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Home Sweet Home

Date published: October 10 2016

New York

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This stunning Pied à Terre in the heart of New York’s Fifth Avenue fuses modern contemporary style with pre-war architecture

Interior Designer, Erik Galiana, was tasked with the project of turning this classic New York Fifth Avenue two-bedroomed apartment into a modern and contemporary space. The family has homes in London, India and San Francisco, but were wanting a base in New York - where both their children are currently studying - to feel like home when they increasingly spent time in the city.

The 1,276sqft apartment is built with classic New York pre-war architecture, and it was important to the clients to keep the aesthetic of the building whilst simultaneously modernising the interior in a sympathetic manner. Having previously worked with the couple on a previous home, Galiana had a firm relationship built up and was able to utilise that to meet
their exact design needs without compromising on a style that was befitting of the apartment. As well as incorporating a lot of furniture from their previous, new construction property, Galiana integrated lots of new pieces and accessories to give the apartment a fresh new feel and capitalise on the sleek look.

A beautiful dark wood herringbone floor throughout this apartment gives a rich tone and the walls have been painted a variety of neutral tones to complement this and allow the artwork and furniture to stand out. The entrance hall displays opera posters in frames for a striking red accent on the walls, and a central circular hall table holds a vase of lillies for further colour.

The dining room benefits from white wood panelling on the bottom half of the walls, and a glass dining table (and accompanying chairs were designed by Thomas Faulkner) allows full view of the opulent floor below. Thin backed chairs and a console table complete the room, whilst a variety of abstract artworks adorn the walls giving a pop of colour.

The living room is a mostly monochrome space with a large geometric print grey rug and grey sofas and footstools. A glass computer table to one side provides an area for working, and a splash of colour is added with dark red throws and cushions. The walls feature a collection of black and white images of famous American stars in keeping with the New York location.

The master bedroom is dominated by a grand bed with an opulent padded cream leather headboard. Texture and interest is added with a collection of throws and soft cushions in a variety of styles, and a soft grey rug gives an additional warmth to the floor. Matching bedside tables with large cream lamps complete the elegant look and the New York views are evident from the window.

The whole apartment is a triumph of understated sleekness and is elegant in its simplicity. It has a definite home from home feel for the clients when they are visiting the city and is finished to the immaculate high standard that Galiana is renowned for.

Photographer: Ilir Rizaj

Designer: Erik Galiana

Author: Katy Briscoe

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