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432 Park Avenue


Conceived by architect Rafael Viñoly—432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. This apartment designed by John Beckmann and his design firm Axis Mundi has some of the most breathtaking views in Manhattan.

Known for their glamorous low-slung aesthetic, Axis Mundi took the challenge to design the residence for an American client living in China with a family of four, and an important art collection (including the likes of Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Susan Frecon, Vik Muniz and Lisette Schumacher, among others).

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432 Park Avenue


Conceived by architect Rafael Viñoly—432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. This apartment designed by John Beckmann and his design firm Axis Mundi has some of the most breathtaking views in Manhattan.

Known for their glamorous low-slung aesthetic, Axis Mundi took the challenge to design the residence for an American client living in China with a family of four, and an important art collection (including the likes of Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Susan Frecon, Vik Muniz and Lisette Schumacher, among others).

432 Park Avenue, New York

Conceived by architect Rafael Viñoly—432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. This apartment designed by John Beckmann and his design firm Axis Mundi has some of the most breathtaking views in Manhattan.

Known for their glamorous low-slung aesthetic, Axis Mundi took the challenge to design the residence for an American client living in China with a family of four, and an important art collection (including the likes of Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter, Susan Frecon, Vik Muniz and Lisette Schumacher, among others).

In the dining room, a Bocci “28 Chandelier” hangs above an intricate marble and brass table by Henge, with ceramics by John Born. Entering the main living area, a monumental “Let it Be” sectional from Poltrona Frau sits on a silver custom-designed Joseph Carini wool and silk rug. A ‘Surface” coffee table designed by Vincent Van Duysen and “Fulgens” armchairs in saddle leather by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia create the penultimate space for entertaining.

The sensuous red library features custom-designed bookshelves in burnished brass and walnut, as a “Wing Sofa” in red velvet from Flexform floats atop a “Ponti” area rug from the Rug Company. “JJ Chairs” in Mongolian lamb fur from B&B Italia add a rock and roll swagger to the space.

The kitchen accentuates the grey marble flooring and all-white color palette, with the exception of a few light wood and marble details. A dramatic pendant in hand-burnished brass, designed by Henge, hovers above the kitchen island, while a floating marble counter spans the window opening. It is a serene spot to enjoy a morning cappuccino while pondering the ever-changing skyline of the Metropolis.

In a counterintuitive move, Beckmann decided to make the gallery dark by finishing the walls in a smoked lacquered plaster with hints of mica, which add sparkle and glitter.

John Beckmann made sure to include extravagant fabrics from Christopher Hyland and a deft mix of textures and colors to the design. In the master bedroom is a wall-length headboard system in leather and velvet panels from Poliform, with luxurious bedding from Frette. Dupre Lafon lounge chairs in a buttery leather rest on a custom golden silk carpet by Joseph Carini, while a pair of parchment bedside lamps by Jean Michel Frank complete the design.

The facade is treated with an LED lighting system which changes colors and can be controlled by the client with their iPhone from the street.

Design: John Beckmann, with Hannah LaSota
Photography: Durston Saylor
Renderings: 3DS
Contractor: Cardinal Construction
Size: 4000 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Tower Power


Chicago Tower

The details are the design: Sneak peek of a new project in the tallest residential building in the Windy City.


Tower Power


Chicago Tower

The details are the design: Sneak peek of a new project in the tallest residential building in the Windy City.


Chicago Tower

The details are the design: Sneak peek of a new project in the tallest residential building in the Windy City.

Design: John Beckmann, with Hannah LaSota
Renderings: 3DS
Size: 5500 sf
(Flexform, Henzel Studio, Jospeh Carini Carpets, Henge, FLOS, Vitra, Poltrona Frau)
© 2019 - 2020 Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Bond Street Loft


This NoHo apartment, in a landmarked circa 1870 building designed by Stephen Decatur Hatch and converted to lofts in 1987, had been interestingly renovated by a rock musician before being purchased by a young hedge fund manager and his gallery director girlfriend. Naturally, the couple brought to the project their collection of painting, photography and sculpture, mostly by young emerging artists.

Bond Street Loft


This NoHo apartment, in a landmarked circa 1870 building designed by Stephen Decatur Hatch and converted to lofts in 1987, had been interestingly renovated by a rock musician before being purchased by a young hedge fund manager and his gallery director girlfriend. Naturally, the couple brought to the project their collection of painting, photography and sculpture, mostly by young emerging artists.

