“The Shah family, long time clients of mine, moved from the upper east side of New York to Tribeca,” designer Jessica Gersten tells us. “With this new investment they wanted to elevate the game with more bespoke furnishings and collectible art. And being that the building is all windows, the Shahs wanted the furnishings to be light and airy in feeling.”
Relying on a palette comprised of natural tones and materials—natural oak, plaster, parchment, and textural fabrics, wallpaper, and ceramics—Jessica was able to create a calm and sophisticated space that feels earthly and contemporary all at once. The designer pulled inspiration from French designer Jean Michel-Frank. His influence is seen most clearly in the living room—the niche in parchment was inspired by the de Noailles residence in Paris he designed in 1925. Additionally, the curves of the sofa and coffee tables (custom pieces by Jessica) pay homage to his innovative silhouettes. The seating area is complete with a Noguchi lantern. In this space, one of the home’s biggest design challenges is on display: window treatments. “The architecture begs for airy drapery,” Jessica says. “However, the air condition vents made it very difficult to execute. So dropped ceilings and other structural changes needed to be made so this was possible.”
Moving into the dining room, a Ludovic Clement d’Armont mobile light hangs over a custom oak dining table and set of chairs from Studio Twenty-Seven. Jessica also designed a sculptural plaster bar, which separates the kitchen and dining room and serves as a piece of functional art. Regarding the home’s art, which was curated with the help of Hourglass Advistory, female artists are the focus. Pieces by Estuko Ichikawa, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and Erin Schirreff are hung throughout the space.
“The clients were ecstatic about the install,” the designer shares. “The excitement of the new home paired with new decor made them extremely happy. We captured exactly what they were looking for—a soothing contemporary home.”