A Mad Men-worthy Mel Smilow lounge chair swathed in cult-favorite Scalamandré fabric is front & center in fashion designer Peter Som’s New York City Apartment.
For Som, who despite constant travel has been a resident of the building for nearly 20 years, his home exemplifies an appreciation for a practical sort of minimalism. When the studio above his apartment became available, he bought it and enlisted New York City architects Jeffrey Cayle and Ian Colburn to create a plan that joined both, opening the space and improving the flow while maintaining the structure’s pre-war proportions. “I was inspired by clean lines, but with warmth,” says Som. “My interiors and fashion style are similar in that I try to achieve a balance of ease and elegance.”
It’s a sensibility no doubt honed over a stylish upbringing. The son of San Francisco-based architects, Som pairs iconic silhouettes and a penchant for understated sophistication throughout his home. “I grew up in a house full of Bauhaus and midcentury furniture, so having modern classics reminds me of my childhood.”