Geometry rules in a cozy library on Manhattan’s Central Park West. “Our challenge was to create a contemporary space but have it feel warm and intimate,” says Eric Cohler.
To that end, Cohler layered in simple pieces that extend the painterly vision of Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann (whose canvas hangs above the sofa) into three dimensions: a linear standing lamp by Christian Liaigre, a cylindrical glass light by Ralph Lauren for Circa Lighting and a planar cocktail table from Roman Thomas. All good, but the paneling delivers the warmth. Cerused oak, Cohler says, “creates an enveloping juxtaposition between the lines of furniture and the art.”