Private Residence/ Upper East Side, NYC. 6,975 sf.
This grand townhouse was originally built in 1878, in a brick, neo-Federal style. In 2014, it was renovated by architect Peter Pennoyer in a classic and chic Upper East Side fashion, in collaboration with landscape architect Madison Cox and the wonderful designer Thomas Jayne. A gorgeous example of perfection in classicism.
The owner, a female architect, sought more simplicity in design, more modernity, less pretense, providing a sense of diversity in architectural expression in holding both tradition and modernism. Katherine set to refine and rethink the layout and furnishings, creating a more minimal and spacious symmetry. The design process involved the culling and editing of existing furnishings and antiques, then curating shape driven contemporary and mid century furniture pieces. Special care was taken to create a tactile and sophisticated palette of materials throughout the house to maintain an elegance, while streamlining the layering effect. This effect was achieved with subtle decorative paint finishes on walls, choice contemporary and vintage rugs, a custom indigo leather bed, rare lighting fixtures and lighter contemporary textiles. Pops of color were infused in areas to shine new light on the historical architectural details and further highlight the art collections. The design work also included bidding for important pieces at Sothebys. Katherine used skills in navigating and composing to an elegant and fresh effect. The results creating opulence with reduction.