Modern Luxury Design: Greenwich Estate
For our design inspiration today, we have North Court, a stately 1906 Tudor-style mansion on 3.75 gated, park-like acres in prime mid-country Greenwich, Connecticut. The 15,500 square-foot brick and limestone manor’s interiors have been extensively renovated and redesigned for a modern luxury lifestyle. New York-based interior designer Mark Cunningham has rendered the Greenwich estate an idyllic family home, as well as a showplace for the owner’s impressive collection of contemporary art and significant mid-century modern luxury furnishings.
The two-and-a-half-year renovation included the sensitive preservation and restoration of the many of the home’s original details. The alterations made were done in the spirit of the original. The moldings and plaster work, like those here in the opening photos of the living room, were salvaged to maintain the home’s authenticity and charm. The living room includes custom-created cream upholstered sofas and a pair of Jacques Quinet armchairs. Several works of art display prominently including a spot painting by Damien Hirst and a portrait by Andy Warhol to name just a couple.
The foyer features two Andy Warhol portraits and one of his Brillo box sculptures. A work by Jean-Michel Basquiat displays above a 1970s gilded-iron sofa across from a work by John Baldessari. A 1950s chandelier by Jean Royere suspends above a center table mounted with a bronze apple sculpture by Claude Lalanne.
The family room’s built-in bookshelves and coffered ceilings create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The fireplace with the Marilyn Monroe print by Andy Warhol serves as the focal point of this sitting area formed by a pair of custom-created chaise lounges upholstered in a gray alpaca-linen tweed.
A more dramatic tone defines the adjoining dining and media room, with their walls covered in a deep blue paint by Fine Paints of Europe. In the dining room, a vintage table and chairs custom designed by Mark Cunningham gather on a custom carpet by the Mitchell Denburg Collection. A bronze chandelier by Achille Salvagni hangs above. A flower painting by Andy Warhol presides above the mantle, flanked by a pair of Jean Royere sconces.
A Restoration Hardware sectional sofa provides plenty of comfortable seating in the media room. There is also a 1950s Pierre Guariche armchair and a 1930s André Sornay stool.
The master bedroom and sitting area are a serene dream in pale creams and white. Rogers & Goffigon sheers drape the Mark Cunningham designed canopy bed. Lamps by Roberto Giulio Rida top the 1970s Karl Springer nightstands. A pair of vintage Lucite benches stands at the end of the bed. An early-20th-century club chair by Jules Leleu pairs with an Aurélien Gallet bronze side table. The photograph is by Elmgreen & Dragset.
The Greenwich Estate includes a total of seven bedrooms with en suite baths. This guest room tucks in under the eaves.
In the playroom created for the owner’s young son, blue paint from Farrow & Ball covers the walls while a custom carpet by Merida covers the floor. A wraparound banquet provides ample seating for grownups. A teak play table pairs with Verner Panton chairs from Vitra. Even in here, the art continues with a Marilyn portrait by Andy Warhol.
The greatest changes brought about with the renovation occurred down on the lowest level. What was once just a series of unutilized small rooms with thick walls and metal doors transformed to create an additional 3,000 square-feet to hold the extra amenities every modern luxury home must have. The wine cellar/tasting room includes limestone floor tiles in a herringbone pattern and century-old subway lighting. In addition, the lower space now holds a home theater, a yoga and massage room, and a sauna.
The Greenwich estate also includes several freestanding structures which feature more modern luxury including a two-bedroom guesthouse, an Equinox equipped gym and even an enchanting tea house. There is also a covered loggia with a fireplace for outdoor entertaining, an expansive terrace, lighted tennis courts, and a pool. The meticulously landscaped grounds include formal gardens, a courtyard with a fountain, and mature trees. Stately wrought iron gates give access beyond the stone wall that surrounds the property. The entire place looks and sounds utterly charming.
Modern Luxury in a Historic Greenwich Estate
A little more about the interior designer Mark Cunningham. He spent over fifteen years as a Creative Executive at Ralph Lauren, before starting his design firm. Mark Cunningham Inc. works on a broad range of diverse projects on every scale, from residential interiors to hotel design as well as architectural consultation and retail concepts. Serving a variety of clients worldwide, the designer is renowned for his singular interior compositions. Each of his projects is unique, an individual expression of his clients’ lives and lifestyles. To learn more about this designer and to see more of his incredible work, be sure to check out his website.
Interior Design: Mark Cunningham
Photography: Richard Powers
This home featured in AD2016 as well.
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