Category: Curatorial Finds

Circa 1900 Window Glass

Many New York apartments are fitted out like Hermes jewel boxes, with lavish layered interiors dripping with pedigreed furnishings and details. This does little to mask the poor light and proportions of the home. At 54 Bond, the light and windows and expansive floors were the stars. So architecture and design could be handled with more nuance and restraint. Steven Harris, Chuck Ballenger of Architectural Components and I worked closely together to design a window system which collaborated with the ornate cast iron façade and the walls of enormous window openings. Using a modern glass produced with the waves of the first machine made glass of circa 1900; Steven created refined details and moldings which gave the room’s classic almost European proportions. Chuck used this glass to design thermally efficient and UV blocking system mahogany framed windows with historic pulls and weights. They appear to have always been there, but with subtle refinements allowed by modern technology.

Danby Marble Floors

My family has lived in the tiny village of Dorset Vermont for over 20 years. By code, houses are white with forest green or jet black shutters. The sidewalks and many building foundations are large blocks of locally quarried white marble. There were 7 active marble quarries in Dorset’s heyday. Now they are all quiet, with the exception of the raucous noises from one of the quarries, which filled with spring water to become the local summer swimming hole.

A nearby quarry in Danby Vermont, still quarries this famous marble, slabs of which were carved into the lions that frame the entrance to the NY Public library. When I was working on 92 Jane Street we incorporated an entire floor of Danby Marble, so I could walk on the same stone found in Dorset.