AS WORLD TRAVELERS, THE OWNERS OF THIS 14,000-SQUARE-FOOT SPACE IN AN EXCLUSIVE LONG ISLAND NEIGHBORHOOD HAD A CLEAR IDEA OF WHAT THEY DESIRED IN DESIGN, MAKING THIS NEW YORK HOME A SYMBOL OF LIFESTYLE IN MOTION.
By Linda Marx
A busy executive and his family wanted a colorful and upbeat backdrop with a high level of style and elegance. Here, this architecturally significant home is designed in chic contemporary style by Roche Bobois of Paris.
Having visited many European countries and lived in other international locales, they wanted their waterfront home to bespeak the chic and contemporary lifestyle that they enjoyed abroad, but the look had to have a non-traditional twist. “The clients sought our advice on how to execute their dream,” says Azi Yaminifar, senior designer with Roche Bobois of Paris, a company that has been designing and appointing homes in the U.S. for forty years. “They came to our New York showroom twice and loved our collections.”
A masterpiece of modern, clean and streamlined style, the eight-bedroom and eleven-bath home designed by architect Stuart Narovsky has an interior that looks like a sailboat. There is a curved wall fluid with design. Of the many beautiful rooms, the grand hall living section, family room and pool area are standouts in design and contemporary living.
“The clients wanted their home to illustrate the artistry of chic, contemporary style,” says Yaminifar. “In order to capture those images and evoke strong emotional responses, the design is imbued with dramatic lines, colors and shapes.”
Proportion was extremely important in this large project. The furnishings, accessories, art and lighting had to complement the sheer volume of the rooms without looking forced to fill the space. While there is a clear contemporary thread woven throughout the home, each room is done in a different interpretation—a unique variation of the consistent theme.
“In essence,” says the designer, “each room is a composite piece of art with its own personality. When combined with others, it creates a cohesive collage we call playful sophistication.”
The home furnishings have strong angular profile lines for seating and tables softened with woven natural materials that wrap and curve around cushions, chairs and surfaces.
Many of the rooms in this house have magnificent views of the ocean. Colors are monochromatic with a brilliant use of burnt orange and red. The couple has three grown children who come to visit. Once they arrive, the family members walk into a magical space, like they have stepped into a dream.
The grand hall is a living room, dining room and tea area all in one sweeping space. The large area has flooring of polished stone and ceilings soaring twenty-five feet with expansive windows to take advantage of the ocean views. The Roche Bobois collections—many pieces are from Les Contemporains Collection—offer the homeowners a play on shapes, dynamic colors and natural materials.
The collection’s creativity comes from mixing and matching glass, marble, fabric, leather and other materials into magical vignettes of tables, chairs, cabinets, couches, beds, bars, bookcases, modern fireplaces and desks. For example, the grand hall has several sections of couches resembling a well designed boutique hotel lobby. Some are curved. They are made of leather and chrome or black leather with fabric on the front and seat cushions. Cocktail tables are created in chrome and gray smoked glass.
The grand hall’s dining area is stunning and dominated by two tables. One table has a custom size glass top with base and high back, leather and high gloss ebony wood chairs. Some of the dramatic custom art from Roche Bobois measures twelve feet. The wall is made of zinc.
The family room sofa is called Ultra Mobile, a two tone leather piece with motorized head rests. Pillows are from the company’s Jean Cocteau Collection, named for the French writer, artist and designer.
The master suite, with its matte-finished metal fireplace and leather-base bed, also has a custom silk area rug and leather swivel armchair with matching ottoman. Custom cabinetry and glass desk add the company’s modern touch of elegance.
One of the home’s powder rooms delights guests with its glass sconces, custom wall covering and modern lighting.
The indoor-outdoor pool area is one of the residence’s highlights. The romantic space looks like it stepped out of a sophisticated Middle Eastern hotel. All of the art was commissioned by Roche Bobois. The long lean swimming pool and parallel smaller pool were created for function and fantasy like images from a fairy tale. And there are plenty of lounging areas. This tranquil yet sophisticated setting allows the owners to sit back and distract while enjoying the drifting waters and the natural landscaping seen through expansive floor to ceiling windows.
“The owners are so happy in their home,” says Yaminifar of the 2012 design project. “This is a spectacular space.”