The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor space transformed this architectural blunder to boon. The Zizmors' son plays in front of a living wall created by urban landscaper Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design.
“There’s no right answer except to play and experiment,” Jonathan Adler says about furnishing the interior of the Shelter Island vacation home he shares with his husband, Simon Doonan. The leafy greenery tempers the space. He reupholstered vintage Warren Platner chairs with velvet from Kravet. Drawings by Eva Hesse inspired the custom ceramic wall tile. Adler also created the coffee table, rug, planters, and gold stool. The pendant lamp is from Rewire in Los Angeles and the artwork is by Jean-Pierre Clément.
Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff transformed a cramped São Paulo apartment into a mid-city refuge for Simone Santos. “The garden forms a barrier to heat and pollution,” Skaff says, “and, along with the large windows and cross ventilation, [helps] this apartment stay fresh throughout the year.” Santos says she hates air-conditioning. Remarkably, she almost never needs it.
Trees provide a buffer between indoors and out in Jay Atherton and Cy Keener's house in Phoenix, Arizona. In an effort to keep the rooms as pure and spare as possible, Atherton and Keener forewent traditional moldings in favor of a subtle reveal at the top and bottom of the wall. They sprayed the ceiling with silver Ralph Lauren metallic paint, selected to tonally match the concrete floors and reflect light deeper into the room. As a result, says Keener, “the walls feel more sculptural.”
In the main living area of Frank Nederhof’s renovated Amsterdam flat, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are arranged in a 60-foot-long enfilade. The pendant light above the table is Nemo by Franco Albini for Cassina. A grouping of succulents and Monstera deliciosa plants act as a natural room divider.
According to Gaultier of a Paris apartment he decorated, "My imagination comes from the cinema...I love the idea that nature is capable of trumping concrete."
For Paul and Shoko Shozi, a pair of retiring Angelenos, the goal was to shut out the neighborhood but bring in the sunny skies. Their new prefab home, the Tatami House, designed by Swiss architect Roger Kurath of Design*21, makes a central courtyard the center of the home. Here, a single tree makes a peaceful, elegant design statement.
At furniture designer Alejandro Sticotti’s Buenos Aires oasis, he simply made the interior an extension of the exterior by surrounding the open dining room with huge expanses of glass facing a moat-like garden.
At Dwell Home Venice, Michael and Tamami Sylvester's home designed by Sebastian Mariscal, the guest bedroom extends to a bridge filled with greenery. The home’s landscape architecture is by Ventura, California–based Jack Kiesel. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
Just a peek of greenery goes a long way in this Los Angeles remodel by architect Linda Taalman. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
The Charles Forberg-designed LongHouse, textile genius Jack Lenor Larsen’s estate in East Hampton, was inspired in equal parts by Japanese Shinto shrines and Larsen’s old New York City loft. A glass ceiling is embedded along the spine of the peaked roof, and allows for such remarkable rooms as the entryway-turned-greenhouse. Larsen says, “It’s remarkable that there aren’t more glass-ceilinged rooms. It didn’t cost more than a real ceiling, and it doesn’t lose or gain more heat, but if you can’t be outdoors, it’s very pleasant and the plants like it.” The beams and trusswork were made from Douglas fir in Minnesota.