Bond Street Loft, New York

This NoHo apartment, in a landmarked circa 1870 building designed by Stephen Decatur Hatch and converted to lofts in 1987, had been interestingly renovated by a rock musician before being purchased by a young hedge fund manager and his gallery director girlfriend. Naturally, the couple brought to the project their collection of painting, photography and sculpture, mostly by young emerging artists (Eddie Martinez, Aaron Curry, Adam Pendelton and Sam Curry, Jung Lee). Axis Mundi accommodated these pieces within a neutral palette accented with occasional flashes of bright color that referenced the various artworks. Major furniture pieces – a sectional in the library, a 12-foot-long dining table–along with a rich blend of textures such as leather, linen, fur and warm woods, helped bring the sprawling dimensions of the loft down to human scale.

Design Team: John Beckmann, with Nick Messerlian
Architect: Nemaworkshop
Photography: Durston Saylor, and Mark Roskams
Size: 3500 sf
(Flexform, B&B Italia, Jospeh Carini Carpets, Holly Hunt, BDDW, Bocci 28, FLOS, Vitra, Vietri, Knoll, Poltrona Frau, Hans Wegner, Stepevi, glas italia)
© Axis Mundi Design LLC.

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Sagaponack Cottage


For the interiors, Axis Mundi typically decided not to play by the rules. Instead of de rigeur nautical artifacts, floppy sofas and wicker furniture, the firm responded to Makoid’s all-white interior envelope by injecting rooms with comfortable modern elegance that’s more contemporary Cap Ferrat than Eastern Long Island. 

Sagaponack Cottage


For the interiors, Axis Mundi typically decided not to play by the rules. Instead of de rigeur nautical artifacts, floppy sofas and wicker furniture, the firm responded to Makoid’s all-white interior envelope by injecting rooms with comfortable modern elegance that’s more contemporary Cap Ferrat than Eastern Long Island. 

Sagaponack Cottage, Sagaponack, New York

The exterior of what looks like a vernacular Hamptons shingle cottage, designed by architect Blaze Makoid, is intentionally deceiving. For the interiors, Axis Mundi typically decided not to play by the rules. Instead of de rigeur nautical artifacts, floppy sofas and wicker furniture, the firm responded to Makoid’s all-white interior envelope by injecting rooms with comfortable modern elegance that’s more contemporary Cap Ferrat than Eastern Long Island. Clean furniture silhouettes—from Cassina, Poltrona Frau and B&B Italia—a Massimo Vitali beach scene, a Moooi chandelier and industrial finishes (such as the steel of the fireplace surround and the anodized aluminum of a sleek Bulthaup kitchen) spark a creative tension between indoors and out. The gray palette provides a quiet backdrop for the nature outside, except for the master suite, where custom oak panels and blue shades create a reassuring warmth conducive to sleep.

Project Team: John Beckmann, with Nick Messerlian and Richard Rosenbloom
Architect: Blaze Makoid Architecture
Contractor: Greg D'Angelo Construction Inc.
Photographer: Mark Roskams
(B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, Bulthaup, Moooi, Kasthall, Artemide)
Size: 2000 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC.

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Greenwich Village Townhouse


"Revival” implies a retread of an old idea—not our interests at Axis Mundi. So when renovating an 1840s Greek Revival brownstone, subversion was on our minds. The landmarked exterior remains unchanged, as does the residence’s unalterable 19-foot width. Inside, however, a pristine white space forms a backdrop for art by Warhol, Basquiat and Haring, as well as intriguing furnishings drawn from the continuum of modern design—pieces by Dalí and Gaudí, Patrick Naggar and Poltrona Frau, Armani and Versace. 

Greenwich Village Townhouse


"Revival” implies a retread of an old idea—not our interests at Axis Mundi. So when renovating an 1840s Greek Revival brownstone, subversion was on our minds. The landmarked exterior remains unchanged, as does the residence’s unalterable 19-foot width. Inside, however, a pristine white space forms a backdrop for art by Warhol, Basquiat and Haring, as well as intriguing furnishings drawn from the continuum of modern design—pieces by Dalí and Gaudí, Patrick Naggar and Poltrona Frau, Armani and Versace. 

