With space at a premium, it was especially important that each room in this Upper Westside apartment reflect the client’s lifestyle. She was more interested in creating a highly personal space, than hosting large dinner parties. With this in mind, Shannon transformed the dining room with its wall of shelving and a rolling library ladder, into a distinctive bedroom. The shelves were customized to showcase the client’s possessions, including a carefully curated collection of handmade decorative boxes. (“Clients are often passionate about their collections, and creating the right setting and composition for them can really enhance their enjoyment.”) Centered in the room is a contemporary upholstered platform bed with a custom nailhead design topped with a throw Shannon had made from the client’s own vintage furs. Off the bedroom, sliding doors covered in brilliant iridescent resin panels artfully conceal the client’s desk.
An antique statue of Athena delineates the bedroom from the living room where an Erased Heritage silk and wool hand-knotted carpet from Jan Kath perfectly captures the apartment’s layered mix of classic and contemporary elements. A stunning Donghia sofa and custom daybed are upholstered in flax linen. Shannon put the daybed on castor wheels for easy use when the client’s children or grandchildren visit.
The long, narrow loft was similarly designed for flexibility. The custom-made daybeds, also on castor wheels, have a gold, crocodile-patterned base topped with upholstered reversible cushions in luxurious jewel-toned fabrics. Even the well-appointed wheeled ottoman opens into a bed. Like with so many other aspects of this unique apartment, style and function blend effortlessly.