A Central Park Apartment Inspired in Italian Design


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A worldly couple looked to longtime collaborators Fawn Galli and Douglas Wright to breathe new life—and plenty of light—into a classic space on New York’s Central Park apartment.

First, the whole apartment was opened up to the park. Architect Douglas Wright, whose primary aim was to capture the available light, altered the central space to create a single loft-like living and dining area that does feel very much a part of the park just beyond the windows. Other new elements, like variegated glass walls, allow natural light to pass through the apartment while also creating a flow for occupants, ultimately creating a space that feels much larger than its actual footprint.

“When Fawn walked in, she said, ‘Milanese apartment with that old-world-meets-midcentury mix,’ even referencing the Villa Necchi Campiglio, and that was it,” recalls the owner, referring to the home featured in the 2009 Luca Guadagnino film I Am Love. “I love the leather door with the round window. It feels deeply Milanese.”

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Architect Wright set the stage for this dramatic dining room with reclaimed floors from Exquisite Surfaces. The long ebonized mahogany table is contemporary by Fiona McDonald in London.

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I like to give a punch and pull back,” Galli says of elements like the acid-yellow Hermès velvet sofa. “Then I surround it with 60 percent gray.” This signature decorating move is also evident in Galli’s use of bright-blue stained concrete on the floors of the kitchen and master bath, countering with natural marbles and softer colors. Galli’s use of contemporary elements pairs exceptionally well with the lighting design by Dimore Studio, alongside Eero Saarinen and flea market finds.

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In the master bedroom, with its disparate design references, Galli custom bed made and upholstered in Fresno silk from Andrew Martin. The nightstands that flank the bed are 1960s Italian from Pegaso Gallery in Los Angeles.

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The master bathroom, a testament to the careful use of various treatments and textures, features Venetian-plaster walls—a fitting backdrop to the large industrial disk sconce from Pamono—Arabescato Corchia stone from Artistic Tile, and a sea-like stained blue concrete floor.

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Important design was extended to the rooms of the owners’ three sons. Here, a 1961 Vico Magistretti ceiling lamp hangs above the Nook bed from Blu Dot, recovered by Galli in Kensington Green Wool by Holland and Sherry.

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A focal point of the low-slung media room, which the family uses for watching movies and big sleepovers, is a Mah Jong modular sofa upholstered in various solids from by Roche Bobois.

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Another son’s room features graphic textiles, including that on the Piumotto platform bed from Pianca, which was recovered in Eastpoint Ticking Barn fabric by Ralph Lauren, and the drapery fabric is Prism Dune by Pierre Frey.

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A tufted-leather door, which the owner cites as one of her favorite elements in the house, leads into the kitchen, where Galli again uses her stained blue concrete to create depth.

Source: Archtiectural Digest