Project Runway finalist Kenley Collins was spotted sassing off again recently...well maybe not, but she was definitely seen hobnobbing with the fabulous editor of Harper's Bazaar, Glenda Bailey, at the debut of designer David Collins's residential collection, The Charles. Canapes by Gordon Ramsay and wine by award-winning Sommelier Jean-Luc Le Du were served in the London Penthouse of The London NYC; glitterati in attendance included Rachel Roy, Olivia Chantecaille, Oluchi Orlandi, Thom Filicia, Holly Dunlap, and Robert Verdi.
"I wanted to recreate some of the more individual approaches to private houses, mixing colors with a more European sensibility, which I think is right for the Upper East Side," explains Collins (at right with Thom Felicia) about his designs for the 45 full & half-floor homes located on the 35 floors of The Charles (72nd Street & First Avenue in NYC) - which are essentially apartments with the characteristics and attractions of a fabulous private residence.
As opposed to typical color schemes involving cream and brown that approximate either an Old English or Mid-Century look, Collins chose a more modern palette of grays, blues, off-whites, and accents of colors. "I found the challenge of designing for a condo with multiple units different in many respects to designing a single apartment for a private client."
"With The Charles in particular, however, I have been able to take my experience of designing high end houses and apartments for private clients, and draw on my skills and experience over the years to create something that is quite different," continues Collins. "This is a residence and therefore the colors and materials that are used are to be a backdrop to enhance rather than conflict with the new owners' individual tastes."
For more info on The Charles, check out TheCharlesNY.com.
- Lesley Scott
(all photos by Patrick McMullan)
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