This is the story of one time when that challenge (ahem, opportunity) did go really, really well—one that involves Tom Scheerer and one of his most loyal clients, refereed by the architect Gil P. Schafer. In the dining room of an Upper East Side apartment designed by Tom Scheerer with the architect Gil P. Schafer, the table is custom, the Regency chair cushions were embroidered by Penn & Fletcher, and the custom columns are topped with Isabelle Sicart ceramic lights from Rose Uniacke.
If you follow Scheerer’s work, you may recognize this apartment, in one of the most quietly elegant buildings on the Upper East Side: It appeared on the cover of his first book, , in 2013. It also contains my favorite Scheerer space, a dining room with one foot in the coral-glazed past and the other on the pulse of the moment, all contemporary photography paired with an Allegra Hicks rug.
In the breakfast room, a Saarinen table is surrounded by Sika Design chairs with cushions in a Holland & Sherry stripe. The pendant is from Rose Uniacke, the bone-inlay mirror is from John Rosselli & Associates, and the walls are papered in 1890s botanical prints by João Barbosa Rodrigues.
The buildings were few; the people in them who might be served a cheese puff on a silver tray knew that it came from William Poll; the gin was cold, and the jazz was hot. The intersection of privilege and family life on the Upper East Side is alive and well, but with a new and more opulent vocabulary involving SUVs, Barbour jackets, and Jeff Koons. In childhood, the owner was very close to (and for a time lived with) her great-grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, former Duchess of Marlborough. (How many projects contain the decorator-client exchange, “Is this a Sargent under your mother’s bed?”) There are fabled houses like Blenheim in this family’s story, but ultimately this is about an American woman living in New York today.
In the kitchen, the Josef Hoffmann stools are from Bauhaus 2 Your House, the cabinetry is custom, and the subway tiles are by Ann Sacks. The billiard-style pendant is from Ann-Morris, the flooring is by APC Cork, and the decoupaged trays on the wall are by John Derian.
In the sitting room next to the main bedroom, a Georgian gilt-wood mirror hangs on a wall sheathed in a Robert Kime silk. The armchair is in a Zimmer + Rohde linen, the slipper chair is in a Lisa Fine Textiles fabric, and the custom carpet is from Studio Four NYC.
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“When Tom said he wanted to paint it black”—an homage to Louise Grunwald’s famous dining room by Albert Hadley—“that scared me,” the owner admits.