Ries Hayes

Two takes on Manhattan glamour

Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson

Cocktail modernism is alive and well in this living room on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, part of a sophisticated set of spaces for an active family who sought, say David Ries (right) and Thad Hayes, something “fresh, young, accessible.” There are treasures here, many from 1stDibs, including cabinets by Gio Ponti (from Donzella Ltd.) and Paul Evans, a Billy Haines sofa and a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe daybed. But two moves bring fizz: adding a luxurious cut fringe to the seating and swapping the tops of the two contrasting-marble Mangiarotti coffee tables. “There’s an understanding that they are not monolithic pieces,” say the designers, who completed a double play in a functional sense as well. As they explain, “There is a duality to the space — kids can read and parents can entertain.” Very well, we’d venture to say.

Photo by Alexandra Rowley

Our work effortlessly weaves together a story and a dialogue of periods, resulting in timeless spaces that enhance our clients’ lives.”
— David Ries and Thad Hayes

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Made-to-Order Sofa, New, Offered by Donzella Ltd.
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Made-to-Order Sofa, New, Offered by Donzella Ltd.

“Encourages conversation, given the curve. What we were trying to accomplish in this room was to make a formal living room more accessible.”

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Armchairs, 1955, Offered by Avery & Dash Collections
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Armchairs, 1955, Offered by Avery & Dash Collections

”Ries Hayes always tries to inject our projects with classic American designers.”

Gae Aulenti for Knoll International Marble Table, 1960s, Offered by Orange Furniture
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Gae Aulenti for Knoll International Marble Table, 1960s, Offered by Orange Furniture

”We love the idea of using a stone-top coffee table. It’s not too precious, and people don’t need to use coasters — again driving home the concept of an accessible living space.”

Osvaldo Borsani and Lucio Fontana for ABV Cabinet, 1950, Offered by Donzella Ltd.
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Osvaldo Borsani and Lucio Fontana for ABV Cabinet, 1950, Offered by Donzella Ltd.

“Given the cooler palette in the room, using a natural honey-colored wood adds some warmth. And who doesn’t love a Borsani cabinet?”

John Dickinson White Plaster Etruscan Tables, 1980, Offered by Lobel Modern, Inc
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John Dickinson White Plaster Etruscan Tables, 1980, Offered by Lobel Modern, Inc

“We like throwing in something that has a human touch to it and a more naturalistic element, and the plaster tables do just that.”

Peter Hamburger for Knoll Floor Lamp, 1965, Offered by CONVERSO
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Peter Hamburger for Knoll Floor Lamp, 1965, Offered by CONVERSO

“Practical but also so interesting with the acrylic. It adds a little sparkle.”

Philip & Kelvin LaVerne Male and Female Torso Table Lamps, ca. 1970, Offered by Lobel Modern, Inc
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Philip & Kelvin LaVerne Male and Female Torso Table Lamps, ca. 1970, Offered by Lobel Modern, Inc

“The apartment is located in a very classic New York City building, and this is leaning into those classical, timeless elements.”

Line Vautrin Round Red Talosel Wall Mirror, 1940s, Offered by Maison Gerard
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Line Vautrin Round Red Talosel Wall Mirror, 1940s, Offered by Maison Gerard

“These mirrors are like jewelry, and they add a sparkle to the room.”

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