February 28, 2020

Husband Wife Brings Balance to a Family’s Modernist West Village Apartment

In the master bedroom of a modernist West Village apartment, 1970s lounge chairs by Bernard Govin sit beside a lamp by Gino Sarfatti. Photography by Floto+Warner.

When your clients are the family of a successful Broadway producer, it’s only fitting that a sophisticated space for entertaining double as a comfortable, welcoming interior suitable for two small children and a dog. Brittney Hart and Justin Caputo, the co-founders of New York-based Husband Wife, achieved just such a balancing act when redesigning this 2,000-square-foot apartment in the historic Butterfield House in Manhattan’s West Village.

The bedroom’s custom plaster walls by Nota Design have a mica finish, while the silk rug is by Madeline Weinrib. Photography by Floto+Warner.

The previous interiors, though inside a 1962 modernist building, didn’t take advantage of the historic architecture. Playing up a juxtaposition between volume and form, Hart and Caputo made sure to highlight original elements like deep bay windows while adding coziness and intimacy with rich textures and materials, including walnut paneling in the den and patterned marble in the kitchen. Vintage furniture and lively art and design objects, plus new built-ins, make the space feel playful yet elegant—just like this high-powered family’s lifestyle.

In the den, custom walnut paneling conceals a desk and storage; the custom curved banquette is upholstered in deep blue fabric by Creations Metaphores. Photography by Floto+Warner.
Vintage Italian dining chairs gather around an elliptical table by Space Copenhagen in the dining room. Photography by Floto+Warner.
The dining room’s sconces are by Tommaso Barbi, and the 1970 mirror is by Mondellini. Photography by Floto+Warner.
The kitchen’s marble floor features a custom pattern in Empress Green, Rosa Tea, Rose Aurora, and Nero Marquina. Photography by Floto+Warner.
Working in a historical building led the designers to find vintage pieces that speak to American and European modern design, including in the foyer. Photography by Floto+Warner.
The living room’s black-and-silver geometric rug is by Madeline Weinrib; the sconces are by Nanda Vigo for Arredoluce. Photography by Floto+Warner.
The living room’s curved-back wicker chairs are by Harvey Probber. Photography by Floto+Warner.
The sculpture is by artist Guy Corriero. Photography by Floto+Warner.

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