Posted by switch-smith at 8:13 AM . Tuesday, July 13, 2010
An inspiring project by Nate Berkus. Rather than sparkling new finishes, elements of age and patina were embraced and incorporated into the design details. The furnishings are a blend of neo-classical and mid-century modernist. In the great room are pairs of Poul Kjaerholm PK9 chairs and Robert Sonneman wall lamps. The cabinet was styled after Tommi Parzinger and the firescreen styled after Jean Royere. In the living room, a 1960s brass and marble Italian lamp sits on top of a Paul Lazlo console, flanked by a pair of Maison Jansen armchairs. In the cabana, a Willy Guhl concrete rocker, Borge Mogensen armchairs, a Franco Albini ottoman, a Francois Monnet stainless steel coffee table, and a sweeping 1970s chaise lounge.
“I’m a big fan of bringing a sense of age to new construction,” Berkus says. “I always reach for things that are a little worn-out.” Hence the artfully distressed herringbone floor, each individual piece hand-scraped to evoke the soulfulness of a historic château, and the saddle-leather floor tiles in the glamorous study, where a bar overlooks the swimming pool. “I thought a leather floor would be ridiculous!” she recalls, worried her friends’ stilettos would destroy the chestnut hides. “But Nate convinced us that the more it gets scuffed, the better it will look. And he was right.” .... As Berkus notes, “Old materials provide a feeling of naturalness and stability.” And what house couldn’t use more of those?
Styled by Stephen Pappas.
Photography by Roger Davies.
Via Mitchell Owens for elledecor.