Suzanne Lovell

On the 42nd floor of the Bloomberg Tower, with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, designer Suzanne Lovell created an elegant visual experience that highlights the exceptional artwork in the owner’s collection. The minimalist design of the interior architecture, most notably the ebonized wood floors with white walls and white lacquer millwork, serves to enhance the viewer’s interaction with the pieces, while the optimized sightlines effectively promote the flow and relationship of the pieces to each other. The profiles of the furniture were deliberately kept low and the color palette discreet, so that nothing would compete with the artwork and the views. The effect at nighttime is magical; the dark wood floors virtually disappear, and the furnishings appear to float amidst a sea of city lights. Suzanne is a master at crafting interiors incorporating artwork and has written a book on the subject: Artistic Interiors: Designing With Fine Art Collections.

In the living room above, from left: an untitled sculpture by Joel Shapiro; a silvery Warren Platner  side table, designed for Knoll in 1966, and a pair of Giorgetti Kendal sofas in cappuccino sueded leather. At center, a Jim Dine bathrobe painting; Yves Klein’s glamorous 1961 design Table d’or coffee table, constructed of Plexiglas, steel, and glass, and containing 3,000 sheets of gold leaf; and chair-as-sculpture Chaise Centur by Christian Astuguevielle, constructed of black cotton rope wrapped over a wood base. 

An additional view of the living room shows at left, a mixed media piece, Kryptonite 2006 by Mark Bradford, which evokes an urban grid, and contains remnants of billboard posters sourced in the vicinity of the artist’s studio in East Los Angeles. At right, German Neo-Expressionist painter Georg Baselitz’s Dix, 2008. The artist's recurring motif of upside-down figures shifts emphasis from the theme of the painting to the painting itself. Seen through the doorway, Ed Ruscha’s blue Quality Other from 1982.

A 2008 Lap Dog table of stack-laminated cherry wood by American furniture artist Wendell Castle, between a pair of black-and-white cowhide lounge chairs. 

Joel Shapiro’s untitled sculpture of wood and casein struts in the corner of the living room, celebrating the themes of movement and balance, and injects a note of brilliant color. 

Olafur Eliasson’s 2010 circular oil painting Color Experiment No. 15 is paired with a Roy Lichtenstein  print Nude With Blue Hair. 

In the foyer, visitors are greeted by a life-size forged steel ball bearing sculpture Standing Matter V by British sculptor Antony Gormley.

A banquette features Soane of London’s red-lacquered Yacht Table with a trio of Robert Mapplethorpe prints.

A languorous nude by Pop artist Tom Wesselmann hangs above the bed. The bedroom affords spectacular views of Central Park, with a pair of Giorgetti Progetti Blossom armchairs placed by the windows.

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