Best of Both Worlds
Craig Kellogg -- Interior Design, 9/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
Between the two neighborhoods, one uptown and one down, that a financier and his wife, a health-care advocate, were considering living in, the differences are countless. Illustrating them: An apartment in an old guard 1908 building on the Upper West Side is unlikely to deliver a TriBeCa loft’s open plan, a high priority for the couple. But there was a major compensation. A treetop view of Central Park is hard to pass up.
Flow could come via renovation, the couple decided. So they interviewed Helfand Architecture. When principal Margaret Helfand died shortly there after, her firm, renamed Tinmouth Chang Architects under the leadership of John Tinmouth and Tom Chang, moved forward with the 2,800-square foot apartment with assistance from Victoria Kirk Interiors.
The dining room became a media room. Its original oak paneling and parquet remain, lending heft to an Edward Wormley slipper chair and an Antonio Citterio sectional. But Tinmouth Chang did rip out the wall separating the room from the foyer and long entry gallery, then installed sliding doors that can stack away. These doors have frames of statutory bronze surrounding clear glass panels that sandwich bright copper mesh. “We prefer simple forms in beautiful materials,” Tinmouth says.
Pocket doors can open the media room to the larger room shared by the dining and living areas. The dining table, with its cleverly expanding top, sits under a chandelier in aluminum and frosted acrylic.“We were worried about weight with the old plaster ceiling,” Tinmouth continues. In the living area, Chang adds, the asymmetrical diagonals of a suite of seating give “a sense of energy and movement.” All those pieces are the architects’ custom designs. “To allow them to shine,” Victoria Kirk says, “I worked at making quiet furnishings choices.” They include the window shades in public areas and the master bedroom. The master bedroom also has a huge pocket door that opens directly to the living area—a loft like gesture utterly unexpected in traditional surroundings. It makes perfect sense, however: The bed can now benefit from the living area’s window facing Central Park.