Greenwich Village Townhouse, New York

"Revival” implies a retread of an old idea—not our interests at Axis Mundi. So when renovating an 1840s Greek Revival brownstone, subversion was on our minds. The landmarked exterior remains unchanged, as does the residence’s unalterable 19-foot width. Inside, however, a pristine white space forms a backdrop for art by Warhol, Basquiat and Haring, as well as intriguing furnishings drawn from the continuum of modern design—pieces by Dalí and Gaudí, Patrick Naggar and Poltrona Frau, Armani and Versace. The architectural envelope references iconic 20th-century figures and genres: Jean Prouvé-like shutters in the kitchen, an industrial-chic bronze staircase and a ground-floor screen employing cast glass salvaged from Gio Ponti’s 1950s design for Alitalia’s Fifth Avenue showroom (paired with mercury mirror and set within a bronze grid). Unable to resist a bit of our usual wit, Greek allusions appear in a dining room fireplace that reimagines classicism in a contemporary fashion and lampshades that slyly recall the drapery of Greek sculpture.

Design Team: John Beckmann and Richard Rosenbloom
Photography: Adriana Bufi, Andrew Garn, and Annie Schlecter
Contractor: Stern Projects
Size: 2750 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC.

 

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CitySpire Duplex


This edgy, yet sophisticated interior is located on the 39th and 40th floors of one of the tallest mixed-use skyscrapers in New York City.  Distinguishing the social areas of the household, are beautiful soft leather wall panels, creating a chic backdrop for the elegant furniture, such as the B&B Italia sofa and lounge chair.  Leading to the private bedrooms above, the same leather is introduced on the handrail of the dramatic feature staircase. 

Each project deserves a daring decision. For this project, without a doubt, it was the leather walls.  In the end, attention to detail, careful selection of artwork, daring use of color, and integration of material and texture, are what brings this design to life.

CitySpire Duplex


This edgy, yet sophisticated interior is located on the 39th and 40th floors of one of the tallest mixed-use skyscrapers in New York City.  Distinguishing the social areas of the household, are beautiful soft leather wall panels, creating a chic backdrop for the elegant furniture, such as the B&B Italia sofa and lounge chair.  Leading to the private bedrooms above, the same leather is introduced on the handrail of the dramatic feature staircase. 

Each project deserves a daring decision. For this project, without a doubt, it was the leather walls.  In the end, attention to detail, careful selection of artwork, daring use of color, and integration of material and texture, are what brings this design to life.

CitySpire Duplex, New York

This edgy, yet sophisticated interior is located on the 39th and 40th floors of one of the tallest mixed-use skyscrapers in New York City.  Distinguishing the social areas of the household, are beautiful soft leather wall panels, creating a chic backdrop for the elegant furniture, such as the B&B Italia sofa and lounge chair.  Leading to the private bedrooms above, the same leather is introduced on the handrail of the dramatic feature staircase. 

Each project deserves a daring decision. For this project, without a doubt, it was the leather walls.  In the end, attention to detail, careful selection of artwork, daring use of color, and integration of material and texture, are what brings this design to life.

Design: John Beckmann, with Nick Messerlian and Richard Rosenbloom
Contractor: Cardinal Construction
Photographer: Mark Roskams
Size: 2500 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Penthouse for Miss X


Project for Miss X, New York

The Penthouse for Miss X is a duplex penthouse with superb city views on the top floor of an apartment building on the UES of Manhattan.

The apartment is designed with the idea to have a place to unwind as well as to relax and be together with family and friends. The open floor plan has a large seating area directed toward the terrace on both sides. The dining area and kitchen are directed to views of downtown.

The fireplace (clad in natural saddle leather tiles) and circulation area are connecting elements and enhance the spaciousness of the living area. The top floor accommodates the sleeping zone with two bedrooms and two baths. Wide plank oak floors and unfinished plaster walls lend a soft modernist feel to the rigorous layout.

Penthouse for Miss X


Project for Miss X, New York

The Penthouse for Miss X is a duplex penthouse with superb city views on the top floor of an apartment building on the UES of Manhattan.

The apartment is designed with the idea to have a place to unwind as well as to relax and be together with family and friends. The open floor plan has a large seating area directed toward the terrace on both sides. The dining area and kitchen are directed to views of downtown.

The fireplace (clad in natural saddle leather tiles) and circulation area are connecting elements and enhance the spaciousness of the living area. The top floor accommodates the sleeping zone with two bedrooms and two baths. Wide plank oak floors and unfinished plaster walls lend a soft modernist feel to the rigorous layout.

Project for Miss X, New York

The Penthouse for Miss X is a duplex penthouse with superb city views on the top floor of an apartment building on the UES of Manhattan.

The apartment is designed with the idea to have a place to unwind as well as to relax and be together with family and friends. The open floor plan has a large seating area directed toward the terrace on both sides. The dining area and kitchen are directed to views of downtown.

