During the multi-year renovation of a collecting couple’s expansive West Coast primary residence, San Francisco-based designer Suzanne Tucker often heard her clients wistfully imagine how nice a New York apartment would be. Soon enough the call came—the clients were in escrow on a four-bedroom apartment in a converted office tower in New York’s Flatiron District, overlooking Madison Square Park.
The entry hall’s original heavily veined marble was replaced with a more tranquil limestone inset with Belgian black marble to allow the homeowners’ scholarly collection of art to be the main event. Here, pieces by Milton Resnick, Lee Ufan, and Anish Kapoor—the latter a last-minute art purchase that serendipitously worked perfectly over a newly installed vintage French credenza—join a Branching Disc lighting fixture by Lindsey Adelman Studio and sconces by Hervé Van Der Straeten from Ralph Pucci.
Other changes to the interior design, including staining the wood floors a dark ebony shade, replacing generic overhead illumination with a more thought-out lighting plan, and painting the already white walls a warmer vanilla hue, helped give the space a cosier atmosphere.
Revising the home’s colour palette also helped ground the pre-existing kitchen, which Suzanne Tucker adorned with a series of jewel-coloured faceted pendant lights by David Wiseman. Suzanne Tucker gave the space an unexpected moment of playfulness by upholstering the ebony and brass counter stools in an animal-print calfskin.
Shopping art and antique fairs, as well as visiting dealers from New York to Paris, Suzanne Tucker and her clients, discovered a number of treasures that have pride of place in the New York apartment. Suzanne Tucker bought a showstopping 1960s Piero Fornasetti “Architecttura” cabinet and pillowy ceiling fixture by Simone Crestani at Bernd Goeckler, stools and sconces at Ralph Pucci, and a nautilus-like convex mirror from Liz O’Brien.
Even with all the functional art peppered throughout the space, it’s the blue-chip collection of paintings and sculpture that really define the interiors. A large-scale work by Helen Frankenthaler that features a summary swirl of orange, burgundy, and teal creates a vibrant focal point in the living room.
The painting’s rich pumpkin hue carries over onto a pair of vintage Swedish lacquer side tables by Axel-Einar Hjorth that pop against a serene grouping of Jonas NY lounge chairs in a cocoa cotton velvet and 1960s Philip and Kelvin Laverne cocktail table. Turning up the room’s volume are a trifecta of colour-rich abstract works by Per Kirkeby, Julian Lethbridge, and Ha Chong-Yuen.
Moving further into the private areas, Suzanne Tucker deepened the neutral colour palette, wrapping the main bedroom in a taupe textured wallcovering and custom channel-tufted headboard. A 1950s Italian Murano glass chandelier, custom lacquer cocktail table, shagreen side tables, and a triptych of painted mirror works by Matthew Brandt add moments of glamour.
The room’s strongest textural moment is a multidimensional work by Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão, discovered at San Francisco’s FOG Design+Art Fair. Suzanne Tucker also installed a Franck Evennou bench with oscillating ribbon legs upholstered in Décor de Paris silk velvet.
A vestibule leading into the media room disguises the apartment’s biggest wow moment, crafted around an exuberant work by Yayoi Kusama, which informs a custom ottoman.
A charcoal grasscloth covering the walls and sumptuous textiles, including a black cashmere sofa, gives this suite its moody aesthetic which carries over into an intimate guest suite that’s encased in a tawny Phillip Jeffries woven paper. Suzanne Tucker added a straw marquetry mirror by Karl Kemp & Associates, coconut veneered Empire-style side chair, and stoneware table lamps from Gallery Bac. There’s no arguing that Suzanne Tucker has once again deftly set exactly the right mood.