Modern Design in NoHo

This warm and inviting downtown Manhattan apartment has been created for a bachelor and his teenage son and features clean lines, Mid-Century Modern design furnishings, and vibrant Contemporary art.  The residence has been completed by New York based interior designer Elena Frampton of Frampton Co with a comprehensive renovation and reconfiguration of two separate apartments into one.  The owner and his son were relocating from the Upper East Side to Bond Street in the decidedly edgier NoHo district and brought the designer in to create for them interiors fitting for their new location.  A friend of mine forwarded me the project on Architectural Digest’s website and I did some further research and found it to be interesting and so I thought I would share it with you guys for our design inspiration for today.  Let’s take a look!

..clean lines, modern design furnishings, and vibrant art.


The residence is designed with a central hall opening to the public living/entertaining spaces on one end and the private bedrooms on the other.  The building’s existing interior architecture established loft-like conditions with its tall ceilings and windows and this has been captured and reflected in the design of the public living areas.  The family room, a living area, the kitchen and dining area, and other spaces are all within one large open space with each area defined by its use and furnishings.


The living area here is defined by a wool Lepere rug on which the furnishings have been gathered using the fireplace as a focal point.  The tufted leather sofa has been paired with two Louis Paolozzi chairs upholstered in light blue linen and a John Vesey X-base glass-top cocktail table from Lobel Modern.  A cobalt-blue Vistosi Murano glass chandelier is suspended from above.



The sophisticated design kitchen has been created with custom walnut cabinetry designed by Frampton with dark gray soapstone for the back-splash.  The homeowner did not want a formal dining table at all, so instead the designer created the 13-foot island which is finished with a copper top.  The home owner saw the design at a local restaurant and asked the interior designer the replicate the look which really adds a lot of style to the space.  The ovens are by Wolf and the barstools are from Roche Bobois.


A small study space is created just beyond the sitting area with a desk by Trau with a steel base and rosewood top.  The polished-nickle lamp is by Karl Springer.  All of the artwork throughout is from the owner’s previous home which Frampton had re-framed to integrate into the design of this new residence.



The family room is defined by the area rug on which it is arranged and the custom walnut wall with exposed media equipment, created using the same walnut used in the kitchen for continuity.  The walnut-and-brass shelves are also of bespoke design by Frampton.  The sofa is a Harvey Probber upholstered in a wool by Holland & Sherry.  A pair of tufted chairs are upholstered in lavender flannel wool by Holland & Sherry.  In the center of the room is a lizard embossed cocktail table by Karl Springer.  The footstool is another piece of bespoke design by Frampton, upholstered in a violet wool by Angela Brown Ltd. The floor-to-ceiling, north-facing windows across this entire back wall are dressed with hand-dipped alpaca ombre drapes by Rosemary Hallgarten from ALT for Living.

Frampton-Bond-pool table

Adjacent the family room, a classic billiard table has been placed with a leather upholstered wall behind to round out the public living spaces.



To create more richness here in the spacious master bedroom, the designer had the wall behind the bed finished with hand-applied blue-green plaster and dressed the windows in a similar hue.  The leather-and-linen headboard, as well as the side table are both from Poltrona Frau.  The Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin chair in the corner is upholstered in periwinkle lamb’s wool, as is the ottoman on the stainless steel base by the Bright Group.  The fireplace is of bespoke design by Frampton.  A chandelier by Kalmar, composed of razor-cut textured glass sparkles from above while the carpet below is a limited-edition wool by Lepere.



A little peek into the custom-finished master bedroom’s closet and the master bathroom where stone slabs mix with teak and mosaic tile.  There is also a soaking tub, though not in view here.


For the son’s bedroom, he was very involved in the design process.  The draperies are a linen with metallic shimmer by Pierre Frey.  The large Lepere chair in the corner is upholstered in a blue wool from Osbourne & Little.  An Italian Futurist chandelier from Kerson 20th Century hangs above it all.  He has an en suite bathroom as well.  There is also a third guest bedroom and bath, as well as a guest powder room.

That concludes our design inspiration for today my friends.  I hope you have enjoyed this downtown Manhattan apartment with its Mid-Century Modern pieces mixed flawlessly with more contemporary design and custom works.  Let me hear from you all in the comments.. what do you all think?  I look forward to hearing from you.

Photography: Joshua McHugh

Interior Design: Elena Frampton of Frampton Co

A little more about the design house: Frampton Co designs and creates interior experiences.  Their approach is characterized by a commitment to design’s relevance to daily life and our human connection to the spaces we inhabit. The studio maintains a diverse portfolio, from carefully orchestrated residences with signature details to contextually sensitive and lifestyle-branded commercial projects.  Combining a distinct aesthetic sensibility with methodical implementation, their attentive client collaborations bring a unique voice to each project. Under the creative direction of Elena Frampton, the work is marked by engaging balanced atmospheres, sculptural compositions, meticulous craftsmanship, dimensional palettes, and confident unexpected choices.  Their clients serve as inspiration as they turn aesthetic visions into joyous functional realities.

Architectural Digest

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