A 5 Year-Renovation Turned This Upper East Side Townhouse Into A Sophisticated Oasis

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Editor’s Note: Michelle Bergeron has been designing interiors, clothes, furniture, art, and just about anything she could fashion with her two hands since she can remember. Being of French and Japanese descent, Michelle spent her childhood between the U.S., Europe and Asia, surrounded by an array of exotic art, architecture and a constant mix of cultures and aesthetics. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Boston University and went on to continue post-graduate studies at both The Fashion Institute of Technology and The New York School of Interior Design in New York City. Here, Haute Design caught up with the designer who dishes on her latest project situated in the heart of the Upper East Side. 

Photo credit: Jonathon Beckerman

Purchased in 2010, this single-family landmarked home had been in the same family and had remained virtually untouched for 60 years. Just steps from Fifth Avenue and on one of the most bucolic blocks in the storied Carnegie Hill neighborhood, it would take a full gut renovation to breathe new life into this structure. Interior designer Michelle Bergeron, Hottenroth and Joseph Architects, and Autun Construction left only the facade, to essentially stand guard over the 5-year renovation that ensued.

Every custom finish inside was designed specifically for the project by Ms. Bergeron. The hand-forged bronze elliptical stair, door hardware, crushed-pearl Venetian plaster, bronze door designs, cerused and ebony chevron floor all speak to her unrelenting quest to execute the most luxurious details possible and the importance of handwork in all of her projects. She and her design business partner Laszlo Buonatalenti paneled the entire entry with shagreen and faux ivory walls, along with a cerused oak library, 24K gold paneled shagreen powder room and a hand water-colored office.

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