I’m thrilled to have a city pied-à-terre that we here at Laura Bohn Design Associates recently completed featured in the Nov/Dec issue of New York Spaces. Editor in chief Jason Kontos writes: “Laura Bohn takes a quieter approach to seasonal shimmer in an Upper West Side apartment: Using subtle shades of silver, ice blue, and gold, this sure-handed designer added just the right amount of bling to make the place sing.” How great a holiday present is that! Here is a sneak peek of the story.
In my previous 25th Anniversary post, I mentioned that one of my early jobs was Ian Schrager’s beach house in Southampton. Calvin and Kelly Klein saw it, Kelly gave me a call, and I went to meet her in Calvin’s fabulous Joe D’Urso-designed office. The couple had an 1891 shingle mansion in East Hampton on a dead-end road overlooking the ocean and Georgica Pond. Architect Thierry Despont had renovated it for them but they needed help finishing up a number of rooms. Would I be interested in the job? The only hesitation I had was about what to wear when I visited the place. Putting on jeans and cowboy boots, I headed out to the house, where I was let in by a houseman.
I redid their bedroom, using a Federal four-poster bed that they’d bought at the Andy Warhol estate sale in 1988 (I wrote about it here). In the dining room, I added white linen curtains and introduced new white-linen slipcovered chairs. In fact, I had used these chairs before, in both the Schrager beach house and an apartment I’d done for Michael Kors, then just a young, emerging designer. (I’ve continued to do residential and commercial projects for Michael over the years, including this penthouse apartment; currently I’m redoing the 1,500-square-foot planted terrace there.) The chairs were a big hit because they were stylish and very inexpensive, consisting of an $80 basic wood chair from the Door Store on which I put a simple linen slipcover. They appeared in several publications at the time, including HG, W, and Metropolitan Home, though I never got a credit for them!
For the master bedroom in Calvin and Kelly Klein’s East Hampton beach house, Glenn Gissler used a four-poster bed that previously belonged to Andy Warhol.
Calvin Klein, photographed in his East Hampton beach house, sitting on an $80 Door Store chair slipcovered in white linen by Glenn Gissler.
Glenn had previously used the slipcovered Door Store chairs in this apartment for the then-fledgling designer Michael Kors.
Glenn also used the slipcovered chairs in the dining room of hotelier Ian Schrager’s Southampton beach house.
October 6–7 is the 10th Annual Open House New York Weekend, when we celebrate the city’s architecture and design by unlocking the Big Apple, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike free access hundreds of sites, talks, tours, performances, and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. One of the most popular features is Designer’s Open House @ OHNY Weekend, sponsored by Interior Design magazine, when architects and interior designers throw open the doors of their private residences. are the tours of private residences. This year, the lofts of two Designers Collaborative members are included on the tour: Laura Bohn‘s three-bedroom apartment in the West Village (October 6 & 7, 12:00 to 5:00 PM), and Scott Bromley‘s two-bedroom loft in the Garment District (October 6, 12:00 to 4:00 PM). By reservation only at ohny.org. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see.
Laura Bohn in the living room of her West Village penthouse apartment, which is part of the Designer’s Open House @ OHNY Weekend, October 6 & 7, 12:00 to 5:00 PM, sponsored by Interior Design magazine.
A view of the dining room and kitchen from the living room in Laura Bohn‘s West Village penthouse loft.
Looking from the living area to the sleeping platform in Scott Bromley‘s Garment District loft apartment, which is also part of the Designer’s Open House @ OHNY Weekend, October 6, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, sponsored by Interior Design magazine.
A 75-foot banquette covered in Sunbrella fabric runs along the front of wall of Scott Bromley‘s loft. The enclosed greenhouse windows were originally an open balcony.