Larger space and greater vision are two things that New Yorkers cannot refuse. So when a single businesswoman seized the opportunity to move from a 600-square-foot one-bedroom apartment on the upper floor of the same building to a 1,096-square-foot two-bedroom apartment, she turned to New York City architect and designer S. Russell Groves solved the shortcomings of her new residence. Groves said: “She can see a million-dollar view of Central Park in an apartment with few details or storage.” He eliminated one of the bedrooms to create a larger living space, and Use subtle color schemes of gray, cream and brown to unify the space. The final residence provides a tranquil antidote for the busy and surrounding life of the client.
The black-and-white photos are part of the homeowner’s collection of ballet memorabilia, which contrasts sharply with the white frame. The elegant dining environment includes a restored mid-century mahogany table made of ebony wood, with a brass X-shaped stretcher and beige linen upholstered new chairs. The circular shape of the conical lampshade (hung in the decorative packaging line) echoes the curve of the table.
“I use contrasting textures and tones instead of patterns to create drama,” explains architect designer S. Russell Groves. For example, the thick lines and dark finishes of bronze and mirrored coffee tables and side tables are juxtaposed with the soft shapes and light-colored mohair fabrics of slippers. In order to maximize the use of space, Groves commissioned new upholstered products (including sofas and chairs) based on retro designs. The proportion of these products is usually smaller than modern products. The large custom storage room has a dual role, folds down to be used as a desk on the right, and accommodates the entertainment system on the left.
Groves’ client entertains often, so she needed the small, 8-by-11-foot kitchen to be highly functional as well as visually appealing. A walk-in pantry installed just outside the room’s entrance (not shown) offers additional storage. A ceiling fixture and recessed lighting underneath the cabinets provide dual light sources, while a translucent window shade softens the morning sun’s rays. Smooth white solid-surface countertops contrast with the texture of the checkered gray-and-white Carrara marble mosaic tiles on the backsplash.
“Comfort and luxury were important to my client, so I gave the room a hint of midcentury Hollywood glamour,” says Groves. Here, he steered clear of light and dark contrasts, choosing an array of creamy hues to give the bedroom a restful feel. An Art Deco reproduction vanity (not shown) was lacquered white to match a pair of 1940s nightstands. Sepia-toned floral photographs hang above a headboard upholstered in a cotton mate- lassé. Groves measured the client sitting in bed and positioned a pair of chrome swing-arm sconces so that the bottom of their shades is near her eye level, the ideal height for reading.