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

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

2 19th-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.”)

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

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

5 English oak dining table, Conran Shop

6 Eames plastic side chairs, eBay

7 Coming 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.

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

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

10 Cane chair, Tubbs of Wallingford

11 Moroccan rug from souk, Marrakech

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