Style Guide: Art Deco

Later renowned as being the mother of the Modernist movement, Art Deco began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally until the 1930s and the beginning of World War II. The term “Art Deco” was not used until the 1960s in an exhibit about the style. The style followed Art Nouveau and the Arts & Crafts style, both strongly embedded in natural motifs and elements. Art Deco’s straight lines and geometric shapes replaced the fluid, natural lines of Art Nouveau. Art Deco is closely related to Machine Age and Streamline styles, both popular for industrial applications, including cars, planes and appliances.

The most famous examples of Art Deco architecture in America are the Chrysler building (1930) and the Empire State building (1931), both of which are in New York City. The Chrysler building was the tallest building in the world for 11 months before being surpassed by the Empire State Building. These buildings demonstrate the Art Deco’s style Classical roots. Art Deco is influenced by Greek, Roman, and Egyptian styles, as well as Aztec designs. Popular ornaments include chevrons, sunbursts and zig-zags. Figures and portraits are highly stylized. Mythological creatures and gods are other common design elements.

Materials used in Art Deco design, both industrial and decorative, include aluminum, stainless steel, chrome and Bakelite. In furniture, mirrored surfaces, inlaid woods, and exotic material such as shagreen (sharkskin) and zebra, along with exotic woods such as rosewood and ebony were favorites of Art Deco designers. Art Deco pottery followed the geometric lines of architecture and furniture. Susie Cooper pottery is very collectible today.

The Chicago World’s Fair in 1933-34 was a celebration of Art Deco design and innovation. Many Art Deco design motifs and innovations can be seen in the poster for the fair. Steamship designs, especially in the French Line of the 1920s and 30s, were heavily influenced by Art Deco. From the advertising posters to stateroom design, these ships were resplendent in Art Deco design. This is now a highly collectible market for Art Deco enthusiasts.

European Art Deco began with the Parisian designers in the 1920s. One of the top French designers was Emile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933). A sideboard by Ruhlmann in rosewood with a stylized chariot design is an example of French Art Deco. Other European designers who embraced the Art Deco aesthetic include fellow Frenchmen, Le Courbusier (1887-1965), Austrian Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) from Scotland. Each country interpreted Art Deco in a unique way while adhering to the basic principles of geometry and classical references.

American Art Deco shows an influence of French Art Deco but stands on its own. Machine Age and Streamline styles can be seen in many of the furniture and decorative arts designs of such designers as Norman Bel Geddes (1898-1953) because they worked in both decorative and industrial designs. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), known for his Prairie School interpretation of Arts & Crafts, also worked in the Art Deco style in both his architectural projects and furniture designs. Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was one of the leading American Art Deco designers. Her rue de lota apartment is pictured above with her Bibendum Chair, Serpent Chair and Block Screen in the doorway. Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

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San Francisco Interior Designer's Potrero Hill Cottage : A Result of Labor of Love and Design

San Francisco Interior Designers, Coddington Design, specializes in extravagant residential interiors. Symbols of their unique style are strong silhouettes, elaborate use of color, and excellent workmanship. Melanie Coddington is a native to Northen California where she  earned her BA in psychology and MA in sociology. While carrying on with her successful corporate career she decided to take a leap and pursue her passion for design. In 2000 Melanie began studying interior design at Berkeley and worked at a firm in San Francisco. Four years later, she launched her own company Coddington Design. With features in magazine such as In Style, Traditional Home, and House Beautiful to name a few, Melanie’s pursuit of design has already shown success.

The ideas and concepts of this Potrero Hill Cottage are the result of Melanie’s labor of love and design ideas. Her goal with this project was to create a beautiful radiant home that wouldn’t break her budget and most importantly retain quality. Using Swedish and French antiques, America mid-century and flea market finds paired with modern items and art, this Cottage illustrates a girly modern showcase. Melanie’s favorite picks of this home are the beaded wall paper, dining room Venetian horse chandelier and the custom velvet sofa and vintage moth lamp in the den area.

Below are design insights from Melanie’s Potrero Hill Cottage. We are fans of the luminous use of colors in each room as well as the beautiful use of vintage antique home decor. Enjoy!

