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At Home with Architect Michael Graves

A run-down Princeton warehouse, transformed by Michael Graves into his own elegant home

Written by Amy Elbert
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  • John Bessler

    Chairs by fireplace (designed by Michael Graves); fabric (silk); table between chairs (19th-century Grand Tour); round pedestal table (Biedermeier, c. 1830); wooden wing-style chair (Biedermeier, c. 1830); round table beside wooden chair (19th-century Grand Tour); stool beside blue chair (19th-century Grand Tour); chest beside stool (Biedermeier, c. 1830); drapery (linen, designed by Michael Graves); rug (cashmere, early 20th-century); fireplace wall (faux marble, painted by Michael Graves); sculpture on mantel (19th-century Grand Tour); vases (Wedgwood): owner's collection.
    Fabric on wooden chairs (horsehair): Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186. Paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667. 

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    Chair (by Wiener Werkstatte); fabric (antique blue mohair); stand for bust (antique); bust (19th-century Grand Tour); painting in niche (copy of Claude Lorraine's Pastoral Landscape with a Flight into Egypt); area rug (antique): owner's collection.
    Commode (Biedermeier,c. 1830): Schlapka, schlapka.de. Light over painting: Visual Comfort & Co., 713/686-5999. Available through Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com .

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    Bookcases (faux birdseye maple painting on PVC pipe and MDF shelves, designed by Michael Graves); bookcase ladder (antique); book stand (antique); rugs (antique prayer rugs); round etching (antique): owner's collection. Paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler

    Pedestal table (Bedermeier, c.1830); chairs (antique, Klismos); painting (Grand Tour copy of Aurora, by Guido Reni); framed drawing on table (Anonymous); vase on table (19th-century Grand Tour); carpet runner (antique); wood columns (custom, designed by Michael Graves): owner's collection.
    Armoire in niche (Biedermeier, c. 1830): Niall Smith Antiques, 212/750-3985. Frieze to left of painting (from Day and Night, by Bertel Thorvaldsen): Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen, thorvaldsensmuseum.dk.

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    Table (designed by Michael Graves): Michael Graves & Assoc., 800/927-6409, michaelgraves.com.
    Chairs (antique); pedestal (designed by Michael Graves); bust on pedestal (antique, 19th-century, Grand Tour); area rug (modern, Turkish); running bond pattern walls (material is MDF, designed by Michael Graves); built-in bookcases (designed by Michael Graves): owner's collection.
    Chair-seat fabric: Spinneybeck Leather, spinneybeck.com.

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    Table (antique, American Regency); chairs (assorted, Biedermeier, c. 1820); striped chair-seat fabric (antique); candlesticks on table (Grand Tour antiques); area rug (designed by Michael Graves); windows and doors (some are English doors by Crittall): owner's collection.
    Frieze over fireplace: Giust Gallery, 781/933-2455, giustgallery.com.
    Leather chair-seat fabric: Spinneybeck Leather, spinneybeck.com.
    Windows and doors: some are by Hope's of New York, hopeswindows.com.
    Wall paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Candle sconce (designed by Michael Graves, originally fabricated by Francoise Guillemin): currently produced by Baldinger Lighting, 888/481-7631, baldinger.com.

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    Pedestal sink (antique); mirror (designed by Michael Graves): flooring (Verona marble): owner's collection.
    Faucets: Czech & Speake, czechandspeake.com.
    Sconces (Michael Graves for Baldinger Lighting): Baldinger Lighting, 888/481-7631, baldinger.com.
    Paint: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Cabinetry (designed by Michael Graves); ceiling lights (designed by Michael Graves); flooring (concrete, hand-tinted, designed by Michael Graves); island table; stools at island (piano stools); countertop (marble); wooden tray with canisters (designed by Michael Graves for Target); white canisters (designed by Michael Graves for Target); toaster (designed by Michael Graves for Target); coffee maker (designed by Michael Graves for Target); coffee cup and saucer (designed by Michael Graves and manufactured by Tiffany); ceramic vase (designed by Michael Graves for Alessi): owner's collection.
    Cabinetry finish: Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Cabinetry pulls and hardware: Merit Metal Products, 215/343-2500, meritmetal.com. Sink: Elkay, elkay.com.
    Faucets: Chicago Faucets, 847/803-5000, chicagofaucets.com.
    Dishwasher: Miele, 800/843-7231, mieleusa.com.

  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler

    Wooden table (Biedermeier, c.1830); chair with curved wooden arms (19th-century French); piano stool (antique); carpet (designed by Michael Graves); table lamp (antique); art (Anonymous, 19th-century Italian); stand for sculpture (designed by Michael Graves); sculpture (19th-century Grand Tour): owner's collection.

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    Chaise (by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand); striped throw (antique); bureau (Biedermeier, c.1830): owner's collection.

  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler
  • John Bessler
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