Rebecca Robertson Brings An Editorial Eye to One United Nations Park
Tell us more about the project at One United Nations Park.
The building's modern bones gave us the structure on which to build our scheme. In particular, the apartment's spectacular city views and generous layouts provided us with space and drama from the start.
Here is a room by room breakdown:
Living Room/Dining Room: To define the living and dining areas, we used a trio of vintage Florence Knoll credenzas with cane fronts, originally designed for Knoll’s Italian headquarters.
In the living area, Modernist rattan lounge chairs and a Lehigh-Leopold floating sofa surround an over-sized marble coffee table and sit on a custom-made, hand-woven Moroccan carpet. An extra-long Danish bench provides additional seating. We kept the pieces low to accentuate the ceiling heights. On the walls are 8 Motherwell lithographs.
In the dining area, we used a restored, boat-shaped, black-lacquered McCobb table, which we paired with Thonet bentwood chairs. Opposite the dining table, we hung a dramatic 48” welded industrial steel mirror. Across the large room, we used floor-to-ceiling sheer linen curtains that frame the stunning views while allowing the light to come through.
Office/Guest Room: The focus is a Danish modern flip top desk by Jens Quistaard. Three moveable leather stools flank the pull-out sofa. To add intimacy, we covered the walls with a sisal wallpaper by Schumacher.
We focused on details down to vintage Miro art books. A hand-dyed Peruvian rug completes the room's warm modern feel.
Entry: A wall-sized Picasso tapestry and teak secretary designed by Paul Cadovius in 1948 announce the entry. A bench covered in grey-green leather provides the perfect place to take off your shoes.
Master Bedroom: Beautiful pair of Paul McCobb maple nightstands and matching dresser surround a custom-designed, king-sized bed. Over the linen headboard hang a trio of Matisse lithographs. Vintage ceramic lamps with rare oval shades add great scale to either side of the bed. The generous-sized room allowed us to add a pair of Milo Baughman Parsons lounge chairs and a travertine table to make a cozy seating area.
Kids’ Room: Low upholstered beds and a subdued green palette create a comfortable yet sophisticated look. A series of wood block paper prints framed in shadowbox frames and a molecule-inspired lamp, chunky knit wool rug complete the kid-friendly but grown-up aesthetic. Kitchen The kitchen has a generous island and superb finishes. We added an abstract marble sculpture on a simple pedestal to act as a focal point.
How would you describe the process of working there as well as with your other clients?
For us, the best thing, more than a limitless budget or a distant deadline, is to have an inspiring client. At ONUP, Mr. Solow has a love of 20th-century modern art. From Motherwell to Matisse, each artwork inspired us to create a palate for each room.
How do you select the brands to work with and the items to curate in a space?
1st dibs, which we used extensively on this project, connects us to antique dealers all over the world. Pieces inspired by that art came from as far as Amsterdam and as close as NYC. Of course, we filled out those special purchases from some of our favorite go-to sources.
The custom pieces are stunning at One United Nations Park! Tell us more about them.
We had an artisan in Morocco that was able to custom make a Berber rug for the living room (and delivered in less than two months time!) and a clean lined king bed that we designed and had upholstered in a beautiful grey linen from India.
What feelings do you hope to evoke when people enter into your space?
We want them to feel cosmopolitan and urbane, but also relaxed. Most of all, we wanted the sophisticated New Yorkers to feel like they've come home.
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