Action Within a New York City Apartment That Perfectly Marries Aged and New

“History is refreshing! Set that on a T-shirt!”

Michael Tomei was beaming when he logged on for our interview from his condominium in New York Metropolis. His genius for infusing contemporary interiors with furnishings with rich patina is apparent in his meticulously-created, 2,100-square-foot, two-bed room loft that he shares with his spouse, Peter, and a rescue puppy named Huxley.

Gut renovating the place in a century-previous warehouse making in Manhattan’s NoHo district signaled a big equipment-shift for Tomei, who employed to conceptualize retail store shows and trend exhibits for makes like Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, and Lanvin. Opening Michael Vincent Design and style in 2019 allowed him to commit his power to rescuing aged structures and time-worn furnishings, and—not to mention—binge-look at BBC period films for inspiration. “If they have a powdered experience and a wig on, or if the gentlemen are prettier than ladies, I’m in,” he jokes.

Considerate touches warm up the loft’s minimalist kitchen area. Amid them is a eco-friendly slab of Indian marble, a stone vessel sourced from antiquarian vendor Michael Trapp, and the remarkable vessel on the counter by the German artist Roger Herman.

Tomei’s obsession for curiosities from a bygone era is tempered with an attentiveness to present-day concerns—including how to tastefully increase much more closet place. Each individual nook in the loft reflects his intuitive aptitude for seamless juxtapositions in between previous and new objects: In the dining region, a heirloom mahogany table from the 1920s is flanked by Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs. His grandmother’s chinoiserie cabinet shares the similar space as a Jean Prouvé lamp and a pair of handsome bean-formed sofas from Studio Walrus. One exception is the 1990s minimalist reverie in the principal bathroom. “It’s my John Pawson moment,” Tomei says. “It reminds me of the Calvin Klein retail outlet he created on Madison Avenue in the nineties.”

Possessing a blank canvas to work with was releasing, Tomei claims. “Moving from a conservative co-op developing into this loft was a breath of new air in phrases of permitting and limitation procedure,” he states. “In my final co-op it took 8 months just to get the permit to get started my development. In this new rental I closed on a Friday and started out demolition on Saturday!”

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Operating on the condominium also remedied Tomei of the itch to continuously redecorate, as he did with every single trend cycle in his former vocation. “It’s kind of monumental for me,” he points out. “It’s the very first area that I’ve developed for myself that I’m thoroughly content with.” His property doubles as a studio and dwelling showroom for prospective purchasers to practical experience his design sensibility in the flesh.

The expertise of designing an full area emboldened Tomei to take on rescuing unloved residences in Extensive Island. He devoted a great deal of the pandemic yr to renovating various properties in Bellport, New York, including an previous captain’s residence from the 1870s, an 1840s cottage, and a midcentury ranch. “Compared to a new create, restoring something calls for a lot extra treatment, hard work and analysis, but I’m all about it,” he says.