from Old
In the master bedroom, the wall behind the bed was
Even though it is relatively spare and casual, the living room deliberately concertinaed and veneered with pear wood
has a formal air. “I wanted the family room to feel a little more to simulate a large Coromandel screen. It is paired with
relaxed,” Stewart says, indicating its sofa and lounge chair a Fortuny bedspread and an apricot Osborne & Little silk
covered in soft mohair from Pierre Frey, called Teddy.
headboard that seems grand and monumental in a Vegas
Stewart’s choices of pale lightweight Cowtan & Tout chenille high-roller kind of way.
on the guest bedroom walls and for shades and soft middle-tone “It’s perfect for my clients,” says Stewart. “It’s their home
carpets in most of the rooms, as well as a leather headrest and and not an altar. Instead of weighing it down with my own
Fortuny bedspread in the guest room, are intended to enhance design philosophy, I simply tried to instill a sense of calm
the furniture. In the kitchen and family room the velvety wool without lowering the volume they enjoy. If that comes
carpet also mitigates the excessive liveliness of Black Marinachi through, I know I’ve succeeded.”n Greg Stewart, ODADA
granite used for the kitchen counters and floors.
(Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates), odada.net