Going for Baroque

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William Sawaya’s prewar apartment is filled with modern art and furniture, choice vintage trea-­ sures and antiques. The designer-­furniture purveyor (he’s half of ) lovingly restored the original mosaic floor; an 1860 birdcage is the model of a building by Andrea Palladio (1508–1580). Near the front door, a painting by Richard Texier faces an obelisk designed by Sawaya for an exhibition in Moscow. The painting on the far wall is by Luciano Bartolini.
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The striking Ca’ Brutta, the “Ugly House,” was built in 1922 by Giovanni Muzio, a prominent architect of his day.
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In the living room, all the furniture is from , including Happy sofas (by Paolo Moroni), Flò tables and Maxima armchairs (by Sawaya) and a low bench (by Matt Sindall). Two Costas Tzoclis paintings hung side by side are lit with glamorous custom sconces by Sawaya; the painting on the left wall is by , that on the near left by .
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In the sitting room, the Vortexx chandelier by and Patrik Schumacher hangs above the Moraine sofa by Hadid and an anonymous table from the 1950s. The painting on the right is by Aldo Mondino; two paintings by Costas Tzoclis are on the left.
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The dining room includes a chandelier by Hani Rashid, a dining table by Sawaya and old chairs that he painted white; art is by Ferdi Giardini.
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The stainless steel kitchen island and cabinetry are from Xera, an Italian kitchen manufacturer. The wall cabinets are also stainless steel but are faced with an ebony veneer. Sawaya modified and customized the stock fixtures to fit the space. The Maxima bar stools at the island, designed by Sawaya, are of course produced by his company.
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The custom-fitted bathroom includes hardware Sawaya designed for .
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The master bedroom has a desk by and a Maxima chair by Sawaya.
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The modern Liorah canopy bed by Sawaya is flanked by night tables by . The tufted ottoman, Blue Velvet, is by Sawaya; Kazuo Shinohara designed the stainless steel bench by the window.

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Architect and furniture purveyor William Sawaya.
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This article was featured in the November 2008 issue.

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