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life interest that goes into this a p a r t m e n t , " S u m m e r s s a y s . F u r n i s h i n g s a n d d e c o r a t i v e objects with significant meaning to the client have places of honor, including a late-19th-century desk that takes center stage in the library. "It's unusual to have an antique desk in the middle of a contemporary apartment, but it was his father's desk," Summers says. In the dining room, an antique silver tea service that belonged to his late wife creates a stylistic juxtaposition beneath an Agnes Martin artwork, with its delicate pencil lines and soft bands of color. The tea service rests on a console handmade in Paris by cabinetmakers Ludwig & Dominique, who also made the dining table. Both are exquisite in their construction and materials, including marquetry made with p r e h i s t o r i c o a k a n d b r o n z e bases. "They do all the historical restoration at the Louvre," Summers says. "I had fun visiting with them, going to Paris and picking out the veneers. We've worked with them on several projects." Such a museum-worthy art collection requires equally notable furnishings. In the entryway, a chest made by one of the world's greatest living furniture designers, Gareth Neal, bumps elbows with eight Cy Twombly lithographs and a Mark Rothko oil on paper. Summers f i r s t d i s c o v e re d t h e L o n d o n designer's work at the Victoria & Albert Museum and tracked him down at his studio. The chest is a contemporary reinterpretation of a 1780s George III commode with unusual rectilinear cuts made with a computer-controlled routing machine and hand-carving techniques. A similar chest is in the permanent furniture collection of the V&A. Among Summers' favorite furnishings is a pair of limited- edition marble consoles by French designer Hervé Langlais, which she found at Galerie Negropontes in Paris. Colorful sculptures by Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, and Alexander Calder are hung in acrylic boxes above the consoles, creating a push-pull of angles and textures that she loves. Other furniture includes vintage and new pieces by Ward Bennett, Christian Liaigre, LaVerne, Josef Frank, KGBL, and Pinto Paris. "The client was instrumental in choosing and Agnes Martin's Untitled #15 in the dining room. Console and table by Ludwig & Dominique, Paris. The silver tea service belonged to the homeowner's late wife. Vintage Mattaliano chairs. Alfredo Salvatori marble light fixture. 150

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