Stephen’s goal for each project is to have one overall vision that encompasses all aspects of the project: exterior and interior architecture, exterior and interior lighting, and landscape design, in addition to the interior design.
For those with a serious art collection redesigning their home can sometimes mean pairing everything back to ensure the art has the maximum exposure. This was certainly not the case for the couple who own this apartment on the Upper East Side, who enlisted Living Roominterior design great Stephen Sills to design a home for them that worked with the art and was to become as much of a feature as what was hanging on the wall.
A Manhattan residence remade by theinterior designer boasts sumptuous textures, glittering metallic finishes, and lively contemporary art.
The plan called for expansive walls to display the couple’s growing selection of modern and contemporary art. The owners also decreed that no piece of furniture should obstruct the panoramic views.
“It’s a very strong design and is very Baroque Beaux Arts with that red stone, so I figured the only thing I could do is make a completely new package in the lobby and make the modern as modern as it could be while retaining some of the old characteristics in the hallways and stairwell.”
This living room idea features a wall treatment that references the stonework of the nearby Frick Collection. The custom-made seating is covered in a Holland & Sherry linen, the bust is by Raymond Delamarre, and the golden boxes on the nesting tables are vintage Line Vautrin designs.
That top-floorsitting room, with its beckoning chairs and sofa all slipcovered in crisp white linen, perhaps best represents the fresh spirit that animates the Brens’ apartment. “There’s beautiful upholstery in mossy greens and browns under those white slipcovers,”