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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
  • The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]

    This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.