Perfect Worlds: Buch Haus

We brought together five spaces—singularly, passionately thought out environments, in which the owner's preoccupation comes before the furnishings. In each case, the chairs and tables are designed to complement the passion, whether it is 600 works of art, chimps and apes, Hesse and minimalism, tele-vision and a view, or tumbleweed and Sardinian seaweed balls. It looks as though we entered in secret and left without a trace. The people were there, breathing heavily that we not disturb the order of their world.

Combined Studios in Renovated 1909 Terra-Cotta Office Building
Financial District
900 square feet

"When I moved in, the deal was, I don't bring any of my tchotchkes. Wherever I traveled, I have original masks, fabrics. The one thing I insisted on—my German books. I am from Austria. Mark is a minimalist."
photo: Brian Kennedy

Daniela Stallinger: Photographer
Mark Naden: Architect, TODA, The Office of Design and Architecture 250 West Broadway

1Eames LCW plywood chair, flea market, Sixth Avenue and 25th Street. ("We know it's real because it's in such bad condition.")

219th-century Biedermeier chair from Daniela's family. ("They don't even know I took off the fabric. I got new fabric from Dominique Picquier's store in Paris, in the Marais.")

3Black corduroy sofa, custom cover, Conran Shop, 415 East 59th Street

4Office-grade sun shades, MechoShade, Contour Drapery, 240 West 37th Street

5English oak dining table, Conran Shop

6Eames plastic side chairs, eBay

7Coming soon: rolling stainless steel bookcases, 20 inches by 10 feet (will also serve to curtain the windows because "Mark doesn't like decoration.") Custom made, Bowery Restaurant Supply, 183 Bowery. Wheels and tracking hardware, Häfele America, 60 Madison Avenue.

8Butterfly chair, "original that can'tfold up," flea market. Leather cover made in Austria by men who make lederhosen.

9Aluminum Tolomeo wall mounted lamp, Artemide, 46 Greene Street

10Cane chair, Tubbs of Wallingford

11Moroccan rug from souk, Marrakech

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