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
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 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.
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.
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.]
Similarly richly panelled, this unseen-in-White-Collar dining room leaves me wanting to touch the wood and furniture pieces.
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.
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 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!)
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 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:
The Bedroom area in Neal Caffrey’s loft studio
The bedroom area (to the front of the 2 seater lounge):
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:
I loved the mixture of vintage pieces, the old cooker and the wine cabinet.
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 Caffrey’s walk-in wardrobe
The closet, which, along with the bathroom, is behind the white door next to kitchen area.
Close up of the fireplace (hidden left panel to store secrets!):
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