Warm modernism that’s both current and timelessly chic
“A young family of five” — that kind of detail from a prospective client would send many meticulous antiques-obsessed designers running in the opposite direction. Not Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro, whose response would simply be, “Bring it!” The accomplished design team believes comfort comes first, and that philosophy applies to all members of a client’s family. So, a New York City library gets a capacious English-style sofa and a casual coffee table by craftsman Rob Pluhowski alongside its tailored seating, as well as some museum-quality Chinese sculpture and a pair of lively modernist paintings at the windows, the latter French flea market finds. The result is an easygoing space with a curated, lived-in soul. “We’re hoping it feels rooted,” the designers say. Mission accomplished.
“Beauty is derived from the conversation between the history of the space, new or old, the history of the person living in the space and, of course, the ASHE LEANDRO DNA.”
— Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro