Tom Manche

Tom Manche Interiors LLC

A soaring leaded-glass window with a graceful arch and overlooking a broad staircase provided a classical backdrop for Tom Manche’s design of the Upstairs Landing at #23 Lenox Place. At the same time, however, the space presented a unique set of challenges that ultimately became Manche’s source of inspiration and informed every major design decision he made.

“Because of the doors to various rooms on each wall, there was very little space for furniture in the hall that is approximately only 12 by 12 feet,” Manche explains. “The inspiration for my plan came both from the limited space and the existing wallcovering that the owner wanted to remain in the house. The wallcovering almost looked like plates hung all over the walls and was very busy. I didn’t want the space to feel overwhelmed with multiple patterns and colors.”

Manche’s solution was to ground the room with a round, solid-color skirted table that he placed in the center beneath a low-hanging brass chandelier. The table’s carotene-colored sateen fabric plays off the orange color in the medallion-style floral wallcovering, and also works nicely with the deep blue Oriental stair runner.

“My color palette consists of black, white, orange coral, rose and blue,” Manche says. “With the exception of the zebra-patterned chair upholstery, all of the fabrics are in solid colors; and each of these colors—with the exception of black—is shown in the wallcovering or existing stair runner. Black is a universally neutral color that adds sophistication to a space without conflicting with other colors.”

Around the perimeter of the room are comfortable chairs accompanied by small tables, lamps and a folding screen, the latter original to the house. A simple window treatment softens the large window on the landing, where Manche placed a narrow mirrored console table, two large transitional-style clear Lucite lamps, and a pair of diminutive lyre-back chairs.

“On a sunny day, the room is filled with light from the large window on the landing, giving the space a warm and inviting ambiance,” Manche says. “I envisioned it as a space where family members could go to relax, read a good book, or even do some knitting or needlepoint.”