Perfect Paring- "Uptown" and "Downtown"
November 21, 2013
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL WARCHOL
In Manhattan, the terms “uptown” and “downtown” imply contrary aesthetic stances. Yet, one young New York matron asked her design team to combine both perspectives in her new family home, a Fifth Avenue apartment in a storied 1925 Italian Renaissance Palazzo-style building overlooking Central Park. The family was leaving behind an equally venerated 1920s apartment nearby, says their longtime designer Douglas Wittels. He had restored its neoclassical details and deftly furnished it with streamlined yet transitional pieces, but “I suggested a new direction this time around. She’s always been minimal and anti-clutter,” says Wittels of his client, “but she’s gotten more modern and edgy over time.”
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