Top decor ideas: At home with Alexandra Champalimaud

A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and one of the leading women in the field of hospitality design, Alexandra Champalimaud takes immense pride in her work.

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Ms. Champalimaud recently moved to a bright and modern Chelsea space, which fittingly overlooks one of New York’s most iconic architectural landmarks, the IAC building by Frank Gehry.

 

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Let’s take a look at it.

 

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“I am very rarely on an ego trip,” she says as she walks into her Chelsea home, “it’s about how I can best bring to light a new building or an old one that requires new life, using all my knowledge.”

 

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The living room.

 

Alexandra Champalimaud used to live in a six-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. With her children fully grown up now, Chelsea is the future.

 

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(left) The kitchen | (right) Roseline Delisle pottery

Apartment with a view. Alexandra loves the fact that the reflected light on her mirror points to the kitchen table. At night, she lights some candles and has her beautiful “lantern,” as she likes to call the Frank Gehry building!

 

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An ancient Grecian helmet from the 1st century B.C.

 

In her luxurious apartment, you can see a very beautiful old 17th century, silver Portuguese tray from the royal family and a Roseline Delisle, this wonderful porcelain artist from the 1970s. She also has an Egyptian Ptolemaic head, an arm from a Roman statue circa 200 AD and Chinese vessels. They have a message; they have layered stories in them. There is a diptych of One Wall Street by a well-known watercolourist—Leigh Behnke. Texas Fields, the Willard Dixon in her entryway, really represents her husband and who he is.

 

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In the kitchen there are chairs from the 1950s and an Aldo Bakker stool. The man who refinished her dining table thinks it’s a Ruhlmann. Overall, Ms. Champalimaud likes to layer an interior, not make like a coordinated outfit.

 

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(left) A Milton Avery painting | (right) The bathroom.