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22-10-2007
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Shock To The System Dismissing the typical idea of a cozy Hamptons retreat, gallery owner Rachel Lehmann and her husband, Jean-Pierre, treat their home and grounds as an art installation calculated to provoke a reaction
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At the thoroughly unconventional Hamptons home of Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, , only the most jaded vistor would take the provocative assembly of art and furnishings in stride. But for the Lehmanns, provocation is what it's all about.

Visitors are greeted by a Thomas Schütte sculpture, the first hint that something different is afoot behind the French château-style house's pristine facade.














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LANDMARK STATUS : Sean MacPherson
The New York Times Sunday November 4th
T Style Magazine Design & Living Winter 2007
By Christine Muhlke
Photographed by Martyn Thompson


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Amid the designer new builds and gut renovations in the far West Village, Sean MacPherson’s 1840s house feels as anachronistic as a meatpacking plant — which it actually was. “No one wanted this place,” he says of the three-story structure he formed from a crumbling, roofless kosher butcher shop four years ago. “It was a grisly process,” he says, and he means it literally.

What he created out of the space is much more in keeping with the 1840s — there’s no design within reach here (unless you count the Droog chandelier, which is a place holder until something more grand comes along). The Los Angeles hotelier and restaurateur — who, with Eric Goode, has also created such influential New York hot spots as the Waverly Inn, Gemma and the Park restaurants, not to mention the Maritime, Bowery and Lafayette House hotels — brought his magpie eye, West Coast sense of scale and ahead-of-the-curve taste to this much more personal project.

While most New Yorkers are still mining modern, MacPherson says, “I’m over that, and I have been for a long time. The whole mid-century modern thing is beautiful and always will be, but it’s not very comfortable.” He credits a move in the late ’90s from a “glass box” to a Regency-style “goofball house by a goofball architect” in L.A. with changing his aesthetic. “I thought, My God, it’s really nice to live somewhere comfortable!” he recalls.

And so he set about filling the two floors with comfy gentlemen’s-club appointments: a trio of suitably shabby sofas set up a conversation area; the coffee table — an old French gym mat — doubles as extra seating when not displaying art and photography books; a long, warped table easily seats 12 for dinner. The wobbly, mismatched dining chairs are another story, part of the pitfalls of co-owning places whose décor is close to his own: “We end up doing so much shopping,” he says. “The castaways and the junk seem to somehow end up here. The more sturdy ones I’ve donated to the cause” — i.e., the dining rooms of the Waverly Inn and Gemma. (That’s what he gets for having a basement.)

Indeed, the Old New York quality of the Waverly Inn and Lafayette House is evident in the parlor floor, with its dark woods, pooling drapes of burnt orange taffeta and crisp moldings, which were reproduced — like the staircases — from scraps of what remained of what its owner calls the “glorious ruin.” MacPherson, who has a talent for making a space look organic, as if it’s always been there, has succeeded in doing that here: “I like to try to at least aspire to get that seamless quality, where you’re not sure what’s new and what’s old.” Take the identical bathrooms. The massive 1930s terra cotta sinks and tubs, which had to be brought in by crane, feel old, but the rooms’ extensive marble work was actually custom fabricated on Long Island. In the kitchen, the stove and sink are vintage (via Los Angeles), but the dishwasher has been tucked into a made-to-order marble-topped walnut block; the Portuguese tiles are off the shelf; and a Brancusi-like African sculpture was found at the 24th Street flea market.

In another point of difference from his flashier new neighbors, much of the furniture and objets have been sourced at junk stores and auctions in New York and L.A. (The art, from the Basquiat on the mantel to the Darger in the bedroom, is real.) “I really do prefer a lack of provenance,” he says. “I find it more — interesting. If you don’t know where it came from, there’s more mystery.”

Gentleman’s parlor: A swing — a wink to the architect Stanford White — hangs in the
corner of the clubby living room. As for the paint shade, Sean MacPherson explains, “Flesh
is my favorite color.”




Modern history: “I like to try to at least aspire to get that seamless
quality where you’re not sure what’s new and what’s old,” MacPherson
says. Left: the bedroom.



New/old bathroom.



Dining room, with its 16th-century Sicilian table and Droog chandelier.



A 1950s-style refrigerator is the youngest item in this corner of the
house.



A vintage sink and off-the-shelf Portuguese tiles.



The staircase, holding a saddle made by MacPherson’s grandfather,
was duplicated from pieces remaining from the kosher butcher shop
that had occupied the space.


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rachel lehmans home is just a dream, as is sean macphersons

what a lovely thread!

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BETSEY JOHNSON'S PINK APARTMENT | The Perfect Mix of Vintage & Modern


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A VERY STYLISH HOME | Photographer Paul Massey



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ooh lovely monochrome homes ^^

beautiful thread ...
thanks for all of the contributions

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Oh man, I wanna live in a loft...

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someone should post up Zaha Hadid's flat in london

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there arent alot of minimalist interior deigns in here eh
i like raymond meier's home the best

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I love the white French loft, especially the bathroom. The color scheme and overall design are both warm and inviting, although I am concerned over the safety of those stairs. Thanks for posting, MMA! I'll try to find something I can contribute later on.

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i feel like i've been neglecting this thread

so many great posts on this page

i'm not usually into monochrome schemes (especially white) but there's something very appealing about that loft
i especially love the sort of raw wooden table with all the mismatched chairs
soo great!

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that white french loft is amazing
i love all the white + natural wood
whose home is it MMA? . . . thanks

love the white floorboards in post #112 too
they are a dream of mine

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