Homage to a Fashionable Past

Treasures of high fashion, art and style abound in the modern New York apartment of designer Eric Cohler. In his signature style, the intimate loft pays homage to its fashionable past as the former clothing storage for Barneys New York, yet stays fresh and modern with the inclusion of works by Andy Warhol, Teo Gonzalez and Robert Motherwell.
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Designer, Eric Cohler's New York Apartment has a fascinating mix of antique collections especially art, it pays homage to the building that once was an old warehouse for the fashionable Barneys New York.

When Cohler first set eyes upon the converted warehouse space, he says that he was drawn to the high ceilings and absence of moldings. He laid eyes on a blank canvas and stated that everything was “Really just somewhat unstructured in the beginning.” Cohler knew that he could take this project in a million different directions, but he decided to begin by painting the great room in neutrals, accented with blocks of color to create defined spaces within the open floor plan.

The technique beautifully highlighted his collection of original Andy Warhol electric Marilyn Monroe prints from the 1960s. It also illuminates his self-designed chocolate mohair sofa by Pearson Furniture accented by Ikat pillows and a creamy petal pink cashmere throw. He notes that this sofa, a cross between a chaise and a standard couch, was once, “Traditionally thought to be sat on in a theatre from the twentieth century.” Instead, it provides a focal point to anchor the high ceilings and adds a casualness to the room.

Nearby he displays a large black ceramic gourd lamp atop a first period Gustavian console table which provides shelter for a collection of Chinese Zodiac Statues that, “were buried in the tomb of a high ranking (Chinese) official”. For additional lighting, he chose a reproduction of a bronze Giacometti lamp. It’s this elegant juxtaposition between modern and ancient world themes accented with luxurious vintage touches, like the Louis Vuitton satchel turned magazine holder, that makes this apartment sing with life and radiate Eric Cohler’s signature energy.

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A Christopher Spitzmiller Gourd lamp sits on top of a Gustavian, first period, late eighteenth century console table. Below are mid-nineteenth century Chinese Chang Dynasty accessory pieces that Eric says, “were buried in the tomb of a high ranking official into the afterlife” they were thought to keep track of the Chinese calendar years.

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Andy Worhol 60’s Pop Art Marilyn Monroe pieces are displayed. They are original unsigned prints that were released by his publisher, in Germany

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Off White Drapery
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Bronze Curtain Rod
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This intimate, loft apartment offers plenty of natural light from it's impressive windows. Eric's pooch loves to sit on the window seating and gaze down to the city. A large Teo Gonzalez Pointillism Art piece made up of tiny symmetrical dots on a black canvas, lines one wall of the grand room.

As you wander into the living room, you’ll notice the neutral base of pale grays and crisp whites provide the perfect contrast to the enviable natural lighting, created by the impressive windows at the custom window seating. Cohler’s beloved pooches love to sit and gaze out to the bustling city below. The large Teo Gonzalez Pointillism piece is made up of tiny, hand-painted symmetrical dots on a glazed black canvas. It boldly lines one wall of the grand room and is unmistakable.

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Jute Wallcovering: Orange Nectarin
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He uses a round Pharin & Tulip dining table that he says "is such a classic...it works everywhere." Paired with it are Gustavian late eighteenth century dining chairs. The space offers more incredible works of art- a large abstract and a piece from Robert Motherwell's Elegy series in 1967.

The adjacent cozy dining space is solidly anchored by a Saarinen Tulip round dining table which Eric says, “is such a classic, I will use it my whole life for clients… it works everywhere.” He lightens up the area with a piece from Robert Motherwell’s Elegy series from 1967, a selection of Gustavian late eighteenth century dining chairs and the whimsical centerpiece of billiard balls. The soft orange grass cloth walls brighten the space and for additional seating, Cohler mirrored the dining setting with a Gustavian sofa that he re-covered in an African kuba cloth to create a wabi-sabi dialectic of “what’s expected with what is not expected". It is adjacent to a large abstract piece by Stanley Boxer.

The apartment has a large galley style open kitchen.

To continue the flow of his New York apartment, Cohler installed a galley kitchen that opens into the living and dining spaces. The room feels light and airy, with bright cabinetry, open shelving and stainless steel countertops and appliances. He displays a treasured row of novels, mixed in with a profusion of cookbooks. A deep cobalt Farrow & Ball paint is carried onto a column overlooking a portion of the dining room and the living room. It was intentionally painted into an alcove portion of the kitchen which highlights its depth. By continuing the cream color from the living space along the back wall, the kitchen flows gracefully and echoes the feel of the other spaces. Cohler accents the room with photography of a museum interior and a once-treasured antique wooden horse. A colorful collection of bowls and plates are also displayed.

It is no surprise that Eric Cohler has adorned the walls of the bedroom with a melange of important pieces that echo his sense of style and appreciation for classic, beautiful and modern art. The Oak bed provides a vibrant focal point, drenched in red leather and bright Alessandro white linens. Remarkable pieces surround the intimate space including an art piece of Conde Nast’s apartment in 1925, a picture of a Pan-Am flying boat from 1935 and a portrait of Sir Henry Raeburn from 1820. Discreetly parked within the bedroom is a rustic, late eighteenth century Gustavian desk with claw feet that Cohler loves for its for storage and because it has many little, secret compartments that Eric says he uses to, “Stash all of my extra money for art.”

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More fascinating works of art are jutting across the walls of Eric Cohler's bedroom. His oak bed, upholstered in red leather proudly sits in the center of the room. Behind it lies a Madagascar grass cloth screen with nail head.