October 8, 2017
Patrik Lönn Designs a Model Residence in Robert A.M. Stern's 20 East End Avenue
Patrik Lönn has brought his modern yet sophisticated aesthetic to the sprawling, 2,765-square-foot three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bathroom home.
by New York Spaces photographer Evan Joseph
Patrik Lönn: 20 East End Avenue is a boutique amenity-rich condominium designed inside and out by world-renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Envisioned with the utmost attention to details and grand proportions, 20 East End Avenue offers an unparalleled residential experience on the Upper East Side with a design concept that embodies a modern interpretation of classic pre-war architecture.
20 East End Avenue will offer residents a number of club-inspired amenities including a library featuring a book collection on the history of New York personally curated by Mr. Stern; an elegant billiards room with privately keyed cordial lockers for each residence; a private game room; and an approximately 8000-bottle capacity wine cellar featuring a private dining room with vaulted ceilings, an adjacent butler's pantry as well as temperature and humidity controlled wine armoires available for purchase. The building is one of only a handful in New York City with a gated porte-cochère entrance and motor court, an extremely rare and coveted amenity that offers residents a discreet and private arrival to the building.
NYS: What most do you identify with in terms of Robert A.M. Stern's designs style?
Patrik Lönn: Modern Classicism is the design language used in 20 East End Avenue and seen through the
architectural elements used by Robert A.M. Stern. That aesthetic is exactly what my design language adheres to—simple, clean and refined design with a reference to classical elements with modern amenities. The rooms have a natural flow where symmetry is important—spaces made for modern living.
NYS: How did you get tapped to design the model residences and what most intrigued you about the project?
Patrik Lönn: My firm has collaborated with Corigin Real Estate Group for nearly 10 years. I have been involved with several of their projects and when 20 East End Avenue came up it was a natural fit. It was an honor and very intriguing to be a part of such a boutique building designed by one of New York City's master architects. Model residences are good vehicles and an important opportunity to show my design style to a larger audience. The most intriguing aspect was designing a cohesive space to merry with the gorgeous architecture that would be timeless, understated and to best show the potential living space in the building.
NYS: What was your approach to the design of the model residence? Where did you start?
Patrik Lönn: I started my design adhering to the concept of creating a space appropriate for the building, location and the potential buyers. It was important to keep the design subtle and luxurious. The first items I start with are larger items such as rugs, sofas and beds with rich, soft and textured materials. There are several meetings with the marketing firm and the developers to define the target group. Once a concept and the parameters are defined it all comes together like poetry.
NYS: Tell us about your own design practice. How would you describe your aesthetic and approach to both residential and commercial residences?
Patrik Lönn: I design around the idea of modern classicism with an unexpected twist and with a focus on art, accessories and sculpture to make my understated interiors exciting and harmonious. I use refreshing yet subtle colors, textures and patterns to appeal to any audience where the people in the space would take the center stage. I design residential and commercial residences very similarly. They are both catering to the client or buyers needs yet adhering to my precise design language of luxury without conjuring opulence.
NYS: What design tricks did you employ to make the residences feel spacious, and light and airy?
Patrik Lönn: I use light colors without chroma for a fresh and spacious look. High gloss lacquered walls, intriguing glossy wallpapers and well-executed window treatments inspired by haute couture gowns were used to enhance the large-scale rooms. In this particular model, I used white sheers to allow light to flow through the joined dining and living room for example. Using floor to ceiling length draperies make a grand statement and help windows to appear larger.
NYS: What amenities are showcased in the model residences?
Patrik Lönn: The sitting area in the kitchen is my favorite amenity. The kitchens are spacious enough to play around with options for seating and small dining. Other amenities showcased are the high ceilings and marble work in the bathrooms that are exquisitely executed.
NYS: Tell us about your choice of materials and fabrics throughout!
Patrik Lönn: I am a strong proponent of using textures in my interiors. I chose to do understated and elegant patterns, very light textural fabrics to enhance the idea of comfort and high quality materials such as shagreen, lacquer and stone.
NYS: How much will these residences go for and when do you expect them to be completely filled?
Patrik Lönn: Pricing for remaining available residences begins at $4,535,000 for two bedroom, two and a half bathroom homes, but this three bedroom, three and a half bathroom residence is listed for $6,575,000.
NYS: What are you working on now?
Patrik Lönn: I am currently working on a private clients residence in the building as well—a gorgeous five-bedroom apartment with two terraces. In Robert A.M. Sterns masterpiece at 30 Park Place I am designing a pied-a-terre for a client in Singapore. We are working on the final touches on a house in Palm Beach and a compound in Rhode Island and well as a full floor penthouse on Riverside Boulevard here in New York. I am excited to participate in the upcoming Holiday House in London opening in November.
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