Oliver Stone’s West Village Pied-á-Terre Designed by Interior Designer for Koch Brothers
Turns out, limousine Leninist and friend to Venezuela’s Chavistas had his West Village apartment pad designed by the interior designer for the Koch brothers.
Oliver Stone’s West Village Pied-a-Terre
How interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield shunned convention with a celebrity client, and with his Kips Bay Show House project
By Kelly O’Brien
Interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield is a man with an impressive Rolodex. Take clients like the Koch Brothers, for whom he collaborated in designing their Wichita, Kansas, headquarters, as well as a private residence. Or Jack Resnick & Sons, the mammoth Manhattan developer who commissioned Bradfield for all of its New York lobbies. Oliver Stone’s luxurious apartment on the Hudson was a recent project of Bradfield’s. And the high-profile Kips Bay Show House in 2008 included one of Bradfield’s indelible designs. New American Luxury had the chance to talk with Bradfield about what it’s like to design for the high-end market in New York City.Oliver Stone and President Nicholas Maduro
You designed an apartment for Oliver Stone last year. Tell me a little bit about the challenges involved in that project and how you found that “individual meaning.”
My client, being a movie director, is accustomed to having film sets constructed overnight, and struck down after filming. In a sense, he was expecting a similar schedule with this apartment. Because so much of my work is custom and designed by my company, we had to explain that there were certain time frames involved. However, I work best under a deadline, and we pulled it off.
The idea was to create an environment not unlike that of a stateroom on a yacht. The views from the apartment [which is on a low floor] of the Hudson River are spectacular, and we wanted to take full advantage of these vistas. I created deep window seats in the open-plan living room and introduced subtle nautical elements. Oliver required a large table surface in this space, as he likes to spread out his editing materials whilst in production, so the dining table serves this double function. The floors are deliberately stained in a red-cherry finish not unlike the decks of a yacht.