How a Young Interior Designer Made Over His First Solo Apartment
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Patrick Mele's Upper East Side Apartment

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Living Room

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Mele’s black-and-white apartment has pops of neon, like this raspberry silk pillow. The ostrich painting is by Marianne Stikas.

Mele designed the hand-painted curtains with Peter Fasano; they’re available at John Rosselli. The Italian Baroque gilt wood console with marble top is from Hamptons Antique Galleries and the antique Persian mirror over the fireplace is from the Antique and Artisan Gallery. The wing chair was found at a flea market and covered in quilted chintz. “I ripped the skirt off, painted the legs black and reupholstered it in Knoll Luxe black wool. It instantly became modern and more about shape and line.” Mele designed the black Ball Lamp on the stack of books, and the two paintings to the right of the fireplace are by Alexander Rutsch, who studied under Josef Hoffmann in Vienna.

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Living-Room View Toward the Mirrored Wall

Photo: Annie Schlechter

The African totems above the daybed are from Beau Maas Antiques. Mele installed the track lighting, reflected in the mirror. “I always loved the energy that track lighting gives off, I feel like I’m in a gallery. These older heads from the 70s and 80s make the space feel like perhaps it had always been that way, which I like.”

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View Toward the Kitchen and Bathroom Doors

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Marianne Stikas painted the man in a red turban — a copy of a van Eyck. The Breuer desk chair is from Mele’s father’s office, and the painted birds are by Nancy Lee Carter. “I painted the back of my entry door high gloss vermillion — like a big exclamation point in the space. I love getting glimpses of it throughout the day!”

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Photo: Annie Schlechter

“I decided to use this room as my office as it wasn’t conducive to creating a luxurious bedroom,” Mele says. “I could barely squeeze my bed in. I also liked that I could contain all my madness into one space and enjoy the larger room day and night.” The pine farm table, which he painted white, is from decorator Matthew Tyrrell and the Kentshire-syle chair was purchased at auction and reupholstered in black leather. Mele designed the yellow ceramic ball lamp on the table, and the white desk lamp is by Tizio. The near painting on the right, by Jeremiah Goodman, is of Diana Vreeland’s red living room.

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Photo: Annie Schlechter

Mele took down the original fencing that obstructed views of the neighborhood’s back gardens. The striped tablecloth is from Sunbrella.

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Photo: Annie Schlechter

The African masks are from Corey Grant Tippin, the cabinet covers were made with black linen found at B&J Fabrics, and the black-and-white photograph on the right wall is an edition from photographer Tim Carter.


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