Designed by BNO Design





Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

This condominium residence in Chelsea is distinguished by its room-height glass walls, with glossy hand-polished plaster ceilings that reflect light and add a luminous glow. The angular architecture is softened by voluptuous furnishings: a modern curvy sofa in ice-blue leather; a pair of reclining swivel armchairs in marshmallow-soft white leather with chrome bases; accented by round and elliptical tables and sink-your-toes-in plush area rugs. Striking artworks include the painting on the center wall by Wayne Gonzales, from his Crowd series; the painting at left is by psychedelic painter Kelsey Brookes, whose former career as a biologist included tracking viruses for the US government. The color palette of mostly white with pale blue contributes to the up-in-the-clouds atmosphere, and lets the cityscape views take center stage.


A Swedish table is positioned to take full advantage of the city skyline views, and is surrounded by a pair of cherry red pedestal armchairs and a comfortable channel-quilted swivel lounge chair.


The dining area in this loft space is furnished with a modern marble and stainless steel dining table along with cherry red pedestal seating. An intricate looped wire sculpture by Japanese-American artist Ruth Asawa is suspended from the ceiling, like a cocoon. A large work of found visual imagery by Brooklyn duo Faile is a striking focal point.


The "man-cave" features a pair of circa 1960s Gio Ponti high-back armchairs designed for the Parco dei Principi Hotel, Rome, coupled with a pair of modern swivel lounge chairs, a Lindsey Adelman brushed brass tripod floor lamp, and a mid-century Paul Frankl Amoeba coffee table. The support column is encased in a zippered canvas sheath by artist Scooter LaForge and was commissioned by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. LaForge's style has been described as "Golden Books on acid", and the piece contributes the all-important Noriega-Ortiz signature elements of fun and fantasy.


Another seating nook with spectacular views and a painting by Marc Chagall, with an unexpected baroque frame that forms a pleasing contrast with the modern architecture and furnishings.


The bedroom design is an articulation of contrasting forms and volumes. Soft, nearly amorphous lounge chairs and a footstool are counterpoints to the strong right angles of the window frames. A trippy circular painting by Ryan McGuinniss hangs over the custom embroidered headboard. Acrylic bedside tables resembling stacked crown moldings flank the bed, and the table lamps are vintage 1950s gold-flecked bullicante Murano.


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