In 1990, Jeffrey Thrasher designed a cool, calm and collected space for an art aficionado. The home held its own for a decade and a half, but the client’s accumulation of A-list art outgrew the spaces. And when works by Gilbert & George, John Baldessari, Richard Prince and Keith Haring are among the accumulated spoils, not just any atmosphere will do!
“There were many elements to the house that stood the test of time,” Thrasher remarks. “We had charcoal gray, matt lacquer cabinets in the kitchen that still looked amazing, so to update them, we wrapped stainless steel around them.” Lighting was one of the biggest changes that needed to be made due to advancements during the past decade. “I inserted LED light strips into ceiling punches for a wonderful glow,” says Thrasher, who also used cutting-edge technology to perfectly highlight each piece of carefully placed art.
An ultra contemporary central stairwell made of steel was in his original scheme. And in his usual flair for mixing vintage with modern touches like these, Thrasher pulled in finds by Vladimir Kagan and Carlo Scarpa to name a few. “My client had been away from the house for ten months,” Thrasher says. “He came home from a trip to find everything ready, and was so excited he was like a kid!”