Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Fifth Avenue Pied-à-terre, an 18th-Century European Palace.

With a storied imagination, a collector’s passion and an obsessive attention to detail, Howard Slatkin has created a one-of-a kind Fifth Avenue aerie in which every doorknob, tile and 19th-century silk lampshade was designed by him.

The dining room was inspired by Raphael’s Loggia at the Vatican. The ceiling was painted by the artisan Alexander Solodukho. The slipcovers are from Chelsea Editions; the curtain embroidery is by Jean-François Lesage

Slatkin connected two smaller rooms to create a large entryway. The early-19th-century scenic wallpaper panels were found in Paris, while the Louis XVI-style pilaster was custom-made. The floor is by Paris Ceramics; the console (one of a pair) is from Christie’s.

Slatkin refers to the narrow living room as the “bowling alley.” To compensate, he stained the dark parquet floors a pale gray to match the walls and open up the space. The curtain hardware is from P. E. Guerin.

The decorator in the screening room done up in an Orientalist style.

Slatkin wanted the guest bedroom, with its French empire steel and bronze canopy bed and 18th-century Chinese wallpaper, to feel like “an enchanted moonlit fantasy garden for guests.” The curtains are from Stark Carpet and Fabric; the door hardware is from P. E. Guerin.

In the guest bedroom, a 19th-century French painted iron table features a collection of porcelain fruit, and fabric flowers made by the artist Carmen Almon. The table and clock are from Christie’s.

The Louis XV writing table in the screening room features 18th-century Chinese porcelain and silver dishes from Russia.
Slatkin’s favorite place to relax in the evening is his screening room. The ceiling hides a recessed screen. The walls are made of reversed tea-dipped Indian bedspreads. A sofa covered in emerald green tufted silk velvet and the Ziegler carpet, both from Stark Carpet and Fabric, add to the room’s exoticism.

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