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1959 Built San Francisco Track Home Now Contemporary Dream Home

Today’s project comes from the home of San Francisco based architects, Hart Wright Architects…After searching for a year before coming across this 1959 built modest track home in Bernal Heights, the husband and wife duo began fixing up what would become the modern home of their dreams. After $200,000 and 4 years later, they were able to renovate this dilapidated home with rotting floors and a 50-year-old kitchen into what it is today at a much more reasonable price than what it would have costed to build their home from scratch. In their architectural practice, Eliza Hart and Stuart Wright focus on high quality, functional, and green residential building. This project is a perfect depiction of that.

With just a few simple moves, they were able to make a huge impact on this San Franciscan home. From the street, the facade got a complete makeover when Wright replaced all the stucco with western red cedar siding. On the upper floor there is a long window box planted with succulents. The home has a handcrafted, warm yet contemporary aesthetic.

The interior renovation included a small first-floor addition with the kitchen and living room opening onto a welcoming deck. The deck is the couple’s way to let the outdoors in. The main living spaces have large windows that offer not only a bath of natural light but also a panoramic view of San Francisco below.

Street view after with westernred cedar siding, photo credit: Hart Wright Architects

Street view before, Photo Credit: Hart Wright Architects

One of the largest yet simplest changes was that the architects also took down the wall which divided the kitchen from the living room and replaced it with a ceiling beam. One big open space was created to unify the small space. The home is only 1,440 square feet, but the house feels more spacious than what it is.

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Of note in the kitchen is the custom dining set they created with two side tables, handy for hosting large gatherings. The main floors throughout the home are white oak stained black.

A multi-functioning living room with chic coffee tables which open up into extra storage compartment and extra seating. Photo Credit: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle

Sleek , contemporary and multifunctional furniture bring on a cozy modern appeal. The kitchen features the warmth of walnut cabinetry all about.

Bringing the inside in

The welcoming, handcrafted deck allows the outdoors in. The windows let in much sunlight and a view of the city can be seen below. The cozy warmth of natural wood in the interiors is continued on the exterior as well with red cedar.

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East Sacramento 1940's Craftsman-style Bungalow in Vintage Modern

When we approached Kerrie Kelly Design Lab to publish this project, we had no idea it was Kerrie’s own home! Sacramento Interior Designer, Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, understood what her clients went through after she bought and renovated her craftsman-style Bungalow, built in 1945. With many accomplishments including running her own design company, creating a furnishings line, becoming director of interior design at The Art Institute of California, Sacramento, and authoring Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide, it’s no wonder that her own home emulates all that is fabulous and glamorous in the vintage modern style. Says Kerrie, “I never thought my look would be eclectic, but that’s been the fun part.”  Also of note are the dramatic displays of black and white, soothing earth tones, and eye-catching touches of garnet and midnight blue.

So we’re ecstatic to feature her home on today’s blog. Her inspirations for the project? Family history. “The style is vintage modern because I have modern elements, like the white leather chairs in the dining room, but then there’s all this family history.” Bookcases house her grandfather’s trumpet (she’s also got his pocket watch collection), family photos, her grandmother’s typewriter, books and other mementos.

Her attention to detail transforms her home, starting with the lighting by Zack Rosson of Lumens Light + Living. She explains it as “jewelry for the home” as demonstrated by the centerpiece chandelier with old iron ventilation grates in the dining room. When lighting specialist Zack Rosson of Lumens Light + Living in midtown first showed the dining room chandelier to Kelly, her reaction was simple and immediate. “That’s it,” he remembers her saying. “It’s a Craftsman house, so we were making it more contemporary in a sense,” he explains. Kelly was hooked on the glamour factor. “When I say that lighting is the jewelry of the home, I’m talking about fixtures like this one,” she says. Tip: Rosson often suggests complementary fixtures when rooms are open to each other, such as Kelly’s dining and living rooms. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s the same manufacturer or something that has the same look and feel with a little bit of a twist,” he says.

Other pieces to note are family history elements like her grandfather’s trumpet serving as bookshelf decor, modern white leather chairs, the photographer’s tripod floor lamp in the living room, and the sofa pillows with custom Ralph Lauren fabrication which are seen in the living room. (Some even have the chocolate suede fabric from a skirt that was too big for her.)

