Today´s article is about a Family-Friend Home in Mannathan. This article is based on January 2015 Architectural Digest article. This masterpiece was projected by Michael Smith and Oscar Shamamian, and the results were amazing. Check for yourself.
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In the annals of New York City prewar real estate, few architects are as admired as Rosario Candela. Best known for the residential buildings he designed in the 1920s and ’30s along choice stretches of Park and Fifth avenues, Candela set a gold standard for city living—and his graciously proportioned apartments remain the object of countless fantasies.
Such was the case for one young family, who gave up what many Manhattanites would consider a pretty ideal home—a charming maisonette on Park Avenue—for a spacious Candela floor-through a few blocks away that needed major work. “I wasn’t really looking to move,” says the homeowner, a part-time social worker who grew up in the neighborhood and shares the residence with her son. “But this was my dream building and my dream apartment, so I ran with it.”
Running, in this instance, meant enlisting the talents of Los Angeles–based decorator Michael S. Smith and architect Oscar Shamamian of the New York firm Ferguson & Shamamian, who together crafted handsome, refined interiors that respect the classicism of the original design while keeping the tone relaxed and light.
Since Shamamian had worked on projects for the client’s mother and sister over the years, a rapport was already in place. What’s more, the architect had renovated units on neighboring floors, so he was familiar not only with the building’s celebrated floor plans but also with its quirks and key personnel.
While there was never any thought of radically reconfiguring the existing layout, which is remarkable for its stately entrance hall (the property has some of the city’s most dramatic foyers) and for positioning all principal rooms at the front of the home, the team decided to strip the apartment to its studs anyway.
“There was a lot of nuance to what we were trying to do,” explains Shamamian, “so even though the main public rooms stayed in place, we felt it was cleaner to take it all down to the slab and then build it back up.”
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