Meet The 1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment By The Interior Designer Rachel Chudley

The pandemic opened up the horizons for the Interior Designer Rachel Chudley, from the UK, to transform an apartment on Fifth Avenue. This was the interior designer’s first American project. Rachel Chudley’s design for an art-loving couple’s apartment on the Upper East Side is inspired by the “modernist baroque” style.

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Rachel Chudley designed a 1980s Fifth Avenue apartment for womenswear designer Jessica Kayll and her partner, New York real estate developer Mark Fisch.

living room in a 1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment with panoramic scenes by the Interior Designer, Rachel Chudley
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

The Interior Designer, Rachel Chudley’s main mission was to maximize the panoramic scenes, also considering the love that her clients, Jessica and Mark have for dramatic design.

The Interior Designer relied on her clients’ penchant for spectacle – Kayll’s kimono-inspired silk robes bloom with hand-painted flowers, while Mark Fisch, an administrator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a renowned collector of paintings by the old masters – to celebrate perspective views – ways to fold that don’t sacrifice functionality or flair.

living room with a custom-made velvet sofa and a comfortable pair of Phillip Arctander clam chairs
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

Jessica Kayll demonstrated to the Interior Designer her fascination with colors and vintage, expressive things.

Rachel Chudley listened to her clients’ artistic interests and worked her British magic!

entryway with modernist baroque style
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

The Interior Designer has wrapped the apartment’s entrance with wallpaper by Zuber, specifically a large 17th-century trompe l’oeil pearl drape that lends movement, volume, light, and shadow to 20th-century space. The idea is when the owners walk through the front door, the curtain goes up to the stunning view of Central Park across the room.

entryway with modernist baroque style
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

The painting also reflects the strong forms of the design, the silhouette of the bespoke bar cabinet, for example, echoing the rooftops of New York City.

living room with a custom-made velvet sofa and a comfortable pair of Phillip Arctander clam chairs
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

The Interior Designer decorated the living room with a custom-made velvet sofa and a comfortable pair of Phillip Arctander clam chairs.

office room by the interior designer Rachel Chudley
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

Mark Fisch starts most days at the office, so the decoration of this room was very important.

The couple’s office is boldly lined in deep claret velvet. The Old Masters are in rotation for display on these walls, along with the current display: contemporary canvases by Tomo Campbell, kinetic poetry in oil paint.

dining room by the interior designer Rachel Chudley
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

In the dining room, the Interior Designer played a minor character, the sky, in the room’s eastern panorama of the bustling metropolis to create an airy, and light-filled.

While the sheer, vegetable-dyed silk drapes practically billow at the sheer suggestion, the Surface View’s textured linen ceiling covering depicts a 19th-century landscape of Margate, an English seaside town. But here she conjures up a wild beyond turned into clouds, proving that the sky is the limit when it comes to designing an apartment like this.

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bathroom with modernist baroque style
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

A bathroom with a coat of bronze paint by the U.K–based Mylands. A reflection of the trompe l’oeil drape in the mirror adds drama by association.

master bedroom with modernist baroque style
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

The master bedroom is painted a pale pink, Bauwerk’s Tea Rose, which the Interior Designer likens to a sunset hue. Gold-framed mirrors echo a similar reflective moment in the living room and also add a mundane touch.

master bedroom with modernist baroque style
1980s Fifth Avenue Apartment

Jessica Kayll and Mark Fisch’s longtime habit of streaming shows in bed on their laptops get a golden upgrade thanks to an antique chest that not only stashes a television, the only one in residence but also mechanically raises the screen at the touch of a button once it’s showtime.

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