Sacramento Eclectic Living Room Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Unexpected element: Photographer's tripod floor lamp

One of the big changes to this home were the bookcases which now flank the fireplace, creating storage and display spacing in the dining and living rooms.

Sacramento Eclectic Dining Room Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Table: Restoration Hardware, Modern white leather chairs: West Elm, Rug: Ikea

In the dining room, you’ll be dying to know that her table is from Restoration Hardware. White leather chairs are from West Elm.  “It’s round, but with the leaf it becomes an oval. I wanted to fit as many people as possible.”

Sacramento Eclectic Reading Nook Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Bookcases housing her grandfather's trumpet, family photos, grandmother's typewriter, books and other mementos

Additional changes made were adding crown molding, remodeling three bathrooms, and updating the existing black brick inset on the fireplace with Basketweave Honed Contempo White tiles from Daltile’s Stone a’ la Mod collection.

Sacramento Eclectic Bedroom Room Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Rug: West Elm, original oak floors, Voluminous comforter with high snuggle factor for the master bedroom from the Legacy Collection, Kerrie Kelly Design Studio Line

Sacramento Eclectic Bathroom Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Vintage modern bathroom with a dramatic display of black and white

Kerrie’s takeaway from this project: “As a designer, you need to go through this process every once in awhile to understand what you put your clients through all the time!”

As she says, “I’ve lived in at least five houses in Sacramento, but I feel like this one is home, and I’ll probably live here forever.” We can understand why.

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Style Guide: Arts & Crafts Style

Reacting to the ornamentation and excess of the Victorian style and the mass production of the Industrial Revolution, William Morris (1834-1896) began the Arts & Crafts movement in England in the 1860s. Advocating social and economic as well as aesthetic reform, William Morris based his design theories on the writings of John Rushkin. The Arts & Crafts movement gained popularity in England and America into the early 20th century. The influence of the Arts & Crafts movement can be seen today in the popularity of DIY and the crafting revolution.

In contrast to the heavy ornamentation and grandeur of Victorian style, Arts & Crafts glorifies the hand of the craftsman and simple forms. Decoration is limited to exposed joinery on furniture with strong but simple lines and spare use of ornamentation. Decorative elements include hand forged metalwork, stained glass, decorative tiles and textiles with natural or simple geometric patterns. With an eye towards earlier, simpler times, decorative influences include folk, romantic and medieval elements like thistles and Celtic knots. Arts & Crafts style prefers natural colors: deep, warm wood tones, copper, iron, deep greens and reds, sky blues and warm yellows.

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William Morris patterns in textiles and wallpaper continue to be popular today. Liberty of London features Morris designs as well as those of contemporary artisans and craftsmen. His designs inspired a generation of American designers, including Gustav Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) published The Craftsmen, a magazine extolling the theories and designs of the Arts & Crafts movement. Above is a Gustav Stickley designed living room for Crabtree Farm. The room depicts the balance and harmony of an Arts & Crafts interior.

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Arts & Crafts furniture, also referred to as Mission style, continues to be a popular style today. The arm chair designed by Gustav Stickley has been copied and replicated for the past 100 years.

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Regional interpretations of the Arts & Crafts style developed as the style and movement spread across America. The Prairie School of the Midwest was developed by the architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). The above image illustrates the living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota, designed by Wright 1912–14. The California Bungalow style was made popular by the brothers Charles Sumner Greene (1868–1957) and Henry Mather Greene (1870–1954) who formed Greene & Greene.

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Decorative objects and home décor of the Arts and Crafts style were often created in communities of craftsmen. Many of the Arts & Crafts style craftsmen were European born but lived in America. Roycroft, founded in 1895 by German born Elbert Hubbard, was known for metalwork in copper. Dirk Van Erp, whose copper and mica lamp is above, was a Dutch born craftsman. Studio pottery by Grueby, Newcomb (of Newcomb College), and Rookwood is highly collected today. Although Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) falls more into the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements his stained glass lamps fit perfectly into an Arts & Crafts interior.

