A Hollywood executive sells her beloved Los Angeles home and heads to New York, where she enlists designer and architect Garrow Kedigian to transform a Fifth Avenue prewar duplex into a true home. The results are a perfect blend of California ease and city chic — by day or by night.
In the dining room of a duplex on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue designed by Kedigian, a circa-1900 mahogany table is surrounded by antique chairs purchased at a Paris flea market and re‑covered in a Schumacher velvet. “It’s the darkest room in the house, so why fight it?” says Kedigian, who had the space painted in a custom cobalt lacquer. Chandelier, 1stdibs. Sconces, Vaughan. Rug, Stark.
Kedigian played up the living room’s classical architecture with a symmetrical furniture arrangement centered around the room’s stone mantel. The custom sofas are covered in a Nancy Corzine fabric, and the chair is from a Paris flea market. The curtains are in a GP & J Baker silk. Rug, Safavieh. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Patriotic White — actually a pale blue — and the niches are in a custom aubergine.
The 19th-century German portraits in the stairwell “have been in my family for generations,” says the homeowner. In the entry, a pair of neoclassical-style antique gilt stools are from a Paris flea market. The runner is from Stark.
In the kitchen, Kedigian created custom cabinets that “go up to the ceiling line.” The vintage barstools, from Larry Reilly Collection through 1stdibs, are in a Glant leather. Dishwasher, Miele. Pendant, Remains Lighting.
The cobalt La Cornue stove is a holdover from the former kitchen, which once consisted of three cramped spaces — a staff room, a breakfast room, and a galley work space. Two new windows bring light into the now-roomy kitchen, which opens onto the dining room on one side and the family room on the other. “We took a formal apartment and tailored it to be conducive to modern living,” Kedigian says.
Garrow Kedigian took inspiration from the homeowner's California roots to add ease and elegance into this prewar New York City home.
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This story originally appeared in the December/January 2018 issue of CQ.