Yellow Dining Room Seating, Design: Ann Pyne

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Yellow Dining Room Seating, Design: Ann Pyne - "The inspiration for the dining room was Eleanor McMillen Brown — my mother's mentor and the founder of McMillen, who died in 1991 at age 100 — and the small yellow dining room in her apartment on East 57th Street," Pyne says. "As Mrs. Brown's preferred look was chic and severe, I tried to achieve the effect in there. The trompe-l'oeil trellis on the walls and the diagonal squares on the floor were hand-painted by James Alan Smith, who often collaborates with me and is a friend of my mother's. She always complains to his face that his prices are too high. But I think it's a form of flirtation." A Marc Bankowsky plaster ceiling fixture from Maison Gerard hangs above a bronze table by Philip and Kelvin Laverne.

Yellow Dining Room Seating

One of the dining room's four statues representing the four seasons, cast from 1930s originals by Wheeler Williams that were in Eleanor McMillen Brown's dining room.

Yellow Dining Room wheeler williams

A 1950s Tommi Parzinger cabinet in the dining room holds a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp and Albert Paley candlesticks.

Yellow Dining Room Cabinet

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