“She’s a sailor, and the entire house is about the great ocean liners of the 1930s,” says Naomi Leff of Joan Lappin’s Manhattan townhouse, which Leff designed. Anigre paneling and Art Deco furnishings embellish the theme. A Cubist work by Jeanne Rij-Rousseau hangs in the living area flanked by a pair of Macassar-ebony armchairs and a curvaceous ’30s U table. (October 1997)
Like the last home, this gorgeous apartment features a recessed seating area that benefits from a white and black canvas. While the rich leather and warm golden lighting invoke a classical aesthetic, a few modern touches demonstrate a powerful contemporary personality, like the geometric papercraft Lion mount by Vova Baranyuk.