Arts & Crafts style continues to be popular today. Classic designs from the early 20th century fit well into today’s lifestyle. The movement also lives on in studio furniture and handcrafted furniture, ceramics and glass being produced by traditionally trained craftsmen and women. Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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Millennium Tower Loft: Where Flexibility and Versatility Collide

Seattle Washington Designers, MusaDesign, is an interior architecture studio that that provides original concept design, strategic space planning, and cutting edge style using modern sustainable materials and technology to residential and commercial clients worldwide. MusaDesign studies the existing architecture and client’s lifestyle and then formulates a design based on those concepts. The work of MusaDesign has been published on magazines such as; Home Spa, Luxe, Metropolis, and Seattle Homes & Lifestyle just to name a few. Take a look below of MusaDesign’s latest work, the Millennium Tower Loft which combines flexibility and variety!

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The eye-catching LED lighting colors used on this staircase can be changed to suit your mood, now that's flexibility!

Starting off with the loft’s staircase, MusaDesign believed that no single combination is good for every condition, as there is night and day, and day and night. By adding these LEDs, the owners can adjust the color to their mood and change perspectives.

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Using movable book shelves is a great design idea as the walls allow the room to transform and expand.

The main focus for this layout was to allow the movable book shelf to be tucked away, which opens up the room for family entertainment. Unique furniture and sleek lines around the room add a modern contemporary feel to the complex.

Kitchen Ideas

Here is the beautiful kitchen that is both simple and sophisticated.

This kitchen is a great example of how MusaDesign caters to their clients needs. The design of this kitchen area takes into the account that the owner has some minimalistic tastes. The strong lines of the rug adds definition which balances with the simple pure white kitchen surroundings.

Deep brown hardwood floor balance out the rich white wall decor.

LED lighting was used throughout this complex to mimic the city’s lights. Not only does this use of lighting design remind the owner they’re in the big city, but it also creates a sense of energy and passion. Each setting of color changes the feel of the room.

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Lighting adds more to a room than just light, it can add emotion and feel.

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Thanks to the stow away layout of this room, the shelves used for study can easily be hid away for a bigger living room.

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There is no better way to set the master bedroom than with a view overlooking the historic city skyline.

6 Questions With Top New York Interior Designer Jamie Herzlinger

Her work is irresistibly comfortable and she has clients nationwide. Today the sophisticated and influential New York interior designer, Jamie Herzlinger herself graces the pages of our blog as she joins us for July’s interview. As one of the country’s top interior designers with offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and New York City, Jamie and her team blend diverse elements, periods and cultures to consistently create winning environments for her clients.  What we love most is her unapologetic, daring designs. Join us as we get to know her better and hear some of her tips! The following photos are from her Casa Blanca project where her designs embody the romance and sophisticated beauty of Hollywood Regency.

Casa Blanca project: Dining Room

Jamie: First of all, thank you very much for this wonderful interview!

DesignShuffle: Thank  you for your availability, we are so privileged! Jamie, what began your passion for design?

Jamie: It’s a great story. I grew up in a family of four generations in the women’s clothing industry. My great Aunt started the millinery department for Mrs. Bergdorf of Bergdorf Goodman, my great grandfather had tanneries in Vienna and companies that manufactured women’s coats. Then in 1905 they emigrated to this country and my grandfather began a company that was a furrier and a manufacturer of women’s cloth coats and had started all of the fur collars in the 1940s that became an iconic style, he also was the first to licensed a lot of the European companies for manufacture in the United States. Companies such as Nina Ricci, and Pierre Cardin. My mother began her career when she was pregnant with me and had invented an add a seam idea, then she went on to design sportswear in the 1960’s which helped to revolutionize the way women dressed. She and Ann Klein were the reigning
designers of that time. So from the start of my life I was influenced by gorgeous clothing and a lot of high style. Not to mention my parents’ friends of that time period.

So to say “what influenced” my passion I would have to give heartfelt credit to all my family.

Casa Blanca project: Breakfast Room

Design Shuffle: Your story is like a dream! Not all designers can boast of such heritage in the design world. What kids of things add to your eye?

Jamie: I am presuming you mean what do I see that influences me that I file away in my head. Almost everything! I especially look to fashion. Color palettes especially, if there is a lot of make-up on the models, the clothing, I would have to say my roots influence me. Fabrics are a huge influence. When I start a project I begin with fabrics as the textures and patterns influence everything else.

Casa Blanca Project: Foyer Design

Design Shuffle: This is all so good to know. What kind of industry challenges have you been facing in this economy, if any?

