In the Details | Understated Elegance - Design Bureau

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Rather than adorn a living room corner with artwork or furniture, Yee made the most of the space with a built-in bookshelf, complete with inset lighting to make the owner’s reading collection glow. Floating wire lights illuminate Ilit Azoulay works above the sofa. Pebble-like cushions double as sculptural pieces in the condo’s living room. The natural vibe continues with a cowhide rug.

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Yee opted for more inviting textures in this TV room/office space like a sheepskin rug and linen upholstery.

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Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetry adds warmth while staying within the understated palette.

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In the Details | Understated Elegance

Monday, August 19th, 2013

By Gwendolyn Purdom
Photos by Brett Beyer Photography

Growing up among the ornate furnishings and jewel-hued finishes of India, the homeowner of this Manhattan condo was looking for a change. “He wanted to tone it down a lot,” designer Matthew Yee of Matthew Yee Interiors says. But with the condo's sweeping skyline views and clean, contemporary lines, the homeowner's original all-white vision started to feel too cold. “It came to the point where everything became almost too linear, so we needed to jazz it up,” Yee says. The designer did so by opening the floor plan and infusing the home with pops of earthy grays, sands, and cream tones, and adding organic pieces like petrified wood seating and fox-fur throws. Yee worked with the Andrea Meislin Gallery to source art for the client’s burgeoning collection, which also helped to liven up the simple two-bedroom space, making it feel just warm enough—without the excess spice.

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