What could be greater than a classic 19th-century Manhattan townhouse? Today, we’re showing you a dream townhouse that has the most incredible mid-century lighting designs.
The home was decorated with the help of Francis D’Haene of D’Apostrophe Design. In the living room, vintage sofas mingle with a mid-century Gino Sarfatti floor lamp that fit perfectly in the space, giving it a unique touch.
Sixties and seventies. Scofield is a very technical and functional lamp. The diffusers rotate allowing different light focuses. Its structure is handmade in brass and the lampshades in aluminum.
The house belongs to the art dealer Christophe Van de Weghe and his wife, Anne-Gaëlle, that in 2009 seized an opportunity to acquire a five-story townhouse on a coveted Upper East Side block. But the home had been stripped of many of its Gilded Age refinements and converted into apartments sometime in the 20th century. When the Van de Weghes purchased the property, it had been in the process of being restored to a single-family residence—an undertaking abandoned by the previous owner.
To accomplish the transformation with efficiency and élan, the couple called on Annabelle Selldorf, an architect known for exquisite, soulful minimalism. The fact that her résumé also boasts a range of townhouse renovations made the Manhattan-based talent the perfect choice for the job.
The space that connects the breakfast area and the kitchen is outfitted with vintage Swedish pendant lamps from R 20th Century that look beautifully in the room.
Floor-to-ceiling oak bookshelves distinguish the library.
A Jean Royère light fixture is mounted above the library’s fireplace, which is flanked by a Picasso drawing and a Roy Lichtenstein painting. The modern floor lamp also adds a mid-century vibe that preserves a welcoming touch.
The office showcases a Sarfatti light fixture and features an animal print rug that elevates the decor of this space.
The bedroom features an Angelo Lelli chandelier that embraces the singularity of this space. The master suite’s walls are sheathed with panels of stained oak.
Selldorf lined the adjacent bath in marble; the sink and tub fittings are by Waterworks.
The guest bedroom features a Royère sconce and the framed work on paper is by René Magritte.
The Van de Weghes and their design team all agree that the job, though it took two and a half years, unfolded with a remarkable degree of unity, ease, and good cheer—an impressive feat given the inevitable tribulations that accompany a project of this scale and ambition.
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