Flan & Oisa Entertain at the Setai

Flan & Oisa Entertain at the Setai

Jill Slater
Nov 3, 2010

Name: Flan and Oisa
Location: Bizzi & Partners' New Setai Hotel/Condo on 36th and Fifth Avenue
Size: 2500 square feet — 3 bedroom condo & 58th floor
Years lived in: 3 months

Steven Gambrel designed this penthouse apartment for Flan and Oisa, stars of the 1993 drama, Six Degrees of Separation. Or at least, he imagined the wealthy couple as his client when he agreed to participate in this year's Designer Visions: Cinema Style.

Because the Mayor's Office of Film co-sponsored the event, designers were encouraged to choose a New York film to inspire their work. Steven Cambrell chose Six Degrees because he was looking for a client that he could actually imagine living here.

"These are not people who style everything," explains Gambrel. He used a ton of color, texture, and juxtapositions of styles to foster the right balance of chaos and calm.

Many elements were custom made for this space and offer brilliant ideas for the DIYer. The set of dining tables is particularly striking. At first glance the surface appears to be a cacophany of various marble patterns, but the secret is that it is two pieces of wood on 4 wooden sawhorses. Every surface has been lined with Florentine booklining paper and sealed. The edges of the table are studded to create an even greater sense of purpose and permanence.

There is definitely a lot going on here, perhaps too much for some. But it is exhilarating to be in, in the sense that that each glance affords a bounty of sensations. Of course, art and books blanket the home, but so do lush and textured fabrics, and all kinds of plant-life. Gambrel went out of his way to create noticeable signs of life — one can imagine that people really live here and that those people are curious and adventurous, and that they enjoy more quirk than less.

House Tour Survey

Style: A vibrant blend of old and unusual. Contrasting colors and cool art.

Inspiration: Bohemian interiors of the artistic 20th century New York set.

Favorite Element: Lux textiles, lux antiques, casual lifestyle.

Biggest Challenge: No architectural elements to align with the decorations and color story.

Biggest Indulgence: 1940s antiques

Best Advice: Don't hold back.

Dream Source: Bernd Goeckler


• Fabric: Donghia
• Tile: Ann Sacks
• Countertops: Silestone
• Bedding: Wamsutta
• Pillow fabric: Bergamo
• Bathroom fixtures: Kohler
• Paint: Ralph Lauren Bitter Orange in study

To see more details of Fran and Oisa's kitchen, check out Six Degrees of Separation at the Setai on The Kitchn.

Images: Jill Slater

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