Vito Schnabel’s Palazzo Chupi Apartment is all sorts of Habitation Goals

Looking at people’s houses on Houzz and the other million home decor and interior design sites out there is one of my guilty pleasures. A girl can dream and morn at the same time. One of the houses that caught my attention belongs to Vito Schnabel who is the son of artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel and his first wife, Jaqueline. Vito has achieved great success in his own right as a young art dealer based in New York City’s West Village and he represents some of the hottest artists, both established and emerging. From a young age, the younger Schabel dreamed of entering the art world and at age 16 he went on to curate his first show ‘Incubator’. In an article that appeared in April 18, 2016, issue of New York Magazine, Schnabel relived his childhood dream of becoming an art dealer.

“I was 12 or 13 when I decided I wanted to be an art dealer,” he says. And so he began in 2003, when he was 16, curating his first show, “Incubator,” which took place in a space Schnabel found at 250 Hudson Street. “It was kind of obscure artists that I had grown up around that I wanted to see in a room together — Jorge Galindo, Luigi Ontani, Vahakn Arslanian, my sister Lola.” Since then, he’s continued to hold his shows in unique spaces like the former studio of Richard Avedon (for Terence Koh’s 2008 show “Flowers for Baudelaire”) and the former Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery last year. The work of Ron Gorchov, one of the artists Schnabel has championed, takes pride of place in his apartment. “I did a show of Ron’s work when I was 18 — which was the first show he had at 75,” Schnabel says. “I just had a strong reaction to it.” Another artist he represents, though not exclusively, is his father, who has a new series of plate paintings, one of which, Rose Painting (Near Van Gogh’s Grave) I (2015), hangs on the wall by the dining table. Six plate paintings were shown at Schnabel’s new gallery space in St. Moritz, formerly occupied by Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, this past winter. “We are friends,” he says of his father, “and we have a dialogue about art. I give him my two cents; he gives me his.” And that includes the covetable multicoloured cast-bronze-with-velvet chairs he designed for Schnabel’s dining-room table.
Source: April 18, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.

The multicoloured velvet chairs in Vito’s dining room designed by his father are just some of the articles in his art packed house that give it such great appeal. His home in New York’s West Village is inside his father’s iconic building, Palazzo Chupi. The double height duplex he designed houses an impressive collection of art pieces from Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Ron Gorchov, Rene Richard, Urs Fischer and Piero Fornasetti. The house is frankly an art lovers fantasy habitat. It is articulately styled in a semi- gallery fashion with picturesque items as well as enticing art meticulously hanged on the reclaimed-Douglas-fir walls. In the same space, the colours are warm and inviting allowing an aura of familiarity and sanctuary to linger through the house. Having born into the art world, it is no wonder Vito’s home magnificently communicates his passion.

Goals Yes? No?

Images: Stephen Kent Johnson


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