Category: Living Room
Designer: Nancy Burfiend, NB Design Group
Location: New York, N.Y.
Goal: When Lori Uddenberg of Tacoma, W.A. purchased this pied-à-terre in New York’s Upper East Side the interiors were very traditional. Looking for a refresh, Uddenberg asked Nancy Burfiend, principal of NB Design Group to create a “Manhattan Look” that paired well with her contemporary art collection.
Inspiration: “We researched the history of apartments in Manhattan, which was a fascinating task,” Burfiend says. “The client and I visited vintage shops and art galleries in Manhattan to look for one of a kind pieces. We then paired those pieces with simple, yet elegant cleaned lined furniture.”
Breakdown: In the living room a custom tête-à-tête by Seattle’s Rep Craftsman is a refreshing alternative to a traditional sofa. The piece is upholstered in HBF Textiles Grand Tour II and the color is Ufizzi. A custom screen (also fabricated by Rep Craftsman) helps break up blank wall space in a creative way, while serving as sophisticated backdrop for the furniture. Above the custom Aline Demilune #304 by Dessin Fournir credenza is a self-portrait by artist BoBartlett, who studied under Andrew Wyeth. Bartlett, who currently resides in Georgia, lived in Seattle for a while, and Uddenberg commissioned him to paint a portrait of her daughter. A Klismos chair by Donghia and George V chair by Holly Hunt provide extra seating for guests, and the 6505 Halogen floor lamps by Holtkötter are delicate and feminine.
Tips to Get the Look: The short and sweet advice from Burfiend? “Follow your instincts. Buy pieces that speak to your sense of design. An interior should reflect an owner’s passions.”
Image Courtesy of Peter Murdock.