A Colourful Use of Velvet In A Young Family Home Ashe+Leandro ⇒ In a project inspired by the iconic Dimore Studio, design firm Ashe+Leandro put a jewel-toned, richly textured spin on a New York City apartment that houses a young family. Accents of colourful velvet are present in almost every room, with the owners giving total freedom to the design team in order for them to create.
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Saturated bursts of full-bodied gem tones aren’t exactly the standard style of Ashe+Leandro, but sometimes the best results come from having conventions challenged. Partners Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro started essentially from scratch to redo a 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom apartment in the Sterling Mason building in Manhattan’s Tribeca, taking major inspiration from Italian design firm Dimore Studio as they went.
The owners were open to anything and didn’t feel precious about any of their existing pieces, Ashe says, adding, “That’s always something I want to hear.” She knew they were more adventurous than she is personally, so the designer took the chance to dip a toe into a Technicolor pond.
“I’ve been a fan of Dimore’s work and this just gave me an opportunity to kind of go crazy, which was fun. I showed them their work and they’re like, ‘Yeah, that’s great.’ So I was like, ‘Good, we’ll do the Ashe + Leandro version.’” says Ashe.
Their iteration wound up supremely comfortable, plush and intensely coloured, with plenty of original shapes and lines. Still, Ashe says, theirs is more pared back and simpler, yet still luxurious and vibrant. “Dimore would never leave a wall white, as we did in the bedroom, but it’s not that big of an apartment and you don’t want to be overwhelmed with colour.” One aspect that’s purely Ashe + Leandro: the absence of pattern. “That’s very signature of us. We don’t ever use patterns, wallpapers, or fabrics, it’s just all about texture.”
They recovered a couple of existing pieces in the living room in sumptuous velvets, influenced by a photo of Dimore’s work that Ashe had seen. Renovations weren’t necessary, but they did add a slew of bookshelves, a blue stone-topped bar adjacent to the dining table, and a large, colourful cabinet in the baby’s room, which looked fantastic but was a bit of a pain to construct.
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Source: Architectural Digest