The fireplace (clad in natural saddle leather tiles) and circulation area are connecting elements and enhance the spaciousness of the living area. The top floor accommodates the sleeping zone with two bedrooms and two baths. Wide plank oak floors and unfinished plaster walls lend a soft modernist feel to the rigorous layout.

Design: John Beckmann
Renderings: Catalin Sandru
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Light-Filled Duplex


Packing a lot of function into a small space requires ingenuity and skill, exactly what was needed for this one-bedroom gut in the Meatpacking District. When Axis Mundi was done, all that remained was the expansive arched window. Now one enters onto a pristine white-walled loft warmed by new zebrano plank floors. 

Light-Filled Duplex


Packing a lot of function into a small space requires ingenuity and skill, exactly what was needed for this one-bedroom gut in the Meatpacking District. When Axis Mundi was done, all that remained was the expansive arched window. Now one enters onto a pristine white-walled loft warmed by new zebrano plank floors. 

Light-Filled Duplex, New York

Packing a lot of function into a small space requires ingenuity and skill, exactly what was needed for this one-bedroom gut in the Meatpacking District. When Axis Mundi was done, all that remained was the expansive arched window. Now one enters onto a pristine white-walled loft warmed by new zebrano plank floors. A new powder room and kitchen are at right. On the left, the lean profile of a folded steel stair cantilevered off the wall allows access to the bedroom above without eating up valuable floor space. Beyond, a living room basks in ample natural light. To allow that light to penetrate to the darkest corners of the bedroom, while also affording the owner privacy, the façade of the master bath, as well as the railing at the edge of the mezzanine space, are sandblasted glass. Finally, colorful furnishings, accessories and photography animate the simply articulated architectural envelope.

Project Team: John Beckmann, Nick Messerlian and Richard Rosenbloom
Photographer: Mikiko Kikuyama
Contractor: Vered
© Axis Mundi Design LLC.

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Sky High


Sky High Penthouse, Chicago

Sky High Penthouse is a recently completed project in the Windy City for a neurosurgeon, with a mind blowing painting by Florian Süssmayr.

Sky High


Sky High Penthouse, Chicago

Sky High Penthouse is a recently completed project in the Windy City for a neurosurgeon, with a mind blowing painting by Florian Süssmayr.

Sky High Penthouse, Chicago

Sky High Penthouse is a recently completed project in the Windy City for a neurosurgeon, with a mind blowing painting by Florian Süssmayr. 

Design Team: John Beckmann and Nick Messerlian
Photography: Chris Bradley
Size: 1650 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Grand Army Plaza


It wasn’t necessary to overthink things when Axis Mundi designed interiors for an apartment at Brooklyn’s glass-sheathed 1 Grand Army Plaza, the luxury building by Richard Meier already endowed with all the “starchitect” bells and whistles, as well as drop-dead stunning views of Brooklyn, the harbor and Prospect Park. 

Grand Army Plaza


It wasn’t necessary to overthink things when Axis Mundi designed interiors for an apartment at Brooklyn’s glass-sheathed 1 Grand Army Plaza, the luxury building by Richard Meier already endowed with all the “starchitect” bells and whistles, as well as drop-dead stunning views of Brooklyn, the harbor and Prospect Park. 

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York

It wasn’t necessary to overthink things when Axis Mundi designed interiors for an apartment at Brooklyn’s glass-sheathed 1 Grand Army Plaza, the luxury building by Richard Meier already endowed with all the “starchitect” bells and whistles, as well as drop-dead stunning views of Brooklyn, the harbor and Prospect Park. What did require considerable aptitude was to strike the right balance between respect for these assets, particularly the panoramas, and livability. The all-white scheme doesn’t just complement Meier’s own aesthetic devotion to this purest of pure hues; it serves as a cool backdrop for the views, affording comfortable vantage points from which to enjoy them, yet not drawing attention away from the splendors of one of the world’s most distinctive boroughs. Sleek, low-lying Italian seating avoids distracting interruptions on the horizon line. But minimal color accents and pattern also sidestep what could have been a potentially antiseptic environment, making it tactile, human and luxurious.

