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    Default An Art Déco-inspired penthouse updates 1930s style

    Interior designer Charles Allem gutted a young family’s Manhattan penthouse, converting it into a glamorous space that celebrates Art Déco style.
    The living room is “relaxed but formal,” notes Allem, who worked with architect Josh Heitler, of Lacina Heitler Architects. A 1937 work by Picasso hangs over the mantelpiece. Pair of 1930s French cabinets and wood-arm chairs, Karl Kemp Antiques. Stark carpet.

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    After White cabinetry in the dining room was torn out and replaced with mirrors to create “a Parisian dining room cocooned in gold silk,” Allem says. The painting is by Picasso. Chandelier from Jean Karajian. Tiffany’s flatware. Silk wallcovering from Larsen.



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    Definitely an improvement but apart from a few pieces of furniture I wouldn't say it's especially Art Deco, althought the dining room ceiling has the right look.
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    I'm not sure it's really art deco either, but it is fabulous! I love every part of it.

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    It looks great. I especially like the family room.

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    It's really beautiful, and I agree that the family room is particularly stunning.
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    I love it.

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    Other than the dining room, I like it a lot. Th sun room is wonderful.
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    It's so nice to take a place that looks stark naked and bring so much warmth inside.
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    I like the desk in the master bedroom.
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    I like the family room. The other rooms turned me off. Tacky window treatments too. The living room has some good pieces, nice fabrics but something is off to me.

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    Yeah, what was up with the plaid shades?
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    I'm in the mood to critique this room.

    That bed with the nailheads is atrocious, poorly executed and the silk stripe on the bed looks heavy. It's neither sleek or sophisticated. The carpet looks like silk and linen but the pattern looks out of place and I love mixing patterns. The scale of the wall sconces is off and the shades are too small. The artwork is wrong. Everything has the same tonality. The walls, carpet and fabrics have that same antique silver bronze and nothing is interesting to my eye.

    I like the mirrored doors but that window treatment looks heavy, not rich as intended. The window seat shouldn't have been upholstered but to look as a built in between the closets and just have a cushion on top. Actually that's where I would have added some tiny deco sconces, on either side of the window niche, and would have done some great looking night table lamps instead.

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    The family room is gorgeous.. love the built in and ceiling details.

    Other than that, though, it looks too ornate and confusing... some details are reminiscent of the deco style and some look straight out of a power-lawyers apartment from the 80's.

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    I've been trying to analyse why it doesn't quite work and it's the art. I'm sure they are original and expensive (and kinda contemporary to the deco period) but they are all wrong.

    And why replace a perfectly good, minimal white deco'ish marble fireplace in the living room with that ornate black monstrosity?

    I'd love to know how much the "designer" was paid for this mess.
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