Like all good parties, everyone is drawn to the kitchen as we kick off Kips Bay Show House 2015. This cook’s haven was designed by Christopher Peacock, one of the 22 interior designers who had eight weeks to transform their assigned spaces in the Arthur Sachs Mansion into stunning and fully finished rooms.
The setting is the recently restored, 9,600-square-foot townhouse built in 1909 for Alice and Arthur Sachs. The latter was a financier at the firm Goldman, Sachs, Co., but does not appear to be directly related to company founders Marcus Goldman and Samuel Sachs.
Designed by architects Buchman and Fox, the five-story house boasts a limestone façade, five fireplaces, dramatic oval staircase, rooftop outdoor kitchen, and 27-foot-long lap pool. It is located across from Andy Warhol’s long-time residence, now a NYC landmark.
A sanctuary of calm, the Master Bedroom designed by David Phoenix features walls upholstered in Cowtan & Tout fabric.
The centerpiece of the “Midnight Manhattan” room by Pavarini Design is the fireplace mosaic made with Ann Sacks Lux travertine tiles leafed in pewter.
Also showcasing amazing tile work, the “Tradition with a Twist” bathroom by Peter Sinnott has a floor of tiger marble 3-D cubes. The tiles were still in prototype when Sinnott saw them just a few weeks ago at Akdo’s Bridgeport factory, but insisted that he have them for Show House. This M.C. Escher-like floor is a winner.
The tile surprises continue with “An Artful Loo” by Gail Green Interiors. Featuring the work of Keith Haring, these ceramic tiles are by Ascot.
Since 1973, this annual fundraiser has been vital to providing funds for after-school and enrichment programs for New York City children. All proceeds from Show House benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, which currently offers innovative programs to 11,000 young people at ten locations throughout the Bronx.
Arthur Sachs Mansion
58 E. 66th St., NYC
The house is currently for sale, listed by Brown Harris Stevens for $35 million.