Working closely with their clients who had owned this traditional, south of the highway house since the early 1990's, Fox-Nahem completely repurposed the space for their current lives as empty nesters. What had been intended as a refresh quickly morphed into a rebuild, so that an inadequate Family Room, a too-tight Master Suite and outdated Kitchen were re-imagined for their needs today.
A young, dynamic family with a significant contemporary art collection and very traditional furniture, approached FN to update the interiors of their expansive, classic Greenwich home to more accurately reflect their current tastes. No corner of this 10,000 square foot home was left untouched. Seamlessly combining refined vintage pieces, bespoke designs, and commissioned artisan pieces FN deftly created a highly personal environment characterized by elegance, timelessness and a dash of whimsy. In the end, FN struck a harmonious balance between art and interiors.
Park Avenue Duplex
Working on an 8000 sq ft duplex in one of New York City’s most venerated and legendary Park Avenue buildings, FN was put to the ultimate test by completing a total gut renovation including decorating and furnishing, within only 5 months. The clients, a young family with a major modern art collection, had worked with FN on several previous projects.
Amagansett Beach House
Collaborating with a growing young family on their fourth project together, FN managed to transform a ho-hum, standard spec-house on Long Island’s East End and give it personality and wit, including a redesigned kitchen and bathrooms as well as an expanded living room and master suite. In addition to the architectural overhaul (assisted by Alveary Architecture), FN designed much of the upholstery and complemented the spaces with unusual vintage pieces from Sweden, Brazil and the US. With very busy lifestyles, the clients asked FN to complete the project by finding art pieces, linens, dishes, flatware and turn over a total “turn-key” completed home.
For a NYC full floor apartment owned by a second time client, FN took a very “vanilla” undistinguished space and enhanced it by adding layers of architectural and finish detail. Plaster wall finishes, fluted walnut paneling, and new bathrooms were complemented by custom designed and found vintage pieces, eliminating whatever generic, spec-apartment quality was originally there.
Featured in Interior Design February '08
In this loft apartment in New York City’s Tribeca, Fox-Nahem was able to add some dimension and texture to the existing architecture to compliment the soaring ceiling heights and open city views. Incorporating custom designed and found pieces of furniture added personality and individuality to this newly built space.
Featured in Interior Design September '06
Joe Nahem knows a thing or two about decorating in the fast lane. More than two decades of experience have taught him that getting it fast and getting it right need not be mutually exclusive. The Pittsburgh home he renovated for long time clients Bill and Debbie Demchak – a project completed in six months–is a persuasive case study in the art of on-time delivery.
Featured in House & Garden, June '05
Located in a new Chelsea high-rise, this two-story apartment offers generous proportions rarely seen in postwar construction. The designers were involved in all aspects of the new construction including window selections, specifying all plaster walls, kitchen design, bathrooms, floating fireplace, custom designed bronze and leather bar.
This interior epitomizes subtlety, with an abundance of refined details – from the silver-plate doorknobs, carved-oak doors and waxed-plaster walls to the curves of the exquisite French '40s and '50s furniture.
Featured on the cover of Elle Décor, Feb/March '04
Southampton Beach House
With a 10 week deadline, Fox-Nahem renovated and completely decorated a 1980s beach house including 7 new bathrooms and an entire new master suite.
In addition to the renovation and furnishing, Fox-Nahem also helped to choose accessories, tableware, linens, pots and even pool toys for the kids making the house equally suitable for active family life as well as large-scale entertaining.
Featured in Elle Décor, June/July '04
Stanford White Townhouse
Working closely with the owners, Fox-Nahem turned this imperial, six-story structure, originally designed by architect Stanford White in 1904, into an intimate home, preserving extant details – like the stairwell balustrade – and re-creating the ones that had not survived. In addition to the historically faithful reconstruction brought back to its original glory, the house retains an intimate feel; it is gracious without being grand.
Featured in Elle Décor, May '01
Originally designed by famed builder Paul Starrett (Empire State Building), had a seigniorial air in keeping with Starrett’s era but the interior lacked warmth and grace.
While preserving the pristine 1920s stonework and masonry, Fox-Nahem gave the house a relaxed, edgy brightness. They created sumptuous bedrooms, inviting sitting nooks and playrooms. But for all the spectacular art and grand proportions of the place, this is a family’s home – one that actually feels cozy and durable.
Fox-Nahem carried out the complete renovation and redesign of this New York City townhouse. At the owners’ request, the designers created traditional interiors, choosing English and Swedish period pieces, but gave them a crisper and cleaner edge.
In order to brighten the windowless dining room, they custom-designed a frosted glass and wood wall that lets in light from the kitchen without compromising the privacy of the room. For this couple who likes to cook and entertain, Fox-Nahem designed a compact yet highly practical kitchen which perfectly matches the clients’ lifestyle.
Featured in NY Spaces, April '08 and Robb Report Nov '08
NYC Corporate Offices
Located in a newly erected building in Manhattan, this space is home to the corporate offices of a New York family-run real-estate and development company.
With a slick and functional design, the public areas and workspaces are a reflection of the company’s culture while the more personal look of the principals’ offices was tailored to meet the clients’ specific needs and tastes.