For the past decade or so, Bravo super-producer Andy Cohen has been snapping up apartments in a circa-1931 West Village co-op building—one that also counts Sally Field and the late Oliver Sacks among its current and past residents—eventually combining two of those units into a sprawling duplex (which he shares with his dog, a rescue named Wacha).
Now, the fruits of that labor are on view in the October issue of Elle Decor; Cohen offered a peek inside his stylish pad, which was renovated with the help of architect Gordon Kahn and interior designer Eric Hughes.
Cohen originally bought the apartment that serves as the duplex’s ground floor in 2003, and purchased the unit above it after its former occupant passed away. “I began doing that creepy New York thing of asking, ‘How’s my neighbor?’” Cohen explained. “Then the guy passed away, and my doorman and super were looking at me like I’d killed him.”
To connect the two apartments, Kahn created a sculptural staircase out of walnut, steel, and glass; the lower floor is dedicated to common areas like the dreamy kitchen (though Cohen says he “barely” cooks) and the living room, while the upper level has the master bedroom and Cohen’s office, which he refer to as “the Clubhouse.”
As far as the decor goes, Cohen’s friend and West Village neighbor Sarah Jessica Parker described it as “whimsical but weighted in something grown-up.” The furniture is a mix of vintage midcentury finds and preppy pieces from Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren; vibrant colors and patterns, including wallpaper from Flavor Paper, abound; and pieces from Cohen’s art collection, including ones by David Hockney and Andy Warhol, line the walls.
The overall vibe is cheerful, but chic—and not too stuffy, since many of his prized possessions from his youth (such as yearbooks and old cassettes) are prominently displayed, too. As Cohen’s late manager told him, “It’s weird because nothing matches, but everything matches.”