Introducing talented and successful designers who have an eye for creating interiors that reflect your personal style.
New York Cottages & Gardens - September 2014
What’s jammed with celebrities and on the rise? The elevator at 155 Franklin Street in Tribeca, otherwise known as the Sugar Loaf Building. Dating from 1882 and located on a cobblestone block between Hudson and Varick streets, the condo is luring headliners left and right. Soon after Taylor Swift took up residence in the 8,300-square-foot penthouse (which she bought from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson for $19.95 million in March), Orlando Bloom reportedly scooped up a $4.875 million, 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom loft with wood-beamed ceilings on the fourth floor. Meanwhile, director Steven Soderbergh is hopping off for good, recently selling his 3,500-square-foot, third-floor apartment for $6 million.
Like a lot of designers, Texas native Sydney Maag has been fussing with furnishings since she was a young kid. “I was always moving the furniture around and changing the rooms in our house,” she says. “Even at nine years old, I was constantly thinking about space, materials, finishes, and how to make a room look better.”
To find out what's trending with the New York wine scene, we asked four top wine directors: Patrick Cappiello of Pearl & Ash, Jeff Taylor of Betony, Narcissa's Ashley Santoro and Nathan Rawlinson of All'onda.
Several times a day at our home in Fire Island Pines, the same scene plays out. Visitors, in knots of twos or threes, stand unannounced in our entryway, craning their necks to get a glimpse of the suspended staircase dangling like sculpture above the 18-foot-high living room. “Excuse me, but we’ve known this house since we were little, and we’ve been watching it change the past few years, and well . . . .” At this point, my partner, Doug Harris, and I usually invite them in.
It’s model season, but those willowy beauties marching down New York’s runways for Fashion Week aren’t the only game in town. The city’s new condo developments are turning heads more than ever before. They’re tall, they’re skinny, they don’t wake up for less than $3,000 a square foot (give or take), and they’re ready for their close-ups.
For fall, accessorize your look with a little bit of an edge. Alexis Bittar, Michael Aram, Audrius Krulis, DVVS, Jeffrey New York, Monique Péan, and McTeigue & McClelland all have eye-catching jewels with just the right amount of back-to-school cool.
X marks the spot when it comes to these stylish side tables. Ideal for the dining room or entryway, Michael Dawkins Home's gleaming stainless-steel cabinet conceals mirrored glass shelves. Meanwhile, Christopher Kurtz's Pallet cot channels the familiar shape into a refined indoor piece.
You can’t go wrong with a team of well-rounded players. Slim and streamlined on top, with a solid foundation below, such pieces will run circles around the competition.
Successful glassblower, Andrew Hughes, acknowledges the frustration that comes with his craft yet credits his accomplishments to having an intimate relationship with glass. He makes designs for Calvin Klein Home's Artisan Collection which is sold exclusively at the flagship store on Madison Ave. Hughes states that glass is a part of our everyday lives whether it is through one's phone or a window, and once he discovered his talents in this field he just knew he had to pursue it.
It’s a long way from Down Under to downtown New York—literally and figuratively—but for New Zealand–born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, the trip has really paid off. After studying her craft at a polytechnic university in the Kiwi capital of Wellington, she decamped for Manhattan in 1992 and never looked back.
New York Cottages & Gardens sat down with Fernanda Niven, a board member of the innovative Edible Schoolyard NYC program, to learn more about how the program got started in New York, what types of foods are being grown and what kids are actually learning.
In His Duplex Penthouse in Chelsea, Decorator Scott Sanders Brings the Outside In and Vice Versa, Saturating Everything in Bright Color
In the course of his career, Sanders has developed a signature look he calls “New American Style,” and he’s known for designing homes that are rooted in tradition. But this apartment, with its many mid-20th-century pieces by Eames, Wegner, Wormley, Saarinen, and others, is more overtly contemporary than most of the work he has done for his clients. “‘New American Style,’” Sanders elaborates, “is about warmth, and creating spaces people feel comfortable in. There’s no velvet rope.
Go with your gut: It’s an instinct that’s been said to lead to the right decision, and in the right direction, more often than not. When Amy and Mitchell Kaneff found themselves in need of a designer for their Park Avenue apartment, they did just that: Mitchell had met Tori Golub through mutual friends and thought of her immediately. The designer’s sensibility, not to mention demeanor, struck him as one that would fall in sync with theirs.