Peek Liev Schreibert Triplex Apartment in Manhattan’s NoHo District with AD – Liev Schreiber Invites AD to Tour His New York City Apartment. Liev Schreiber enlists Ashe + Leandro to turn his old bachelor pad into a home for him and his two sons.
Client-designer communication can be a delicate thing. It doesn’t typically involve quoting “Sprockets.” But in 2016, when Liev Schreiber decided to retool his triplex apartment in Manhattan’s NoHo district, the Saturday Night Live reference just seemed right. The initial brainstorms yielded proposals that struck the actor as “uncomfortably Teutonic,” he says, recounting his lively give-and-take with Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro, the 30-something principals who head up the AD100 New York design firm Ashe + Leandro. “Like, ‘I know you want to touch my monkey.’ ”
Schreiber, of course, nails this line—the accent, the inflection—with diamond-laser accuracy. He couldn’t have found a better audience for it. Ashe’s first design job was on set at SNL, and her brother-in-law is Seth Meyers. Suffice it to say, she has a sense of humor. More to the point, Ashe and Leandro’s work has an easygoing cool to it; it’s rigorous, but it’s also relaxed, not unlike the duo themselves. So, you don’t want “Sprockets”? OK, no “Sprockets.” Put into practice at Schreiber’s apartment, the Ashe + Leandro approach—modernist yet utterly livable—has yielded something that all three agree is rare in the age of too-tall, too-skinny condo towers and Edison-bulbed brownstone renos. “We wanted it to feel like a real New York space,” Leandro says. And it does. Schreiber knows from real New York spaces.
He grew up virtually around the corner, spending a chunk of his boyhood at the corner of 1st and First. “This reminds me of my friends’ lofts down in SoHo when we were kids,” the actor says, settling his six-foot-three frame into one of the living room’s outsize sofas, which Schreiber already owned. (During the nine-month renovation, this specimen, too big to get out the door, was wrapped and lashed to the ceiling.) “That, for me, felt like home—something that had art in it and had that kind of rawness and openness.” Schreiber’s place has all of that, in spades.
The space itself has some backstory: Starting in the late ’90s, Schreiber cobbled together the three-level, three-bedroom apartment from a couple of units in this circa-1880, redbrick, Neo-Grec industrial building. The Yale Drama grad’s career had taken off following a breakthrough role in Nora Ephron’s Mixed Nuts. Soon enough came Scream (and Scream 2), and an eye-opening turn as Hamlet in 1999 at the Public Theater, just a few blocks away. The bachelor pad, tricked out with help from his older brother, a stonemason, served Schreiber well.
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Source: Architectural Digest