his is someone who sets an elaborate table and, with his guests waiting
in anticipation, dramatically throws open the doors to a dining room
reminiscent of Versailles where everyone is immediately enveloped by
the aroma of an excess of flowers,” says Bonnell. “He insists on detail and
loves to surprise.” Bonnell layered on ample quantities of both. In the
grand foyer, 46 hand-cast glass blocks line the stairway’s plaster handrail;
around the corner, a red-lined Ingo Maurer light fixture nearly fills a small
anteroom; the powder room is encased in macassar ebony; and upstairs in
the master bath, tightly tailored vanities reminiscent of Chanel suits, wear
jazzy porcelain handles.
Amid an enfilade of rooms, all with 14-foot-high ceilings and separated
by 12-foot-high pocket doors, Bonnell fashioned a series of self-contained
vignettes loosely bound by shots of rouge that meld the old World with
modern life. In the formal library/living room, an industrial steel-framed
window stands up to the more traditional cove-moulded wall paneling
and travertine floors. Meanwhile, a classic black-and-white palette plays
out with an understated palmerton rolled-arm sofa balanced by a pair of
Tom Dixon black wingback chairs with outspoken contemporary profiles.
The decorous air continues in the dining room, where the mercury-glass
paneled walls and the high-back banquette would make Marie Antoinette
smile, and the industrial Bertoia side chairs are an intentional nod to the
twentieth century. “They provide an interesting counterpoint to the implied
sophistication of the tufting and tassels on the banquette,” says Bonnell.
Just beyond, a 10-foot-wide sliding door backed with a chalkboard
signals the entrance to the kitchen and family hang-out zone. “The back
of the house has an open warehouse feel that’s younger and more
contemporary,” says the designer, noting that the stone floor is like a
sidewalk where the couple’s son can ride his bike. little Tulip counter stools
belly up to the Corian countertops, and in the family room, the clean-lined
modular ponton sofa is upholstered in linen with leather piping. “It’s like a
lego set,” he adds. “perfect for kids.”
The mood shifts yet again in the adults-only quarters on the second floor,
where the use of color, only hinted at on the lower level, comes to fruition.
“He was drawn to persimmon,” says Bonnell, who covered the headboard
with the sensuous fabric, bringing a bit of Moulin Rouge into the boudoir.
A paisley crewel tops the bench and sitting room ottoman, and deep
orange accents abound, most notably in the dressing closet, where an
assemblage of drawers slide out to reveal orange side panels. “It’s like a
tansu chest with Hermes boxes,” he says, referring to the built-ins tucked
under the staircase. underfoot, distressed oak herringbone floors imbue the
space with a sense of history.