SIR JOHN DOWNTOWN

a few weeks ago i did a post on art historian sir john richardson’s retreat in connecticut that was featured in the latest t magazine. i have to admit when i saw it i was just plain envious, it stirred on all my emotions. it only made things worse when i found out that one of my favorite architects, ernesto buch (bunny williams and oscar de la renta’s architect of choice), guided the additions to the connecticut property…

a few days after i did the post, one of my wonderful design assistants brought into the office an issue of vanity fair magazine from 1999…he said, “you are going to love this!” he was right- the magazine had another story on one of sir john’s other homes- his downtown loft in nyc.

sir john had lived on the upper east side for years, but wanted a change and more space. the story goes that he found an amazing loft in chelsea, renovated with the help of guess who? my hero ernesto. they took the 5000 square foot, 120-by-35 foot open space, and sectioned it into four spaces- a library on one end, opening into an entrance hall, opening into a living room, opening finally into a bedroom…

it’s almost just too much. another envious place of sir john’s with the help of ernesto- sir john’s downtown is most definitely my kind of downtown! enjoy!

vanity fair photographs by todd eberle

The Robins Egg Blue Master Bedroom

The Robins Egg Blue Master Bedroom

The master bedroom on the top left and living room on the bottom right

The master bedroom on the top left and living room on the bottom right

The yellow living room

The yellow living room

Sir john in his library along with other pictures of his library and desk

Sir john in his library along with other pictures of his library and desk

A view from the library into the entrance hall, then into the living room

A view from the library into the entrance hall, then into the living room

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