Studio Sofield

Glamour’s melodic side

Photo by Adrian Gaut

Could this be heaven? It’s a question that visitors to this building, just a few steps from Carnegie Hall, might ask not once but a few times during a stroll through its limestone reception hall. Custom rock-crystal urns flaunt gilded palm fronds; antique tapestries (acquired on 1stDibs) fill corner niches. “The room is highly idiosyncratic and could only exist in New York,” says its designer, William Sofield, seen here with his firm’s vice president, Emma O’Neill. “The project juxtaposes the saturated extravagance of New York’s Gilded Age with the restrained modernity of the elegant sliver tower.” Not heaven, then — we’re in 111 West 57th Street, the former Steinway Hall. And for those who need a little grounding amid all this extravagance, Sofield has laid an entry floor of end-grain hemlock, recycled from the building’s original piano loading docks.

Photo by Billy Farrell Agency

“We’re responsible for bringing joy and beauty into people’s lives when they come home and inspiring artisans to craft environments of enduring quality.
— William Sofield

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“Peter Lane’s work is a bold, masterful manipulation of clay. We love mixing rugged earthiness with the sublime. We have worked with him for years.”

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“A wonderful French artisan working in Brooklyn. Evocative of Art Nouveau style, delicate, with the hand of the artist evident”

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“Magnificent, expressing a grand journey whether by sea or through life. I remember when the entire frieze was intact.”

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“A charming little piece of immense personality and lovely details”

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“Beautiful fanciful Deco detailing — these chairs look nearly alive.”

Untitled, 2001, by Nancy Lorenz, Offered by Bentley Gallery
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