A native of Morgan City, Louisiana, Smith has been collecting antiques and furniture her entire life, and many of her most beloved pieces can be found throughout her new digs. “I was renovating this apartment while working at a big law firm, and after leaving work each night and checking on the status, I realized that my passion for drawing cabinet elevations and choosing bath fixtures surpassed my interest in reviewing litigation documents.”
New York Cottages & Gardens - March 2014
With their trademark being a fresh, contemporary take on traditional design, decorators Suysel dePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster made their name by employing bold colors and patterns in even the most mundane spaces. Then came a third leap of faith: a client who had just purchased an artist’s loft downtown and wanted to turn it into a warm, kid-friendly environment for her young family.
The timeworn but still elegant façade of Beethoven Hall, a circa-1860 meeting hall and community center just off the Bowery, hardly evokes the archetype of the quintessential New York artist’s loft. But once inside the live-work space of abstract painter Robert Kelly, you are suddenly immersed in the now. Or at least that’s how it looks on first glance.
In 1995, after discovering their shared passion for mosaics, co-owners Allison Goldenstein and Lesley Provenzano started making flowerpots and picture frames in a small studio the size of a one-car garage. Today their company makes mosaic artwork, glass-coated furniture, murals, and wall finishings for clients ranging from Las Vegas hotels to movie sets (Sex and the City 2) to the L’Oréal headquarters in Manhattan.
With winter melting into spring, the light’s shining bright at the end of the proverbial tunnel—and peeking through the armatures of these striking pendant lamps.