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S. Russell Groves: A Profile


With offices in New York, East Hampton, and Los Angeles, award-winning designer S. Russell Groves is known for his opulent sensibility, which is at once luxurious and relaxed and suits the lifestyles of his clients perfectly.  Accessible elegance reflects Groves’s meticulous approach and close collaborations with the behind-the-scenes engineers and craftspeople who help him achieve his masterful results.

After working in the studios of Peter Marino and Richard Meier, Groves established his own firm in 1996.  Some of his earliest clients were commercial: Coach turned to Groves to design their New York flagship store, and Tiffany & Co. hired Groves to create their Shanghai outpost (which features a Tiffany blue box on its façade). While residential clients include such influential tastemakers as Michael Kors, Frederic Fekkai, and Derek Lam, Groves has also produced designs for many other clients in the exclusive realms of eastern Long Island, Manhattan, and Napa. His work has earned him much praise from high-end publications like Architectural Digest (Groves & Co. has been listed in the annual AD100 multiple times), Elle Decor, and Luxe. Groves’s vision extends to a lighting collection for Swarovski and to furniture with pieces that call to mind Jean-Michel Frank and Paul Dupré-Lafon, icons of French Art Deco style.

Halcyon, a luxury tower in New York’s Midtown East, joins Groves’s growing portfolio of New York City condo interiors. Just as he did with The Lucida—the first LEED-certified residential building on the Upper East Side—Groves has approached Halcyon with a fresh, modern aesthetic that combines sophisticated materials with luxurious finishes. He has also adopted many sculptural forms and artistic elements; soft, muted tones contrast with reflective surfaces in some areas of the building, while an earthy and textured effect is at play in others. Groves explains, “We believe the epitome of luxury to be one of ease and beauty, rather than overt extravagance.”

The design for the interiors of this 32-story glass and steel tower is informed by the natural light that permeates the building. The decor balances the light with bleached walnut paneling, travertine (white limestone) flooring, brushed bronze trim, and strokes of color throughout. The double-height lobby is punctuated by a cascading chandelier and a staircase that connects the main level to a library with an outdoor terrace. Artist Ken Gangbar’s wall sculpture lends an ethereal element to the soothing space.

The homes of Halcyon feature floor-to-ceiling windows and six-inch wide plank smoked-oak flooring. Bathrooms are outfitted with marble tiles and brushed bronze fittings, while kitchens utilize lacquer, Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplashes, and brushed bronze drawer pulls and handles. Muted, neutral hues enhance the harmonious ambience of every Halcyon residence, including each of the two full-floor penthouses with wood-burning fireplaces and spacious private terraces that occupy the tower’s crown.

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