A Mid-Century Apartment
Based in São Paulo, Brazil, the shoe designer Alexandre Birman tasked fellow Brazilian interior designer Andre Mellone with pulling his New York apartment all together in one month’s time.
Birman and Mellone made an agreement to keep things simple and minimal and concentrate on investing only in original vintage pieces, staying within the midcentury timeframe but exploring other designers from America, France, Italy, and Scandinavia.
“The thin hall posed a challenge, so we designed a very skinny, Jean Royère-inspired wrought iron console that’s just thick enough to hold your wallet, phone, and keys,” says interior designer Mellone of the J.M. Szymanski piece.
In the living area, a George Nelson credenza is flanked by Pierre Jeanneret armchairs. The ceramic vase and piece on the smaller coffee table are by Heyja Do. On the floor, a simple solid Moroccan rug provides texture beneath a metal-and-leather stool by Poul Kjærholm.
A quiet reading niche features a curved Edward Wormley settee covered in Prelle linen, a horsehair pillow by Alexandra Kohl, and a Gerald Thurston reading light. A twisted iron bar work by Neil Beloufa hangs above. The floor lamp at right is by Gino Sarfatti and the Formica coffee table is by Jacques Quinet. The leather stool is by Poul Kjaerholm.
An etched Venetian midcentury mirror with double frames of ebonized oak hovers above an Edward Wormley upholstered headboard. Floating Scandinavian shelves by Børge Mogensen are from Corinne Robbins in Hudson, New York. The brass lamp is by Jo Hammerborg.
In the master bedroom, a Moroccan rug in a terra-cotta shade and side table by Wendell Castle. The floor lamp is by Gerald Thurston and the vintage French chair from the 1960s. The horsehair pillow is Alexandra Kohl. The window seat is upholstered in Holland & Sherry velvet accessorized with Aïssa Dione weave pillows, while the angora blanket is from Double Knot in New York City.
For the bedroom seating area, an Edward Wormley single-arm settee was reconstructed with double arms and covered in Prelle linen. A Wendell Castle side table (left) and Nakashima free-form table (right) are from Dobrinka Salzman Gallery. The iron vase is by J.M. Szymanski and the diptych is by Aaron Bobrow.
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