Following on the completion of a house in East Quogue designed by our firm and decorated by S.R. Gambrel Inc., our client and her husband asked the same team to work with her on a very different opportunity: the gut renovation of her apartment in one of the best Rosario Candela buildings on Park Avenue. Where the weekend house in East Quogue offers the charm of a Shingle-style summer cottage, our client wanted her Manhattan apartment to present a streamlined and urbane aesthetic; her direction was traditional with a twist. The apartment—previously owned by philanthropist Celeste Bartos and her architect husband Armand Phillip Bartos, and one floor above the former Brooke Astor apartment, famously decorated by Albert Hadley—was reconfigured to recapture the elegant logic of the original Candela plan, updated to reflect the contemporary lifestyle of our client and her family. Essential to the project's success was the client's sophisticated taste, and the experience, knowledge and confidence she brings from her professional life as a developer.
Gary Brewer, Partner, and his team at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, were responsible for the interior architecture, including the floor plans, interior elevations, base and crown moldings, casings, doors, and floor patterns, working in close collaboration with our client and with Steven Gambrel, who was responsible for the interior design, including color schemes, fabrics, furniture, and light fixtures.
Galerie Magazine, Summer 2017
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