When we talk about his own home, the designer Wesley Moon, it is a show inspired by grand elements of the Vatican creating a Carrie Bradshaw moment
The New Yorker designer, Wesley Moon, open his Park Avenue Apartment which can be spotted huge Vatican influence. It is the stage of major religious architecture, with its Michelangelo frescoes and intricate mosaics of rare stones.
The designer confesses he is all about this mix and match between the classic and the contemporary that makes him feel the Old World vibes but adjusted to the modern days. His place is inspired mainly by his trip to the Vatican where he could see all the different types of stones and was simply amazed and in this case aimed to create a Carrie Bradshaw moment.
Moon decor this two-bedroom apartment to be his own perfect place together with his partner, fashion executive Salvatore Malleo, using a veiny and colorful assortment of geological gems- from the primary bedroom Byzantine pink onyx doors to the powder room’s book matched opera d’arte marble creating a sumptuous almost worshipful Carrie Bradshaw impact.
When asked how he would define it, the designer said for him this is very much a “Carrie Bradshaw moment”. Indeed, the apartment is magnificent, starting with the luxurious wall treatments as a chasmal departure from the apartment’s previous incarnation as a “plain white box” being “stripped of every last inch of architectural detail despite the 1939 building’s rich Art Moderne origins”.
According to rumors, the previous owner’s cousin, the late architect I.M. Pei had renovated the flat’s kitchen in 1977 to be a stark vision of white Formica, with cutting-edge minimalism in a time where brazen technicolor. Sizable by New York standards, the kitchen has been beautifully remodeled with new Patagonia granite countertops giving a different layer to the mica, counts also with coffee-hued cerused oak walls. However, to match the designer’s expresso martini expertise while Malleo cooks, Moons tends to take care of the bar.
Provenance, it seems, is not always set in stone. But Moon has evoked a deep sense of heritage in this 1.750 square feet apartment as if he’s been living there for much longer than just a year- a studs-out renovation of the newly bought property could only plod along, like most things during the covid-19 pandemic situation. Although, nevertheless, a high degree of collectedness stands out in the princely tableau regarding the profusion of art and objects of different styles and varying degrees of antiquity, united by a common thread.
The designer revealed his spirit “I want it, I got it” and a bit more about his life. He grew up on a farm in Georgia and his father was a competitive clog dancer and Hee Haw extra who created a considered and comfortable home for the family. The aesthetics may be different but can still be seen some of her mother’s influence on it because when you love things, you can make it work somehow.
The closest to a Vatican fresco in the flat is the personalized de Gournay wallpaper placed in the dining room. Painted on gold leaf with matte pigments, this piece, featuring the palatial Palermo church Maria Santissima del Carmelo, where the designer’s partner parents wed, is undeniably lush. But looking in the right light, especially, of the candle flame from the Eve Kaplan gilded ceramic chandelier above- it’s downright three-dimensional.
The designer embraces the Carrie Bradshaw unexpected vibes and confess that based on virtual reality people would never imagine that just next to the living space hangs a large-scale watercolor by Bay Area painter Kelly Falzone Inouye that is much less of the initial vibe of the Renaissance, but no less significant for him appearing to be out of a 1980 film 9 to 5, starring Moon’s idol, Dolly Parton (the black-and-white Lego portrait of the pop-culture icon in the library is the major proof).
Moon’s design stays perfectly balanced between maximalism and almost-maximalism. Especially, with his customized style and approach to the customer inviting some of them, attentive to details, showing them his home as the potential for their own places accompanied by some expresso martinis pushing the limits of his own creativity and style but also approach to the customers.
For instance, he chose to showcase the fringy backside of a Holand & Sherry drapery textile rather than the traditional ones. The marble fireplace wouldn’t be the star that is today if the designer hasn’t customized the architectural showpiece with Art deco-inspired molding embossed in python scales and boldly hued in turquoise, a successful partnership with the Cocobolo gallery director, Benjamin Wiener.
Being one of the master focus on this design, the replica of a Dutch master’s portrait of Elizabeth I, which might sound outdated but by the hands of the artist, Michael Mapes of New York’s Hudson Valley, who gave it another life featuring among hundred of tiny mosaic-making materials related to the monarch, an image of Moon’s grandmother, who was also named Elizabeth which give a special meaning to the piece and turn it a designer’s signature classical disruption.
Moon merge different styles and unique pieces although, all in the same volume and wavelength. According to himself, only in this way can be achieved the so dreamed peaceful and calm environment that can turn the house into a true home. All of them screaming his and his partner’s vibes overflowed with Carrie Bradshaw’s energy.
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Source: Architectural Digest
Photographies by: Pernille Loof