Project 02

Project 02

This private residence, owned by an important collector of art and design, is an ode to their passion of this pursuit, and a testament of how to live with these pieces. This collector is eclectic, which is seen through the different styles of vintage and contemporary pieces living together in their home. The grounding vintage pieces of their collection are in the Brutalist, 1970s style. While Brutalist architecture is restrictive, the objects and furniture of this period tend to break the mold of this category, and go beyond pure function. Their shapes are liberated, with a taste of sci-fi; thus the materials chosen and custom pieces designed by Gregory to outfit the rest of the apartment, were directly influenced by this movement.

In the foyer, a looping, free-form C. Jere 1970s appliqué rests on the noble rosewood panels chosen for the exterior. Inside, the Paul Evan’s hand-wrought bronze dining table designed in 1974, from Chahan Gallery in Paris, anchors the apartment stylistically. Gregory designed the custom credenza in the dining room, with a lacquered black body and steel topped counter, that wraps around the central column of the apartment, to function as storage for both the dining and living room areas sitting on either side of the central stabilizing structure. The detailed handle of the credenza is made of bronze, and recalls the thematic brutalist pieces of the apartment.

Above the dining table, the site-specific contemporary chandelier “Fly Light” by Studio Drift, was chosen because of its unique LED light technology that copies the patterns of flying Starlings, and metaphorically gives flight and freedom to the space. The undulating, polished stainless steel panels placed on one side of the home were made to reflect the vintage pieces, but also gives off an astral, futuristic appearance to the aesthetic.

The Serpentine Sofa by Vladimir Kagan, acquired from Galerie Downtown, plays off of the panels, and is matched with a pair of Zanuso armchairs from the 1950s.Tony Cragg’s statue “Timeline” made of stainless steel, is paired with the DC1204 anthropomorphic leather bench by Vincenzo de Cotiis in the living room, and mixed with a contemporary bronze low table acquired from Carpenters Workshop Gallery, that calls to mind the Brutalist vintage pieces from the client’s collection.

On the wall, “Wave” from 1987, by Takesada Matsutani crowns the room with its simplistic yet elegant style. In another room for entertaining, the client’s contemporary design collection shines with a limited edition “Basoli Table” by the Campana Brothers, a brass Tubular stool from the Carwan Gallery, and an installation of nine photographs titled “Old Hollywood Movies” by Jack Pierson.Vessels from the collector have been displayed with a custom made floating glass shelving system.An important series of bronze appliques from the 1970s by Armand Jonckers, were placed above the bed, creating a feeling that one has stumbled upon an archaeological dig, where treasures have been unearthed and brought to life once again.
Beirut, 2016