Jamie: I would have to say the economy has affected everyone’s business. But the challenges so far have been with the delivery schedule of the manufacturers in relation to delivery times and availability.

Casa Blanca Project: Master Bathroom

Design Shuffle: If you had no limitations what would you design?

I would have to say I don’t consider a client’s budget a limitation. If you are talented you are a talented and could make a hopsack look great by adding stunning brocade.

If you were to ask a fantasy? To have a small home in the south of France overlooking the mountains in Les Beaux.

Casa Blanca project: Living Room

Design Shuffle:  Now we arrive at our final question…What are your top three design tips you can offer our readers?

Jamie: I will start with how to handle draperies. Draperies are very expensive in and of themselves. But there are some great inexpensive ways to achieve a designer look. I was just at West Elm the other day and they had fabulous linen panels
that are already made. Always buy extra! Remember, when measuring a window, let’s say the window is five feet wide so you have sixty inches, multiply the sixty times two and a half to achieve a true designer look. Skimpy window coverings are horrible and can very easily ruin a project!

Sneak Peak of the breakfast nook from her Solano project

Next, throw pillows that are too small. Yes I know it is so easy to buy already made pillows, but with a little bit of effort, you can do it yourself. The throw pillows that are already made with a foam insert and are so small that they look silly alone, so everyone buys more and the look winds up like a college dorm. If you go to a fabric outlet, where they carry designer fabrics that are left over, they can help you find the inserts. Or “Google” pillow inserts and buy feather inserts.

Lastly, a great design tip will be to check back to my website within the next month as my new online design company is launching and is geared towards all the decoristas that love interior design and have an eye for what they want.

The new company, called JAMIE is set to revolutionize how interior design savvy enthusiasts can achieve the most stunning interiors with my help! And no! It’s not in a box!

Sneak peak of Jamie’s Caron Street project: Office design above

Design Shuffle: Thank you Jamie for sharing your valuable insight with us and joining us for this month’s interview! Congratulations  on embarking on this new project and season of your life! We look forward to all of the updates.

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Traditional Style with Modern Contemporary Sensibility

Los Angeles interior design firm Csimplicity Design specializes in creating tailored custom residential and commercial spaces. Catherine Chen Gallagher, principle owner, explains her work as a walk through a client’s path, which reflects a sense of balance, refinement, and observation. Her distinct mix of of clean-lines and relaxed interiors create design styles ranging from vintage extravagance to modern classicism. She explains it as “melding traditional style with modern contemporary sensibility.”

Csimplicity Design projects have included Downtown Los Angeles lofts, Pasadena private residences, and a boutique hotel property. “Each aspect of a project including interior architecture, custom furniture design to complete furnishings is diligently tailored to reflect each client’s sense of beauty and personality.”

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Style Guide: Mid-Century Modern

Art Deco and the Machine Age gave way to Mid-Century Modern style that spanned the 40s, 50s, 60s. Early examples of modern design can even been found in the late 20s and 30s during the height of Art Deco. Two major schools of Modern design are American Modern and Danish Modern, which in reality encompasses all of Scandanavia.

Modern style is known for it’s clean lines and simple or lack of details and ornament. Woods like walnut and teak are popular in mid-century furniture, replacing the exotics woods of Art Deco. Chrome, stainless steel and powder coated metals are also common materials used. Textiles range from austere natural leathers, cottons and linens to the high tech wovens and synthetics. Color palettes tend also towards naturals with pops of oranges, yellows and greens; all colors found in nature. Accessories in metal work and ceramic also have the clean lines and lack of ornament found in the furniture and architecture.

Architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), Walter Gropius and Le Courbusier moved architecture from Bauhaus to Modern. Mies van der Rohe is often as quoted as saying “less is more” and “God is in the details”, two anthems of modern architecture and design. The famous Barcelona chair that graces many a modern room was debuted in 1929. Like Mies van der Rohe, many Modern designers in American emigrated from Europe due to World War II. This bounty of creative geniuses is why America was the leader of Modern design in the second half of the 20th century.

