3 NYC Art Deco Spaces With A Modern Twist


Discover three New York spaces putting a modern twist on Art Deco style.

an Art Deco style apartment

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Peter Pennoyer Architects

On the Upper East Side, his clients’ love of vintage ocean liners inspired architect Peter Pennoyer’s design of an apartment located in a 1929 Art Deco building. The first challenge was the overly large entrance gallery. “Fortunately, Art Deco encourages angles,” the architect says. “We introduced an angle to fix the door placement, added storage and made the entry an octagonal shape.” Pennoyer, whose latest monograph, Peter Pennoyer Architects: City | Country (Vendome Press), features more of this elegant project, continued the use of strong geometric shapes in the black lacquered doors and woodwork, the stenciled floor and elaborate ceiling moldings.

an Art Deco kitchen

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Shannon Murray Interiors

When designer Shannon Murray’s Westchester clients bought a pied-à-terre in the Rose Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, they asked her to make the one-bedroom functional and fun for weekends in the city. “The building’s common areas are very Art Deco and the owners love that look,” Murray says. “Our starting point was the Lee Jofa wallpaper with its gold-and-black squares.” At one end of the great room, the kitchen picks up on the gold with a Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort & Co. light fixture, while glam stools sourced in Europe provide chic seating.

grand staircase in an Art Deco style

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Ovadia Design Group

When new owners purchased a 1931 brownstone near Prospect Park that had never been renovated, they asked designer Jack Ovadia to oversee a gut renovation. The entry sets the home’s modern Art Deco tone with a dramatic staircase that rises four-stories through the center of the house. “I did a hand sketch for the railing pattern, which we then reiterated on the door,” Ovadia shares. “We used brass for the railing and as an accent on the floor, table and light fixture.” A dramatic three-story chandelier, also conceived by the designer, crowns the glamorous scene.