In The News with Interiors by Erik R. Galiana, Inc


Bridge for Design - 930 Fifth Ave

Design Project: HOME SWEET HOME

This stunning Pied a Terre in the heart of New York's Fifth Ave fuses modern contemporary style with pre-war architecture.

Interior Designer, Erik Galiana, was tasked with the project of turning this classic New York Fifth Avenue two-bedroomed apartment into a modern and contemporary space. The family has homes in London, India and San Francisco, but were wanting a base in New York - where both their children are currently studying - to feel like home when they increasingly spent time in the city.

The 1,276sqft apartment is built with classic New York pre-war architecture, and it was important to the clients to keep the aesthetic of the building whilst simultaneously modernising the interior in a sympathetic manner. Having previously worked with the couple on a previous home, Galiana had a firm relationship built up and was able to utilise that to meet their exact design needs without compromising on a style that was befitting of the apartment. As well as incorporating a lot of furniture from their previous, new construction property, Galiana integrated lots of new pieces and accessories to give the apartment a fresh new feel and capitalise on the sleek look.

A beautiful dark wood herringbone floor throughout this apartment gives a rich tone and the walls have been painted a variety of neutral tones to complement this and allow the artwork and furniture to stand out. The enterance hall displays opera posters in frames for a striking red accent on the walls, and central circular hall table holds a vase of lillies for further colour.

The grand entrance hall to this pied a terra features a rich dark-wood floor, and neutral tones on the walls. An accent of red is added by the framing of Opera posters on the wall, and a door leads off to the equally elegant kitchen area.

The dining room has a glass table and console table to keep the room light and airy and maximise the view of the wooden floor. Abstract art adds interest to the classically elegant half panelled walls.

The monochrome living area features a gallery wall of black and white photographs of iconic stars displayed above the grey sofa and footstools. A large geometric print rug adds texture, and dark red cushions and throws add colour to the space.

The elegantly simple master bedroom is dominated by a large bed with an oversized cream leather headboard. Texture is added by a large soft grey rug and a variety of throws and cushions.

Bridge for Design - 930 Fifth Ave

The dining room benefits from white wood panelling on the bottom half of the walls, and a glass dining table (and accompanying chairs were designed by Thomas Faulkner) allows full view of the opulent floor below. Thin backed chairs and a console table complete the room, whilst a variety of abstract artworks adorn the walls giving a pop of colour.

The living room is a mostly monochrome space with a large geometric print grey rug and grey sofas and footstools. A glass computer table to one side provides an area for working, and a splash of colour is added with dark red throws and cushions. The walls feature a collection of black and white images of famous American stars in keeping with the New York location.

The master bedroom is dominated by a grand bed with an opulent padded cream leather headboard. Texture and interest is added with a collection of throws and soft cushions in a variety of styles, and a soft grey rug gives an additional warmth to the floor. Matching bedside tables with large cream lamps complete the elegant look and the New York views are evident from the window.

The whole apartment is a triumph of understated sleekness and is elegant in its simplicity. It has definite home from home feel for the clients when they are visiting the city and is finished to the immaculate high standard the Galiana is renowned for.

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New York Post - Student Sytle

New York Post - Student Sytle

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Foster

Marti Satnick, who just started her first year at Fordham Law School, has one thing in common with models Gigi and Bella Hadid: a $1,895 couch.

These days, co-eds of every stripe

  • be they uptown or downtown, art majors or computer science savants
  • live and study in snazzy surrounds

Satnick is one of the lucky ones, with a sweet celebrity connection. "Now i feel really cool," Satnick, 22, tells the Post. that's because Satnick and her mom worked with Erik r. Galiana at furniture brand Tui Life- style ( to kit out her alcove studio near Lincoln Center.

As for the Hadids, when the fashion-famous daughters of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Yolanda Foster moved from L.A. to attend the New School, Galiana also decorated their pads. (though hop- ping from runway to runway means they're on hiatus from classes.)

