December 20, 2017

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.

New York Apartment by Deborah Berke Partners. Photography by William Waldron.

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.

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