A Classic Uptown Apartment With a Feminine Twist
With the help of designers Filipe Pereira and Austyn Zung, Jennifer Bandier's Upper East Side Apartment becomes a stylish refuge.
Some people's childhood memories are filled with bike rides and summers spent chasing the neighborhood ice cream truck, but Jennifer Bandier's are filled with rock concerts. The daughter of music powerhouse Martin Bandier, chairman and CEO of Sony, she had front row seats to performances by legends such as Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen from the time she was seven years old. "I'll admit it," she says. "I had a very cool childhood."
Bandier learned the music business from her father, but her appreciation for design is from her mother's side of the family. Bandier's grandfather, Sam LeFrak, was a legendary real estate developer in New York, and a passion for interiors and architecture runs in the family. "My grandparents and mother have an incredible sense of design," says Bandier. "So when my husband and I found this apartment, I knew it had to reflect the same great style."
The apartment, a classic prewar located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, now looks like a colorful Parisian retreat, but it didn't start out that way. Though it boasted high ceilings, the apartment possessed certain features, such as short doorframes, that spoiled its gracious proportions. So Bandier hired Filipe Pereira and Austyn Zung of Pereira Associates to open the space architecturally and help create the look she'd envisioned. "I wanted it to feel Kelly Wearstlerish," she says, "but I'm also very sentimental, so I wanted to incorporate several pieces that have been in the family for years."
According to Bandier, her designers achieved "perfection." The space is equal parts modern and vintage, with family heirlooms that contribute a sense of history. Accessorized with pieces from her family's art and photography collections, the apartment now feels "classic, with a hunt of bohemia." "When I saw the finished product for the first time, I burst into tears of joy," Bandier says. "Now I wake up every day and feel lucky this is my home."