Located in the same Neo-Renaissance building as the Art Lovers’ Pied-à-Terre designed by apartment house specialists Schwartz & Gross in 1929, this apartment looks directly out at the trees of Central Park and features the same two-bedroom plan. Over the years, this West Side building has housed a number of notable personalities and screen stars. With easy access to the park, the apartment’s new occupants—a family with young children—wanted to refresh the space with new furniture and finishes.
The architectural modifications were mostly contained within the living room, bedrooms, and master bath areas. For this project, timing was crucial; the tight schedule did not allow for a gut renovation as is often the case in pre-war projects. Instead, Wadia Associates incorporated new fixtures and finishes throughout to create transitionally decorated spaces more in keeping with the family’s aesthetic sensibilities. Filled with different colors and textures, the play of light on the furnishings and walls from the large double-hung windows delights the senses.
Natural fiber wall coverings, lush fabrics, and comfortable sofas and chairs in eclectic styles create a lovely palette of sizes, shapes, and consistencies that are, at once, elegant, comfortable, and resistant to the active lifestyle of the youngest members of the household. Artwork, sculpture, and artifacts from the clients’ growing collection are skillfully integrated, giving the space a cosmopolitan feel. But while it is certainly an apartment to look at and enjoy, it is thoroughly meant to be lived in.