January 27, 2023
For One New York Metropolis Household, House Is The place the Eating Room Ping-Pong Desk Is | Architectural Digest

When the inside designer Sebastian Zuchowicki started working together with his consumer on their New York Metropolis residence, the place to begin was the lounge. “I really feel like the lounge ideas are at all times the soul of the house, particularly in a New York Metropolis house, after which it trickles down,” he says.

In comparison with his consumer’s typical summer time home in Rhode Island, the three-bedroom house in West Chelsea that he presently shares together with his two kids (and their cat) is a contemporary sanctuary with a finely tuned aesthetic. Zuchowicki spent a complete 12 months slowly remodeling the three,000-square-foot condominium one room at a time, till the bedrooms, eating room, and newly long-established non-public library had been fully perfected.

“He likes holding onto recollections by means of objects,” Zuchowicki explains with reference to his consumer’s large assortment of first version books, sculptures, ceramics, rugs, and different objects from his worldwide travels. Whereas Zuchowicki describes his consumer as a traditionalist, he has a curatorial eye for cultural artifacts—two issues that, when put collectively, inform a compelling story. That is most evident within the cozy library-den the place photos and portraits of the consumer’s members of the family are within the firm of items like a classic Thirties Hermès lamp, a Jean Prouvé chair from Dobrinka Salzman Gallery, and a classic chair that was as soon as housed in a psychiatric hospital.

To channel a way of “good-looking soul” into the interiors of a recent house with a concrete, metal, and brick exterior, Zuchowicki’s imaginative and prescient for his consumer was “French Deco with somewhat little bit of prep.” He achieved this by means of the appliance of various textures on the partitions, from suede and velvet to linen and Venetian plaster. There are additionally customized doorways made out of shagreen and leather-based, as seen within the entry and hallway.

“One of many largest challenges was to search out what’s the correct stability,” Zuchowicki admits. “How conventional can I am going with some shapes with out breaking that boundary?” Catering towards the consumer’s preppier sensibilities, he leaned right into a impartial palette with older finishes like herringbone prints and red-tinged leathers to distinction the austerity of such critical shapes.

The general vibe within the house is elegant and alluring whereas remaining simple on the eyes, all with out subscribing to any particular gender roles. “He has a daughter so I didn’t need this complete place feeling prefer it’s for him and his son,” Zuchowicki says. “I additionally wished to be sure that it was delicate sufficient, I didn’t need it to really feel too good-looking.” This was particularly high of thoughts for the first bed room, the place Zuchowicki was decided to keep up a playful environment. In that zone, the tone is way softer because of the inclusion of a fuzzy Viggo Boesen sofa, Lilla Svampen stool, and goat hair rug from Beauvais Carpets.

On this family, household at all times comes first, so for the eating room the consumer had just one request: a ping-pong desk. The leisure exercise is one among their favourite pastimes, however this explicit desk by Sean Woolsey Studio wouldn’t simply be reserved for enjoyable and video games—Zuchowicki’s consumer latched onto the thought of utilizing it as a gathering place to sit down down for all of their meals collectively. Questioning how you can make the room really feel heat and welcoming whereas additionally staying linked to the remainder of a house with a extra critical angle, Zuchowicki added a chandelier from The City Electrical Firm and a set of white oak eating chairs by Home of Leon on high of a Beauvais Carpets rug within the fashion of Emile Jacques Ruhlmann. The paintings by Adja Yunkers from Dobrinka Salzman Gallery additionally livens up the inside.

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A mixture of traditional and modern items with character are woven into each room, so the complete residence seems lived in, versus stuffy. Classic Adnet sconces, Max Simon mobiles, Carlos Utero lamps, and a Jean-Michel Frank–fashion couch assist make that potential whereas avoiding potential developments. “I did not need you to stroll into this house and have it really feel prefer it was model new, like we simply did it,” he provides. “Each time you stroll into house, I would like you to really feel such as you redid it 5 years in the past.”

One thing else that Zuchowicki fondly remembers is the method of convincing this consumer to recover from his bias in opposition to bare flooring. “He didn’t prefer to see his flooring, however I used to be like, ‘Your flooring are stunning. I perceive you need to soften the house, and we’re going to try this, however you must present some pores and skin.’” By gently pushing him out of his consolation zone and towards extra fashionable sensibilities, Zuchowicki was in a position to set a tone that’s layered appropriately for the way the consumer needs to stay whereas respecting the character of the house.

“My favourite element is that there’s texture in all places you look,” concludes Zuchowicki. “Actually in all places you look, there’s texture. You gained’t see a white wall wherever and that to me makes it really feel particular. It would not really feel heavy and that was actually essential, I wished it to really feel mild however tremendous textured.”