Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

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Interior spaces, Places & Faces

New York’s Coolest Townhouse

The World of McIntosh Townhouse has a storied past.

Currently located in the bustle of SoHo, it once supplied electrical power to the city, and in the 1980s and 90s housed an art gallery.

Today, the historic five-storey building serves as an invite-only venue where guests are able to experience the McIntosh Group brand’s premier products. For those not familiar, the McIntosh Group are pioneering sound makers.

Following previous collaborations, the McIntosh Group engaged Timothy Oulton – British furniture and interiors company – to furnish and style the lobby and third floor of its New York HQ.

The result is breathtaking.

Arriving at the newly furnished lobby lounge, you are immediately immersed in an intimate, welcoming atmosphere where rugged elegance meets urban sophistication. Exposed pipes, raw brick and atmospheric black walls retain the building’s industrial heritage, contrasted with sleek, modern furnishings. Mid-century inspired Wall Street chairs invite conversation around the epic Junk Art coffee table, while more industrial elements feature in the Aviator Blackhawk desk and Tracks console.

Ascend the metal staircase to the third floor – the Townhouse’s show-stopping hosting area and the very heart and soul of the building. Grand architectural features set the tone, with dramatic high ceilings, exposed brick walls and an ornate original stone fireplace, above which a large cinema screen unfurls during atmospheric movie nights. In the furnishings, a juxtaposition of cool, dark tones and sleek, polished pieces perfectly balance classic and contemporary glamour.

The Shabby sectional sofa is the epitome of effortless luxe, configured in a sociable horseshoe shape, while the back-lit Bio Hazard bar cabinet and Rod floor lamps radiate a soft ambient glow. Another intimate area features iconic quilted Saddle Chairs, once again blending notes of heritage with modern design.

For the many events held at the Townhouse, the Iceberg dining table sets the scene for fun yet formal dining, while the speakeasy-inspired Hudson sideboard in rich Fury leather houses everything needed for a great night in – right down to the hidden sunken ice bucket for that bottle of champagne.

Browse Timothy Oulton’s furniture and homewares here.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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