Award Magazine

Apartment Review

Award Magazine

February, 1997

Principal Robert Ledingham and project designer Garret Cord Werner’s task in this 3,200-square-foot apartment project was to create distinct living areas while maintaining overall flow in a space that had lacked definition and character. The clients’ extensive collection of antiques and art some of it Asian, served as the inspiration for the shoji screens that are used to separate the living room and the entrance foyer. The screens serve to break down the large space and create a distinct entry foyer area without enclosing it. They can also be moved to open or close the space, as the client desires. Semi-transparent roller-shades that drop out of the ceiling give the clients further flexibility in terms of light and privacy. Custom wool area carpets define the living, dining and games rooms. The games area is further defined by its coffered ceiling, which picks up on the grid of the shoji screens. The designers have also ensured flow throughout the space with crème marble floors in the main living areas and hallways. In addition, all millwork is custom-designed and finished in warm-colored butternut wood. The millwork is kept simple to highlight the clients’ art collection. Low voltage halogen lighting was carefully planned to accent the art. Living room furnishings include two sofas finished in custom-woven chenille, accented with hand-painted silk pillows (in tones that pick upon the various art pieces), rattan wood side chairs, and iron and glass tables. In the master bedroom, the designers eliminated the walk-in closet, instead opting for custom-designed butternut storage units. Garret Cord Werner adds, “An upholstered wall provided a foundation for the bed and night tables, which are balanced within the building architecture of columns and clerestory windows. The look is completed with two tight-back armchairs upholstered in heavy cream chenille, and custom night tables and an armoire finished in antique linen.