A young, dynamic family with a significant contemporary art collection and very traditional furniture, approached FN to update the interiors
of their expansive, classic Greenwich home to more accurately reflect their current tastes. No corner of this 10,000 square foot home
was left untouched. Seamlessly combining refined vintage pieces, bespoke designs, and commissioned artisan pieces FN deftly created a highly
personal environment characterized by elegance, timelessness and a dash of whimsy. In the end, FN struck a harmonious balance between art and interiors.
Working on an 8000 sq ft duplex in one of New York City’s most venerated
and legendary Park Avenue buildings, FN was put to the ultimate test by
completing a total gut renovation including decorating and furnishing,
within only 5 months. The clients, a young family with a major modern
art collection, had worked with FN on several previous projects.
Collaborating with a growing young family on their fourth project
together, FN managed to transform a ho-hum, standard spec-house on Long
Island’s East End and give it personality and wit, including a redesigned
kitchen and bathrooms as well as an expanded living room and master
suite. In addition to the architectural overhaul (assisted by Alveary
Architecture), FN designed much of the upholstery and complemented the
spaces with unusual vintage pieces from Sweden, Brazil and the US. With
very busy lifestyles, the clients asked FN to complete the project by
finding art pieces, linens, dishes, flatware and turn over a total
“turn-key” completed home.
Featured in Elle Décor, November '08
For a NYC full floor apartment owned by a second time client, FN took a
very “vanilla” undistinguished space and enhanced it by adding layers of
architectural and finish detail. Plaster wall finishes, fluted walnut
paneling, and new bathrooms were complemented by custom designed and
found vintage pieces, eliminating whatever generic, spec-apartment
quality was originally there.
Featured in Interior Design February '08
In this loft apartment in New York City’s Tribeca, Fox-Nahem was able to add some dimension and texture to the existing architecture to compliment the soaring ceiling heights and open city views. Incorporating custom designed and found pieces of furniture added personality and individuality to this newly built space.
Featured in Interior Design September '06
Joe Nahem knows a thing or two about decorating in the fast lane. More
than two decades of experience have taught him that getting it fast and
getting it right need not be mutually exclusive. The Pittsburgh home he
renovated for long time clients Bill and Debbie Demchak – a project
completed in six months–is a persuasive case study in the art of on-time
Featured in House & Garden, June '05
Located in a new Chelsea high-rise, this two-story apartment offers
generous proportions rarely seen in postwar construction. The designers
were involved in all aspects of the new construction including window
selections, specifying all plaster walls, kitchen design, bathrooms,
floating fireplace, custom designed bronze and leather bar.
This interior epitomizes subtlety, with an abundance of refined details – from the silver-plate doorknobs, carved-oak doors and waxed-plaster walls to the curves of the exquisite French '40s and '50s furniture.
Featured on the cover of Elle Décor, Feb/March '04
With a 10 week deadline, Fox-Nahem renovated and completely decorated a
1980s beach house including 7 new bathrooms and an entire new master
In addition to the renovation and furnishing, Fox-Nahem also helped to choose accessories, tableware, linens, pots and even pool toys for the kids making the house equally suitable for active family life as well as large-scale entertaining.
Featured in Elle Décor, June/July '04
closely with the owners, Fox-Nahem turned this imperial, six-story
structure, originally designed by architect Stanford White in 1904, into
an intimate home, preserving extant details – like the stairwell
balustrade – and re-creating the ones that had not survived. In addition
to the historically faithful reconstruction brought back to its original
glory, the house retains an intimate feel; it is gracious without being
Featured in Elle Décor, May '01
East Hampton Beach House designed and built by Joe Nahem in
collaboration with Steve Chrostowski of Alveary Architecture.
Featured in The New York Times: House & Home, July '04 and Elle Décor July/Aug '06
Originally designed by famed builder Paul Starrett (Empire State
Building), had a seigniorial air in keeping with Starrett’s era but the
interior lacked warmth and grace.
While preserving the pristine 1920s stonework and masonry, Fox-Nahem gave the house a relaxed, edgy brightness. They created sumptuous bedrooms, inviting sitting nooks and playrooms. But for all the spectacular art and grand proportions of the place, this is a family’s home – one that actually feels cozy and durable.
Featured in House & Garden, Sep '03 and Architectural Digest (German Edition), Feb '04
Fox-Nahem carried out the complete renovation and redesign of this New
York City townhouse. At the owners’ request, the designers created
traditional interiors, choosing English and Swedish period pieces, but
gave them a crisper and cleaner edge.
In order to brighten the windowless dining room, they custom-designed a frosted glass and wood wall that lets in light from the kitchen without compromising the privacy of the room. For this couple who likes to cook and entertain, Fox-Nahem designed a compact yet highly practical kitchen which perfectly matches the clients’ lifestyle.
Featured in NY Spaces, April '08 and Robb Report Nov '08
Located in a newly erected building in Manhattan, this space is home to
the corporate offices of a New York family-run real-estate and
With a slick and functional design, the public areas and workspaces are a reflection of the company’s culture while the more personal look of the principals’ offices was tailored to meet the clients’ specific needs and tastes.