Apartment by Deborah Berke Partners: 2017 Best of Year Winner for Large Apartment
An urban pioneer a decade ago, deciding to move the Marianne Boesky Gallery to a gentrifying area, right next to the disused elevated tracks that would become the High Line park, art dealer Marianne Boesky commissioned Interior Design Hall of Fame member Deborah Berke for a ground-up building to house the gallery on the ground level and an apartment upstairs. Berke also furnished the 3,300-square-foot residence. To set off the provocative art collection, the library sported plaid carpet, and the living room got a traditional onyx mantelpiece.
Both the mantel and the carpet survived senior principal Caroline Wharton Ewing‘s recent refresh—a stylized portrait of a little girl by Yoshitomo Nara now hangs above the fireplace, and a white rug went down on the plaid to neutralize and update it. “The textured palette is more serene and sophisticated,” she explains. Chevron oak parquet likewise remains. The formerly chocolate-brown dining room is lacquered a blue-gray, and a neutral silk with a bluish cast covers the walls of the living room. Its lounge chairs are upholstered in natural shearling, while throw pillows are silk or faux fur. Replacing the original baroque sofa, a sky-blue velvet-covered sectional improves flow during the parties that follow gallery openings.
Project Team: Elizabeth Chadkin; Janisha Wilson.