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Bachelor Reset

Above: The Primary Bedroom. Photo: Gieves Anderson
Above: The Primary Bedroom. Photo: Gieves Anderson

This project’s genesis was unequivocal: put politely, this newly-minted bachelor wanted a refresh to mark recent changes in his life. Inviting, sleek, and masculine-inspired: we got to work.

It is old news at this point that products and goods have been delayed to the point of international mayhem. This project, which was supposed to be installed that fateful week that COVID locked down NYC with a vengeance, became a footnote in a story that was much larger than that, of course.

Above: Detail of the Primary Bedroom with Primary Bathroom in the background. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
Above: Detail of the Primary Bedroom with Primary Bathroom in the background. Photo: Gieves Anderson.

The renovation lasted a few months and then halted to a grinding stop mid-February. After a summer of waiting for NYC to re-open, we were able to return to the apartment to complete the job that fall and winter.

To completely change the look, we transformed the bed area to have walnut panels up the sides of the bed and the leather headboard installed wall-to-ceiling. Accent lighting on the beam created an elegant moodiness in the evening hours.

Above: mocking up the headboard and looking at the raw leather at the upholsterer's
Above: mocking up the headboard and looking at the raw leather at the upholsterer’s.
Above: installing the headboard between the side panels.
Above: installing the headboard between the side panels.
Above: the bed side panels, chosen and cut, ready to be lacquered.
Above: the bed side panels, chosen and cut, ready to be lacquered.
Above: side panel corner detailing.
Above: side panel corner detailing.

We designed the matching bathroom vanity to feel in concert with the bedroom, and to exude additional strength with a warm black and volcanic caramel veining. We kept the lines simple but added striking hardware for polish and a rhythmic punch.

Above: the primary bathroom, completed with lacquered walnut, flush polished nickel pulls, double thick marble top and vanishing medicine cabinet. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
Above: the primary bathroom, completed with lacquered walnut, flush polished nickel pulls, double thick marble top and vanishing medicine cabinet. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
Above: the primary bathroom, completed with lacquered walnut, flush polished nickel pulls, double thick marble top and vanishing medicine cabinet. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
Above: the primary bathroom, completed with lacquered walnut, flush polished nickel pulls, double thick marble top and vanishing medicine cabinet. Photo: Gieves Anderson.

For soft goods, we utilized a material language of intense neutrals, masculine aubergines and chocolates mixed with contrasting beige and cream, and soft, inviting fabrics and rugs to garner the desired result. The client’s family heirloom chair played into the mix dramatically as the one pop of real color in the room.

Above: Detail of heirloom chair. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
Above: Detail of heirloom chair. Photo: Gieves Anderson.

Other rooms in the house received some attention as well. We transformed the entry gallery to emit a minimalistic allure. The dark entrance has little natural light, which played well for a moody vibe.

The entrance gallery. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
The entrance gallery. Photo: Gieves Anderson.

While the original family room design stayed in place, we still took on the project of re-making a Kagan-style sofa that had been previously removed. We specified the exact shape and curvature to fit the floor plan of the room, and the result was understated yet fitting.

The Family Sitting Room. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
The Family Sitting Room. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
The Family Sitting Room. Photo: Gieves Anderson.
The Family Sitting Room. Photo: Gieves Anderson.

And before you go, I am thrilled to announce that our designs are in print!! Architecture and Design Review, published by TeNeues, is a large scale coffee table book with gorgeous photography and designs from all over the world. If you would like a copy, please proceed here.

I hope you have a wonderful start to your fall season, and wishing you all the best.
In good design,
Brooke

Brooke Photo by Classic Kids.
Photo by Classic Kids.

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