Williamson Residence
Upper West Side, New York City

A young couple moving uptown from downtown commissioned us to renovate a sprawling, light-filled,  apartment in a pre-war co-op. They wanted a cool “ downtown chic” vibe.  The 6.000 square foot had to be functional and beautiful, and filled with furniture, objects and art that would not only inspire them but reflect an increasingly sophisticated vision.

Reddymade’s design reflects the complex interplay between art, architecture, collectible design and furniture. That meant each room would to be anchored by a particular set of objects and furniture.. Carefully selected, they enhanced the proportions and sensibility of each room, yet engaged with the art and design in the rooms about them.

A 60 foot long hallway stretching through the apartment was the key to making this concept work. We laid along it a 50-foot-long, metallic rug made by Hechizoo. Its hues change from bright blue on one end to pure silver on the other.  What it turned out to be was this beautiful spine that connected every space to it, and spoke to the ‘interconnectivity’ of the lively objects and furnishings within the apartment.

We designed the views from one room to the next to suggest the eye  stretch its gaze from a beautiful work in one room to another in the next. For instance, the view from the living room into the hallway is set up so that the eye travels from a vintage string light to the texture of a Frank Thiel painting, and then further to  the walnut and bronze bar designed around a Quasi cabinet by Aranda Lasch. The view to the dining room draws the eye immediately to an amazing chandelier made of dandelions by Fragile Futures.

The living room is large enough for two seating areas. One faces the fireplace, the other offers a  view of the Hudson river, Swiveling chairs allow for the clients to be in both areas. Paired with art by Robert Polidori, Kate Shepherd and Mary Ellen Carrol , and collectible design from Yves Klein, Sebastian Errazuriz , and the Haas Brothers to name a few, the room is an instant conversation piece.

We decided to keep the original shelving in the formal dining room, and redesign it so it feels more like dining in a library.  The star of the room is a chandelier made from dandelions and LED’s. Objects by Sophie Calle, a photograph of the Glass House by Richard Barnes, and vintage silver from the clients’ family round out the room’s unique, now intimate sensibility.

For the media room, we commissioned a custom “graffiti” work from artist Cey Adams. Based on a musical theme, it, like the room, reflects one of the client’s passion for music. Filled with photographs of rock and roll and blues greats, this room has a more masculine feel with woven leather rugs and stone worktables.

The master bedroom features serene watercolors by Kim McCarty and a print by artist Joel Shapiro, modern Indian fabrics on the bed, and beautiful glass bell tables by Sebastian Herkner.

The guest bedrooms and playrooms are designed as serene oases, with soft neutral tones, and bright accessories.

The basic color palette throughout the apartment  is a series of neutrals. The palette is enhanced by warm woods, textured stone, and gold leaf.  The result is an elegant canvas on which to place such varied textures as warm velvet. and to showcase the clients collection of highly-contemporary art.  The resultant balance gives the apartment a vibrancy that is engaging rather than  overwhelming.

Our clients went on to have adorable twin boys, so now there are even more colorful and tactile objects everywhere, promoting a sense of play and discovery. Two bear stools in the hallway for instance become both an object to play with, as well as functional, sculptural furniture. As they get older the twins can graduate to larger objects like the Hass Brothers “beast” bench in the living room.