The Challenge:

This couple had just finished renovating their NYC pied à terre. The design was beautiful and the space lacked clutter (goals!). BUT the bare walls made the space feel stark and impersonal. With their kids now grown, the couple was ready for their home to feel sophisticated with the incorporation of quality, interesting artworks. 


The solution:

Talking to the client about the details of their renovation helped us understand what makes them tick. This allowed us efficiently source art they liked and make the process enjoyable and easy on the heels of an all-consuming renovation. We presented investment-worthy works from the 20th century as well as complementary pieces by emerging contemporary artists, going on gallery and studio visits to help our clients embrace the NYC art scene.

A favorite part of the project was seeing a ton of options “on approval” in the client’s home to see how it all worked together. They loved two works by Raymond Hendler from the 1960s, a Sam Messenger drawing for over the TV (it looks great), and a Dan Christensen 1970s spray paint across from a 2018 Susan Vecsey, both with subtle circles on their surface that play off one another. The deep teal built-in dining nook was the last key wall to be addressed; it needed art and styling, so we pulled accessories in a variety of shapes and materials to make it feel balanced on the wall.

Finally, after embracing abstraction for most of the project, we landed on a still life painting for the dining nook. It’s by Janet Rikus and the modern look of the pitcher, the color scheme of the bowls, and the long and skinny scale of the piece could not be more perfect.