Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by STUDIOLAB

Anthony Gianacakos transforms an art dealer’s Manhattan apartment into a home fit for the modern metropolitan male. 

Shortly after opening his design firm in 2012, Anthony Gianacakos took on a labor of love: the makeover of a midtown Manhattan apartment belonging to ancient-art dealer Robert Haber. Though just 675 square feet, the one-bedroom was plenty big for Haber, whose work frequently takes him around the globe. His treasure trove of art and antiques, however, was a different story. “He wanted a space where he could really showcase his incredible collections,” Gianacakos recalls. “So we worked closely together to choose which pieces were the most meaningful and how to best display them.” 

CHAIR Hans in Reynolds caramel $2,070

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

CURTAINS Venetian velvet in cognac,
SOFA Jordan,

Photography by Brittany Ambridge photography by Jean Randazzo; illustration by madeline montoya

Gianacakos chose a tailored

neutral sofa

that wouldn’t steal attention from Haber’s collections. 

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Velvet curtains bring texture and atmosphere.

WALL COLOR Gabardine by Martha Stewart Living,    BAR CART Libations by Crate & Barrel $599

Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Gianacakos—whose line of textiles is available at Studio Four NYC—designed this custom bedding using a block print created by Haber’s daughter. 

WALL COLOR Mars Red (2172-20) by Benjamin
Moore $7/sample pot, 
LAMP Sutter $120–$150

Photography by Brittany Ambridge Photography by Laure Joliet

Of course, arranging Haber’s art collection was only part of Gianacakos’s plan for the apartment. To maximize square footage, the designer chose deep, rich paint colors to “make the walls disappear and allow the space to feel endless.” He also rid the place of excess clutter by creating storage appropriate for housing valuable works of art—a system that also makes it easier for Haber to rotate his new and favorite finds. The home’s multifunctional furniture—including an accent table large enough to double as a workstation, and a bar console that displays books and art—ensures that each inch of the small space is put to full use. “Every object inside this home has a purpose and a story,” Gianacakos says. “And working with such great pieces deepened my appreciation of craftsmanship and history.”