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The A List: Brockschmidt & Coleman

Brockschmidt & Coleman’s work often focuses on traditional detailing, proportion, materials, and craftsmanship in both architectural elements and in furnishings.

Brockschmidt & Coleman’s work often focuses on traditional detailing, proportion, materials, and craftsmanship in both architectural elements and in furnishings. Whether designing a stylish library in a Park Avenue duplex or specifying upholstery details for a 17th century wing chair for a Pennsylvania horse farm, they delight in reinterpreting historical references in a contemporary, personalized way.

Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt

Working with artisans to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces is one of the most gratifying parts of the design process – for both us and our clients. Details like custom-embroidered linens, hand-blocked wallpapers, or specially designed furniture not only give a layered richness to rooms, but are instant heirlooms.

Chelsea Loft Apartment- View of Living Room/Dining Room featuring antique beaded Italian chandelier and gallery style art hanging
Chelsea Loft Apartment Living Room with custom sofa inspired by example from Roman palazzo
Park Avenue Duplex Apartment- Splendid fireplace and framed drawing by the contemporary Italian artist Giuseppe Penone.

What does "Made in Italy" mean to you?

Unpretentious, effortless style, rooted in centuries of living with history and antiquities.

Who/what has inspired the most your work and style?

Traveling and soaking up details of architecture and decorative arts. Cornice profiles from Frances Elkins’s Monterrey Living Room, tadelackt plaster from Morocco, and decorative painting schemes from a Sicilian palace have all found their way into projects.

Park Avenue Duplex Apartment- Living Room, space used for working and for more formal and large scale entertaining. The fireplace mantle is a custom design created in scagliola, an ancient Roman technique for simulating marble.

Describe your design approach and philosophy.

We aim to make rooms that amplify and enhance both the tastes of our clients and the architectural settings.

What is the one design/decor you cannot imagine your clients (or yourself) living without?

Color. It is the simplest, most effective, and least expensive design tool.

What is your idea of the ‘ultimate luxury’?

To be surrounded by people and things and that bring you joy – and to have time to enjoy it all!

Park Avenue Duplex Apartment- View of Master Bedroom with Fortuny fabric border at headboard, reading lamps, and embroidered area rug from Italian designer Federica Tondato of Fedora Design.
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The Collection

Alessandro Iudici
Blue Bird Ceramic Vase
$360
Ceramica Pinto
4 Macchia Tiles
$180
Laboratorio Paravicini
Set of 3 Iznik Plates for Two
$990
Marco Gaviraghi Calloni
59 Iron Vase Holder
$790
Zanellazine
Le Babe India Vase
$1,680
Argentiere Pagliai
Serpente Sterling Silver Cup
$550
Casarialto
Set of 6 Tumbler Glasses
$430
ND Dolfi
Toscana Maiolica Bowl
$270

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