Gigi moved into a Village one-bedroom in 2013, capturing her living room on instagram (right). Bella moved to the city a year later and settled into East Village digs with the same tui pullout sofa.

"Students want a place for people to crash," Galiana says.

Other highlights from the Hadids? Lots of clothing storage using the Container Store's Elfa system - which also graces Satnick's closet.

RHOBH's Foster says Galiana has "impeccable taste with a great sense of detail."

Satnick's apartment is mostly white, like Gigi's. Light gray walls allow the furniture to subtly stand out, explains Galiana, who charges clients $8,000 to $30,000 for his services.

"He really utilized every square foot of space, making a kitchen, a dining room area, a living room and a bedroom," says Satnick, who can even see Fordham through her Door-to-ceiling windows. "There are at least three places where I can sit down and read, which is nice, because it gets repetitive if you are sitting in a library cubicle for eight hours a day."

Gigi and Bella have walls adorned with rows of painted squares decorated by California friends at their going-away parties; meanwhile, art- work of blueberries inspired the bright blue back- splash in Satnick's kitchen.

Galiana approves of his Upper West Side handiwork: "I'm really fussy, but after we finished it, I was like, 'I could live here.' "

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The Baccarat Hotel

The 114-room property on Manhattan's West 53rd Street is scheduled to open next month, Starwood said in a statement Monday. The Beijing-based insurer agreed to pay $230 million for the hotel, which occupies the first 12 floors of the 50-story Baccarat Hotel & Residences project, the Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 6.

Chinese companies have accelerated real estate investments in global gateway cities such as New York. In October, Beijing's Anbang Insurance Group Co. agreed to pay $1.95 billion for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, an Art Deco landmark and one of the city's signature properties. It would be highest price paid by a Chinese buyer for a standing U.S. building, Kevin Mallory, global head of hotels for CBRE Group Inc., said when the deal was announced.

That the buyer for the Baccarat "is yet another Chinese insurer could signal an increase in the pace of Chinese institutional capital looking abroad for diversification and safety," said Ben Carlos Thypin, director of market analysis at property-research firm Real Capital Analytics Inc.

At about $2 million per room, the price for the Baccarat would be the second-highest on that basis for a New York hotel, behind the $2.5 million per room paid for a 75 percent stake in the Plaza Hotel in 2012, Thypin said. That price included the Plaza's retail space, he said.

Crystal Facade

Starwood Capital built the Baccarat hotel and condominium project with developer Tribeca Associates. The property, with a 125-foot-wide (38-meter-wide) corrugated crystal facade, is across the street from the Museum of Modern Art. The hotel will be managed under a long-term contract by Greenwich, Connecticut-based Starwood's SH Group.

"Sunshine shares our long-term strategic vision for Baccarat Hotels and will be an excellent partner for the growth of our brands, particularly in the fast-growing travel markets of Asia," Sternlicht said in the statement. Additional Baccarat Hotels are under construction in Dubai and Rabat, Morocco, he said.

Rooms at the New York hotel feature four-poster beds flanked by marble nightstands, Baccarat crystal light fixtures, white-marble bathroom floors and flat-screen televisions concealed within smoked mirrors, according to the property's website. The property also has a Spa de la Mer, fitness center and indoor pool.

Room Rates

Nightly rates for the week of March 9 start at $729 for a "classic king" and top out at $18,729 for the "Baccarat suite," the website shows.

Sunshine is China's seventh-largest Chinese insurance group, according to Starwood's statement. The company in November bought a Sheraton hotel in Sydney for A$463 million ($362 million) from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. The Stamford, Connecticut-based hotel company isn't affiliated with Starwood Capital.

Eastdil Secured LLC advised Starwood Capital in the Baccarat transaction. Sunshine was advised by Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.'s hotels and hospitality group and represented by Holland & Knight LLP.

