Greenwich Village has been known as an artists’ haven and the birthplace of both the Beat and 1960’s counterculture movements. It has become a wonderful community for families while maintaining the hip character for which it is so well known. This gorgeous apartment is in a 1963 modernist structure situated in the heart of the Village.
Designer Gideon Mendelson, founder of the Mendelson Group, is known for creating stylish spaces that honor their environment and are also highly functional. “My goal is always to listen to my clients and guide them with the hopes of putting together an interesting collection of furnishings, a layered group of textiles and a personal assemblage of art and accessories,” says Mendelson.
For this project, “the clients are a young couple in their 30’s with a new child. A functional, clean-lined, comfortable and stylish apartment is what they really wanted. The architecture of the building and it’s history inspired the interior of the home – muted tones with lots of texture combined with custom upholstery and vintage furnishings from the 50’s and 60’s.”
Large windows fill the apartment with natural light and provide a view of trees that rise from street level, creating a strong connection to the outdoors. To compliment this rare NYC feature, Gideon selected a palette of neutral tones combined with various blues and greens – from soft celadons to deep olives and pale blues to dark teals.
“Texture is apparent throughout the apartment – the foyer ceiling paper made from thin sheets of wood creates a sunburst effect.”
“The art throughout the apartment challenges scale and reflects the clients youthful energy!”
“The venetian plaster in the living room resembles the texture of a birch tree.”
“The lacquered walls in the dining room add sophistication and sparkle.”
“The classic grasscloth wallpaper and solid wood slab slider in the study create warmth and connect one to the outdoors.”
“The cork floors in the kitchen are not only textural, but graphic in design and refer to the family’s involvement in the wine industry.”
At the end of a project, I hope to have created a functional space that feels stylish and makes you smile a little. Gideon Mendelson