Led by Lee F. Mindel, SheltonMindel is about classic modernism, deploying orthogonal lines, ample glass and, above all, light — as well as the entire spectrum of white to amplify that light and record its moods and movement through interior rooms.

All photos by Olympia Shannon

Picture yourself inside a cloud. You’re above the city and below the stars, bobbing along in a kind of atmospheric off-white, off-blue, off-gray bouncy castle with 360-degree city views. Or maybe you’re in a SheltonMindel living room atop 56 Leonard, the Tribeca residential tower designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron — same thing, really. With vistas in every direction, the room called out for seating on all sides, and the designers obliged with clean custom pieces arrayed beneath an airy crystal sculpture by Ilkka Suppanen. Cedric Hartman brass floor lamps provide golden accents, and a turquoise ceramic sculpture by Wouter Dam centers the square — or as Lee Mindel puts it, contributes to “a seamless integration of architecture, furnishings and art.”

“On a new plaster ceiling fixture we created to address the asymmetry of the large living and dining room, we installed a custom-designed celestial sculpture by Finnish artist Ilkka Suppanen. Hundreds of Murano crystals are suspended as a cloud to disperse the light coming from minimal downlights in the plaster. The effect is an ethereal chandelier that softens the space.”

Design philosophy?

“Our goal is to always provide the context of intimacy while still honoring the integration of architecture and interiors to create a space that transcends enclosure and becomes an art form.”


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