Let’s see how the designer Designer James Aman puts a modern spin on classic interiors. 5 Spaces That Exhibit an Original Take on Traditional Style.
Interior designer James Aman’s portfolio is proof that classical style doesn’t equal old school. “Early on I realised that my client base represented a new generation of collectors,” he writes in his new book The New Formal. “They respected classic traditions but savoured the beauty and drama of cutting-edge art. Their vision of ‘formal’ living replaced the Old Masters, heavy tapestries, and ornate furnishings of previous generations with contemporary, often provocative works of art that inspire and delight in brighter, more open spaces.” This is an aesthetic all of us can embrace.
Two Andy Warhol portraits greet you in the foyer of this Manhattan duplex. A tufted banquette graces the Art Deco checkered floor. “I believe [this home] highlights my penchant for combining contemporary art with period furniture,” writes Aman.
Aman decorated the wood-paneled library in this Georgian-style residence a rich aubergine. “Throughout the house, the rooms are largely monochromatic, but the darker backgrounds and period details make the carefully selected paintings, photographs, and sculptures stand out almost as much as they would against a paler palette,” he writes.
A five-story atrium in the middle of this New York townhouse fills the home—a six-year gut renovation—with light. “In the living room, study, and library, the clean lines of the furniture recede in the background, allowing the art to take center stage,” writes Aman.
The dining room of the same residence possesses a fish-scale fireplace surround and brass sculptures by Robert Lee Morris. A Cindy Sherman photograph hangs on the wall.
This Park Avenue apartment’s gallery hall is grand in size—it extends more than 50 feet long—and in design.The space boasts a row of shining chandeliers and shiny brass door surrounds.
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