“In a high rise, there isn’t 3D volume of space. We wanted
to create a 3D volume of architecture,” explains Bodron.
The lighting in several rooms, including this one, helped
solve this problem. Spanish architect, Antoní de Moragas,
designed the light fixture in the study for B.D. Barcelona
Design. De Moragas found his inspiration in the work of
Joseph Marie Olbrich and Adolf Loos, architects associated
with the late 19th/early 20th century Vienna Secession
movement. Bodron used whisperings of the Secessionists
throughout the home.
The intimacy of the study contrasts with the airiness
of the dining room. With its pastiche of furnishings,
this room works as a symbiotic whole. A wall of windows
overlooks the city, while a suite of photographs by Eliot
Porter brings a landscape element into the room. A Susan
Rothenberg painting on another wall provides avian company
to the room. The leafy motif of the vintage Charles Francis
Annesly Voysey carpet further enhances the elements of
nature. The straight lines of the vintage Josef Frank server
contrast with the curves of the James Carpenter-designed
dining table. Bodron found vintage Santangelo chairs to
flank the sides of the table. They are complemented on the
ends by vintage host and hostess chairs by Jules Leleu. The
space’s unifying element is the custom Lindsey Adelman
light fixture. “It’s like a cloud floating in the room,” says
Combining contrasting furniture styles into a harmonious
ensemble is Bodron’s forte. In the vestibule to the master
bedroom suite, a console, designed by the American
modernist Edward Wormley, makes a perfect perch for two
lamps by Ruhlmann. Bodron added paneling as “a break in
the hallway and to announce the master bedroom.” Elegant
vintage Max Ingrand sconces, designed while he worked for
Fontana Arte, flank the door to the master suite.
Recessed bookcases lining both walls create a hallway
into the master bedroom. Walking through it is walking into
a microcosm of art history. An ancient Roman sculpture is a
strong focal point. Small paintings, from intimate still lifes
to lively genre scenes, trace the progression of European art.
A large sculpture by Robert Therrien adds an element of the
contemporary. And then there is the furniture. In addition
to several other pieces in the home, Steven Holl designed
the carpet, originally for the homeowners’ previous home.
The chaise and the steel table next to it are vintage Chareau.
A prototype Taliesin chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
is nearby. The Philippe Hurel sofa is balanced by a vintage
Carlo Mollino coffee table.
The softness of the bedroom contrasts with the elegantly
marbled bathroom, in another nod to Loos and the Secession.
Bodron had the marble custom cut to create perfect lines.
In addition to ample natural light, a vintage Murano glass
fixture is, Bodron says, “the pièce de résistance.”
“We were trying to make this beautiful environment that
wasn’t too elegant in a grand or gilded way,” Bodron says. To
put it into musical terms, Bodron has created a symphony,
one that, with its understated elegance, opens quietly, and,
once each piece is taken in, builds to a stirring crescendo. P
Left, in the master bedroom: bed, custom Roman Thomas, New York; bed tables, BDDW, New York; bench, Philippe Hurel, Paris; lamps, Anemone, through Plug Lighting, Los
Angeles; rug, custom Steven Holl by V’Soske, New York, collection of the owner; sculpture over bed by Robert Therrien. Center, in the bedroom vestibule: sconces, vintage
Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte, through Gaspare Asaro, New York; library ladder, Cecilie Manz, through Nils Holger Moormann, Germany. Right, in the master bath: ceiling
fixture, vintage Italian with Murano Glass through Donzella, New York; bath fittings, Waterworks, Dallas; marble, Bianco Ondular, through Stone Source, New York.