dining roomOne of the walls on the fifth floor, facing the kitchen, was painted by artist Mark Mulroney.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

I don’t like boring; “She doesn’t like being bored,” designer Ghislaine Venas says of her longtime client and friend Paige West, owner of the “modern, graphic, and quirky” Tribeca home. West was Viñas’ first client when she started, designing office space for West in the Starrett-Lehigh Building in 1999, followed by her federal home in Greenwich Village. Then West moved into this house that Phineas had twice decorated.

West originally purchased the former six-story, 15,000-square-foot warehouse 14 years ago with her then-husband, John Keeler. Viñas collaborated with Joe McMillan’s DDG architecture firm to rework it. Originally, there were two units, which later came in handy when the couple separated. Keeler and his second wife lived on the first three floors, while West lived upstairs with Christopher Cooper, whom she is now married to. Their children moved back and forth.

“Everyone knows our situation,” West says of this happy, if unorthodox, arrangement. “We were even contacted about a TV show.”

When her ex-husband finally left, “it was a chance for Cobb and I to rebuild the house as ours.”

West, an art collector and curator, went to college intending to become an artist, but ended up working in business. Later, she decided to combine her interests by studying art at Christie’s and in the Arts Management program at New York University.

Her father, Alfred West, founded the investment firm SEI. In 1996, she began a program of decorating the company’s offices with works from the family’s 3,100-piece art collection, some of which are used in this home. In 1999, she founded the online art sales platform Mixed Greens (which later opened a space in Chelsea).

“I closed Mixed Greens for what I’m developing now,” says West, describing the massive museum project she was working on with architecture firm LO-TEK, which will house part of the West Collection in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. West has purchased the Otis Elevator warehouse there as well as an adjacent vacant lot that she plans to turn into a public green space and sculpture garden.

Back in New York, her home is now united. “I think I pushed her comfort zone. We can definitely hang art on the wallpaper,” West says of her collaboration with Phineas. “But one thing I want to stress is that Ghislaine and I design the space we love so much and then put art in it. It’s like the icing on the cake,” says Ghislaine.

entertainment room: On the fourth floor are custom tables designed by Ghislaine Viñas. The wall and doors are painted with three fingers.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

Kitchen/living room downstairs: The first floor living area for guests features a custom rug designed by Viñas and manufactured by The Rug Company. The blue armchairs are by Ligne Roset, and the wallpaper in the drawer is a custom “Nama Rococo” pattern by Karen Jo Combs.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

Upstairs living area: Two 2018 Derek Adams paintings – left, Figure in the Urban Landscape, Issue 19, and right, Figure in Urban Landscape, No. 20 – I hang out on the fifth floor outside the library. Striped wallpaper by Abigail Edwards.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

powder room: Inspired by Blue Grotto, the Cole and Son wallpaper on the ceiling is by Lee Jofa and the Vistosi pendant light fixture is by Suite NY.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

the library: “I find it hard to part with books,” Paige West says of her wall-to-wall bookcase with sliding ladder on the fifth floor (“I’ve had a dream since I was a little girl”). The blue sectional sofa is from B&B Italia. Light sculpture in the staircase transponder, by Jason Roginis.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

Library chairs: It is covered with a deidar fabric.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

Upstairs dining area: Next to the fifth floor kitchen is the painting elena school girl, by Julian Opie.
Photo: Garrett Rowland

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