Gardiner Residence

Gardiner, NY | Our client, who had a career as the image acquisitions and permissions specialist at the MET and has an extensive art collection, was fully aware the Toll Brothers house she bought was a McMansion. The advantages of the house were abundant natural light, high walls and ceilings with space for art, room for guests, views of the Shawangunks, and a yard for her King Charles spaniel. The goal was to transform the interior from a confused classical medley to a transitional style, and to conceptually re-present the exterior, playing against the “Georgian” brick front and vinyl sides and rear. The former was done primarily by simplifying the circulation, cabinetry, and trim; the latter was done by modeling three alternative presentations: camouflage (razzle-dazzle), covering (Louis Vuitton), and disappearing (reflective mylar). These images form a tryptic hung in the entry hall.