THIS SHOWSTOPPING NEW YORK FAMILY HOME IS DECEPTIVELY GLAM
After a young family of five living in Greenwich Village
decided to move into a new apartment
that would keep them in the Manhattan neighborhood
but better fit their growing number,
they sought out interior designer Gideon Mendelson, who had designed their original home .
For this project, Mendelson used neutral tones
in the common areas, like the living room and the kitchen. In smaller spaces, he took risks with pattern—
witness a faux marble–painted floor and a wallpapered ceiling in the foyer.
The black dining room pops with a gold ceiling, a dramatic effect that contrasts with the adjacent ivory living room.
Mendelson studied architecture,
and that training influences his design approach.
He creates rooms where form comes first and contrasting
textures give spaces their shape. Usually, he says, it takes some time living within a space for clients
to understand the full impact of the design.
“When we’re done with a project, the client is of course happy with how it looks, but that’s just the initial reaction,”
says Mendelson, who waits to hear their reaction several months later. “They might call to
say that they just had a cocktail party in the house and the circulation worked beautifully and we were able to have a good time.
Or they’ll say, ‘My son is doing so well,
he’s flourishing in school, and it’s the way you designed his room.’
To me, that is so satisfying to hear.” สถาปนิก