Attention design junkies: New York Magazine has a double whammy of urban interiors goodness ready to ogle, with both their 2013 spring home design issue and the release of the second installment of their standalone title Design Hunting. We combed through the pretty pictures and selected six of the most awesome spaces, from retractable offices in the home architect Santiago Calatrava's three sons share to brownstone renovator Hank Mitchell's rainforest-evoking bathroom.
Above, our first pick: the undeniably bright living room of fashion industry gurus Mark Haldeman and James Aguiar, painted in persimmon and two shades of green. (Curbed National has more on their mini-mansion, which they call an "eclectic romp.")
Famed architect Santiago Calatrava's three sons each have their own floor of a Park Avenue townhouse, while their family business' office is next door and their parents live on the other side of that. At 30, middle son Gabriel helped redo the house where he and his brothers live in a streamlined, modular style; each young Calatrava has an especially nifty office space that can virtually disappear?the giant bookshelf can just swing shut, closing all the clutter in.
While artist Kathy Ruttenberg works and lives in a whimsical compound upstate that includes curtains embellished with surprisingly cute rats, the New York City apartment of her mother Janet (who is also an artist, about to exhibit her own canvases of Central Park) is almost as colorful. Janet's home mixes old-world and contemporary pieces; it's full of her daughter's work and her own?one painting is hung above a couch in her living room and enveloped in a frame she custom-made with spokes of gold leaf.
Interior designer Hank Mitchell has been renovating Brooklyn brownstones since 1995, and recently finished a total overhaul of his own frame house from the 1880s in Bed-Stuy. He went all out in the luxurious, hotel-worthy bathroom, with a waterfall showerhead above and three extra jets on the side. The custom-designed woodwork is all made from salvaged oak.
Michael Reynolds's grandparents, immigrants from Sicily, lived in the same two combined East Village railroad flats where he now lives, so small prewar details are dotted throughout the very contemporary redo. The office space uses as a desk what used to serve as a dining room table, while the kitchen (pictured) has the original tiled floor coupled with a modern-day restaurant sink and mounted artwork.
Event planner-slash-caterer Cornelia Guest's Fifth Avenue pied-a-terre has myriad items plucked from Templeton, her late parents' expansive Long Island estate. (Those parents would be fashion icon C.Z. and polo champ Winston, both socialites in a big way.) Oh yeah, and there are a couple of Warhols in her Manhattan pad, including these Elvis prints in the foyer.
· Spring Home Interiors 2013 Issue [New York Magazine]
· Inside the 'Eclectic Romp' of the Summer's Design Hunting [Curbed National]
· 13 Absurd Lines From NYMag's Spring Home Design Issue [Curbed National]
· The Printed Page coverage [Curbed]