Neal Beckstedt Studio

“Pitch perfect” is the phrase that best describes this designer’s brand of warm modernism, which exquisitely balances contemporary and antique, comfort and high sophistication, monochromatics and color to create something timeless every time.

All photos by Stephen Kent Johnson

Bathed in layers of sang de boeuf, an intimate Manhattan wine chamber in a soaring Tribeca apartment tells a color story in multiple ways. Designer Neal Beckstedt treated a set of illuminated brass wine cases by Amuneal as the room’s jewelry, then composed a total look around them, with lacquered walls (in Farrow & Ball’s Picture Gallery Red), bright wool flannel on a Napoleon armchair and an antique Moroccan carpet from Mansour. It’s “perfectly imperfect,” the designer says of the carpet. “It has a beautiful patina, great pattern, amazing texture, rich color and is comfortable and modern — all things I love.” Another favorite: the vintage Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, its leather distressed. Perfectly.

“Custom bronze elements at the threshold of the room create an intimate and inviting space just off the living room. The bronze is carried throughout the space with the illuminated wine  cases and custom desk. The room serves dual functions: a study or office by day, a wine-tasting room by night.”

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“A curated assemblage of furniture and textiles — with punches of color — were the ingredients that transformed the space into a unique home that’s sophisticated and old-world, yet also modern and playful.”

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