“History is fresh new! Set that on a T-shirt!”
Michael Tomei was beaming when he logged on for our interview from his condominium in New York Metropolis. His genius for infusing contemporary interiors with furnishings with wealthy patina is obvious in his meticulously-created, 2,100-square-foot, two-bedroom loft that he shares with his spouse, Peter, and a rescue doggy named Huxley.
Gut renovating the space in a century-previous warehouse setting up in Manhattan’s NoHo district signaled a important equipment-change for Tomei, who applied to conceptualize shop displays and style shows for manufacturers like Calvin Klein, Balenciaga, and Lanvin. Opening Michael Vincent Structure in 2019 authorized him to commit his electrical power to rescuing previous properties and time-worn household furniture, and—not to mention—binge-view BBC time period films for inspiration. “If they have a powdered deal with and a wig on, or if the guys are prettier than gals, I’m in,” he jokes.
Tomei’s obsession for curiosities from a bygone era is tempered with an attentiveness to present-day concerns—including how to tastefully insert much more closet area. Each individual nook in the loft demonstrates his intuitive aptitude for seamless juxtapositions concerning previous and new objects: In the dining place, a heirloom mahogany desk from the 1920s is flanked by Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs. His grandmother’s chinoiserie cabinet shares the identical room as a Jean Prouvé lamp and a pair of handsome bean-shaped sofas from Studio Walrus. 1 exception is the 1990s minimalist reverie in the primary rest room. “It’s my John Pawson minute,” Tomei claims. “It reminds me of the Calvin Klein keep he created on Madison Avenue in the nineties.”
Getting a blank canvas to perform with was freeing, Tomei claims. “Moving from a conservative co-op setting up into this loft was a breath of fresh new air in terms of allowing and limitation method,” he suggests. “In my previous co-op it took eight months just to get the permit to start out my development. In this new apartment I shut on a Friday and begun demolition on Saturday!”
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Operating on the apartment also healed Tomei of the itch to continually redecorate, as he did with just about every vogue cycle in his previous vocation. “It’s sort of monumental for me,” he points out. “It’s the first room that I have designed for myself that I’m totally written content with.” His residence doubles as a studio and residing showroom for prospective clientele to experience his design sensibility in the flesh.
The experience of designing an entire house emboldened Tomei to just take on rescuing unloved properties in Long Island. He devoted a great deal of the pandemic 12 months to renovating a number of houses in Bellport, New York, which include an previous captain’s residence from the 1870s, an 1840s cottage, and a midcentury ranch. “Compared to a new develop, restoring a little something calls for a good deal much more care, effort and hard work and investigate, but I’m all about it,” he states.