Peter Pawlak's Private Garden City
For a Brazilian family of four, one can never spend quite enough time out of doors. Luckily, the family's Manhattan condo on the Upper East Side offers equal parts indoor space and three-level garden terrace (2,000 square feet each). The terrace, originally designed by Maureen Hackett in 2005, is landscaped with Japanese red maples, American dogwood and river birch, as well as with abundant flowers, which Hackett still plants each season. A recent renovation by Peter Pawlak sews the indoor and outdoor spaces together, enabling the parents and two teenagers to continue to live in the sun, both inside and out. Pawlak has populated the condo with an assortment of furniture, some of which he designed himself. In the dining room, café chairs by Harry Bertoia and a dining table by Warren Platner strike a note of elegant playfulness befitting a family hailing from Rio de Janeiro. Peter Pawlak explains:
“This project is a private urban landscape combined with interior space connected through the numerous light shafts permeating various sections of the penthouse. Our goal was to delivery objects with great trans- parency and luminosity set against the richness of natural materials and contemp- orary art work. In the dining room, the Bertoia chairs and Platner table bring the quiet visual escape with the playfulness of the natural light, exposing the beauty of their combined structure, reflected in the ever-changing shadows that move throughout the day.”
The family's dining room features a Platner table and Bertoia chairs, which have been upholstered in KnollTextile's lively Cato fabric. Photograph by Bruce Buck. This image was first published on June 19, 2014 in The New York Times.