Inside a classic Upper East Side home that trades neon-hued glamour

Designer Brian J. McCarthy turned a classic Park Avenue apartment. See more:

The classic Upper East Side New York interiors of the 1980s hold a vivid place in our collective memory: They were spectacularly gilded, arrayed with 18th-century antiques, and layered in lush patterns. But at the same moment in time, an entirely different—and perhaps inadequately appreciated—aesthetic was taking shape 2,500 miles west in the homes of a generation of wealthy and discreet Southern Californians.

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The dining room’s custom table has a patinated-bronze base by Patrice Dangel and a glass top with a gilded edge from Stephen Cavallo/Mirror Fair. The custom dining chairs are in an Atelier Textiles de Prestige fabric, the pendant is by Fortuny, and the circa-1980 rock crystal–and-bronze table lamp by Robert Goossens is from Liz O’Brien.

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Photo: Björn Wallander

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Photo: Björn Wallander

In the living room of a Park Avenue apartment that was designed by Brian J. McCarthy and renovated by the architect John B. Murray, the sofa, in an Old World Weavers fabric, is topped with a pillow made from a Dior scarf, and a pair of armchairs are in a Christopher Hyland silk. The vintage chair (right) is by André Arbus, the cocktail table is by Ateliers Brugier, the curtains are of a Macondo Silks silk taffeta, and the artwork is by Emil Nolde. Although the couple, who have enjoyed high-flying careers in diplomatic and legal circles, spend significant time in New York—they serve on a slew of charity boards—they had never before owned an apartment in the city.

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Photo: Björn Wallander

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Photo: Björn Wallander

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Photo: Björn Wallander

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Photo: Björn Wallander

The Gazelle console is by W.P. Sullivan, and the vintage Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist chair is in a Hosoo fabric.

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Photo: Björn Wallander

The Gazelle console is by W.P. Sullivan, and the vintage Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist chair is in a Hosoo fabric.

This story originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of ELLE Decor.

 

Source: Elle Decor*

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