Gramercy Park area always attracted famous people among them writers such as S. J. Perelman, Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy. In 1926 it was the site of Humphrey Bogart’s wedding.
There has been several conversions of older buildings in the area such as 50 Gramercy Park, 36 Gramercy Park and 18 Gramercy Park (in last phases of completion) And with every conversion newer owners come and renovate those uniquely built Pre-War apartments keeping the detail with a touch of modern design.
That was the case when Elise and Amanda from Elise Som Deisgn Studio where asked to come up with a design for an apartment on Gramercy Park East.
We where involved in the per-construction stage helping to design Curtains for each room and Roman Shades for the Kitchen and Bathroom areas.
For extra convenience the Kitchen shades which had double layer of Solar Shades and blackout Roman Shades where all motorized. When you have so many windows and need to open and close them every day, using a remote control can help a lot.
It was particularly fun seeing Elise and Amanda lay out all the accessories and choosing location for the furniture. Just like an artist or a painter that wonders what color to use next. Placing them in one location, looking from afar then moving it slightly to the right and say voilà (this is just perfect)
Working with high end fabrics also makes much of a difference in the way Curtains lay out or Roman Shade naturally fall in place.
Taking pictures of the result is always a rush project and we never get to be there when all is set and done but here are some work in progress photos.
A few weeks ago a client, who just bought an apartment in a in Mid-Town, called us to schedule an appointment to discuss installing electric shades.
Apparently they were moving into 205 East 59th Street, a building developed by Manhattan Skyline that was built in 2005. This building has unique apartment layouts with 20′ ceilings and double height windows. Although it makes the apartment more dramatic and spacious but it also makes it very hard to reach to open and close any window treatments.
In cases like that, we allays recommend electric shades. For a modern look most people prefer roller shades that are minimalistic and practically disappear into its built in metal fascia leaving the window with its full view of the city completely open. Flat sheer roman shades could also work well with those windows (example here)
PhiferSheeWeave solar fabric will help save energy on cooling costs letting only 5% of the light into the apartment and blocking the heat and glare that comes in the after noon and evening hours. Two weeks after the order was placed I came with the installers and our electrician to install the shades.
I thought after installing so many time climbing on a scaffolding or a tall ladders would be easy and they would be used to the height but Juan our installer mention that every time he goes up there is a point of fear right at the top of the ladder, specially when you carry a 10′ shade in one hand.
In trying to get exact size and leave no gaps there is always a challenge to get the right size but in this case the shade fit just exactly that means it is much harder to push it into the bracket, but with a big of an effort it is in and the shade is going up and down.
I did not have a chance to see the end of the installation but in the bedroom the client selected blackout curtains using Carol Fabric’s Westbury and Griffen Collections
Westbury Silver Griffen Optic White Westbury Natural
Those fabrics are naturally tending to wrinkle so to end the installation we normally take some time to steam the curtains and make sure that are smooth and stay in shape.
It all started when Nishila, a broker we worked with, called us and mentioned they have a new conversion project on West End Avenue and need to stage a few apartments.
As it happened, like most projects there is no budget for a designer so it was up to Nishila to come up with a design and execute it.
We met a the building to see the apartments. It was quite a challenge since they had low ceilings, windows that faces other buildings and not much light.
In these cases designers focus on creating statement with lighting, fabrics, accessories and sometimes window treatments. With an idea of showing potential client
how to decorate their place (where to place a bed or a sofa) and placing the attention on the advantages of the unit. (such as the size, or kitchen or storage space)
Addressing the window treatments we recommended soft treatments such as Roman Shades and Curtains. Those help frame the windows and bring the attention of the
viewer inside the room. The design process included brainstorming about style and fabrics with questions like:
Should we cover the frames of the windows with the shade or install the shades inset?
Weather to use unreconstructed roman shades that are more casual or structured ones that are more modern?
Do we want full operating curtains or simple side panels?
Budget concerns dictated most of the answers but for example Nishila chose to show the frames of the windows as they were
newly renovated and added detail to the rooms.
We than went to discuss fabrics. Since we had 3 apartments to work on Nishla chose one to be with Gold tones, one more masculine with Grey Silver Tones and one to be Neutral linen colors
And here are some of the results
It was sad to learn, that this project was half sold out when the developer chose to sell the building.
Working in High-End condo owners most often means working with high-profile designers.
And that was the case with 50 Gramercy Park when Geoffrey A. Blatt asked us to price out
a job in that building.
Even though we have less control of fabric selection its always fun to work with new fabrics
and push our limit when asked to make bigger shades or non standard patterns and styles.
The windows in 50 Gramercy are fairly wide and when making large shades like that its always recommended to add a motor since they tend to be heavy to lift. In this case there was no need for us to connect the shades to a home automation system but in the bedrooms we did install two layer shades with electric blackout shade close to the window and a soft sheer roman shade in front of it. Motorization system is by Somfy. It is a high voltage system with wireless switches on the wall. A very reliable system where the motor size is selected according to the weight of each shade. And although it is high voltage it has quiet operation.
