Everything is for sale, including the $6.5M apartment, at this Upper West Side interior design exhibition

February 24, 2022

Dining table in rosewood with red under-painted inset glass top designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1948, $125,000.00; “First Chairs” in rosewood and cane seat designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1942, $80,000.00  for set of eight; “Vine” illuminated sculpture with hand-blown round soda glass globes and fifteen sockets designed and made by Jeff Zimmerman, USA, 2018, $125,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

The Belnord at 225 West 86th Street is getting plenty of attention recently. The Upper West Side condo building stars as the fictional Arconia in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” series. Now, a three-bedroom unit, on the market since October for $6,475,000, is having a turn in the spotlight as an international interior design showcase. The Belnord Project presents the home’s interiors and art in a shoppable exhibition curated by frenchCALIFORNIA in partnership with Evan Snyderman of modern and contemporary design gallery R & Company.

Curved sofa in ivory bouclé upholstery with button tufted backrest designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Barker Brothers, Los Angeles, 1941-42. Upholstered with”Pebble Wool” fabric in Eggshell, designed by Maharam, $65,000.00; “Hexarkansas” coffee table in brass hex tiles designed and made by The HaasBrothers, USA, 2017, $150,000.00′; “Peninsula Chairs'” designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Sherman Bertram Inc. Los Angeles. 1947-49, $45,000.00; Marilyn Monroe’s aura (II.23), after Warhol” in hand-dyed, hand-stitched cotton designed
and made by Anna Von Mertens, USA, 2009, $5,000.00; Adjustable brass floor lamp with three red aluminum shades. Italy, 1950s; $15,000.00; Poltrona Oscar” chair with cane seat and back designed by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil,1956, $18,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

The grand pre-war rental residence was given new life as luxury condominiums by HFZ Capital in 2018, with a redesign helmed Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The current exhibition offers design pieces from the R & Company gallery that were created by renowned designers and craftspeople from every modern era including Nancy Lorenz, Pierre Yovanovitch, Jeff Zimmerman, Haas Brothers, Sergio Rodrigues, Katie Stout, Greta Grossman, and Joaquim Tenreiro.

Crumpled sculptural vessels in hand-blown filigree glass designed and made by Jeff Zimmerman and James Mongrain at the Corning Museum of Glass, USA, 2019, $9,500.00;Teal carpet in wool and cotton designed by Joaquim Tenreiro for a private commission in Brasilia, Brazil, circa 1970s. $10,000.00;Unique folding screen with four leaves designed and made by Ashley Hicks, England, 2019. $30,000.00. Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

The exhibition is open to the public by appointment, and everything is for sale–including the 2,562-square-foot apartment. The pristine and elegant Robert A.M. Stern-designed condo has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, northern and southern exposures, 10-foot ceilings, oversized mahogany windows, and white oak floors.

“Alice” breakfast table with handmade walnut frame and handmade ceramic detail designed and made by Pierre Yovanovitch, France, 2018, $36,000.00; unique faceted “Salt Crystal” illuminated sculptural pendant in opaque white hand-blown glass designed and made by Jeff Zimmerman, USA, 2014, $8,000.00; “Gold Pour Circle” designed and made by Nancy Lorenz, USA, 2019, $24,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

“Steam 20” bench in steam-bent walnut. Designed and made by Bae Se Hwa, Korea, $165,000.00; Table lamp in enameled aluminum on a chrome-plated steel base with one cone shade and one “Cobra” shade. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Ralph O. Smith, California, circa 1950, $18,000.0; “Looker T. Washington” mirror with cast and polished brass frame and silver mirror designed and made by The Haas Brothers, USA, 2019, $50,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

Wall hung “Water Droplet” sculpture in hand-blown and mirrorized glass designed and made by Jeff Zimmerman, USA, 2015, $12,000.00; bar in painted wood with Formica top and two barstools with upholstered cushions and wrought iron frames designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, early 1950s, $30,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

The space begins with a formal entry foyer and gallery, perfect for showcasing furniture and art. A sprawling great room has the living, dining and entertaining spaces covered.

“Take Off” Bed, 2019, handmade solid oak, made to order by Pierre Yovanovitch, Paris, $46,000.00; “Cobra” wall-mounted lamps in aluminum and steel, original paint in excellent condition. Designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman, for Ralph O. Smith, Burbank, California, 1948, $12,000.00; “Boo-Teak” stool in hand-carved teak designed and made by The Haas Brothers, USA, 2017, $18,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

Day bed with an upholstered mattress designed by Sérgio Rodrigues, Brazil, circa 1965, $28,000.00; desk in walnut and wrought iron with pencil box and black laminate surfaces. Manufactured by Glenn of California, Los Angeles, 1952, $45,000.00; Side chair in walnut with an upholstered seat designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman
for Glenn of California, Los Angeles, circa 1952, $4,000.00; unique slab hanging lamp in hand-built and glazed ceramic designed and made by KatieStout, USA, 2019, $12,000.00; round mirror with rosewood frame. Brazil, 1960s, $6,500.00;Floor lamp in metal with opaline glass shade, attributed to Ico Parisi, produced by Stilnovo, Italy, circa 1950, $15,000.00;”Ilambonia”, Ed. 14/60, 1986. Framed print by Roberto Burle Marx. 3,800.00; Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Single bed with caned headboard designed by Sérgio Rodrigues, Brazil, $18,000.00; square table in rosewood with glass top designed by Joaquim Tenreiro, Brazil, 1950s, $15,000.00; “Chicken Lamp” Taxidermy chicken and electrical components.The USA, 2018, $9,500.00; “Therapeutic Toy” cube, giraffe, and horse in natural jute with leather detailing designed and made by Renate Müller for H. Josef Leven, Sonneberg, Germany, produced between 1968 and 1974, $2,500.00;’Universe’ carpet in wool. designed by Renate Müller, Germany, and produced in Nepal in collaboration with Amini, 2016. $18,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

The gracious master suite overlooks the building’s courtyard. Within is plenty of closet space and a luxuriant sanctuary of a master bath (not pictured). The additional bedrooms have equally luxurious marble-clad bathrooms with radiant heated floors.

Upholstered bench with wrought iron frame. Designed by Carlo Hauner for Forma, Brazil, 1960s, $12,000.00; Unique sconce in white hand-blown glass designed and made by Jeff Zimmerman, USA, 2018, $10,000.00; Photo courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

Convenience and function co-exist with beauty in the form of an in-unit laundry room, a high-performance VRF dedicated HVAC system, and integrated technology infrastructure. Not pictured, but important–and ready for a new owner–a large, windowed eat-in-kitchen has been custom designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects in collaboration with Molteni, featuring Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplash, state-of-the-art appliances by Gaggenau and a SubZero wine refrigerator.

The Belnord offers 30,000 square feet of amenities including a 24-hour attended lobby and a suitably grand porte-cochere as well as a 22,000-square-foot courtyard and garden. The two-story Belnord Club offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, a double-height sports court, a Club Lounge with a fireplace and separate dining room, a children’s playroom, and a teen room.

[Listing details: 225 West 86th Street, #1005 at CityRealty]

[At Douglas Elliman by Maya Kadouri, Sabrina Saltiel and Ammanda Espinal]


Photos courtesy of frenchCALIFORNIA

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