Ever since Ray Booth and his client began their work together eighteen years ago, they have been speaking the same language. Each of them refers to it as simpatico, the Italian word that means a comradeship, a mutual understanding of each other.
“The moment Ray saw this place,” says the homeowner, referring to her New York apartment, “I realized that his vision and mine were perfectly aligned. I realized then that we were very simpatico.” Booth, too, uses the very same word when recounting the first meeting with his client and discovering that many of the furnishings she wanted for the rooms were from magazine clippings she had kept of his completed projects. “I’d been cutting out photos of Ray’s projects for years because his designs inspired my own decorating,” says the homeowner. When he arrived at the two-story maisonette on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she didn’t even know that he was the man from those articles.
A maisonette is, perhaps, the most coveted of all New York residences. In effect, it is a full house contained within a larger building. Residents of a maisonette have their own separate street entrance while still receiving the services and security of the building at large.
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY RAY BOOTH
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of MILIEU.