Designer Gideon Mendelson lets the view take center stage while perfectly accessorizing it with mid-century modern furnishings in this stunning Upper West Side apartment. His balance of neutral backgrounds and bold accents creates a calm, inspiring environment worthy of its Hudson River setting.
“My clients are a young, working couple. They purchased this 3-bedroom apartment looking for enough room to start their family, and have friends and family from overseas come for lengthy stays. While they loved the views and light the apartment provided, they wanted to give it some architectural character, a global sense of style, and a color palette that inspires” says Mendelson.
“The living area is all about the views. The furniture floats in the room creating multiple seating areas for entertaining family and friends. It’s a sophisticated and eclectic mix of pieces, but everything is comfortable and inviting. Even the shades are loosely draped. The blues and greens connect us to the outdoors.”
“Storage is key in Manhattan. My clients needed a place to work from home so we designed an office and desk for them in a custom stained white oak. Pocket doors to the living room make conference calls a little more private. The Phillip Jeffries wallcovering adds a little glamour to the functional space, whose surfaces are ample, allowing my clients to display their collection of objects.”
I’m always trying to tell a story. I start by listening. I listen to the space that I’m designing and I listen to the people I’m designing for. The existing space – its history and its surroundings often help to inform me architecturally. Gideon Mendelson
“The Kitchen is small, but very efficient. Crisp white cabinetry and polished Statuary marble keep things clean and fresh. Open shelving makes setting the table for casual meals quick and easy.”
Bar Stools with Leather Strap Seats, France, 1940’s from Tom Thomas
“We created a sense of entry by paneling the foyer and insetting a modern wallcovering, making a very graphic statement. The stainless steel front door was painted to resemble the paneling in the room, but in a whimsical way. The furnishings are an eclectic mix of custom, contemporary and mid-century pieces.”
“The master bedroom is a study of pastels from soft blues to lavenders. It’s a warm place to recover from their busy day to day. With children coming, I knew they would need a serene place to rest.”
What child wouldn’t feel adored in this colorful nursery?
Even in this calm bathroom, Gideon adds a punch of color with abstract artwork.
Gideon pulled design inspiration from this apartment’s river setting. What has inspired your home decor?