Designer Eve Robinson and architect Peter Pennoyer revitalize a Beax Arts beauty on the Upper East Side.
When the time comes to give a grand Park Avenue landmark a little lift, success is assured when there’s courage and careful craftmanship. Never has a residence in this Delano & Aldrich Beaux Arts building – one of Park Avenue’s original luxury coops – looked so fresh as when a family of six partnered with interior designer Eve Robinson and architect Peter Pennoyer. In the hands of two design professionals known for timeless looks and their respect for historical references, the 5,000-square-foot apartment morphed into a modern duplex, with airy, classical proportions and interiors that don’t give away their age.
Gutting two apartments that had been combined into one, Pennoyer opened up the layout, removing walls, widening doorways, and replacing a heavy old staircase with a sculptural, French-inspired one that floats in space. “This was a fundamental design change,” says the architect. “This client was willing to take risks to open up these rabbit warren rooms and see them in a lifelike way.”
For the interiors, Robinson struck a fine balance. Rooms needed to be current, but not trendy; respectful of their prewar roots, yet a home in the 21st-century. A soothing palette of creams, blues, taupes, and browns were carried throughout the apartment. Pattern was reserved for window treatments and pillows. Flashes of pattern guide the eye around the room. Robinson selected French, Italian, and American furnishings and lighting for their ability to endure. “I didn’t want this home to belong to a particular era or a particular country,” she explains. Understanding the challenges of four children, the designer incorporated extra storagw and sealed every fabric. She was also mindful of her client’s love of luminosity, which she satisfied with Lobmeyr chandeliers. A youthful sparkle returns to Park Avenue. (newyorkspacesmag.com, text: Sallie Brady, photo: Scott Frances)