New York Interiors, by Simon Upton and Karen Howes
I love everything about this book. Simon Upton, one of the foremost names in interiors photography, created this book as a thank you to the people he has worked with and befriended throughout his career. If you know Upton’s work, which appears regularly in The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Elle Decor, you most definitely know how visually appealing this compilation is. Not only that, but the layout and typography are vibrant and striking. Each chapter invites us into a high end home in New York that Upton has photographed. The range of styles represented propels the reader into a diverse journey of design styles. Added bonus is that we get to hear about the homes from the owner’s point of view, which is unusual for a design book.
The book is divided into two parts- City and Getaway. Home owner’s names are noteworthy: Aerin Lauder, Hamish Bowles, Michael S Smith, Stephen Sills, Cynthia Frank, and more.
Michael S. Smith’s favorite room in his Upper East Side penthouse pied a terre, with floor to ceiling Carrara marble, immersive tub, views of his terrace and the Carlyle, heated floor, steam shower and a hidden tv. (just wait – the rest is equally breathtaking and very french)
Will Kopelman’s 1918 Upper East Side home, with a larger kitchen added. Note the gorgeous La Cornue range, original flooring throughout the home, and beautiful natural light. The metal framed glass doors in this home are a significant design feature, allowing Will to be able to see his kids wherever they are playing.
Cynthia Frank’s dining room, in her 1907 home situated just a block from Central Park. Frank is an avid entertainer with hundreds of sets of porcelain. Her elegant style reflects her years in Paris and New York, fashion background, and style. She loves to entertain and it shows.
Steven Gambrel’s Federal Revival Sag Harbor home, completely rebuilt.
Designer Stephen Sill’s 86th Street penthouse has been rebuilt and redecorated four times- and published in a magazine each time.
In Rupert Thomas’ forward, be praises the talents of Upton, saying that he has an unrivaled ability to bring elegance to the rooms he photographs without losing any of their intensity or dynamism. Not only do the readers gain access to prestigious addresses in New York, but to have the owners speak of their private spaces is such a nice approach. As I said earlier, I love everything about this book and will proudly keep it on my coffee table, referring to it for inspiration. Highly recommended for your design library and friends!
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