Ahmad AbouZanat Plays with Texture for an Artful NoMad Apartment

Mathieu Lehanneur’s 50 Seas ceramic discs, representing various seas at noon, hangs in the master bedroom above a custom-finished Holly Hunt bed with pillows from ALT for Living and lamps by Liaigre. Photography by Douglas Friedman.

An international couple wanted a space in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood that would show off their art collection in a setting that felt more like a home than a white-box of a gallery. 

The answer? Texture, explains Ahmad AbouZanat, “For this project in particular, a space where the simplicity of the main functional furniture is key,” he says, “I pushed my clients to acquire styling pieces that are both textural and sculptural.” The 1,800-square-foot space includes details like a softly gridded Erden rug underneath a dining table that was the first piece the client bought together as a couple, crowned with an Apparatus Studio vessel and candlesticks by William Guillon.

The neutral palette offers lots of room for the jetsetters to sit and breathe, and moments for the eye to rest between close looks at the art collection, arranged to accentuate their surfaces and patina. “Even the main artwork is textural,” he says, “which just brings the space to life.”

The kitchen boasts cabinetry by Blum and a Dornbracht sink and faucet, along with DWR bartools and a backsplash and countertop in slabs of Nero Marquina. Photography by Douglas Friedman.
Work by Luis Alberto Alvarez Lopez hangs on a wall near the Bertazzoni ovens and range, and Miele hood. Photography by Douglas Friedman.
In the living area, an AlexAllen Studio floor lamp arches over a Holly Hunt sofa, while an Apparatus Studio coffee table sits upon an Erden rug by Liaigre. Photography by Douglas Friedman.
Tom Corbin’s brass sculptures stand next to a dining table illuminated by a Lindsey Adelman chandelier and chairs by Gabriel ScottPhotography by Douglas Friedman.
The minimalist bathroom offers a tub, sink, and fittings by WetstylePhotography by Douglas Friedman.

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