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Upper East Side Apartment

New York, NY

Selldorf Architects renovated this prewar apartment overlooking Central Park with attention to refining details to highlight the family’s significant art collection of 20th century masters, antiques, and furnishings.

The apartment includes a light filled living room and library with views to the Park, a large dining room to accommodate formal entertaining, an intimate study with wood paneling and custom casework, and an open kitchen with space for informal family dining along with a large butler’s pantry.

The art, which includes pieces by Alberto Giacomaetti, Joan Miro, and Roy Lichtenstein, is presented with fine-tuned changes to the colors of the walls and ceilings in collaboration with color expert Donald Kaufman. For example, white walls in the living room contain a hint of magenta mixed with yellow, green, blue, purple, orange, and red.

Some existing elements of the interior were left unchanged, such as the entrance hall doors and marble flooring, while the teak parquet in other rooms was stained white to lighten the overall palette. Vica, the firm’s furniture studio, added modern pieces to sit alongside the client’s existing furniture, including two T-Back Sofas and a 90-degree Coffee Table.

(Photography credits: Nikolas Koenig)