I Heart Julian Schnabel
I love everything that Julian Schnabel’s amazing creativity produces! Plates on a canvas…Genius! Basquiat and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly…Brilliant! Gramercy Park Hotel and a pink palazzo…Stupendous! Alright, you may think I have lost my mind for liking a pink palazzo plopped on top of an old factory and most of New York does too but it’s truly a work of art. As much respect as I have for all the famous architects building now, I’m quite franky tired of big glass boxes. They lack a soul but Julian Schnabel’s new building in the West Village has soul and style to spare.
Schnabel says he was influenced by a visit he took to the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua Italy and the Giotto frescoes inside but also by American architects Addison Mizner and Stanford White which is why there are Moorish, Turkish and Venetian motifs throughout.
The building houses five residences including his own which is the perfect backdrop for not only Schnabel’s own art but his amazing collection of art by Luigi Ontani, Francis Picabia, Cy Twombly, and Man Ray.
In the bedroom hangs Picasso’s Femme au Chapeau, and I bet we can be assured that the bed is dressed in linens from his Schabel’s wife Olatz‘s own line. She also designs the pajamas that her husband is famous for wearing around town and the building was named Palazzo Chupi after her nickname.
It’s fun to go back and look at Schnabel’s designs for the Gramercy Park Hotel after looking at his home because they both have share a similar design aesthetic from the wood beamed ceiling to the black and white floor tiles that are the same in the hotel lobby and in his bedroom.
Julian Schnabel’s Blue Japanese Painting No. 3 hangs in the Jade Bar which not only boasts Jade colored walls but blue velvet seats and more dramtic red drapes. Each room is like a little jewel box and this one also includes a Jean-Michel Basquiat diptych above the salmon colored niche.