In the Park Avenue Co-Op It Breaks Messing around with the Convention

"I'm not authorized at all," said Brock Forsblom client designer, who grew up on the Upper East Side. "I have a love affair with Los Angeles and wanted to get off the elevator and feel like I'm in California." He appreciated the Old Hollywood glam but also looking for a little informality organic against chaos living in New York. Her husband is a kind of a little more formal, a man's suit-and-tie with subtle flavors. Forsblom imagine a house for a couple and two of their children as "Slim Aarons not Martinique," something relaxed yet glamorous. With many plants. (More on that later.)

The original is a classic apartment six with over-the-top traditional elements wedged into a 70s building with a ceiling height of nine feet. "It was full on Missy Marie Park Avenue," Forsblom tells AD. "Hey, everyone has their own fantasy!" But the crown molding and medallions chunky chandelier should go. It is (almost) a total renovation of the intestines, everything took about one year to complete. Forsblom like the challenge of designing everything from new molding to the door panels and furniture. "As someone with many traditionalist tendencies in my bones, it's fun to rip a traditional interior and make it feel fresh."

A central wall leveled, but the original Versailles parquet floor two-lags, though stripped and bleached. "Missy Marie sur la plage! And really, parquet square is probably a little black dress on the floor, "the designer notes. Leaving some intact Park Avenue-ness in some places while completely leaving it to others is what gives the place its charm enough.

The new arrangement is light and airy open-partly because the 15-foot-wide window-but it did require some new thinking. "The more you open the plan, the more you restrict your material palette. Everything seemed in every way. " Forsblom said forced him to remain tight, he found it very enjoyable process. After a few elements that set-oak floors, gray walls, white marble began to fall into place. "We tried to create a vocabulary that can actually be read for the architecture so that, when you move in the room, it was really consistent." Part of this scheme, involves the ceiling is relatively low, is the decision to not have a full-length curtains.

To maintain this unity, every room gets the same crown molding, each window gets the same cabinet detailing below. "This idea creates a really crisp, clean architecture is important, because you can mess around on top of it yet remain tight and fresh." He also wants to keep away from Park Avenue parade style that sometimes happens-room English country living, Georgian dining room, and a library of France, what Forsblom referred to as antique boxes of the past 300 years of history of design.

The furniture was decided early plans: low and curved European 50s and 60s vibe. "Plush but washed-a baby-friendly, boozy lounge," notes Forsblom. Most of the pieces were purchased at the beginning of the project, during two trips Forsblom take to Paris, where decisions are made largely above the text. "But it all came to look great, and they love it." Paris discovery that comes with things that are already owned by the couple, who inherited some of the art during the renovation, giving some striking moment that probably will not happen otherwise. (One example of a very thick is Larry Rivers painting at the entrance.)

But the element that makes it all so unique is (technically) no furnishing at all. It was an abundance of plants, which begins with a request from the couple's living wall.

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