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Welcome! Peek Inside Laura Bohn and Scott Bromley’s Lofts at the 10th Annual Open House New York Weekend Oct. 6–7

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 Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see.

Laura Bohn in the living room of her West Village penthouse apartment

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.

The dining room, living room, and kitchen in Laura bohn's West village penthouse loft

A view of the dining room and kitchen from the living room in Laura Bohn‘s West Village penthouse loft.

The living area and sleeping platform in Scott Bromley's Garment District loft apartment

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 Garment District loft

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.


Tangerine Dream: Susan Huckvale Arann Uses Orange

Tangerine may be Pantone’s color of the year, but designing with orange is nothing new to us at American & International Designs, Inc. You may have seen my recent post featuring a New York City apartment kitchen done in orange. I find it to be such a warm and inviting color and love using it in my designs. Many times people relate orange to autumn, which is a shining season for the hue, but used correctly, it becomes a vibrant color across all seasons and year over year. It could take over an entire design or be the finishing pop of color, but orange is very often part of my work.

Breakfast Is Served - Family Breakfast Area

The warmth of the orange in the background of this family breakfast area offsets the cool blue accent wall and highlights the rich color of the draperies.

condo kitchen after

Warming up a space from the top down is easy with an orange ceiling.  In this kitchen, it creates an eye catching feature that blends in well with the rest of the design.

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Orange is great for creating pops of color within a space.


Albert Hadley, 1920–2012

When Albert Hadley died in March, we lost the most influential contemporary master of American interior design.  As the New York Times obituary succinctly put it, “His taste was relatively spare and modernist, but he was willing to mix ideas, drawing on a deep knowledge of design history. And reflecting his own moderate temperament, he had a keen sense of how much was too much and how much was not enough.” His was a quintessentially American aesthetic—sophisticated yet unpretentious, elegant yet practical—that we’ve all learned from and aspire to. We wrote about Mr. Hadley most recently a year ago, when Tim Button and Barry Goralnick ran into him at the preview for a Sotheby’s auction of some of his furniture. Here some Designers Collaborative members share reminiscences of and thoughts about the great designer.

Albert Hadley in his New York City apartment

Albert Hadley in his New York City apartment

Scott Bromley: I met Albert soon after I arrived in New York in 1965, fresh out of architecture school in Montreal. He was a great friend of the textile designer Alan Campbell who was my neighbor on West 55th Street and introduced us. Albert remained a pal through the years and always encouraged me in my endeavors. In fact, he was one of those who strongly urged me to go out on my own in 1974. He will be much missed!

The living room at Cherryfields, Mrs. Nancy Buck Pyne's country house in Peapack, NJ, designed by Parish Hadley in 1963

The living room at Cherryfields, Mrs. Nancy Buck Pyne’s country house in Peapack, New Jersey, designed by Parish Hadley in 1963

Tim Button: I have been thinking about Mr. Hadley and how Barry Goralnick and I ran into him at the preview for the auction of his things at Sotheby’s. He was so gracious, as he always was whenever I saw him at design  events, even though I don’t think he remembered me. I’ve also been thinking about how such an impeccably well-mannered gentleman must have run his projects—the iron fist inside the most velvet of gloves—to make them come out flawlessly time after time. He must have had a fantastic grasp of human character to have worked so successfully and so repeatedly for that roster of formidable clients—Astors, Rockefellers, Bronfmans, Paleys, Gettys, Whitneys, and Mellons, just to name a few. What a remarkable man !

Brooke Astor's Manhattan library designed by Albert Hadley

With its red-lacquer-and-brass bookshelves, the library in Brooke Astor’s apartment from the 1970s is one of Albert Hadley’s most famous and influential rooms

Ron Bricke: I was a recent Parsons interior design graduate in the 1960s when I  first viewed Albert Hadley’s work. I had the opportunity of attending an exhibition at Cooper Union, which included a room by Albert Hadley.  It was staggering in its simplicity and ease—elegant, extraordinary, livable.  I remember being  was particularly stunned by the woven cellophane curtains. Altogether, a masterpiece. Not only was Mr. Hadley a brilliant designer, he was also (to steal a word from Clodagh) a thoroughbred of a type I have never experienced before or since.

The study in Albert Hadley's own Manhattan apartment

The study in Albert Hadley’s own Manhattan apartment

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