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INTERIOR DESIGN / NINA WEXLER. NINA YAEL DESIGN STUDIO
ARCHITECTURE / MARK STUMER, MOJO STUMER ASSOCIATES
HOME BUILDER / VINCENT DISALVO, DISALVO CONTRACTING

The living room fireplace is flanked by an Adolf Gottlieb painting and a 1965 oil, titled Echo, by abstract Korean artist Kim Whanki. The club chairs are from John Salibello.


This is a story about love and passion and art, inextricably woven together. For most of their 37- year marriage, a couple have lived in a co-op in a classic prewar building on the Upper East Side, which "has aged with history and elegance," the wife says. They bonded over art (both of their parents also were collectors), married, had two children, and continued to collect together, even though they admittedly had different sensibilities.

Most of the couple's postwar art, including Dubuffet, Marini and Noguchi, was acquired during the past 30 years from galleries, auctions and private collections. But the past three years have been more devoted to contemporary pieces, such as Baselitz, Kiefer, Bourgeois, Chillida, Sterling Ruby, and artists of the Korean Dansaekhwa movement, including Kim Whanki and Lee Ufan. That was a turning point. "That's when we decided that the apartment was to be renovated," the wife says. "Homes need to be reinvented, just like wardrobes. In this case, the need was to become more contemporary."

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