The clients brought a few pieces from their main house (which
is several hours away outside Los Angeles), including an antique
Tabriz carpet for the living area. Furth used the rug to help
determine the apartment’s cool, muted color palette. "My
clients are big art collectors," says Furth, "and they like to rotate
pieces in the apartment." The living area is currently dominated
by an April Gornik seascape; gouaches by Sol Le Witt are hung
above a pair 1970s metal console tables and stools by Sami
To unify the combined living and dining areas, Furth laid a
custom-stained gray-blue bamboo floor inset with stainless-steel
squares. He added a sliding walnut panel to close off the kitchen.
"The apartment was designed for dinner parties and cocktails,"
says Furth, "and the sliding panel makes it easier to serve food
while hiding pots and pans." He used Viking appliances because
"I liked their cream-colored fridge," he notes, and he added the
shimmer of Maya Romanoff mother-of-pearl wallcovering.
The addition of hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper from de
Gournay is a surprising counterpoint to the industrial background.
"The wallpaper and the book-matched walnut paneling add
something urbane and rich to the apartment," says Furth. “And it
was refreshing for me to do an apartment that wasn’t all sheetrock.
There are very few painted surfaces here. Even the recessed
baseboards are stainless steel."
In furnishing the spaces, Furth performed an adept balancing
act, using an eclectic mix of elegant, interesting pieces. Near the
entry, he flanked a 1940s French sideboard with a pair of globular
1960s Italian wall sconces by Ignazio Gardella. The living area is
anchored by a stunning pair of 1970s Paul Evans chairs upholstered
in a lavish custom-colored silk velvet from Prelle. Furth also designed
the Jean-Michel Frank-inspired shagreen coffee table, which sits in
front of a Christian Liaigre sofa "covered in my new favorite color,
which is eau de nil," he adds. A 1970s Karl Springer club chair with a
mahogany back completes the sitting area.