In Greenwich Village NY, we find the contemporary house of Rafael de Cárdenas, founder of “Architecture at Large” and top interior designer. The modern apartment brings back the elegance of the 80’s, with a nude color palette and a meticulous eye for details, finishes, furniture, and overall design. The neutral tones mean a great deal to Rafael, there’s a nostalgic value to it: “It is the color that reigned in the movies at that time,” he says.
“I was very impressed by the Giorgio Armani costumes worn by Richard Gere in the American Gigolo movie (1980) and the Gianfranco Ferré commercials printed in the magazines. The 1980s are often associated with bright colors, but elegance was represented by whitish, sand, light brown, raw and gray elements before it became fashionable in the 1990s”Rafael de Cárdenas
Rafael de Cárdenas has a long love story with interior design, and his projects are the perfect embodiment of that. From a early stage, the top interior designer decided that he wanted to change the industry.
This contemporary apartment in Greenwich Village in New York embodies Rafael de Cárdenas‘ flair, a monochromatic but still rich and gallery-like design. Thanks to the unique design details found in every corner, the interiors are far from being boring, there is visual interest in every corner, and every room feels almost like a museum. The contemporary apartment is indeed full of life!
“I did not want to leave them neutral, but rather create variations on different materials. This color can bring a lot of movement and sensuality (…) These references emerged naturally “Rafael de Cárdenas
Contemporary art and furniture elevate the quite neutral palette. There are details in every corner and the use of wallpaper and art installations make the Greenwich Residence an intimate gallery where one could only dream of living in. An amazing design inspiration!