Pierre Bergian

Living Room of Mario Buatta, 120 East 80th Street, New York


The heavily layered apartment of Mario Buatta is perhaps the best example of the decorator’s philosophy of “the collected interior”. Here Buatta glazed the original wood paneled library of the 1931 townhouse originally built for George and Martha Whitney by architects Cross and Cross in a lettuce green and hung rows of dog portraits from decorative blue bows, a playful riff on collecting historical portraits, often joking these were his ancestors. Buatta lived in the apartment from 1976 until his death in 2018, constantly adding to its collections.

Height: 29 x Width: 37 cm