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Luxe On Fifth

Art Deco sophistication suffuses this apartment on Manhattan's Museum Mile.

Interior entrance halls often greet visitors with a gloomy air, but this one shines, thanks to its generous width and abundant sources of lighting. An inviting wing chair and an antique coromandel screen can be seen in the living room beyond.
Eric Lysdahl’s design for the living room channels the glamor of 1930s New York.
Glimpsed through the window is a prized rarity: a tree-level view of Central Park.
In the dining room, a perfectly symmetrical arrangement of elements contrasts with the chaotic lines of an abstract painting.
The library is an island of traditionalism in a home that otherwise harks to the Art Deco era. Nineteenth- and 20th-century antiques offer fanciful riffs on 18th-century furniture designs.

who had recently completed a Hamptons home for the couple.

The husband and wife wanted to retain a few favorite pieces acquired through Safavieh from their New Jersey home, and integrate them into the new apartment. Other than that, they were starting with a near-blank slate. “My job was to mediate the ‘marriage’ of the couple’s individual styles,” explains Lysdahl. The wife is a traditionalist with a penchant for antiques, and the husband is a modernist. “I’ve always told clients that a good designer is cheaper than a divorce attorney!” Lysdahl quips. “I’m here to advise and act as a buffer to settle all the design arguments.”

The solution Lysdahl arrived at was a transitional blend of styles with a distinct Art Deco flavor. “I wanted to capture a bit of the early modernist, prewar glamor of the 1930s, which reflects the period of the building,” he says. “It’s the quintessential look associated with high-style Manhattan living. I think the finished spaces speak for themselves.”