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David Biscaye’s apartment doesn’t just look like an antiques store. It practically is one.


Photographs by Dean Kaufman

OBSESSION: Apartment As Boutique

There are no sales tags on the furniture in David Biscaye’s large Upper East Side studio. But, for the right client, he’ll part with just about anything. For the past twenty years, Biscaye has run his architectural-design and antique-dealing business, Biscaye Frères (212-744-2725), out of his apartment. Rather than leasing a showroom to display his Parcel gilt armchairs or English Derby dessert service for eight, he simply cohabits with them. He’ll invite clients over for dinner parties or afternoon “espresso and dolci,” and if they happen to fall in love with his Puiforcat silver or rock-­crystal centerpiece, they can simply buy it. Of course, there are limits to what Biscaye is willing to sell. One armchair in the living room, for instance, was owned by his great-grandfather, a chef for the Astors and Vanderbilts, and is off-limits. And then there’s the pair of club chairs that Biscaye obtained from one of the city’s better-known private clubs. “I could have sold these twenty times over,” he says, but so far, he has refused. Then again, “I could be talked into selling, if someone were really passionate about them.”


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