[Design & Staging] Color Sensibility by Jaime Drake

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living room arranged around a marble-and-granite table by Drake Design Assoc. 

cocktail lounge inspired sitting room

kitchen- custom made island cabinetry finished in gold leaf by the Alpha Workshops

master bedroom- bed and headboard, both upholstered in crocodile-patterned hair-on hide, devised by DDA

parking outside of your door.  literally!  light fixture designed by Ted Abramczyk for Ralph Pucci 

All images via Architectural Digest

New York-based designer Jamie Drake believes that the best décor expresses personality and place.  Renowned for his exuberant color sense, his eye for the unique and telling detail, his practical approach to planning, and his equal facility in traditional and modern styles, Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments.

A person with refined taste, Drake wanted his residence to not only reflect his urbane sensibility but also function a bit like a chic cocktail lounge.  In this 3,000-square-foot Manhattan apartment, there is no proper dining table despite his love to entertain. "People come here for drinks before or after dinner and to hang out" Says the designer. While a proper dining table is not required, a car elevator that redefines off-street parking is; residents park in their own private attached garages.  Swanky!  A bit Austin Powers no?  A feel of a cocktail lounge is indeed accomplished in the living room with a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, and an L-shaped sofa provides seating for lounging and conversation.   

Drake was living in a color-saturated loft in the Flatiron District prior to this new place in the Chelsea neighborhood.  "The apartment appeared in so many magazines, I got tired of looking at it!" Drake says with a laugh.  With glamorous décor such as this, I've got a feeling history may be repeating itself.

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