Studio Mellone

Design classics meet a sweet Chelsea view

Photo by William Jess Laird

Who in the past couple of years hasn’t longed to lounge on a daybed while taking in a panoramic view? Show of hands? We thought so. Andre Mellone hit the jackpot when he placed a Pierre Chareau daybed, a family heirloom, in his Chelsea apartment under a bank of windows blessed with west-facing vistas. Having undergone a major restoration, it was ready to join his choice collection of pieces by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Rick Owens, Green River Project and Willy Rizzo. “I really enjoy the dynamic created by the Willy Rizzo coffee table and the upholstered mid-century sofa,” Mellone notes of another prime perch in the room. “The combination nicely summarizes one of the primary design philosophies of our studio: a strong mix.”

Photo by Richard Phibbs

“For us, the most successful projects are born from a true mix — a mix of materials, styles, shapes and textures.”
— Andre Mellone

Designer Picks

Afra & Tobia Scarpa Artona Bed, 1975, Offered by MORENTZ
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Afra & Tobia Scarpa Artona Bed, 1975, Offered by MORENTZ

“Scarpa is the master of achieving very masculine forms with very graceful details, like the carvings in the headboard of this bed.”

Russel Wright for Conant Ball Easy Chair, 1935, Offered by Collage 20th Century Classics
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Russel Wright for Conant Ball Easy Chair, 1935, Offered by Collage 20th Century Classics

“As a studio, we’re very fond of examples of modernism that use simple materials with honest construction, and these Wright chairs exemplify the best of simple American design.”

Maria Pergay Table, 1970, Offered by Galere
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Maria Pergay Table, 1970, Offered by Galere

“We always enjoy a good mix of materials, and this metal Pergay table is equally at home in a warm or minimal environment.”

Enfilade Cabinet Attributed to Maison Regain, 1960s, Offered by JLF Jean Luc Ferrand
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Enfilade Cabinet Attributed to Maison Regain, 1960s, Offered by JLF Jean Luc Ferrand

“We love to use strong, substantial pieces like this — they can play both leading and supporting roles in any room.”

Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup Table Lamp, 1950s, Offered by Studio Schalling
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Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup Table Lamp, 1950s, Offered by Studio Schalling

“This lamp by Jo Hammerborg is the perfect encapsulation of everything we like: great design, a mix of materials and perfect proportions.”

GAB Bronze Vessel, ca. 1935, Offered by Ponce Berga
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GAB Bronze Vessel, ca. 1935, Offered by Ponce Berga

“Bronze is a favorite metal in our studio, and GAB designs are always the most beautiful.”

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Plywood Folding Screen, 1970s, Offered by ECD Vintage
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Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller Plywood Folding Screen, 1970s, Offered by ECD Vintage

“We love this screen by the Eameses — not only is it extremely beautiful, but it is an important piece of design history as one of the first pieces made of plywood.”

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