Architecture firm Workshop/apd creates a rustic getaway for a beauty editor and her family.
Designers Eric Cohler and Tony Klein make a prewar Park Avenue duplex into something entirely unexpected.
For a brief time, people priced out of SoHo and Greenwich Village found happy refuge in the former factory and industrial spaces lining NoHo’s somewhat gritty streets, a loose grid that was never really on the map until suddenly it was, marketed heavily by real estate companies and given over, seemingly overnight, to a burgeoning crowd of young professionals looking for a place to call home.
Maybe it’s the thrice-weekly yoga that helps Amy Lau recharge. Or the twice-daily meditation sessions, or just a fierce love for what she does. In addition to being a top-tier decorator, Lau has created installations for Kohler, Bergdorf Goodman, and Showtime, co-created the Design Miami fair, made appearances on HGTV and LX.TV, acted as a media spokesperson for Benjamin Moore, designed textile collections for numerous companies, and been recognized for her achievements with an honorary doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design.
I grew up street-smart in London. I window-shopped on my way to school; my favorite toy was a cash register; traffic noise lulled me to sleep. In other words, I was a confirmed city kid. The countryside? Definitely alien territory. As an adult, I’ve always lived and preferred to vacation in cities, and my work has often kept me on the road. Then a few years ago I realized that my NoHo apartment was almost becoming like another hotel room—a pit stop in my peripatetic life.
"When I initially met my client,” decorator David Scott recalls, “he had a loose-leaf file of all his art and furniture. I was deeply impressed and happy to be working for someone who was so organized. The art itself was edgier than I am used to working with, which was another level of excitement for me. It was an opportunity to learn.” Located in Chelsea’s Walker Tower, which was built in 1929 and converted from commercial space to 50 multimillion-dollar lofts in 2013, the apartment not only has considerable art, but also breathtaking views both south and west.
Bret Rudy's Chelsea apartment is little more than a crash pad, the 620-square-foot studio was bare-bones to the core, with stark white walls, scant furnishings, and just a few pieces of carefully chosen artwork. When he was ready to take the plunge, he enlisted his friend Greg Shano, a decorator, to make it over.
A career that takes one to international locales might sound exotic, but it isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be. For one San Francisco couple, business as usual meant frequent travel to such far-flung destinations as the Far East and Europe, and weekends spent together became the exception, not the rule.
For designer Linherr Hollingsworth, no job is too small, big, daunting, or beneath her, even when it comes to a project started by another decorator and then abandoned halfway through. “We think of our firm as problem solvers,” Hollingsworth says of the West Village pied-à-terre she polished to completion for clients who have a primary residence in Connecticut.
Before finding her calling as an interior designer, Victoria Klein ventured down a few other creative paths. Architecture came first, followed by set design (via a brief stint in Hollywood) and later fashion design, which Klein jumped into upon resettling in her native New York.
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