Interiors: High-Rise Eastern Elegance
by kathleen nicholson webber
photography by halkin photography llc
|The guest bedroom combines two smaller bedrooms and reflects the owner’s hobbies.|
In the kitchen, Rodgers repurposed the cherry cabinets, staining them darker, and replaced dated green granite with Calcutta gold. The tile floors were removed and replaced with wood. Rodgers then worked with lighting designer Sean O’Connor to add under-cabinet fixtures to give the room a glow.
Rodgers’s design for the guest bedroom was inspired by the client’s hobbies. “Because we had worked with him before, we knew he liked chess and to work on his laptop. We turned two small bedrooms into one big guest bedroom. The bed has luxe details like an upholstered leather headboard, and there is a game table surrounded by Holly Hunt chairs where the homeowner can sit, write, play a game, or eat.” Alison Berger pendants etched with poetry complement the room’s glowing ambient light.
While the majority of the palette is neutral, Rodgers applied touches of red throughout to draw the eye in. As the client is a frequent patron of Liao Collection, there is an antique console from the Asian antique gallery in the foyer in a dramatic shade of red. Also from Liao is the accent piece above the console, which originally held scholar’s stones; decorative painter Chris Lynn of Faux Fax mimicked the stones with metal leaf on glass to create a reflective surface. “We like to play off the original intent of the piece,” she says.
For this project, some of the artwork came from local galleries and artists’ studios, some from the client’s previous apartment, and others from galleries all over the US—including a few the client visited during Art Basel Miami Beach. “In the main hallway, there is a series of four carved skateboard decks by George Peterson, a piece by Jihyun Park in which the image was created by burning small holes in rice paper and mounting it on canvas, and another by Karen Margolis—a seven-layer hand-watercolored map that has been burnt with a soldering iron. There are playful pieces, too: the very unique Etched Apple computer in the living room that is displayed on a shelf, a three-dimensional Lego collage in one of the baths, and an etched steel piece, titled Groovy, in the master bath. The array of art complements the furniture and design.” Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, 2131 N. American St., 215-634- 7888; mrodgersltd.com