Design team Stephen Sills and James Huniford reworked a Manhattan apartment for James and Betsy Fifield. “The stair was inspired by a visit to Pierre Chareau’s private house in Paris,” says Huniford. The prints at the stair landing are by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.
The living room’s design is based on architect Robert Mallet-Stevens’s “clean, open spaces flooded with light,” says Sills. The pair of Italian sling chairs “set the tone for the whole apartment—modern, simple, beautiful,” says Betsy Fifield. Edelman leather on chaise and floor.
“We kept the dining area open to the kitchen and living room for a loft-like feeling,” says Huniford. “Stephen and Ford found the Austrian bentwood chairs, which are a nice touch with the steel table,” says Betsy Fifield. The silver pots at left are by Tobia Scarpa. Bulthaup kitchen.
The master bedroom is “very minimal,” says Huniford, “to enhance the beautiful view of lower Manhattan.” The motorized Japanese matchstick shades “provide a filter of muted light,” says Sills. The lamb’s wool–covered chairs were custom-designed by the team.
“The family-size concrete tub is the focus of the master bath,” says Huniford. “We tend to give our baths the best views,” notes Betsy Fifield. “This tub creates a certain attitude and is a wonderful place from which to enjoy the scenery.” Near the tub is an Eero Saarinen table.
“This room is used all the time—we just sit here and read,” says Jim Fifield. “It’s more a community space than a bath,” adds Betsy Fifield. Sills and Huniford designed the polished-concrete island, which holds his-and-her vanities. The Lucite chair is 1960s.
Bathed in Light: AD 100 Designers: architecturaldigest.com