Friday, December 4, 2009


Certainly one of the more enjoyable blog subjects is profiling the work of select architects and designers. The brainchild behind their design venues gracefully blends form and function. Featured today are several vintage residences in company with a few recent projects. For each dwelling there is a link below for additional interior and in some cases exterior viewing.

Pigalle Apartment - This Parisian gem is the masterful work of French designer Tristan Auer. His name might jog memory to those fortunate to have caught the feature on rock star Brian Adams' Ile St Louis apartment in Elle Decor April 2009 entitled "Creative Genius". Like Adams' Paris getaway, the Pigalle project once again captures Auer's superb ability to artfully blend clean lines, funtionality and impeccable design selection. Furnishings illustrated include white sofa byTristan Auer edited by Christophe Delcourt, kaki sofa by Tristan Auer, Boke coffee table by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt, pink/white Pipe table lamp by Tom Dixon perched on Nagato stool by Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt, white Elephant stool by Sori Yanagui for Vitra, rare vintage black Kangaroo armchair by George Nelson for Herman Miller, and pair of vintage black sconces by Charlotte Perriand.

56 Leonard Street – The iconic architectural and design firm Shelton Mindel & Associates was selected to design interiors at the off-site sales office for the new Herzog & de Meuron residential tower in New York City. Furnishings illustrated include custom sofa, chairs and pouf in wool flannel , Presso fiberglass cocktail table from Artifort , Revolving Cabinet by Shiro Kuramata from Cappellini, re-edition molded aluminum tripod chair by Poul Kjaerholm from R20th Century , and Loop chair by Willy Guhl on adjoining balcony from WB Engross

Kaufmann House – A historic landmark property of post war Modernism, architect Richard Neutra designed this home for Pittsburgh department-store magnate Edgar Kaufmann Sr. in 1946. The house stood vacant for several years after Kaufmann’s death in 1955. Thereafter it experienced a series of renovations and owners including singer/songwriter Barry Manilow. In the mid 1990’s the then present owners Brent and Beth Harris hired architects Marmol & Radziner to perform a painstaking restoration seeking many of the original finishes and fixtures for the home. Ironically years later at the outset of the California couple’s divorce they opted to auction the property with Christies having a presale estimate of $15-$25 million. Furnishings illustrated include vintage LCM chairs by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller along with wonderful vintage indoor/outdoor lounge forms.

Levy Residence – This New York City Chelsea penthouse was designed by Brazilian architect Arthur Casas. Well known for his commercial and residential work throughout New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires, Casas acknowledges it was Sao Paulo with its fundaments of Modernism that greatly influenced his aesthetic and style of design. Furnishings illustrated include a vintage George Nakashima armchair facing a custom ottoman-table, part teak and part upholstered in silk and straw.

Cohen House – This is a classic Sarasota School of Architecture waterfront mid century modern home. Designed by Paul Rudolph this tropical lot is situated on the resort island of Siesta Key. Rudolph made comment that the most interesting feature of the house was the sunken area in the living room. He was interested in the simplification and elimination of furniture since the Cohens were an extremely musical couple; he being concert master for the Florida West Coast Symphony and she a concert pianist. The enormous multi-purpose living area was used for entertaining or orchestra practice sessions. As consequence the sparse furnishings illustrated include cushions on the floor, cushions for back support, and centered a vintage wire base elliptical table by Charles & Ray Eames from Herman Miller. The background light weight paneling was of the sandwich variety with a honeycomb core of phenolic-impregnated paper with hardboard or plywood glued to either side.

related links:
Sales Suite for Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard St New York City by Shelton Mindel & Associates, 2008 (2nd)
Kaufmann House Palm Springs CA by Richard Neutra, 1946 / restoration by Leo Marmol & Ron Radziner, mid 1990’s (3rd)
Levy Residence Chelsea New York City by Arthur Casas, 2006 (4th)
Cohen Residence Siesta Key/Sarasota FL by Paul Rudolph, 1953-1955 (bottom)

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