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The Black Apartment (really, really black!)

Posted on: December 14, 2009

Take a look. This little pad was created for Cindy Gallop, an “international woman of mystery” who is the chairwoman of advertising giant BBH. Her brief for designer Stephan Boubill was simple: “at night, I want to feel like I’m in a shanghai nightclub…”

I think she got that, don’t you? What do you think – ‘home sweet home’ or ‘axe murderer lives here’?

Rumpus Room. Gucchi chainsaw, check.

More Rump

I'm kind of liking this one - maybe it's the mirror?

The Boudoir

For some reason I imagine Clodagh hanging out in here. Remember Clodagh?

Those lights are kind of hot...

The Library

By the way – follow the link for more photos and to see how Stephan Boubill dealt with her 300 pairs of shoes!

17 Responses to "The Black Apartment (really, really black!)"

Too shiny and too much clutter. Gives black a bad name ha ha.
xo xo

whoa, that’s a lot of black. i tend to like black walls sometimes, especially if it’s one black wall in a room. not sure about black curtains, black tiles, black walls, etc., but it’s interesting to browse through…

It does look like a nightclub. Yes, I can see “an international woman of mystery” living there…rather odd that you would be described in that way…even odder that you would want to live in a nightclub.

I wonder if they designed a beer and cigarette aroma to make it truly shanghai authentic.

I’m thinking it looks better after a couple of Mai Tai cocktails…

I like it, but I don’t love it. I love black rooms, but those lights on the ceiling make me kind of dizzy…and I hate her bathroom….oh and her furniture. Love the library however.

I get the feeling that you coudn’t kick your shoes off at the end of the day, pull on a pair of old track pants, put a Three Stooges movie on & have a raucous laugh. All very serious stuff methinks.
Millie ^_^

This is the kind of place I’d want to visit and spend a weekend – like an over the top hotel – but for every day I don’t think I could do it. I’m not mysterious enough(!)

I love the idea of a warm, insular, inviting dark space. But this isn’t it, at least not for me. I think its the added glam factor that just takes this over the top. The shiny surfaces, the neon, the chain saw (!)…it’s too staged, perhaps? That said, I admire the chutzpah and I wouldn’t turn down the art gallery wall, the library, nor that gorgeous Indonesian wedding bed.


AMAZING! I wish I had the guts to paint a room all black (like Jenna Lyons, my hero!) I’m getting closer with my dark teal and dark gray…

Also, thanks for the link!!! Just added Laurel Street to SYL!

Where’s Bryn? Hasn’t she been contemplating a big move to a black bedroom? :)

Laughed at the “axe murderer lives here” line. Laughed again when I saw the Gucci chainsaw. It definitely gives off that vibe. Ha. Couldn’t live in a space like this, but it’s fun to look at!

Wow that is all very, very black. I could not live there!

Thanks for letting me know about the Times online I would have missed it!! Very exciting!

Oh wow! This is stunning! So glossy and chic – I love it! It reminds me of a space Abigail Ahern would do!

So happy to have found your blog :)


I dig the shoe display. And those big silver balls over the dining room table.

Not sure I could live here though.

I typically love black and though I love elements about the rooms… I don’t know if I could live in this…It needs more natural light! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love to find new readers!!! Happy Thursday!

I adore this apartment…there’s a video about it.

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Nate and Louis

Well, hey there. I'm Nathan and this is the Laurel Street Blog. It's a place for talking about design, decor and DIY (with small amounts of snarkery snuck in). I'm a pretty restless guy who loves house projects and lives in a 150+ year old cottage on Laurel Street in New Orleans. Since the house always has something going on with it (or falling off of it) I'm subsequently blessed with a never-ending supply of Web content to share. Oh - and you can drop me a line anytime Enjoy!

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