New York Apartment by Oscar Shamamian

purple contemporary living room with silver coffee table

It was a classic New York apartment in one of Fifth Avenue’s most exclusive buildings, with city views—including an enviable panorama of Central Park—in all four directions. The clients, a hotel magnate and his stylish wife, had enthusiasm and energy to burn (and a rare budget to match).

The library of a Manhattan apartment designed by Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts, with architecture by Oscar Shamamian. A custom-made Mattia Bonetti cocktail table is surrounded by Jean Royère armchairs upholstered in .

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A painting by Takashi Murakami, a Guy de Rougemont cocktail table, and a pair of Leleu bergères in the living room; the curtains are of a Manuel Canovas fabric.

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In the living room, a pair of Jacques Quinet armchairs is upholstered in leather and a velvet from Stark, the circa-1970 cocktail table is by Gabriella Crespi, and the ’40s bronze chair by André Arbus and Gilbert Poillerat is covered in a Prelle fabric; the painting over the mantel is by George Condo, the aluminum piece is by Rudolf Stingel, and the rug is custom made.


A letter wall sculpture by Jack Pierson and a Jansen console in the dining room; the walls are sheathed in mica panels, and the vintage sconces once belonged to Doris Duke.

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The breakfast room includes a table by Hervé Van der Straeten, Jacques Adnet armchairs upholstered in a leather from Holland & Sherry, and a temperature-controlled wine room.

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The painting in the entry is by Andy Warhol, the custom-made table is by Bonetti, and the Pedro Friedeberg Hand chair is from the 1980s; the Austrian light fixtures are from the ’60s, and the custom-made stainless-steel-and-lacquer doors have H. Theophile hardware.

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The dining room light fixture is vintage Lobmeyr, the 1940s René Drouet chairs are upholstered in an Edelman leather, and the table by Maria Pergay holds a collection of glass obelisks by Venini and Baccarat. The fireplace surround is made of antiqued-mirror panels, the glass moldings were originally designed by Dorothy Draper for the Hampshire House, and the faux-bamboo mirror is early-20th-century French; the diptych is by Aaron Young, and the custom-made rug was inspired by the night sky.

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The walls and headboard in the master bedroom are covered in a cashmere-silk by Holland & Sherry, the bedside tables are by Samuel Marx, the lamps are by Roberto Giulio Rida, and the French stools are from the 1940s; the chair and ottoman are by Jansen, and the curtains are made of a Clarence House silk adorned with Swarovski crystals, beading, and embroidery by Jean-François Lesage.

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The cabinetry in the wife’s dressing room is lacquered in a custom lavender, the desk and chair are by Jansen, and the stools are by Silas Seandel; the Lobmeyr light fixture is from the ’60s, and the custom-made carpet is by Beauvais Carpets.

Photographer: William Waldron

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