Tour the Moody NYC Apartment of Two Lighting Gods

 

Chances are you’ve come across Apparatus Studio‘s lighting, probably without even knowing it. Right here on Savvy Home for starters: once in a midcentury cool London flat, another in a sprawling Malibu farmhouse, again on a tour of the gorgeous Studio Four in NYC, and a few times in my favorite New York City hotels, The Marlton and the Ludlow.

 

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

Tour the Apartment of Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson of Apparatus Studio on @SavvyHome

They say three’s a trend, I say five’s an obsession. Basically, I would cover all my walls and ceilings in Apparatus Studio lighting if I could. And that’s exactly what co-founders Gabriel Hendifar and partner Jeremy Anderson did. Because obviously they can get the lighting for free if they damn choose.

Let’s be real: people with such easy access to some of the best lighting on the market could hardly have an ugly house. Especially when they are the creators of said lighting, and by association have amazing taste.

It’s almost hard to imagine that, just a few years ago, this talented duo was piecing together vintage pieces to create their first lighting creatings, purely for their own home.

I love the use of muted paint colors, especially in the bedroom and the kitchen, as a backdrop to the beautiful lighting. The colors are so right and simply fabulous. I’m obsessed with the blue-gray tones against the white Triad Chandelier in the bedroom. I’ve been obsessed with that chandelier ever since I spotted it in the Marlton Hotel, but I think I prefer it even more in white.

The living room is also fabulous with it’s icy blue and birch tones. I spy a couple of gorgeous Kelly Wearstler chairs along with a side table from Egg Collective and of course, Apparatus’ Arrow chandelier.

 

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Photos: Matthew Williams for Elle Décoration, Design by Gabriel Hendifar

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London Flat by Studio Ashby

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

 

Because It’s London Fashion Week, here’s a little love from Kings Cross!

 

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Inside a Mid-Century Inspired London flat by Studio Ashby • Plimsoll Apartment London on @SavvyHome

Overlooking the canal in Kings Cross is a brand new residential building called the Plimsoll. The showcase apartment’s interiors were created by Studio Ashby of London. Drenched in sunlight and adorned with Apparatus Studio pendants, it’s a mid-century aficionado’s dream.

The space is tailored and masculine but with a feminine sensibility. It’s modern but in a warm and comfortable way. The organic shapes found in the living room rug, the bedroom wallpaper, the aboriginal art and the orange tree standing in the kitchen soften the angular lines of the cutting-edge architecture.

Though it’s not always sunny in London, one can imagine that the outdoor-inspired palette would work just as well on a moody rainy day.

 

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Images c/o Studio Ashby and Plimsoll Apartment London.

Inside The Meticulously Edited Malibu House of Vanessa Alexander

Inside The Meticulously Edited Malibu House of Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design • on @SavvyHome

 

“Above all, a home has to live well and make you feel good in the private and public moments of your life, and from season to season”

—Vanessa Alexander

 
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What happens when an interior designer with a keen eye for design and a budget to match revamps a Malibu farmhouse for her large family? Nothing short of magic, that’s what. Vanessa Alexander and her husband, partner at talent agency ICM, underwent an intensive renovation of their Point Dume home, which she described as once “classic Georgian meets unauthentic Tuscan meets Balinese”.

The couple added skylights, reworked the floor plan drastically, added new windows and doors, essentially bringing the house down to bare bones before refinishing it. The main goal was to increase openness and flow, to accommodate for three growing boys and two dogs. The outside of the house, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was graced with over a dozen fully-grown olive trees.

Some people collect art, others collect great lighting—and Alexander is no stranger to either. While her lighting collection—ranging from Apparatus Studio vanity sconces to Lindsey Adelman chandeliers—might be more significant than her art collection, she never hesitates to pick up a piece of photography that truly moves her. I won’t lie, I’d love to pick up a print of Bill Henson’s Paris Opera for my own place if I could.

 

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Photography Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine.

Steven Gambrel’s Latest Sag Harbor Project

Steven Gambrel's Newest Sag Harbor Project 2015 • on @SavvyHome

 

In a quaint town where he spends his own summer weekends, Steven Gambrel just finished a dreamy coastal cottage.

 
Steven Gambrel's Newest Sag Harbor Project 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Steven Gambrel's Newest Sag Harbor Project 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Steven Gambrel's Newest Sag Harbor Project 2015 • on @SavvyHome

Steven Gambrel's Newest Sag Harbor Project 2015 • on @SavvyHome

 

I finally had lunch at Café Clover in the West Village yesterday. It’s a restaurant I’ve been dying to try, not for its menu—although it was delicious—but for its interior design. Leather banquettes in a perfect shade of blue, antiqued mirror panels, glossy black window frames, oversized sconces and a bar made out of the most beautiful veined marble.

I’m a huge fan of Steven Gambrel‘s designs. And after visiting his latest restaurant project yesterday, I had to look up his website to see what he had been up to since my last post. I wasn’t disappointed. In latest news: a Sag Harbor home that strangely looks like his own Hamptons escape. The kitchen is my favorite room: more perfect shades of blue, his signature shaker cabinets and marble countertops. In the sitting room, an extra deep sofa and a couple of oversized sconces.

 

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Photography Steven Gambrel.