A reconstructed apartment in New York’s Manhattan tells the new story of a family’s life. Its past wasn’t lost, however, but projected into the colourful dwelling, which grabs your attention at first glance.
The bright shades of saturated colours return the owner of the apartment to his childhood in Puerto Rico, where he was born. They charge it with energy and, at the same time, a peace, which acts as an anchor in the home port. To bring the typical colourfulness of their Caribbean birthplace into the whirlpool of an American city was one of the basic requirements for the owner before the reconstruction. He also considered the presentation of his collection of Latin American art as very important. This collection reveals the elegant lifestyle of the owner, who also enjoys his comforts. He wanted the new interior to provide perfect comfort for the whole family, including his grandchildren, with whom he likes to spend a lot of free time.
On Waves of Colours
The owner commissioned the work to one of the leading design companies in America, Solis Betancourt & Sherrill, who understood how the family will enjoy the new space and create an interior full of aesthetic experiences. They began straight away in the lobby, where they placed two paintings from the famous Puerto Rican painter Olga Albizu over the console table. They painted the wall in blue and covered it with gold-plated Weitzner tiles. The net pattern allows the colours to penetrate into the walls.
The living room weds vivid colour with contemporary art, while the room preserves the elegance of a traditional salon. A work by Cuban artist Zila Sanchez hangs over the fireplace. The creator of the circle over the sofa is Linling Lu.
Changes with Great Effects
They covered the walls in the dining room with silk damask wallpapers to create a pleasant colour contrast with the silk curtains. The four club chairs are on wheels, so that they can be easily manoeuvred. The round table brings an element of modernity into the room.
The designers added wall linings to the owner’s bedroom to hide the storage spaces. The peaceful atmosphere of the room is finished by the colourful harmony with an accent on green.
The small home gallery continues into the guest room over the two beds, where paintings by well-known Puerto Rican painter Wilfred Chiesa hang. The embroidered silk pillows from Cowtan & Tout add a touch of femininity to the space.
Text: Dagmar Murgašová, photo: Jackson Hill and Marcos Galvany