Thanksgiving in Palm Beach

The Breakers, Palm Beach, lit up for the Holidays

The Breakers, Palm Beach, lighted for the holidays

For the past decade, my art dealer husband William Secord  and I have spent Thanksgiving in London or Paris. Our families would ask, “Are you coming for the holidays?” but we would head overseas. This year we’ll be eating our turkey at the house of friends in Palm Beach, where we’ll be spending the break in our West Palm Beach apartment with Rocky, our Dandie Dinmont terrier.

Bruce Bierman's Dandie Dinmont terrier, in the West Palm Beach apartment

Rocky, Bruce Bierman’s Dandie Dinmont terrier, takes it easy in West Palm Beach.

The living room of Bruce Bierman's West Palm Beach apartment. Sargent Architectural Photography

The apartment living room. Sargent Architectural Photography

As with all New Yorkers, our life in the city is incredibly hectic, and we plan to take it nice and easy down in Florida. But it won’t be all R&R. I actually have a client meeting at noon on Thanksgiving Day itself, as well as having three projects in Palm Beach that are all currently in the installation phase—a process that can be incredibly detailed, down to stocking the clients’ refrigerator (in some cases, even matching its content to that of the fridge in their New York apartment). The projects are located in two legendary Palm Beach resort properties: one is a penthouse in The Biltmore; the other two are in The Breakers, which I get an incredible view of from my 30th-floor apartment.

View of the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach from Bruce Bierman's apartment in West Palm Beach

 The view of Palm Beach and The Breakers from Bruce Bierman’s 30th-floor apartment in West Palm Beach.

But I have more than a strong visual relationship with The Breakers. I’ve actually designed six apartments (one of them twice) in the 40-apartment complex over the years. One client, who I’ve known for 30 years, is herself an interior designer but incredibly we did not disagree about anything!

Penthouse apartment in The Breakers, Palm Beach, by Bruce Bierman

 At The Breakers, the library in a penthouse Bruce Bierman designed for a client who is herself an interior designer


Style Compass: Bruce Bierman in 1stdibs’ Introspective Magazine

1stdibs introspective magazine

I’m delighted to be the subject of a profile by Jorge Arango in the “Style Compass” section of Introspective, the elegant online magazine from 1stdibs. Plus I got to pick a few of my favorite items from 1stdibs’ current inventory, which, as always, is really dazzling–especially when it comes to my passion: French design from the 1920 through the 1940s.

Bruce Bierman in 1stdibs Introspective magazineBruce Bierman's Quick Picks from 1stdibs in Introspective magazine


Back in the News: A Fresh Look at Two Bruce Bierman Apartments

I was very pleased to see two projects I designed a few years back receiving notice this month in very different contexts. The first is the Palm Beach apartment below:

Bruce Bierman Palm Beach apartment living-dining room

It is featured on the American Hardwood Information Center‘s website in an Insights from the Experts column by Wendy Silverstein that discusses how I make extensive use of oak for floors and cabinetry throughout the apartment. Click here to read the full story.

American Hardwood Information CenterBruce Bierman Palm Beach apartment in the American Hardwood Information Center's column Insights from the Experts by Wendy Silverstein

The second apartment is this penthouse in Chelsea, New York, that I designed late last decade. It has a lot of great Sonia Delaunay art, which I blogged about here, and has been published extensively before:

Bruce Bierman Chelsea penthouse

The apartment is getting renewed attention because it’s currently for sale. But what’s really gratifying is that the real estate listing in the New York Times gives me full credit for the design of the loft, which can be bought with all the furnishings included:

Bruce Bierman Chelsea apartment for saleBruce Bierman Chelsea penthouse for sale