Yacht-Like Interiors Finish An Elegant NYC Apartment

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eclectic entry hall emerald green...

Colombian artist Alvaro Herran's Zona Infinita presents an emerald green horizon line that seems to expand the entry hall of this New York apartment indefinitely. The floor's bronze inlays "move you into the space," says the home's designer, Juan Montoya. An Art Deco-style ceiling fixture is one of many custom lighting pieces by the designer seen throughout and illuminates the clients' own console, atop which sit art glass vases and an early-20th-century bust by Belgian sculpture Arthur Dupagne, titled Tete Bassala aux Colliers. The mirror and sconces were also designed by Montoya.

eclectic living room striped sectional...

Because ceilings were of modest height, Montoya had CQ Design Studio encase the library in Macassar ebony, framing the windows and drawing the eye toward the spectacular East River views rather than overhead. A large custom sectional is upholstered in Romo fabric and wraps around the clients' own Karl Springer coffee table.

eclectic living room Japanese screen...

Furnishing the apartment involved mostly editing the owners' extensive pieces, such as the Japanese screen, visible in the mirror, that dominates the living room opposite this space. Another custom lighting fixture there dissimulates the ceiling height with its impressive scale. On this side of the room, known as the library, a Turkish carpet provides rich layering.

eclectic den blue sofa striped...

Swathed in Brazilian redwood and carpeted with a custom Patterson Flynn Martin rug, the den also features an Avery Boardman sofa upholstered in Architex fabric and accented with pillows in a Stark material outlined in Samuel & Sons trim. The clients travel extensively around the world and have picked up various pieces of art, including the Asian piece above the sofa.

eclectic dining room striped chairs...

The dining room faces the main living area across the entry hall, so Montoya had CQ Design Studio panel it in more Macassar ebony, then mirrored one wall to make the space feel more expansive.

eclectic dining room gold wall-covering...

The dining room's Art Deco chandelier, from Sapho Gallery, is suspended above the clients' own Donghia table and chairs; Montoya reupholstered the latter in a Fabricut stripe. The designer then sandwiched a gold Phillip Jeffries wallcovering between glass for the door leading into the kitchen, which complements Argentinian artist Enrique Salvatierra's gold mixed- media work. Neoclassical porcelain urns flank the entryway in the built-in shelving, while windows are dressed in custom shades that showcase a sheer fabric from Rodolph.

eclectic bathroom mirrored ceiling black...

With its mirrored ceiling and black marble walls, the powder room is an Art Deco fantasia. Above the custom vanity designed by Montoya with Art Deco decorative grille work are a mirror and sconces acquired from Sapho Gallery.

eclectic neutral bedroom window shades...

The plush master bed is set against a custom-designed, thickly quilted panel wall featuring a luxurious Rubelli fabric. It sits atop a soft silk-wool carpet from Patterson Flynn Martin. CQ Design Studio fabricated the Montoya-designed nightstands out of ivory shagreen and African anigre- wood veneers. The custom Roman shades boast Clarence House fabrics.

Deciding to scratch relocation plans and remain in the apartment they’d occupied for 30 years, a couple hired Juan Montoya to revamp and update. He put all their furnishings in storage so he could first address their desire for graciously proportioned rooms.

Opening up the entry hall and corridor to create a spacious gallery immediately accomplished this. Inspired by East River views, he says, “I decided to treat the windows like those on a luxurious yacht, which I did by using a lot of dark woods like Macassar ebony.”

He balanced the potential heaviness with walls and ceilings of escayola — a luminous, buffed Venetian-style plaster — and by using lighter sycamore in the less grandly scaled master bedroom. He then layered in custom lighting and a curated selection of his clients’ Art Deco and modern furnishings, antique rugs and Asian art, mixing in contemporary works he selected to create a sophisticated cosmopolitan interior.

The intriguing mix speaks to the shared interest between clients and designer for world travel and treasures from exotic lands. Take a tour of the home, above.

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