Known as a decorator with the eye of a gallerist, Kelly Behun has curated a collection of art from the world’s leading galleries, including works by both known and emerging talents such as Helen Frankenthaler, the Haas Brothers, Dean Levin and David Choe.
Everything, including the apartment itself, will be shoppable. This is a first for Artsy whose works are only viewed online or in a gallery, but can now been seen in a living space. “My inspiration was to create a mix of art and design from which to enjoy one of the most iconic New York apartments you will ever see” said Kelly.
In addition to the artwork, Kelly has enlisted many of city’s most exciting designers to create a quintessentially New York space. Several of the custom features include Kelly Behun Studio coffee tables, lighting arrangements by Apparatus, Calico wallpaper, carved wood panels by Enkeboll and a plastered wall by Callidus Guild.
Yolande Batteau, founder of Callidus Guild, was commissioned to create a unique plaster installation for the fireplace wall with luxurious 24 karat gold accents. Yolande is a Sorbonne trained artist with an extensive knowledge of old world materials and techniques. Together, she and Kelly worked to deconstruct a historic Art Deco pattern and, through the technique of hand incising directly on the plaster, this pattern came to life on an entire wall in the living room.
Kelly loves to design furniture that responds to a given site and there are a number of custom pieces in the apartment. Her favorite is the custom bed made for the master bedroom. Featuring an upholstered headboard that runs the entire length of the 20ft wall, it incorporates a series of channel tufted geometric designs that were inspired by minimalist artist Frank Stella.
The apartment at 432 Park Avenue can be viewed by appointment only and guests who visit the space can peruse the artworks on an iPad provided by Artsy.