Gramercy Park Residence

Apartment by Neal Beckstedt Studio in New York, NY

This Gramercy Park apartment was fully gutted for longtime client and fashion designer Derek Lam and Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann. Overlooking Gramercy Park at tree level, integrating nature became a predominant direction for the design. The entire living room, dining room and library were clad in French-limed oak paneling to create the sense of being in the midst of the trees. The custom paneling was also designed as a modern abstraction of traditional paneling. The base, crown and other traditional details were flattened and distilled to a refined minimal level giving the home a refreshing, casual aesthetic, while still evoking classic architecture. Continuing the mix of old and new, the furnishings are an electric mix of French antiques, vintage modern collectibles, and avant-garde contemporary pieces. A sleek, amorphic-shaped coffee table by Jacques Jarrige sits next to a pair of French fauteuils, a Jean-Michel Frank side table, an Andre Arbus table lamp, and a 1930’s inspired custom sofa resulting in a sophisticated assortment that is refined yet casual. Color is also boldly featured throughout the apartment with splashes coming from the pastel tones in the upholstery and the contemporary art. In the rear master bedroom, nature is translated more literally with a bold fabric by Madeleine Castaing covering the walls. The residence ties in the natural surrounding with the tailored details of the furnishings to harmoniously create a chic and tranquil Gramercy Park retreat.

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Photography: William Waldron