"Design is about problem solving.
I create gorgeous solutions"
" Inspiration can come from from every conceivable source: architecture, nature, art, fashion, music, literature, the list goes on..."
"My goal is to find the intersection of Art, Design and Technology"
"My career began in theater, exploring the relationship between the set, the props and the characters that interacted with them. My work is still informed by these early experiences."
"Never be afraid to let the genie out of the bottle!"
A Manhattan Medical Practice
A long term client recently asked me to supervise the design and move from her office of 30 years (which I also designed 17 years ago) to a new space in mid-town. Given the client's concierge style practice - she rarely has two patients overlap - and the long hours she spends in her office, her desire was to dedicate the majority of square footage to the reception area and her patients comfort.
The waterfall table is covered in lizard and the arm chairs are crocodile embossed velvet. The client has a lifelong love of books and has the single largest collection of art books I have encountered outside of Rizzoli, as such we selected artwork and accessories that reflected this passion.
She insisted that her reception room be as comfortable and home-like as possible. For budget purposes the paneling is all applied moldings with a warm grey strie paint technique. The iron and marble tables are all custom as are the garden stool seat cushions.
A Carnegie Hill Library
This French walnut library was original to the building and dated back to it's 1929 construction. The room is perfectly symmetrical, the West end identical to the East end with the exception of a large St Laurent marble bolection fireplace surround instead of the large canvas. The pediments at both ends of the room had been removed at some point and I had to duplicate them out of antique salvaged planks of French Walnut given that it is no longer harvested. The clients and I searched for three years for a rug to fit this exceptionally large room, eventually finding this glorious Sultanabad at auction. The 18th century paintings and the Meiji period Imari jars that we converted into lamps were also found at auction.
The sofas are George Smith and the cocktail tables are Maison Jansen. The breccia and statuary marble busts are 19th century copies of Roman originals
An 18th Century Salon
These clients honeymooned in Britain and St. Petersburg and had the opportunity to tour the great palaces of George II and Catherine the Great. Over the course of the project they acquired a stunning collection of period 18th century furniture and art and wanted a room in which to feature it. The chandelier came from the palace of Pavlovsk in St Petersburg and required that we raise the ceiling by 18" to accommodate it.
The painting over the Louis XV gilt console is by Charles-Francois Natoire. The 8 arm chandelier was copied by DeLisle in Paris from a baltic original that the client adored which was, unfortunately, too small for the room.
A Formal Dining Room
The paneling, columns and ceiling were original to the room, albeit in a very sad state. We restored everything to it's original condition. The breccia mantle is early 19th century French. The massive Louis XVI table and sideboard are both Cuban Mahogany (now extinct) and came from a dealer at the Paris Antiques Show.
The painting at the head of the table over the sideboard is an 18th century bacchanal.
The grisaille paneling is painted to compliment the 19th century Louis XVI style chairs in 6 subtle shades of gray ranging from pale smoke to cool ivory, then the details were parcel gilt.
A Faux Parquet Vestibule
The only original features in this vestibule were the Honduran mahogany doors and the door casings. I designed the overdoors and wainscoting to blend with the original features. As we were nearing completion on the project the client decided the white oak herringbone floor and unembellished ceiling were too flat and unimpressive. We cut into the cement over mesh ceiling and reclaimed as much room as we could in order to create this plaster lozenge patterned ceiling. The parquet floor is faux painted over the herringbone oak. The Russian secretaire came from a dealer in Paris.
A Classic White Kitchen
This spacious kitchen had 11' ceilings, almost too high for practical cabinets. I took the cabinets as high as was comfortably accessible and topped them with a dramatic multi-step crown molding. The counters and back splash are 1 1/4" slab calicatta gold marble. The glass and stainless island is from Poggen Pohl.
An Indoor Lap Pool
The saltwater endless lap pool was excavated around the roots of three mature elm trees. The windows are trompe l'oiel. The walls, balustrades and pool decking are Jerusalem limestone. The pool tiles and slab hot tub are Azul Macauba marble. Natural light is provided by the glass block skylights to the terrace above.
In keeping with the traditional palladian influenced details of the rest of the project.