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Erik R Galiana featured in NYCG


Imagining what kind of room he could see himself living in if he were a resident at the W, Erik R Galiana designed the master bedroom in dark tones that direct the eye toward the sea of buildings outside. Galiana also used a horizontal-stripe wallpaper as a key element. "The stripes parallel the floors of One World Trade Center and the architectural lines of the neighboring buildings," he says.

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NBC Open House TV

A recent tour of one of my downtown Miami projects on NBC's OPEN HOUSE NYC



is proud to present the inaugural Designer Showhouse of New York, a canvas for visionary creations from today’s foremost home and lifestyle designers. More than 30 designers will take part in this stylish event, presenting the current trends for the sophisticated urban home. The Showhouse will include a variety of special events and parties beginning with the Preview Party, followed by a six-week community event open to the public. Designer Showhouse of New York will be held in the Penthouse Residences at W New York-Downtown and expects to attract nearly 5,000 visitors.

All proceeds from the Designer Showhouse of New York will benefit the Lenox Hill Hospital's new medical complex Lenox Hill HealthPlex, Manhattan, first freestanding 24/7 Emergency Department, located in Greenwich Village, opening June, 2014.

The Showhouse is open to the public Friday, May 16, 2014 to Sunday, June 29, 2014. Showhouse hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm (closed Mondays). Admission to the Showhouse is $35 and includes a Showhouse Journal. Children under six, strollers and pets are not admitted in the Showhouse.


In iconic New York style, Lenox Hill Hospital will present the Designer Showhouse of New York, a premiere event that will provide sponsors with a range of marketing and public relations opportunities, including:


Offering valuable exposure for advertisers in the Showhouse setting, Lenox Hill Hospital will work with designers to incorporate advertisers, products and merchandise into their room designs. In addition, on-site exposure opportunities to host an event during the run of the Showhouse will also be available.


The four-color glossy Journal is the ultimate guide to the Showhouse, featuring the biographies and sketches of the designers, key information on the Showhouse, and ads from national brands, local shops, boutiques, and participating firms/designers. This invaluable directory-style program lists and sources participating sponsor products and all retail/showroom contact information in an easy-reference format. The Journal is referenced long after the event by over 5,000 Showhouse attendees.


Online sponsor ads appear both pre and post event on the event website, Ads click through to company websites and are displayed on screens at Preview Party.


New York Post: Knicks' Lin renting furnished condo at W Hotel in Financial District

Breakout Knick star Jeremy Lin is renting an all-inclusive, impeccably furnished pad at the W Hotel in the Financial District, sources told The Post.

His swanky, 1,182-square-foot condo at the Sunshine Select Residences is in addition to his new digs at the Trump Tower in White Plains.

And both are vast improvements over crashing on a couch at his brother's Lower East Side pad, which was Lin's living situation just weeks ago.

The two-bedroom W suite comes outfitted with $30,000 to $35,000 worth of Tui Lifestyle furniture.

Rents there range from $3,600 to $8,900 a month, according to The owner of Lin's unit had put the two-bed, two-bath apartment up for sale for $2.315 million before renting it out.

Building amenities include a gym and preferred reservations, seating and in-residence dining at the hotel's BLT bar. Residents also have access to a digital lounge with video games, a movie screening room, cafe, gym and rooftop terrace.

The humble hoops star didn't pick the flashiest apartment in the building, and instead went for a mid-level unit, sources told The Post.

"He went from sleeping on his brother's couch to living here. This is huge," an insider said.

Lin will sign the rental papers this week - giving him a short trip to Madison Square Garden on game nights.

And his Westchester County condo - owned by his pal and former Golden State Warrior teammate David Lee - is a short drive from the Knicks' practice facility in Greenburgh.

Sources said Lin plans to spend most of his time at the hotel residence.

Lin, an ex-NBA castoff cut by two teams, has sparked a phenomenon known as Linsanity in helping the Knicks turn around a losing season.

Along the way, he's also shown an uncanny ability to win friends - even among opponents. Nets forward Kris Humphries said, "It's nice to see great things happen for nice people."

Additional reporting by Joe Mollica and David K. Li

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