Black-and-White New York Apartment

Designer Gilles Mendel and Kylie Case’s Graphic New York City Apartment
The signature colors of J. Mendel shops are black and white, and Mann, working in collaboration with his associate William Clukies, followed that palette here. The foyer’s walls and crown molding are covered in charcoal velvet; its baseboards and doorframes are sheathed in black leather. Other walls are white, but nearly all of the furnishings— the wall-mounted Poul Kjærholm leather sofa, the lacquer chandelier, and the marble-top tables—are black. Ditto the window casings. “At night black blends into everything else,” Mann says. “I’m trying to dissolve the parameters of space.” For that reason, only the bedroom has shades. The dramatic living room windows are like a giant movie screen.

In the living room, painted in Ralph Lauren Pocket Watch White, an artwork by Rodney Dickson hangs above a custom-made sofa clad in a Pollack velvet; the floor lamp is by Arredoluce, and the fox-fur pillows and calfskin rug are by J. Mendel.

In the dining area, a black-lacquer chandelier hangs above a custom-made marble-top table and vintage J. L. Møller chairs from Belkind Bigi with Spinneybeck leather seats; the bronze sculpture at the window is by Leopoldo Nóvoa.

The kitchen includes a Sicis mosaic-tile backsplash, a Samsung ultrathin LED television, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator with bespoke lacquer panels.

In the bedroom, the headboard is made of panels of camel-color cowhide; the linens are by Frette, and the badger-fur throw is by J. Mendel.
Photography by Joshua McHugh. Article featured in Architectural Digest.

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