Floored with a tri-coloured marble pattern, the space is designed with its surfaces in mind by forgoing much by way of furniture and accenting with raw crystal objet and alabaster pedestals in a confident move. A classically simple stone console is joined by two entry stools upholstered in an antelope stripe velvet in what might seem an unexpected choice. “[It] makes perfect sense to me!” Bennett admits, “I have the romanticised image of two animals trotting through a garden,” making one feel silly to have not come to that conclusion previously.
The remainder of the apartment is less theatrical in its use of artwork and for good reason too. “The location of this project is so coveted that I tried to honour the views as the artwork,” Bennett explains, “I used framed pieces sparingly and tried to incorporate sculpture and imagery into the furniture profiles and finish selection.”
The living/dining room, for example, has one singular canvas – a work by Susan Vecsey entitled Napeague Bay, Montauk 2012 – but its six windows and their views, framed by drapes in Rubelli’s Eclissi fabric, create the artwork. “We mixed antiques, pastoral and animal print patterns [and] rich fabrics but also kept the palettes and furniture arrangements simple as to not overwhelm,” the designer – who founded his firm in 2013 – says, “I really appreciate the overall light and airy feeling of the space.”