Inside a Photographer's Bright and Airy Home in New York
Photographers are used to capturing insane levels of detail in every frame they develop, so it makes sense they'd employ the same degree of accuracy when designing a home. It's certain that iconic snapper Brian Leighton applied photography's rules of composition in this striking apartment in Midtown East, New York. Similar to his photographs, the rooms play with light, taking on a bright and airy charm that allows the design elements of the room to shine.
Of course, those are positioned with a meticulous eye too. Just take his bedroom for example. Leighton positioned his custom mirrored desk carefully so that it reflects light onto a gray square outlined on the wall. "It makes a pretty window of light each morning," he told NYC&G. "It's basically a piece of art that's there every day of the year." Now that's magical. Take the tour and see how Leighton transformed the space.
No stylish stone was left unturned in this dining room. A Serge Mouille lamp tops off a bevy of beautiful designer pieces including the Mies Van Der Rohe chairs and Saarinen for Knoll marble table.
Leighton's own photography graces the walls throughout the space lifting it from so-so to whoa every time.
One of the key design features Leighton insisted upon was the reconfiguration of the hallway to create the open dining area (adjacent to the kitchen). "I love being able to chat with guests while I'm cooking," he said. "It's so frustrating when you have to scream What was that? a hundred times because the rooms aren't connected."
Leighton knows the power of a gallery wall, and this is one we all want to emulate.
Ample texture and colour combine to create a living room that really packs a stylish punch.
Nothing in this space should work, but the thread of blue and green shades against a neutral backdrop keeps it all together.
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