Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fifth Avenue Original

“I think it’s fun to do things that are a little different,” says designer Mica Ertegün, of MAC II, who created warm, eclectic interiors for a family’s Fifth Avenue residence on Central Park.

The residence, originally a single level, was converted to two stories when the apartment below became available. A graceful steel-and-plaster stair tower, designed by Ann Kalla, of Cicognani Kalla Architects, now links the two floors. The 1957 glass chandelier is by Swedish artist Erik Höglund. The gouache is by Serge Poliakoff.

The apartment works because it’s a blend of so many materials. The wood floors and paneling are a nice counterpoint to the steel and glass.

They have a huge kitchen, who joined a large oak dining table, from Holly Hunt, with a set of red metal chairs she had copied from four originals in the family room. The pair of Murano glass light fixtures are circa 1940.

The living room was decorated in shades of gray. Jacques Adnet floor lamp from Bernd Goeckler. Philip Laverne low table from Eric Appel. Art Déco bergère from Ritter Antik, with Bergamo fabric.

The master bedroom, which has a Charles X bed, is “the only room that’s pretty much as it was when the building was constructed. Circa 1850 English bench, Lee Calicchio. Ralph Lauren Home drapery fabric.

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