A 'Room' With A View
It’s all about the breathtaking vista in this modern, art-filled Edgewater condo.
Interior design by Mannarino Designs Inc.
Photography by Lauren Hagerstrom and Dan Ryan
With dramatic views of New York City across the Hudson River, this Edgewater condo was designed to keep people’s eyes on the prize. “The idea was never to take away from that view,” says designer Anna Maria Mannarino of Mannarino Designs Inc. “It was to create a story on the way to that view.”
The story Mannarino created for this two-bedroom showhouse in The Pearl building involved a younger couple, both working, who travel a lot, collecting art as they explore the world. “I wanted the space to be something collected and curated so that it looked like it was done over time,” explains Mannarino.
“There’s a big focus on the artwork. And you could not deny the views. The views are the main art in the apartment.”
The actual art was from James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery in Holmdel. Yarosh and Mannarino selected works that complement the color scheme of the space, mostly white and silver with accents of gold, blue and red. “I wanted strong white to be the primary backdrop,” says Mannarino. “It’s a clean palette to highlight all of the artwork.”
One striking piece is My Brother’s Keeper by Daniel Barkley. The 60” x 60” painting depicts Archangel Michael laying atop ice with his brother Lucifer depicted below. The painting hangs over a simple bench in the space between the kitchen and living room, making use of every inch of the 1,100-square-foot condo.
The living room features a dove gray leather sofa that’s curved so that even while watching TV one can enjoy the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows. A matte gold and glass circular coffee table by Robert Allen sits atop a Rex Ray rug with a circular starburst pattern. The TV is mounted on a wall covered with black lacquer-esque vinyl mounted on a track. “The idea is that when the TV is off, it disappears, bringing the focus back to the artwork,” says Mannarino.
The master bedroom, which also features that stunning view, is a calm retreat of soft lavender and amethyst tones. But Mannarino wanted both a man and a woman to enjoy the space, so she chose a mighty oak bed by Promemoria to complement the softer color palette. The wall behind the bed is a pale amethyst shimmer wallpaper to “add a bit of glamour,” she says. The other walls of the room are painted the same soothing color. Sleek, modern nightstands by Val Italia hold amethyst glass lamps by Arteriors.
The white kitchen floats in the middle of the open-concept condo, and Mannarino sought to visually anchor it by adding a gray leather skin to the island and the border walls. “It gives it a little bit of texture and adds some interest,” she says. The adjacent dining area features a bronze table by Brabbu and three linen-covered chairs by Promemoria with blue leather backs and bronze handles. Silvery wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries covers the wall behind a gray bench, “a random find” that brings another nice detail to the room.
In the end, Mannarino was very happy with the way the gallery-like space came together. “The design kept things very open,” she says. “It has a definite organic flow to it. When you open the door and you look down the long, narrow space, your eye goes right to the view of New York City.”
My Brother’s Keeper by artist Daniel Barkley hangs over a simple bench that designer Anna Maria Mannarino found online and washed in blue. The blue and gray abstract rug is from the Renaissance collection from Samad Rugs in East Rutherford.
Angel by Andrey Skripka looks down on the dining table and brings in more of the reds and blues used throughout the condo.
In the master bedroom, an oak bed from Promemoria, an Italian company, features hand-forged steel accents on the headboard. “I wanted something strong here to be the focal point,” says Mannarino. In front of the window, two purple velvet chairs, also by Promemoria, flank a small drink table by Arteriors. The rug is a subtle floral wool and silk rug from Creative Touch Rugs in Secaucus.