Friday, August 19, 2011

David Kleinberg, Man on the Move

Photo of David Kleinberg's Living Room by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest.
The Devoted Classicist offers congratulations to former co-worker David Kleinberg whose beautiful new Manhattan apartment appears in the current issue of "Architectural Digest."  The article is a ten page spread produced by Robert Rufino and written by Dan Shaw with photos by Eric Piasecki appearing in the September, 2011, issue.  The text reveals that David moves "about every seven years, when it's time to repaint," hence the title of the article, The Seven Year Itch.
Photo of David Kleinberg's Dining Room by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest.
Before our days at Parish-Hadley Associates, David had worked for another noted decorating partnership, Denning & Fourcade who, as it turns out, had decorated the apartment thirty years previous.  At one time earlier, the apartment which occupies the full floor of a narrow 1925 building, was home to George Gershwin.  David added his own personal touches, but kept many features as he found them, including the paneled living room and the Chinese lacquered dining room.
Photo of David Kleinberg by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest.
More of David's sophisticated designs that mix classic traditional with contemporary can be seen in his much-anticipated new book Traditional Now:  Interiors by David Kleinberg which is scheduled for release on September 27, 2011.

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10 comments:

  1. Stunning apartment. Beautifully decorated, and those joyous high ceilings.

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  2. What a spread on David K in the recent AD! I have looked at it so many times and with each glance I find a fabulous new detail. Really a nice hand for interiors. By the blog write ups, lots of other folks think so too.

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  3. Columnist, I know from your own blog that you fully realize what effort goes into an apartment renovation.

    Jane, I think the inspired mix -- such as the contemporary light fixture in the living room -- is very successful.

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  4. Thanks and congratulations to Mr. Kleinberg. Makes me wonder about the 7 year time-line: how many years does it take for the redecoration. I'll have to study the magazine article.

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  5. Very nice work, this is an apartment I would like to visit.

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  6. I have been drooling---DROOLING---over this apt. since the issue was released (and I'm in process of scanning photos of the Denning & Foucade version for a future post, just for funsies)

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  7. Terry, the period for apartment renovation in Manhattan is usually limited with some co-op buildings allowing construction only from Memorial Day to Labor Day. So it is prudent to have everything planned by an experienced design professional and ready to install when that construction time clock starts ticking.

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  8. M.L.H.B., although this apartment is smaller than most of the residences for sale that you feature on your own blog, I know you would appreciate the quality of design.

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  9. D.E.D., I can hardly wait to see the D & F scheme! Although I knew them only peripherally, I can say they were quite the characters. Most people outside the design community, however, may have forgotten the fame they achieved in the 1980s.

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  10. Michele from BostonAugust 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    I have been a fan of Mr. Kleinberg's work since his days at Parish-Hadley. Was amazed to hear he started with Denning and Fourcade. I guess it is so true that all of our tastes evolve over time and distill down. I have found his interiors to be absolutely immaculate in every way - detail, style, conception, execution. I've been staring longingly at that remarkable lighting fixture, that stripey marble bathroom and that studded wall detail in the library. All wonderful. Am looking forward to glimpsing the D&F version from the DED!

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