It may be the winter weather or my appreciation for well-curated collections, but I love the warmth, personality, and sophistication brought to a room layered with special decor and memorabilia. The owner of this West Village apartment is one of the founding partners of Sawyer Benson, Brian Sawyer. He brought his incredibly adaptive ability to bring his clients’ personalities out through design to the design of his own apartment. “I love it here in the wintertime, in the firelight, when everyone sort of gets lost in the little nooks and crannies,” says Sawyer in the T Magazine article. From the slate lacquered walls to the eclectic array of birds, vases, art, and objects, the home has a strikingly personal quality that makes you want to explore the maze of rooms yourself. I also love the versatile, dramatic entryway, which doubles as a dining room when Sawyer entertains.
The Rive Gauche or Left Bank of Paris is known for its historic communities of philosophers, writers, artists at Montparnasse, the Latin Quarter of students attending the University of Paris, so it seems fitting that actress Hilary Swank took up residence in a grand apartment in this part of Paris. With the help of designer Axel Huynh, bold gestures of blues and a pop of red in the living room brought dramatic saturation to each living space. Much of the furniture was designed by Huynh, with custom details highlighted by the sparse decoration. This curated approach gives extra emphasis to the strong moments of color, such as on the velvet curtains and the custom paint color chosen for a teal accent wall in the dining room. I can’t help but call the mix of custom and contemporary furniture quite swanky, and often very sculptural, from the India Madhavi side table by the desk to the black and white oyster-shaped sconces in the dining room. See the rest of Swank’s Parisian home below.
The apartment of model-turned-stylist-turned-influencer marketing entrepreneur Pernille Teisbaek is a fresh expression of savvy Scandinavian style, with the glamour of an eye for designer finishes. Just like the interiors of her apartment, Teisbaek leans towards a minimal aesthetic – but she loves to “mix it up with something urban like Balenciaga or Joseph for a classic, feminine look” as she explained in an editorial with Matches Fashion. In the dining room above, an angular LED chandelier hangs above the simple table, surrounded by leather chairs in the style of Arne Jacobsen’s classic Series 7 chair. I love the funky palm sculpture in the corner of the room, it adds a nice contrast of shape and texture to the modern furniture. Tour the rest of the home below.
Infusing the wild, natural elements of the Colorado mountains into a modern home can be a challenging task, but designer Richard Hallberg did just that in this second home in Aspen, and succeeded in creating a serene retreat that harmonized with its setting. The traditional twigs and antlers approach to decorating a mountain house was approached with a new perspective, using the more natural elements sparingly to preserve their strikingly sculptural qualities. In the sitting area above, the bold color blocked elements of the modern artwork and lacquered coffee table take the wood and hide armchair and antler side table in a sophisticated direction. The rest of the all-white elements, like the home’s snowy white flokati rugs and pale upholstery, make this getaway quite serene.
In Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, designer Minhnuyet Hardy brings an edgy, modern look to her downtown loft. With raw wood warming her greyscale palette, she brought a bold mix to the home, with statement light fixtures, sophisticated textures, and custom details, like a sliding barn door to the master bathroom. In the living room above, she mixed a settee from west elm with original artwork from Lindsay Cowles and Restoration Hardware’s shell pendant light. The “contemporary cool” space will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ February issue – make sure you’re subscribed here. To find out more about the rise of modern design in Atlanta, I spoke to AH&L editor Elizabeth Ralls. Read what she said about Atlanta’s dynamic design scene below.