Welcome to Joyce Green‘s luxury home! If you think that the Executive Vice President of Fashion for one of the most well-known luxury brands in the world has a contemporary house to live you’re absolutely right.
Green is used to making big decisions with speed and confidence. “I know how to clearly say yes and no about things,” she tells ED with a laugh. After a brief meeting with architect David Katz—who was introduced to Green through the owner of the aforementioned unit—a casual exploration of what could be done was all that it took to sell her on the expansion.
Once combined, the space would have windows facing north, south, east, and west, allowing light to flood the home during all hours of the day. Both units had living rooms with high ceilings, fireplaces, big windows, and herringbone floors. Aside from that, however, there was an obvious architectural disconnect.
Her priorities were distinct and clear-cut: as a frequent host of parties and events, she desired ample space for gathering, a wet bar for making drinks, and a guest suite for whoever spent the night. Because of her background in fashion, she requested a spacious dressing room and closet area to store—and display—her expansive wardrobe.
The interior design would be modern and classical; a rich blend of styles to support her furniture collection, which is best described as an idiosyncratic mix gathered through her travels. Also gathered through her travels was a great bounty of inspiration. She chose a color palette inspired by the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris; lighting inspired by New York City’s David Burke Tavern; double doors inspired by the Eden Roc in Miami.
Similar to her fashion sense, Green describes her design style as Parisian chic—“feminine but not unwelcoming,” as she puts it. Deep color and texture, jewel tones, and animal print played into the apartment’s prewar glamour, while Green’s collected antiques balanced out the more opulent assortment of accessories.
“It’s daunting and exhilarating to know that, from the light fixtures to the outlets, we’d be making every single decision,” Green says. “I had a hand in everything.” The home quietly vacillates between high-glam and lived-in—a space distinctly her own, designed on her own terms. Form and function were valued equally, though they did not have to coexist in every single space. “I would say that certain rooms were designed for comfort, and certain features were designed to be more dramatic and glamorous, to command more attention,” Katz says.
The wet bar—which was finished with black Nero Marquita marble, a smoked mirror backsplash, internally lit upper cabinets, and a metallic ceiling—was converted from an extra bathroom that was no longer needed. In the same area, a modern dining room flowed into the central entertaining area, with an adjacent den for “unwinding.” It was important to Green that the rooms flowed, but at the same time, each space could be experienced independently. Between the dining room and den, a steel frame with glass panels kept the space open while still delineating it. “We focused on creating classical thresholds between spaces, emphasizing and framing specific views,” Katz says.
In addition to the architectural delineations, Green’s constant ‘re-merchandizing’ helped break up the space. “By incorporating accents like movable seating, side tables, decorative pieces, etcetera, you can continuously move things around and create a space that is easily changeable,” she says. “It creates a sense of surprise, so you never feel bored with any one area.”
A narrow pair of doors in the living room leads to the private wing of the apartment, which includes the master bedroom, closet, and dressing area. Millwork cabinetry along the window wall creates a seamless flow between the spaces, and the bedroom’s architecture mimics that of the common spaces. Whether she’s hosting a party of 45 or unwinding at the end of a long day of traveling, Green’s home is the backdrop. “With this apartment, there’s no single thing I love the most,” Green says. “I simply love being at home in general.”
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Photos: David Joseph