After years of living abroad, this family tapped KWI to create a “downtown” vibe for their new uptown apartment. Deciphering what “downtown” really meant for them was the first priority and after exploring all sorts of various styles, Kathleen and the clients discovered that this couple, armed with antiques from prior apartments, really loved a modern, eclectic aesthetic and mindset. Mixing Asian art and Middle-Eastern rugs with Swedish influences. Using a globally modern mix of furnishings, the home is colorful, sophisticated, playful and welcoming to everyone.
The apartment’s 14' ceilings and soaring windows on the main floor (plus a private master suite on a lower level and kids' quarters a half level above) the space feels more like a loft than an expected, classic Upper East side apartment. The design aesthetic, characterized as “livably-modern”, was largely inspired by textiles and rugs the wife had collected while traveling, as well as a few years the couple spent in Asia. It was our job to incorporate the beautiful pieces they brought back into their new home in a way that made sense for their life today.
Two pieces of Asian art hang above a Vladimir Kagan sofa and Wendell Castle Sizzle coffee table in the living room. In the elevator vestibule, an antique North Korean chest nestles beneath a sleek red console. These subtle juxtapositions can be found throughout the project.
At KWI, we believe joy can be found through everyday surroundings, and to create a home that is a true reflection of the people who live there and to create the perfect backdrop for my clients’ lives, where they can feel like their best selves is sincerely rewarding.