October 12, 2016
The appeal of “custom” is always there: “There’s a very strong desire for individuality and craft in a kitchen,” said Matt Van Damm, executive vice president of marketing and design at Naftali Group, the developer behind the lux new West Village condos The Shephard. “We are seeing more solid wood cabinetry and hardware that is custom made for a project.
“At The Shephard, Gachot Studios custom designed every single detail of the kitchens. Smallbone of Devizes, the legendary English furniture maker, made each kitchen to order with mahogany wood islands and interiors and a rich grey hand-painted finish,” he said, noting that even the hardware and hinges are specially made at The Shephard.
An autumn-ready dining room in the West Village. The Shephard
An autumn-ready dining room in the West Village. Nick Johnson for the Shephard
Minimalist cabinetry has become “a luxury staple,” Interior Marketing Group president and stager extraordinaire Cheryl Eisen confirmed. Buyers are also leaning toward “smart technology, even in appliances as well as sexy new extras such as built-in automated coffee makers, convection microwaves and knock-to-open dishwashers,” Eisen added.
Certain architectural features such as fireplaces are always a coveted commodity, though perhaps more so for fall. “Fireplaces are a huge selling point—not only because of the recent ban on new construction of wood-burning fireplaces,” Eisen opined, “but also because of a fire’s crackle and aroma, which have the unique ability to mentally transport you to a mountain chalet, creating a warm and toasty escape from the chill of a concrete jungle.”
Attention to detail and mixing fabrics at the Shephard in the West Village.Nick Johnson for the Shephard
According to James Huniford of Huniford design studios, a big trend to watch out for this fall is a meticulous attention to detail in unexpected rooms in the home—including the bathroom. “Because bathrooms are small spaces they are an easy place to experiment with color as well as unexpected art without committing to it in a large room,” Huniford explained.
Attention to detail and mixing fabrics at the Shephard in the West Village.The Shephard
The use of luxurious materials is always enticing for buyers eyeing the newest trends and, for fall, a neutral yet warm color palette is particularly attractive. Additions like Venetian plaster walls, textured materials and custom furnishings give apartments an edge—with velvet making the rounds as the most in-demand fabric of the season, it makes sense that the rich material is flowing into interiors, too.
“When the weather cools down, I like to create a little more warmth inside. As a designer, I achieve this with textural fabrics, like velvets, chenilles, faux furs in pillows, throws and blankets,” Eisen pointed out. “Layering these textures has always been a staple in my design arsenal.”
Such is the case at the new d’Orsay in the Meatpacking District, where famed French designer Jacques Garcia designed interiors—he made sure to add a European flair to the apartments that also took note of modern trends.
“The design concept behind the d’Orsay was inspired by blending the Meatpacking District’s industrial look with the flair of a French boutique hotel,” Garcia, the interior architect behind such delightful interiors as Hôtel Costes and Costes restaurants, told the Observer.
Luxurious interiors at the d’Orsay in the Meatpacking District. D’Orsay
Garcia notes that buyers will be attracted to the European flavor “mixed with understated and ageless elegance. The language is conveyed through a wide palette of finishes and materials that exude elegance and luxury, from bronze to venetian plaster walls, textured wooden panels, custom lighting and velvet furniture with my signature color red.”
Ah, yes—a Bordeaux-colored velvet and a fireplace do seem the perfect antidote to the impending winter days.