Interior designer Neal Beckstedt managed to blend the best of both uptown elegance and downtown cool, uniting competing elements with an aesthetic that could best be described as Manhattan by way of Paris. An eclectic apartment in New York full of glamour from a parisian decor seems the perfect way to describe the new home of a young french couple.
Beckstedt’s clients were young and with an impeccable taste, they knew exactly what they wanted, an apartment that would reflect their culture and taste, a chic room design with prominent luxury furniture.
Riffing on their fashion-forward cues, he transformed the fourth-level space, refinishing the original parquet flooring, adding molding and heightening thresholds at the entrances of each room to impart an airy atmosphere of grandness.
Furnishings and décor also hew to the concept, from the Empire-style chandelier that hangs above the dining table to the billowing tasselled drapery in the living room to the embroidered Louis XVI fauteuils in the library.
In the newly configured master bedroom, a gilded trifold mirror with faux-mullioned panes conceals the new marble bath and De Gournay–covered study while oozing Old World charm—a look that continues in the adjoining solarium, where vintage fabrics that the couple found on a trip to Morocco appear on the throw pillows.
But in Paris as in New York, no home is complete without an infusion of contemporary style, color, and shape. The master bedroom also features a sleek new fireplace surround cut in honed travertine and a tulip-like armchair by India Mahdavi, while a cozy library reading nook defined by built-in bookcases is anchored with a geometric rug by House of Luv.
Vladimir Kagan’s sinuous Serpentine sofa creates softness against the angularity of the living room’s rectilinear panelling and windows.
Throughout the home, crisp white walls give way to unexpected shades, from the oxblood-lacquered library to the polished fior pesco marble backsplash in the kitchen—a textural contrast to cabinetry coated in Farrow & Ball’s salmon-hued Setting Plaster.
The uniqueness of this design is perhaps best illustrated in the powder room, a vibrant space that expresses its joie de vivre with ornately patterned Hermès wallpaper, a genre-bending Gio Ponti mirror, and a whimsical brass hippo faucet by P.E. Guerin.
But Parisian as it is in spirit, the result is a home that feels personal and unique—and undeniably New York.