Selldorf Architects designed the interiors of a magazine editor and gallerist’s family apartment located in Manhattan’s historic Osborne apartment building, working with Executive Architect Matthew Schnepf on the refurbishment. Known for its richly embellished lobby and varicolored mosaic-tiled and marble walls and floors, the 1885 mid-rise provided inspiration for the design and allowed for an elegant balance between the building’s traditional style and Selldorf’s modern sensibilities.
Unique architectural elements in the apartment were restored to their original condition, including the parquet floors, leaded-glass windows, geometric transoms, intricately carved moldings, and the fireplaces. Vibrant hues extracted from the jewel-toned mosaic tiles of the original fireplaces inspired colors seen across the 14-ft ceiling living spaces, dining area and kitchen.
Contemporary art throughout the entire apartment is in balance with the understated white walls that offer a backdrop to the art, furniture and fixtures. Furniture pieces are comprised of a variety of midcentury design such as the vintage shelving system and integrated bar by Osvaldo Borsani and Adriano di Spilimbergo in the kitchen, and the restored vintage Mies Van der Rohe sofa set in the living room. Alongside them is an extensive collection of Vica furniture, Selldorf Architect’s furniture design company.
(Photography credits: Nicholas Venezia)