Tour an Artwork-Crammed Park Avenue Condo by Nick Olsen

Life in New York Metropolis generally looks like a endless scavenger hunt, the place the whole lot from the newest restaurant to an excellent new buddy is a superb discovery and days are infused with a way of each urgency and play. Celeb actual property dealer Michael Lorber thrives on this exuberant depth. “He’s one of the crucial man-about-town individuals I do know,” says inside designer Nick Olsen. “He’s out to dinner almost each evening, and appears to know all people on the road.”

Certainly residence life can be an afterthought to such a cosmopolitan character. However Lorber is as enthusiastic about how he lives as he’s in regards to the world past his entrance door. “I’m form of a homebody,” he admits. “Serial homebody” is perhaps a greater moniker. He’s owned two residences and three successive weekend homes prior to now decade—“an occupational hazard,” he says—all designed by Olsen. He derives his sense of residence from favourite issues fairly than the areas through which they’re organized. “He’s sentimental about what he loves,” notes Olsen, who started his profession as a protégé of famend designer Miles Redd. “Each time he strikes, he needs to reuse his lovely antiques and artwork, his customized upholstery, his carpets. We don’t begin with a clear slate.”

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For Olsen, such reshuffling turns a challenge like this Park Avenue condo right into a 3D puzzle. Among the many consumer’s must-haves for the sixth-floor house was his rising assortment of great artwork, together with two Basquiats, a Warhol, and a Lichtenstein. Olsen gave severe forethought to the location of just a few of those items, nevertheless—the bigger Basquiat is centered heroically between two front room home windows, for instance. For the remaining, he waited till the whole lot was completed. “I like to rearrange artwork intuitively and within the second,” he says, “so it feels a bit random, not too valuable or formal.”


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One other requisite was a beneficiant Sultanabad rug. Lorber selected the condo partly as a result of its front room was the proper measurement for the rug, which now shares the house with a 3rd merchandise from his record of necessities: scenic wallpaper. That includes a classical Italian panorama in shades of bronzy-green, it transforms the house right into a lush Arcadia through which an ebullient mixture of furnishings involves life. A pair of classic Louis XV slipper chairs upholstered in an Artwork Deco–patterned silk sits throughout from a deep, low couch in aubergine velvet. Above this hangs the bigger Basquiat, with textual content saying Rome Pays Off, “a wink and nudge” to the wallpaper’s Roman imagery, says Olsen. As with a lot of Lorber’s artwork, the portray’s irreverence brings an nearly graffiti-like jolt of power to an in any other case pretty conventional house.

In recognition of the consumer’s favourite shade, a constellation of blues unifies the condo. “I solely put on blue fits. I used to solely have blue vehicles. It’s very unusual,” says Lorber. Olsen created a concord from shades that embrace a resonant teal within the eating room, splashes of ice and indigo upholstery in the lounge, wealthy lapis for the library couch, and deep navy-and-black grass fabric on the first bed room partitions. To maintain the blues from feeling staid, he launched a “wonky” jumble of different colours: luminous apple greens, mushy straw golds, cinnabar reds. And good-looking browns convey serenity to the library, the place the partitions are clad in camel-colored wool felt trimmed on the edges “like these lovely little bins you get at boutiques,” says Olsen.

Olsen likes utilizing such outlines to introduce “line and aid” to each rooms and furnishings. He designed fake paneling within the entry corridor utilizing strips of marbleized paper traced by ultrathin painted strains, “like French mats on an vintage image body.” He added silver petite bullion fringe to the first bed room curtains, “as a result of on this ultramasculine room, I like that form of push and pull.” Within the eating room, Olsen painted Directoire chairs white, then upholstered them in cognac leather-based to create a crisp, shiny second of articulation amid the “huge blue-glazed envelope.” Says the designer, “Until furnishings is museum high quality, I’m definitely not terrified of portray it white to freshen it and make the upholstery pop.”

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Certainly, I’m Not Scared could possibly be Olsen’s motto. “I like gutsy furnishings,” he says—citing the flamboyant Georgian console (additionally painted white) and the fab Seventies trompe l’oeil aluminum-skirted facet desk in the lounge. Gutsy gestures too: He grouped the Warhol with unprovenanced artwork within the breakfast nook (“form of a flex,” he admits) and created the same small cluster with the Lichtenstein on a front room wall, as a result of a large salon-style set up would have hid an excessive amount of wallpaper.

All through are little nods to Lorber’s life out in town. “Once I eat out, I all the time need to sit within the banquette,” he says, so his diminutive kitchen has its very personal. And even his dinner events are an opportunity to rejoice the fantastic high-low spirit of the town. “On Sundays, I’ve associates over and we sit round my fancy eating room desk set with nice linens and effective china and silver and we eat take-out Chinese language meals.” A noble sizzling spot if ever there was, inviting the town’s richest presents inside and giving rise to a contemporary portal of discovery.

VERANDA Magazine

Featured in our September/October 2022 concern. Inside Design by Nick Olsen; Structure by Lee Stahl; Images by Thomas Loof; Styling by Lili Abir Regen; Written by Celia Barbour.

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