The best living rooms—
no matter how grand they may be—pay as much attention to comfort and conviviality as to style
A soaring ceiling and simple pine paneling create a sense of airy minimalism in the living area of the upstate New York home of architect and designer . The daybed is 19th century, and the club chairs are by Patrick Naggar; Rees Roberts painted the landscape.
A crystal chandelier, pink bergères, and a reproduction Boulle desk add Gallic flair to the living room of Georgette Farkas's Manhattan apartment. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's Santorini Blue.
Designer combined two rooms of her family's Beaux Arts mansion in Paris to create an opulent living area. Custom-made bookcases are topped with porcelain urns, and a Han Dynasty horse is displayed above a 17th-century marble mantel. Sumptuous details include a pair of chairs in a silk-damask brocatelle, ebonized side chairs in a zebra stripe, and silk-taffeta curtains.
For his West Hollywood loft, art consultant Will Kopelman enlarged a film still from Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and hung it in the double-height living room. Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe and a Futurama sofa surround a 1950s storage table, and the floor is coated with white epoxy; an upstairs office overlooks the seating area.
At the Spanish farmhouse of dealers Luis Sendino and Jacobo Valentí, the 18th-century architecture serves as a dramatic backdrop for their eclectic mix of furnishings that include 19th-century French metal-frame armchairs, a molded-plastic Eames chair, and mod Cappellini side tables; the painting is by Bernat Daviu.
A large-scale painting by Julian Schnabel hangs in the living area of architect and curator Richard Marshall's New York townhouse. The striped chairs and red mohair sofas were designed by Georgis.