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Where all things beautiful collide

The home of Mark and Renee Rockefeller, in a Rosario Candela-designed building in New York, was published back in December in T Magazine, but somehow slipped my view!  I was happy to just stumble upon it, as it has so much going on with it that is in line with how I’m feeling right now.  I’ve been thinking a lot about color as we creep slowly towards spring; color for various projects inspired by spring fashion and other spring-like things going on, but for me personally, I’m in a neutral state of mind.  I’d happily design a space rich with color for someone else, and I too love color, but I’m craving a sanctuary for myself that is devoid of color, but instead full of texture and warm neutrals, like the Rockefeller’s home where we see “The Reinvention of Beige” by a favorite designer of mine, Daniel Romualdez.  My personal beige getaway wouldn’t be as grand as this, and probably wouldn’t have a Picasso on the wall, but would be art filled for sure, another re-energized passion of mine for 2014.  I’m obsessed with this home!

the living room

the living room

Giacometti lamps, pieces by Jean Michel-Frank, and a Picasso tapestry.

Renee Rockefeller

Renee Rockefeller

Sculptures by Sean Landers (left) and Tim Noble and Sue Webster (right).

the private entrance

the private entrance

the foyer

the foyer

A pair of Napoleon III papier-mâché chairs surround a fringed and skirted table, and are offset by a raw-cotton wall sculpture by Sanford Biggers, and photo series by Jose Dávila meandering up the staircase.

yes you can still have nice things AND kids!

yes you can still have nice things AND kids!

the library

the library

Art by George Condo and Cyprien Gaillard.  I love the crewel-covered banquette with tiger-print pillows.

neon art by Tracey Emin

neon art by Tracey Emin

the dining room

the dining room

Chairs in the dining room were designed by Philip Johnson for Nelson Rockefeller, and surround a table with an Hervé van der Straeten vase in the middle, all below a chandelier by Tony Duquette, while a painting by Huma Bhabha sits above tufted banquettes nearby.

art and objects

art and objects

A piece by Hanna Liden rests above a plaster console found at the Paris flea market.

the dining room

the dining room

A fabric by Carolina Irving covers the walls.

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