[Decor] Looking to the future home
In the living room, designer Michael Richman chose elegant but purposely mismatched midcentury pieces—a pair of Andre Sornay armchairs , a Fabricius & Kastholm leather sofa and a Warren McArthur lounger newly covered in orange cotton—and added his own Jean Royère-inspired white plush Over Easy chair and Lumen coffee table. Large-scale art pieces, from left, are by Matthew Ritchie, Adam Fuss (in the library) and Thomas Struth.
In the living room, two Thomas Struth photos flank a modernized, taller door (an Andreas Gursky photo, center, is in the adjacent office).
The glass-topped conference table in the office is built on a base by sculptor Gene Summers. It can do double duty as a dining table (although Alper prefers to dine out). He has a total of 12 dining chairs, which can be stacked for compact storage. A series of 24 large-scale photographs by Qiu Zhijie represents the four seasons; Alper shows six at a time in the room.
Richman’s custom Huggy Bear sofa in the library.
The view from the bar to the gallery shows a Richard Artschwager chair and a Gursky print.
The kitchen was refurbished rather than restored (see “What the Pros Know”).
A vintage Italian desk by Silvio Cavatorta inspired designer Michael Richman’s custom-designed nightstands and upholstered bed in the master suite.
In the master bathroom, Marcel Wanders’s sculptural Gobi tub stands on its own on a platform of Athos marble. The glass-encased shower, easily big enough for two, is clad in the same marble and sports a handy shaving sink. The window to the fire escape is translucent glass.
Richman (left), Denison (standing) and project architect Patrick Papczun in front of the glass fireplace.
The classic Beaux Arts exterior.