BNO Design Blog



When the view is so architectural, there is no need for the funiture to stand out. It should be background.

Longing for Beth Lipman’s sculpture at Mondrian SoHo



When we designed Imperial No.9 at Mondrian Soho years ago, a magnificent piece by Beth Lipman was placed in the center of the garden room restaurant, inspired by the fountain at the now gone Four Seasons Restaurant. We noticed recently that the new owners removed it from the room. We miss it.



bathroom mirrors

When dealing with mirrors in bathrooms, there are many solutions. Here are three for the same apartment. 

1. The mirror turning the corner is a great Powder Room solution because it expands the room and it allows you to see the side and maybe the back of your head, for some of you with hair on your head.

2. The classic mirror in front of the sink, nothing new to say.

3. Mirrored tub wall, my favorite. Not too easy to clean but the results are worth it!

fireplace mantle decoration


Keeping things simple is always the best, however, you can still be really dramatic. In this model interpretation of “Regency” style, Michael Reynolds and I decided to simply place one clear glass cylinder on the fireplac mantle with as many eucaliptus branches as we can put in. The resutl is amazing! Photo: Thibault Jensen

#rossbleckner painting


Just to stay current, now that Alec Baldwin has a feud regarding a Ross Bleckner painting, I went back to look at this living room that we did years ago to see the famous painting. I wonder if it was my client the one that didn’t want to sell it!    I still like the room thou, at 740 Park Avenue. We haven’t done a room this luxurius in many years!

Photo: Daniel Aubry