Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another Bachelor Pad

While I was perusing the Dutch site Knack, I also came across the New York bachelor Pad of Jean-Edouard van Praet, a Belgian born financier. The interior designer, Francis D'Haene is also a Belgian whose company D'Aphostrophe is based in New York.

The furnishings in this apartment are also an eclectic mix which includes a B&B Italia sofa, two leather chairs from the 1950's, and an Italian floor lamp in from the 1960's.

The open floor plan creates a generously proportioned living room, dining room and office. The owner is a man after my own heart. My coffee table is also covered with books and magazines!

Van Praet originally lived along Central Park so it was important that his new apartment have a view and light. The living room has four arched windows that let in plenty of light and overlook City Hall and it's park.

The apartment is also the perfect backdrop for the owners art collection. He has a preference for works on paper from the 20th-century and photography. Their are various styles and movements represented and only a part of the collection is on display at any one time. Van Praet has many pieces in storage and regularly lends works to museums and galleries. Must be nice!

The dining table is also B&B Italia and is paired with chair from the 1920's and an Ingo Maurer light fixture.

A Keith Haring from 1981 hangs out in the kitchen near a Robert Mapplethorpe. Van Praet also has many works from Vik Muniz, a Brazilian artist and good friend.

A large format reproduction ink drawing of a photo of Jackson Pollock hangs in the bathroom.

In the guest bedroom, a dramatic large sized photo of Trinity College by Candida Höfer hangs next to a Navy Seals piece by Vanessa Beecroft. Van Praet's collection also includes works by Kara Walker, Sol LeWitt and Yayoi Kusama.

If the Dutch translation is correct, the black chests are Tommi Parzinger from the 1950's.

There is art everywhere including the master bath in this timeless yet modern bachelor pad that I am so glad I stumbled upon.


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