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September 1, 2015 Issue

Cover Story

New York Design Hunting Winter 2016

New York is on a building binge, but that does not mean everything in town is being demolished and replaced with a glass tower. New Yorkers are fearless when it comes to renovating, whether their projects call for ripping out everything in sight to reveal the bare concrete beneath or the slowest and most meticulous of restorations. For this fifth edition of our guide, design editor Wendy Goodman cut a glazed and gilded path from Matt Austin’s tenement floor-through in Bushwick to a huge, multilevel Upper East Side penthouse that reaches up inside the apartment building’s water tower. More than a few creators of design and architecture opened up their own homes, including the photographer and textile-maker Martyn Thompson, whose loft is a gotta-see-it-to-believe-it extravaganza of color and texture. In these happy marriages of house and householder, each space contains something old and something (breathtakingly, unexpectedly, unprecedentedly) new.
On the Cover: In the bedroom in Martyn Thompson and Dove Drury Hornbuckle’s loft on Prince Street, the yellow-and-white linens are from Society Limonta, and the orange bedspread is from Larusi. Thompson made the yellow throw himself, from Fortuny fabric. The anonymous portrait over the bed came from Paula Rubenstein; the wallpaper, from Martyn Thompson Studio. Photograph by Martyn Thompson for New York Magazine.


The ’80s Loft Conversion

A 1913 factory floor turned two-person home in Carroll Gardens.

The Harlem Townhouse

A grand family home from near ruin to nearly finished — well, getting there, anyway.

The East Village Triplex

How two architects became their own client.

The Riverdale Tudor

A very traditional house gets an avant-garde interior.

Ask the Experts

Renovation and décor advice from top professionals in five disciplines: decorative painter, window-treater, general contractor, interior designer, and landscape architect.

My Favorite Things

Who sells the best table linens? What’s your go-to hostess gift? Who’s the best upholsterer, cleaner, florist? Five New Yorkers with discerning eyes give their (forceful) opinions.

The Hunt

Great things you’ll want right now, from kingly bedding to froggy rugs to Georg Jensen glass.


The designer Angelo Donghia’s townhouse was his personal lab, full of experiments with fabric, furnishings, and comfort.

Guess Who Renovated Here

Think you can figure out who lived in this New York City landmark?

Eat, Soak, Grow, Nap

The Kitchen

A half-subterranean dining area that leaves nobody feeling low.

The Bathroom

The most inviting new bathtub in town.

The Garden

A lower Fifth Avenue rooftop green space that’s bigger than many suburban backyards.

The Study

Gilles Chabannes’s mission: redecorate but leave no trace of himself.

Great Rooms

The Everything Loft

Photographer Martyn Thompson doesn’t do white-on-white.

The Tower Treasure

An apartment that flows right into a rooftop water tower.

A Walk-up to Remember

A Bushwick tenement floor-through where “distressed” is anything but.

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