Between 17th and 32nd, New York’s iconic Park Avenue is known as Park Avenue South. This relatively small neighborhood blends a decidedly urban feel with the beauty of landmarks such as Gramercy Park, Madison Square Park and Union Square. When designing a loft in this neighborhood, Designer Fanny Abbes of The New Design Project wanted the space to reflect this mix of metropolitan and garden aesthetics and be a retreat from the business of the city.
Says Fanny, “The client, a single professional woman in her mid-twenties, had recently purchased the property and was relocating back to New York from another state. She was a real dream to work with, trusted our guidance on the aesthetic and gave us broad creative license on designing the space as we saw fit.”
A calm, sophisticated color palette, mix of contemporary and mid-century furnishings and the use of multiple sculptural elements give this loft a modern yet serene aesthetic.
“Iconic mid-century pieces inspired by the designs of Hans Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm and Eero Saarinen, are paired with more contemporary custom millwork, such as the black and brass floating wall shelves, floating upholstered bench, and marble and black oak nightstands. A curated collection of accessories in a mix of sizes, shapes and materials, completes the scheme.”
“The space is refined and elegant but modern and relaxed. Sculptural lighting adds drama and emphasizes the high ceilings, whilst oversized artwork and bold textiles, such as the Diego rug, add color and depth.”
Lariat 3 Lighting: Apparatus Studios
Custom Black and Brass Floating Wall Unit: The New Design Project
“TV sets always pose a challenge in the trade-off between form and function (a necessity for most clients but rarely aesthetically pleasing), so we try and find interesting ways to either make them disappear (black backdrop) or draw the eye away from them towards other more interesting sculptural elements, such as this custom floating shelving unit in black and brass designed by us.”
Chandelier: Lindsey Adelman Design
Lighting is used to help define spaces throughout the loft. In the dining area, a modern, yet elegant chandelier sets the tone for entertaining.
We wanted to create a space that was impactful without trying too hard. The client was looking for a beautiful home for her to enjoy and not necessarily to show off with. Fanny Abbes
The unique wall art and its interesting placement adds a touch of fun to the calm bedroom.
This lighting fixture based on a Lindsey Adelman design is now on my dream list. I love the drama it adds without feeling at all heavy or overpowering for the space.
We tried to create a space that was reflective of the client’s relaxed, youthful, urban personality. She wanted us to create a home that felt warm and considered, without feeling overly ‘designed’. Fanny Abbes