While perusing through the essential goodness that is VOGUE magazine, I came across a feature on Nicole Hanley Mellon and her brilliant and riveting, NYC Designer abode in The Pierre (a famed hotel and co-op). Evocative of Eloise and her storied life at the Plaza, The Pierre has had the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Yves Saint Laurent, Sumner Redstone and Mohamed al-Fayed as residents over the years. However, what actually struck me was HOW Nicole envisioned the space and her determination to express her personal vision through her precisely created environment, based entirely upon her and her families passions and loves (Art being a dominant factor), and NOT expectations attached with having such a fabled last name. As Nicole says in the Vogue feature, “…your home is your personal space, it should reflect whatever you want to feel when you walk in the door. Matthew (her husband) and I felt at home in this apartment when it was completely empty, and we feel even more so as it has evolved. I can spend days on end here very happily.”
I adore how Nicole talks about the layering of the space, the developing of her plan that was then added to by her close circle of friends including David Netto, Celerie Kemble, Cristin DeVeer, and Reynaldo Gonzalez. The basis of the Design always came down to best exemplifying BOTH the brilliant Art collection as well as ensuring that every space was usable, tactile and livable. Regarding how the Design took shape, Nicole states in the Vogue article … “Our art is all over the place in terms of period and style, So I needed a bit of edge in my furniture and accent pieces to keep some semblance of balance in the room.” Edge AND the power of smartly used, bold colour.
Savour the spaces and then peruse the article in Vogue for inspiration and a fresh perspective on how to incorporate Art into our daily lives. The exquisite photographs from the feature are by Claiborne Swanson Frank.
Nicole salvaged this ode to a Klismos chair, from a secondhand shop and had it refurbished beautifully. I love how their is NOT a distinction between new and old, expensive and inexpensive… It is about the inherit beauty, functionality and personality of each and every piece, not its cost or lineage. It is this Design mantra that gives the space its life and warmth, affording the spectacular and rare Art collection to speak to the viewer with ease.
The vivid & livid pop of neon yellow (from the Diane von Fürstenberg collection) gives the space a sexy and youthful twist. The black and white act as a grounding to the rich natural textures of the flowers and reclaimed wood table which is then contrasted sharply with the sharp lines of the metal and marble tables and the neon accents. This space is about interaction, awareness and discourse.
This eclectic grouping in the living room includes a painting by Vaclav Vytlacil, an Eames console, and a bust by the Hon. Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan.
With the last name Mellon there is no getting around the fact that your past is intertwined with American history. I love how they keep their collections of family memorabilia close at hand… LITERALLY. Items are to be touched, spoken about and memories shared. This is NOT a museum, but a home in which past family members are celebrated for the benefit and knowledge of the new generations.
I love the savoury POP the lemon custard fabric gives this armchair by Oly Studio.