Design Team: John Beckmann, Richard Rosenbloom and Nick Messerlian
Vintage photography courtesy of the Ubu Gallery, New York
Photography: Adriana Buffi and Fran Parente
Size: 2200 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Wall Street Studios


Good design must reflect the personality of the client. So when siblings purchased studios in Downtown by Philippe Starck, one of the first buildings to herald the revitalization of Manhattan’s Financial District, the aim was to create environments that were truly bespoke. The brother’s tastes jibed synchronously with the insouciant idea of France’s most popular prankster converting a building that once housed the buttoned-up offices of JP Morgan Chase. His collection of Takashi Murakami works, the gallery-like centerpiece of the main area, announces his boldness and flair up front, as do furnishings by Droog, Moooi and, of course Starck, as well as hide rugs and upholstery, and a predominantly red palette. 

Wall Street Studios


Good design must reflect the personality of the client. So when siblings purchased studios in Downtown by Philippe Starck, one of the first buildings to herald the revitalization of Manhattan’s Financial District, the aim was to create environments that were truly bespoke. The brother’s tastes jibed synchronously with the insouciant idea of France’s most popular prankster converting a building that once housed the buttoned-up offices of JP Morgan Chase. His collection of Takashi Murakami works, the gallery-like centerpiece of the main area, announces his boldness and flair up front, as do furnishings by Droog, Moooi and, of course Starck, as well as hide rugs and upholstery, and a predominantly red palette. 

Wall Street 2x, New York

Good design must reflect the personality of the client. So when siblings purchased studios in Downtown by Philippe Starck, one of the first buildings to herald the revitalization of Manhattan’s Financial District, the aim was to create environments that were truly bespoke. The brother’s tastes jibed synchronously with the insouciant idea of France’s most popular prankster converting a building that once housed the buttoned-up offices of JP Morgan Chase. His collection of Takashi Murakami works, the gallery-like centerpiece of the main area, announces his boldness and flair up front, as do furnishings by Droog, Moooi and, of course Starck, as well as hide rugs and upholstery, and a predominantly red palette. His sister was after something soothing and discreet. So Axis Mundi responded with a neutrals and used glass to carve out a bedroom surrounded by drapes that transform it into a golden cocoon. Hide (albeit less flamboyantly applied) evokes a familial commonality, and built-in furniture and cabinetry optimize space restrictions inherent in studio apartments.

 

Design Team: John Beckmann, with Richard Rosenbloom
Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Combined Apartment


When marrying two Upper West Side apartments to accommodate a growing family’s needs, the team at Axis Mundi was faced with a conundrum: how to distinctly delineate public and private spaces without sacrificing the greater openness conferred by the expansion. So they limned that line with a six-foot square sliding glass door, which enables parents to block out the sounds of rambunctious youth emanating from private quarters, while also shielding sleeping children from the later night activities of their parents—all of it without obscuring light or affecting the impression of open-plan living. 

Combined Apartment


When marrying two Upper West Side apartments to accommodate a growing family’s needs, the team at Axis Mundi was faced with a conundrum: how to distinctly delineate public and private spaces without sacrificing the greater openness conferred by the expansion. So they limned that line with a six-foot square sliding glass door, which enables parents to block out the sounds of rambunctious youth emanating from private quarters, while also shielding sleeping children from the later night activities of their parents—all of it without obscuring light or affecting the impression of open-plan living. 

Combined Apartment, UES, New York

When marrying two Upper West Side apartments to accommodate a growing family’s needs, the team at Axis Mundi was faced with a conundrum: how to distinctly delineate public and private spaces without sacrificing the greater openness conferred by the expansion. So they limned that line with a six-foot square sliding glass door, which enables parents to block out the sounds of rambunctious youth emanating from private quarters, while also shielding sleeping children from the later night activities of their parents—all of it without obscuring light or affecting the impression of open-plan living. Continuity of materials—hand-scraped walnut plank floors, a custom bamboo veneer kitchen and living room shelving—enhances the sense of sweeping, loft-like spaces. Materials also create intriguing textural contrasts, as in a powder room where a high-tech glass sink and black stainless steel penny tile is softened by a leather door with contrast stitching one must open to enter the space.

Highlights: A pair of Gio Ponti lounge chairs, black glass rock tables and a William Yeoward area rug from the Rug Company (living room), sliding glass shower door from Magnum in the master bath.

Design Team: John Beckmann, Richard Rosenbloom and Nick Messerlian
Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama
Contractor: Steve Smith
Size: 2000 sf
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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Upper East Side Duplex


When the Gimbels department store chain closed in 1986, many of its selling floors were converted into luxury apartments, including those of this branch at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. The retailer’s soaring ceilings allowed Axis Mundi to create bedroom mezzanine spaces overlooking the living and dining rooms. Defining them with translucent glass welcomed natural light while retaining privacy. 

