Design for Urban Living

Shelton Mindel


Posted on May 21st, by David Bjorngaard in Inhabit. No Comments

You will often hear me say “let’s get the architecture right”. Once the bones of an interior are strong, providing a sense of order, rhythm, function, then the more decorative aspects of movable belongings can happen. The interior becomes the stage, or film set {if you will indulge my background} for life. One of the modernist firms that gets this right is Shelton Mindel in New York. The interiors they design are clean, well detailed, and provide a stage for great art, antiques and furniture to shine. The color palette is usually very restrained, with a few pops of color. I’ve been following their work for years, paying attention to detailing, materiality and space planning.

Shelton Mindel living room 2Shelton Mindel dining roomShelton Mindel stairs 2

This New York apartment is a good example of their work. Architectural gestures, such as the floating stairs and hidden televisions, animate the space; storage is built-in, creating a greater sense of space {a precious commodity in city living}; volumes are sheathed in different materials, thereby alleviating the tedium of all white walls; and order is created with Classical alignment and uninterrupted sight-lines.

Family Room with built-in bookcase/television cabinet.

Upstairs Family Room with built-in bookcase and television cabinet.

Henry Prober console in the entry.

Harvey Probber console in the entry. Notice how the stair float, letting light pass through.

A common thread of Shelton Mindel’s work is the use of mid-century modern furniture. Names that consistently come up are Mies, Saarinen, Poulsen, Bertoia, Prouve, Knoll. Looking has been a primer on how a certain segment of the elite want to live.

Shelton Mindel kitchen

I like how the screen hides the television.

Notice how the screen hides the television.

David Bjørngaard, May 2015

 

 





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