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October 8, 2013 Issue

Cover Story

New York Design Hunting

As a New Yorker, you understand style. You see it every day, on the streets, in the subway. But what you don’t often get to see is the sleek Halston-inspired apartment or the eclectic East Village carriage house that some New Yorkers call home. Then there’s the little matter of that rooftop pool with views of the High Line. In this third edition of New York’s Design Hunting, our in-house design expert Wendy Goodman celebrates a handful of the city’s most stylish citizens. Tour an Upper East Side townhouse that Delphine Krakoff put together in a matter of months. Gawk at the art in Bradford Shellhammer’s exuberant Chelsea flat. Step into a Central Park West apartment with some truly showstopping architecture. Once you’re good and inspired, check out our comprehensive guide to the city’s best architects, interior designers, antiques dealers, electricians, lighting designers, painters, carpet cleaners, furniture emporiums, and more. Whether you’re playing the voyeur or planning a renovation, you’ll find lots of stylish ideas in these pages.
On the Cover: Desert Curtains by Katie Stout and Kate Fox, $2,500 at Johnson Trading Gallery, 47-42 43rd St., Woodside; 212-925-1110. Photograph courtesy of Johnson Trading Gallery.

Features

My Favorite Things

On the prowl for Japanese antiques? Porcelain bowls? A superstar upholsterer? Let the city’s biggest names in design show you the way.

Then: 23 Beekman Place

Architect Paul Rudolph is closely associated with 23 Beekman Place, where he famously erected a modernist aerie atop a classic townhouse. In 1967, before he bought the building, Rudolph occupied an apartment there—a study in light and texture.

The Hunt

All things new and downright gorgeous for your home.

Guess Who Bathed Here ...

Hint: She was nominated for Best Actress in 1968, but lost to Katharine Hepburn, who won for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

I Just ...

... Turned My 375-Square-Foot Studio Into a Parisian Flat

Cathy Lerebours’s Hell’s Kitchen homage to the Old World.

... Made a Very Big Impulse Buy

Bradford Shellhammer loves to shop, but he didn’t intend to buy a whole apartment. Then he found a light-filled Chelsea space that felt just right.

... Gave the Family Home a Surreal Twist

Roger de Cabrol’s playfully sophisticated East Village loft.

Who Did That?

A Halston-Inspired Two-Bedroom in Chelsea

“I’d had a white apartment, which I found aggressive. This time, I wanted a masculine, sexy, intimate, and dark but not heavy apartment.”

A Parlor-Floor Co-op in Brooklyn Heights

“The challenge was to make the ground floor, meant only to serve as a parlor, into a home all its own.”

A Prewar Restoration on Central Park South

“It’s a careful balance between the materiality of these Southeast Asian things that she collected, the classical atmosphere of the existing building, and a modern, minimal, clean look and functionality.”

Ask the Experts

The Woodworker

“It adds warmth and brightens a home. There’s something earthy, modern, and rustic about natural wood.”

The Tile Guy

“Don’t go for anything too trendy. Make sure it has a neutral palette and a quietness to it.”

The Antiques Finder

“Study the history of the item you’re seeking, then look online for market prices so you can compare when you go out looking.”

The Art Buyer

“Trends and markets change, so you have to buy what you love.”

The Floor Pro

“Wood floors should either match exactly or completely contrast with other woods like cabinets and trims.”

Sleep, Eat, Soak, and ...

The Bedroom

Architect Joel Sanders carves out a master suite high above Central Park.

The Bathroom

Suchi Reddy, of Reddymade Design, used thousands of black and white marble tiles to create a dynamic and graphic bath for her client, gallerist Sara Meltzer.

The Kitchen

Design website sweeten.com pairs projects with pros—in this case, connecting the interior designer and contractor who trans­formed this once-drab nook into an airy yet functional cooking and dining area.

The Pool

What’s better than a rooftop pool? One that can be heated to 104 degrees for a mid-January dip.

Great Rooms

The International Style

Fashion designer Reem Acra has developed her discerning eye over a lifetime spent traveling the globe.

Instant Classic

Delphine Krakoff transformed a chilly Upper East Side townhouse into a chic family home in record time.

Monumentally Modern

Architect Ricardo Legorreta’s work is bold, sensual, and the last thing you’d expect to find in one of the Upper West Side’s most genteel buildings.

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