Among the most notable of the American Modern designers is the husband and wife team of Charles Eames (1907-1978) & Ray Eames (1912-1988). Known for bentwood seating, the Eames designed the eponymous Eames Lounge chair (670) and Ottoman (671) in 1956. Other notable designers include: Eileen Gray (1878-1976); George Nelson (1908-1986); T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings (Terence Howard) (1905-1976); Edward Wormley (1907-1995); and Harry Bertoia (1915-1978). Knoll, Dunbar and Herman Miller were favored manufacturers of mid-century furniture in America.

Among the many Mid-Century designers working in metal and ceramic home decor are Eva Zeisel (1906- ) and Russell Wright (1904-1976). Zeisel’s Century Collection designed in 1952 was re-released by Crate & Barrel. Fiestaware, by Homer Laughlin, was first introduced in 1936, and extremely popular as a collectible, is also back in production.

Danish American designer Jens Risom (1916- ) is credited with introducing the Scandinavian design aesthetic to the States. Scandinavian design focuses on clean lines in furniture, which is usually teak or rosewood. Colorful patterns in textiles, ceramics and other home accessories enliven the space. Marimekko fabrics, from Finland, are known for their bright bold colors and patterns. Other Scandanavian designers who are now household names are Hans Wegner (1914-2007), Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) and Eero Saarinen (1910-1961).

The Finnish Saarinen designed the famous Tulip group of tables and seating in 1956. The Tulip table is still one of the most popular modern dining table designs today. Images  1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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Tranquil and Balanced New York Penthouse With Spectacular Views of the Manhattan Skyline

New York Interior DesignerMarie Burgos, is a French native who started her own interior design firm in 2007 emphasizing specifically on residential spaces and commercial design. Marie Burgos is known to effectively maximize spaces, improve the aesthetic quality and value of residential, commercial, and business space. Her work has been featured in Luxury Home, World Bride, and Time Out NY magazines. Marie Burgos directs a team of artistic and imaginative professionals to help accomplish her endless imagination. Below is one of her newest projects, her Chelsea Duplex Penthouse project, which we have the luxury of sharing with you today!

This extravagant open living space provides  a panoramic view of Manhattan. Using a massive 25′ ceiling and a neutral color palette, this room was designed to emphasize the beautiful skyline view of the city. Marie Burgos construct a modern “clean line design” in the room. The open furniture layout mixed with the simple color skim create a very harmonious and balanced space.

Clean Modern lines accent the open furniture and simple color scheme

Everything down to the white shag rug were given thought to emphasize the view. Using level white leather seating, Marie Burgos made sure that no furniture decor obstructed the view of the beautiful Manhattan scenery. The furniture pieces were specifically chosen to complement the modern architecture of this estate.

Ceiling to floor view

Transitioning between the living room and the dining room is the use of the white tufted leather daybed. Accents of apple green are add a touch of freshness and brings life into this white, glass and metal living space. To create a historical and contrasting element in this space, the statue of the horse was used and the shag rug brings a touch of fun and softness, balancing the room out.

Dining room emphasizing the view with neutral color palette. Blue art piece by artist Peggy Bates.

Very modern, sleek kitchen design perfect for entertaining

Modern, comfort, and antique elements were all used in this room.

As with any master bedroom, this room should have the best view. The emphasis of this master bedroom was to showcase the amazing Manhattan skyline. She chose the furniture to be clean and simple to detract from having it take away focus of the view. Using silver art pieces by artist Peggy Bates, the pieces compliment the mercury glass table lamps and silver bedding that create a relaxing setting. The use of red brings a dramatic touch of color to the room.

The design of this curved bathroom is constructed to allow the owner to enjoy the Manhattan scenery.

If the master bedroom and living room come with a scenic view, why not the master bathroom? That is just what she did to this bathroom. Using a curved structure, this open spa to floor to ceiling white marble and glass view bathroom was designed to bring in the Manhattan scenery. The glass, white and metal theme found in this bathroom space are the same continuous elements found throughout the house.

Even the guest room has it's own exclusive view of the city.

This guest bedroom uses a color palette that gives off a relaxing feel. As with the rest of the property, white , glass and metal were used. Not to mention a great view of the Manhattan for the guests as well.

Mezzanine transformed into a home office and lounging space to relax and entertain with view of terrace.

Incomparable scenic view of Manhattan skyline offered by terrace

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