Unlocking Modern Aesthetic: Tips & Tricks by Leading Designers Ransom and Dunn for Collecting & Styling Contemporary Pieces

By Julia Ransom and Johanna Dunn

Your collection of art, furniture, and design pieces should complement each other, creating a personalized and welcoming atmosphere in your home. Transform your living space into an extraordinary three-bedroom Manhattan penthouse. Priced at $18 million, this former school gymnasium showcases industrial architecture and clean lines, making it the perfect backdrop for contemporary design pieces. However, careful consideration and styling are necessary to fully take advantage of the expansive space.

In this article, we share valuable tips to help you express your creativity through contemporary design. We also recommend some of the most exciting designers and brands in the industry today. Keep in mind that art and design pieces are best experienced in person, so if you find yourself in Antwerp, New York, or Paris, be sure to visit St Vincent’s, Friedman Benda, and Kolkhoze studios and galleries.

Opt for versatility

When designing a spacious open room, consider starting with textiles. The hand-woven natural wool rug by Cappelen Dimyr from Copenhagen is an excellent choice. It anchors a large room like the living space in the Manhattan penthouse while providing a versatile backdrop for various materials and styles.

Invest in ‘cornerstones’

Choose pieces that will always find a place in your home, regardless of your future endeavors. For example, the patinated bronze console by Parisian interior designer Charles Zana adds a touch of elegance to an open-plan space. It can also serve as a beautiful focal point in the foyer, setting the tone for the adjacent living room.

Prioritize original design over trends

Instead of following trends, focus on finding unique pieces that resonate with your personal style. Take, for example, the Horsehair Sconce by Apparatus. Its refined form, combining oil-rubbed bronze and palomino horsehair, adds both interest and subtle illumination to any wall.

Craft is key

Delve into the story behind each piece to truly appreciate its design and value. The solid wood stumps, hand-carved by sculptor and furniture maker Kieran Kinsella, are one-of-a-kind accent pieces. They would perfectly complement an armchair or sofa in the Manhattan penthouse, adding a touch of artistry and craftsmanship.

Have fun with materials

Discover functional items with unexpected finishes, such as the bookshelf by Studio Haos. Made with plywood and sheet metal, it not only provides storage but also serves as a captivating wall sculpture in your living room. In the penthouse, we recommend placing it against the right-hand wall for maximum impact, with the aluminum reflecting the natural light streaming in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Photography: Genevieve Lutkin; Cathy Taub, Michael Miarecki and Tena Bugarin of Sotheby’s International Realty — East Side Manhattan Brokerage; Gaspard Hermach Courtesy Charles Zana; Adrianna Glaviano/2DM Management

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