In the master bedroom Mr. Blatt chose to have a blackout Tier Drop Roman Shade. This shade (as seen bellow) has its folds always visible even when the shade is down. A style that gives the shade a soft elegant look at any position.
Here’s just a sample of the work being done for residents at Tempo, a brand new condominium in Gramercy Park at 300 E. 23rd Street. We’ve installed these Hunter Douglas Nantucket Shades, Electric Solar Shades, Custom Curtains and Motorized Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades (See images bellow). Check New Developments on our website for more to come!
It’s been a busy week for Horizon! Some of the condominiums at Tempo on 300 East 23rd Street are receiving gorgeous new treatments for their floor-to-ceiling windows.
The staff is installing Hunter Douglas silhouette shades, electric solar shades, and blackout shades and curtains into some of the rooms. The glass-walled exterior at Tempo provides a stunning view of Gramercy, but with shades that diffuse light or darken the room, the condos’ black oak wood floors will be retained. Now, the homeowners can choose how much light they want in their sun-drenched rooms. Opening and closing treatments is convenient and impressive with electric shades, which makes it easy to simply enjoy the luxury of large windows.
Walk into Corner Shop Cafe, and you’re immediately welcomed into a warm and casual environment before the staff greets you with a friendly hello. The cafe is literally at the corner of Broadway and Bleeker in NoHo, and attracts a lot of NYU and shopper-traffic. The employees are hospitable and the selection of food is great (lunch, dinner, weekend brunch), but the building itself is also worth mentioning.
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway
The high ceilings are topped with pressed-tin and a brick wall is exposed, filling the room with a warm, antiquated feeling. Chandeliers hang from the ceiling and intricate sconces branch out from the gray walls. The hardwood floors are stained to match the assorted chairs and tables scattered throughout the room.
Corner Shop Cafe at 643 Broadway
Horizon recently worked with Zeff Design to add a pop of color to the cafe by installing pinch pleat curtains in an orange and white floral pattern. The pattern is contemporary, but pairs well with the sconces and pattern on the pressed-tin. The cream velvet trim on the end of the curtains gives them a clean finish and adds to the warm palate at Corner Shop Cafe.
For a charming escape to Paris, without the hassle of passports and jet lag, I highly recommend stopping by La Bergamote in Chelsea.
Upon walking into this quaint little patisserie, located at 177 9th Avenue, the first thing you notice is a giant glass display case filled with a variety of Parisene delicacies- golden, flaky croissants, glossy fruit tarts, light macarons, and a variety of gateaux that look too pretty to eat.
Francophiles will not only appreciate the food, but also the café-inspired decor, like the hand-painted mural, framed photos, and french country counter.
Horizon recently added Phifer SheerWeave roller shades to the windows at La Bergamot. The vinyl-coated fiberglass weave will diffuse natural light and manage heat and light from the sun, so the patisserie will be filled with a soft light that perfectly complements its french aura.
Why wait until the last minute to decide on the perfect window treatment for your new home?
By deciding on a treatment before construction, you can focus on designing an interior for your rooms with furniture and accessories that compliment your window treatment instead of making you adjust your preference of treatment after the fact.
By measuring the windows before the house closes, you can have your windows ready and covered by the time you move in.
According to TBS Gallery, new homeowners have several choices to choose from, including “sheer curtains, layered draperies, blinds, shades and shutters.” As such, “The choice that one makes amongst these is largely dependent on the theme that one chooses for the home as a whole.”
So let Horizon help you decide on the perfect window treatment for your new home. Call us today at (212)-759-4111 or email us with any and all of your window treatment questions.
Adagio 60 – 243 West 60th Street – New York, NY
About the Building:
The Adagio Building has a prime location near the Lincoln Center in the Upper West Side. Its lobby was created by renowned designer, Andres Escobar, and the building boasts a 40 ft indoor swimming pool, an outdoor English garden, fitness and business centers along with its spacious loft style luxury apartments.
This 3 bedroom unit like many in the Adagio has 12 foot high ceilings and a cozy fireplace in the living room. It also has its own private terrace with window door entrances from the master bedroom and living room.
Pinch Pleat Curtains with custom fabric were used on an electric curtain track for the large living room windows. A multichannel radio frequency 2 track motorization system by BTX was chosen.
Similar pinch pleat curtains were applied in the bedrooms using a simple manual track with tiebacks. The home office also incorporated a manual Pinch Pleat Curtain track with tiebacks in a darker red toned fabric to match the room’s walls and decor.
A similar pattern was used for the shower curtain in the bathroom, but a simple clutch operated white privacy roller shade was the choice for the window here.
Staying consistent with the other rooms, the master bedroom also uses pinch pleat curtains with a white fabric this time to match the softer bedroom decor.
Project Spotlights is a series focusing on projects completed by Horizon Window Treatments throughout the New York City metro area. You can view many of the project galleries at the Horizon Work Portfolio.