Posted by switch-smith at 9:38 AM . Sunday, February 27, 2011
A follow-up to an earlier Daily Dose, Iain Halliday crafts the perflect blend of Manhattan Modernism with Hollywood Glamour. From an article by Jill Gerston:
Can an Australian accustomed to sun-drenched beaches, shaded verandas, and vast expanses of green find happiness living in the asphalt canyons of Manhattan?
Absolutely, according to Kiane von Mueffling, a Sydney transplant ensconced with her husband, Charlie, and their 15-month-old son, Oliver, in a towering prewar building whose top 12 floors have been converted from commercial space into residential apartments.
The enormous windows in the Von Muefflings’ living room command impressive views of the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park, a verdant six-acre oasis. “It’s like living in the treetops.”
Kiane wanted the apartment to reflect her passion for jaw-dropping Hollywood glamour in the style of decorators Dorothy Draper and Tony Duquette. Her husband wanted practicality and comfort. To combine these sensibilities into a look she describes as “modern, livable, and luxurious without being overdone,” she hired designer Iain Halliday of the Australian firm BKH. Halliday tempered his client’s haute-glam tendencies while Kiane brought a touch of dazzle to the designer’s minimalist aesthetic.
Back-to-back silk velvet sofas divide the living room into a formal entertaining area and a family spot where the couple can watch Glee and play with Oliver. With its mix of modern and antique pieces—a wire-frame Knoll chair, a pair of Louis XVI bergères, a 1960s Baker cocktail table—the clean, elegant space flows seamlessly, thanks to a geometric patterned rug and a gray tufted leather window seat that runs the length of the room.
Furnishings include a Warren Platner lounge chair, silk Executive chairs by Eero Saarinen, and a 1950's Italian gilt Sheaf of Wheat side table. The silk velvet sofa is based on a rare Mies van der Rohe design for Knoll.
Photos by William Waldron, styled by JC Garcia-Lavin, via Elle Decor.