Revisiting Francisco Costa
I didn’t even know Francisco Costa’s apartment was on the market before hearing that it had possibly already sold. The space designed by Mark Cunningham is located at 220 Madison Avenue near the Morgan Library. The location makes it convenient for both Francisco to get to work in the Fashion District and his partner John DeStefano, a horse trainer, to get to out of the city to the track at Belmont on Long Island.
The listing on Douglas Elliman has photos of some of the rooms not featured in magazines previously and the floorplan so you can see the layout. It also allows you to see the other available apartments in the same building which give you a better idea of how well Mark Cunningham redesigned this apartment. The shades of grey and neutrals create a soothing and cohesive color scheme which keep it looking warm and cozy. While the use of texture and pieces with patina, as well as the architectural detail in the hallways help keep it from looking too stark and modern.
As Francisco told The New York Times, “It’s eclectic and personal but it’s edited. I think it’s a reductionist approach. It’s a clean approach, not necessarily minimal. It’s very personal. It is really a collection of things we love.”
I wonder why Francisco and John decided to move and how long it will be before we see their new apartment. While we wait to see, I will continue to pour over these photos to savor all the wonderful details. I suggest you do the same.
Photos by Martyn Thompson, Douglas Friedman, Christopher Sturman, and Douglas Elliman.