Neal Caffrey’s edgy home

in art, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, furniture, kitchen, living room, movies  36 comments
Aug 9 2012
The White Collar cast; Tim Dekay, Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer and William Garson
The White Collar cast; Tim Dekay, Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer and William Garson

The White Collar cast; Tim Dekay, Tiffani Thiessen, Matt Bomer and William Garson

Shhh, don’t tell anyone but I happen to love the popular TV show White Collar (USANetwork). I could wax lyrical about the perfection that is Matt Bomer or the very lush Tiffani Thiessen and Hilarie Burton… but most of you frequent readers will know, I be here to yak about the gorgeous edgy rooftop apartment in June Ellington‘s NYC mansion!

The Mansion on the Corner

The Schinasi Mansion

The Schinasi Mansion, via here.

According to White Collar Lexicon, the mansion featured is actually the only privately-owned freestanding mansion in Manhattan. It is the Turkish tobacco baron Morris Schinasi Mansion built in 1909 by architect William Burnet Tuthill (the same who designed the Carnegie Hall). In 2006 it was listed for a whopping USD$31mil! Due to the real estate market in US, it had to be dropped to USD$15mil in Nov 2011. The four-storied Schinasi overlooks the Hudson River and has 18 rooms over 12,000 sq.ft.

Although I was going to focus purely on the enigmatic Neal Caffrey‘s apartment, the mansion itself is so gorgeous it bears a few minutes’ drooling. Neal’s apartment is shot entirely on set, but scenes featuring the interior and exterior of the mansion is shot within the mansion. So for a few-all-too-few seconds of select-all-too-few episodes, Diahann Carroll gets to pretend this is her home!

I think the interior is filled up in the TV series much more than actual photos by the real estate agents in US have provided, but you get to see much of the architectural genius that is Tuthill.

The Real Entrance Hall of Schinasi

Isn’t the entry hall mad? Schinasi wanted white marble in plenty-proportions and he got it in spades! Little too psychedelic for me. Keep thinking if I cross my eyes just right, I’d see a picture of a unicorn waving at me with an acorn!

The Schinasi entrance hall.

The Schinasi entrance hall, via here.

The Entrance Hall as in White Collar

In White Collar, this space was edited to be a little shorter in length than in reality. In the show, it’s a small, but exquisitely covered in marble.

The entrance hall in White Collar

The entrance hall in White Collar

Front parlour

First we see of Neal Caffrey's host, June (Diahann Carroll) in White Collar.

First we see of Neal Caffrey’s host, June (Diahann Carroll) in White Collar.

The honeycomb ceiling in the Schinasi mansion

The honeycomb ceiling in the Schinasi mansion

I remember this shot of the very formal living in the Pilot episode (of White Collar). I remember it vividly because of the brilliance of the ceiling panelling! Amazing to think it STILL holds modern-day amazement, more than 100 years after it was installed.

Of course, this is it, unfurnished. Allows us to see more, to drool more.

Schinasi mansion front parlour

Schinasi mansion front parlour, via here.

I think the warm honeys of the wood of panels and parquetry flooring doesn’t overpower because of the creamy white of the walls and generous amount of windows letting in light.

[The glossy, black grand piano is insitu for the scenes in Home Invasion.]

Schinasi mansion front parlour

Schinasi mansion front parlour, via here.

Similarly richly panelled, this unseen-in-White-Collar dining room leaves me wanting to touch the wood and furniture pieces.

Schinasi mansion dining room

Schinasi mansion dining room, via here.

Neal Caffrey’s loft studio

Coming back to the drooling at hand, Neal Caffrey’s studio apartment I found incredibly well spaced (for a single, maybe couple, but no kids!) and well laid out.

Neal Caffrey's loft studio

Neal Caffrey’s loft studio

This apartment boasts floor-to-ceiling glass doors/windows in the dining area which I so love since it allows in light, light and more light :) It’s also got these fantastic frosted angle glass panes at the top.

Neal Caffrey's loft studio, the reverse angle.

Neal Caffrey’s loft studio, the reverse angle.

Neal Caffrey’s dining area

Interesting how simply-cheap the dining table looks, next to the other much more expensive pieces around it.

I’ve since been corrected by reader apsiggy who points out it isn’t cheap, but designed by Jean Nouvel for Molteni&C. Not so cheap after all!! Seeing it in hi-def on Molteni&C makes me appreciate it more. Thanks!

Source: Dining table was designed by Jean Nouvel for Molteni&C.

Neal Caffrey’s lounge area

Closeup of the lounge area (sans TV unit!)

Books feature prominently in Neal Caffrey's lounge area.

Books feature prominently in Neal Caffrey’s lounge area.

The bookcase is simple and is full of books (half hollowed out I’m sure!) and objet d′art. I am also a big fan of small lamps within the shelves. Love that painting of the lady on the easel in the corner and the mid-century low slatted coffee table.

Source: that “painting of the lady on the easel” is DaVinci’s Head of a Young Woman with Tousled Hair.

It strikes me again how many different styles and periods of furniture sit together in this space and how it works… it reflects my eclectic style :)

At a later date, the TV was added:

The sitting area in Neal Caffrey's loft studio

The sitting area in Neal Caffrey’s loft studio

The sitting area and bedroom aren’t left in the dark either but have the same angled frosted glass panes at the top, which lets in precious diffused light:

Slanted windows providing diffused lighting without glare

Slanted windows providing diffused lighting without glare

The Bedroom area in Neal Caffrey’s loft studio

The bedroom area (to the front of the 2 seater lounge):

Neal Caffrey's bed and wardrobe

Neal Caffrey’s bed and wardrobe

Simple, unadorned furniture. Large-presence pieces, highlighting masculine touches but maintaining an eclectic feel. I love the simple cut of the long mirror married with the warm woods of the bed and wardrobe. I love how the ornate carvings of the bed sits very nicely alongside the low sideboard on which the mirror sits on. I really also like how the green shade is mirrored in the green of the painting next to the wardrobe!

The Kitchen area in Neal Caffrey’s loft studio:

Kitchen made by vintage pieces put together

Kitchen made by vintage pieces put together

I loved the mixture of vintage pieces, the old cooker and the wine cabinet.

Simple kitchen included just basics... yet, all needed to function.

Simple kitchen included just basics… yet, all needed to function.

Neal Caffrey’s Balcony

It leads out onto the gorgeous balcony which has a gorgeous view of NYC skyline… and is studded with stone planters, pots and statues with topiaries.

Neal and Peter out on the balcony in White Collar

Neal and Peter out on the balcony in White Collar

Neal Caffrey’s walk-in wardrobe

The closet, which, along with the bathroom, is behind the white door next to kitchen area.

Neal Caffrey's walk in robe

Neal Caffrey’s walk in robe

Hidey-holes

Close up of the fireplace (hidden left panel to store secrets!):

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Source: Le Bonnet de Bain, 1978, by Cassigneul Jean-Pierre

The apartment is littered with unique objects and furniture, fantastically unique paintings/art, great furniture, secret hiding places… and yet it isn’t cluttered. Of course, it is an incredibly edited space, but it is no doubt very livable, non?

Update: 16 Feb 2016

Hi guys, I have just posted the first of a series of a more indepth look at the art, furniture and other sources to Neal Caffrey’s apartment. Check out Post 1: The Entrance

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