Upper East Side Duplex


When the Gimbels department store chain closed in 1986, many of its selling floors were converted into luxury apartments, including those of this branch at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. The retailer’s soaring ceilings allowed Axis Mundi to create bedroom mezzanine spaces overlooking the living and dining rooms. Defining them with translucent glass welcomed natural light while retaining privacy. 

UES Duplex, New York
 

When the Gimbels department store chain closed in 1986, many of its selling floors were converted into luxury apartments, including those of this branch at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. The retailer’s soaring ceilings allowed Axis Mundi to create bedroom mezzanine spaces overlooking the living and dining rooms. Defining them with translucent glass welcomed natural light while retaining privacy. Downstairs, spaces bleed one into another, their basic monochromatic black-and-white palette acting as a unifying leitmotif. Yet each space feels distinct, with its own programmatic purpose, a feat largely achieved by varying floor and wall treatments—a graphic tile pattern in the entry, a red wall in the hall leading to the master suite, a colorful area rug in the living room. In the retailer’s heyday, the then-common saying, “Would Macy’s tell Gimbels?” implied the strategies the competitors kept from each other to gain the upper hand. Here, a structure iconic in its day also conceals something: a handsome, wholly contemporary repurposing that represents just the sort of innovation that made Gimbels the celebrated name that it was.

Project Team: John Beckmann, Nick Messerlian and Richard Rosenbloom
Kitchen by Minimal USA
Photography: Federica Carlet
Contractor: James Sappho
© Axis Mundi Design LLC.

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Upper West Side Duplex


Never judge a book by its cover they say. Axis Mundi takes that adage seriously. The circa 1920s facades of these townhouses by Percy Griffin may read neo-Georgian. But behind the door of this particular residence, glass and oak are paired to impart a warm contemporary aesthetic that better showcases the client’s collections of art by Andy Warhol, Arman, Robert Longo, Alex Katz and Lucio Fontana, and furniture by modernist icons Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Roland Rainer. 

Upper West Side Duplex


Never judge a book by its cover they say. Axis Mundi takes that adage seriously. The circa 1920s facades of these townhouses by Percy Griffin may read neo-Georgian. But behind the door of this particular residence, glass and oak are paired to impart a warm contemporary aesthetic that better showcases the client’s collections of art by Andy Warhol, Arman, Robert Longo, Alex Katz and Lucio Fontana, and furniture by modernist icons Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Roland Rainer. 

Upper West Side Duplex, New York

Never judge a book by its cover they say. Axis Mundi takes that adage seriously. The circa 1920s facades of these townhouses by Percy Griffin may read neo-Georgian. But behind the door of this particular residence, glass and oak are paired to impart a warm contemporary aesthetic that better showcases the client’s collections of art by Andy Warhol, Arman, Robert Longo, Alex Katz and Lucio Fontana, and furniture by modernist icons Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Roland Rainer. Axis Mundi gutted the genteel, compartmentalized (read: dark) inner scheme, blowing it wide open to impart a new loft-like interior architecture outfitted with an exposed oak-and-Caesarstone kitchen and plenty of integrated, clutter-concealing custom storage along many walls. The glass—sandblasted on Poliform doors and a main-floor bridge, then descending in transparent railings along a new oak staircase to a garden level—invite light in and encourage it to ricochet freely throughout.

Project Team: John Beckmann and Richard Rosenbloom, with Nick Messerlian
Photography: Andrew Garn
Contractor: Cardinal Construction
© Axis Mundi Design LLC

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14th Street Apartment


For a young novelist, Axis Mundi provided some quick design response on how to recharge her Dining Area. We applied a bold color-field striped wallpaper, selected a carbon-fiber Moooi chandelier by Bertjan Pot, Tom Dixon felt chairs and an oval Eero Saarinen dining table.

14th Street Apartment


For a young novelist, Axis Mundi provided some quick design response on how to recharge her Dining Area. We applied a bold color-field striped wallpaper, selected a carbon-fiber Moooi chandelier by Bertjan Pot, Tom Dixon felt chairs and an oval Eero Saarinen dining table.

14th Street Apartment, New York

For a young novelist, Axis Mundi provided some quick design response on how to recharge her Dining Area. We applied a bold color-field striped wallpaper, selected a carbon-fiber Moooi chandelier by Bertjan Pot, Tom Dixon felt chairs and an oval Eero Saarinen dining table.

Design: John Beckmann
© Axis Mundi Design LLC