I created matching slightly over scale eyebrow pediments at either end of the terrace. To give the clients the more modern look they were seeking the details were either stripped down and/or slightly over-emphasized.
A Rooftop Terrace
The client wanted to replicate the clean modern feel of the Caribbean resorts where they spent their winter vacations. The terrace floor is limestone laid in a classic diamond and border pattern.
We chose a very contemporary iron from Janus et Cie for the furniture and kept the color scheme light and crisp.
Limestone, White Canvas, Black Iron and Green Foliage.
The glass blocks set into the cobbles are skylights to the space below. The limestone patio adjacent to the back of the building is flanked by a pair of cast limestone arched niches with fluted marble bowls. A cast limestone freize transitions the pre-existing brickwork into the newer masonry. Iron gates hide the mechanicals
A Continental Garden Courtyard
The client wanted a classic European cobbled courtyard garden focused around a central fountain and a Palladian tempietto. We took great care to preserve the three mature elm trees during the construction.
A Master Suite in Ivory
This is the sitting room to a master suite with adjoining His and Hers dressing rooms. The color palette for the entire space was white, ivory and beige. The motorized drapery was a Lelievre linen damask. The upholstered furniture is from Lewis Mittman and Nancy Corzine. The curtain rods were Joseph Biunno. The custom rugs throughout were all from Stark Carpet
A Chelsea Loft Conversion
This project was a complete gut loft conversion in the heart of Manhattan's "Silicon Alley" for an edgy new investment management firm. I have done a lot of work for this client over the years and she asked me to handle the design/build for her new business venture. She wanted a hip young vibe, something colorful and "slightly scrappy" to reflect the attitude she was bringing into the market. The project required cutting edge IT capability. Significant planning went into making the space highly adaptable to changing technologies.
At the clients request there is only one real desk in the entire space and thats for the Chief Operating Officer. Instead I created high work tables from 2" black pipe and reclaimed wide plank pine. The analysts like to alternate between working standing up and sitting on high stools. In the far back corner of the space I created two small glass walled "quiet" rooms for ad-hoc meetings and impromptu workspaces away from the main open area.
To keep things interesting I mixed up a slightly retro mid-century inspired look with urban industrial. The prints on the green wall oppositre the lounge are original early 20th century patent illustrations of "cutting edge" technology from the period. Flanking the TV over the conference table are framed early 20th Century stock certificates for AT&T, Erie Railroad, and US Steel. The corporate ID on the reception desk is 1/2" thick laser cut aluminum. I installed an 11 light Edison bulb pendant array over the mid-century inspired leather sofa in the lounge. In the video conferencing room I created a striped wall to wall carpet from Flor tiles in the corporate colors. The conference tables are from Restoration Hardware with custom glass tops. I hard wired them to have inset data ports and power outlets
These photos of the work tables in the main area were cleared and decorated for the firm's NYSE launch party with flowers and displays featuring their primary areas of investment research. They are typically completely covered with computers, lunch leftovers and coffee cups
A Bespoke Leather Paneled Library
This was a custom paneled library in rift-sawn white oak. The upper wall panels are gold tooled leather. The custom moldings are all inset with brass omulu bands. The room features state of the art dimmable LED lighting to maintain the correct color balance that couldn't be obtained through either incandescent or halogen. The peacock blue mohair sofa is a custom sleeper with the most comfortable mattress available in a sleeper sofa on the market today. The picture rails are my design and wrap over the mouldings so the art floats on the leather panels. The pillows were embroidered to order in the same Greek key detail that is found throughout the room. The cocktail ottoman has an inlaid panel of reverse painted glass to mimic the gilt racetrack borders on the stepped tray ceiling. The lamps are early 20th century rock crystal. The console table is custom bone inlay with 22k gilding on the trim. The striped chair and fabric are from Nancy Corzine.
The window shades, lights,TV, and Sound System are all wirelessly controlled through a single Crestron remote. The HVAC return was awkwardly placed in an alcove in the otherwise rectangular room. To hide it, I created a hidden swinging bookcase that allows for service to the air unit and the AV equipment
The room is really meant to be seen after dark. There is color correct LED lighting in the cove, bookcases, lamps and downspots.
The ceramic wall sculpture is by artist Craig Mcmillin