An Apartment In Cold Spring For Every Design Enthusiast
Philip Nobel and Nathalie Jonas | Cold Spring, NY
When it comes to design, Philip Nobel has seen it all. Having written for the likes of Architectural Digest, Metropolis and the New York Times for the past 15 years, he’s developed a discerning palette for the best in structure and form. In 2009, he set his eyes on Cold Spring, tired of the cramped streets and storied skyscrapers of New York City. “I saw a map in the 80s and saw this funny dead end on the Hudson,” he recalls. “It always seemed like this unique geographic pocket in Putnam county.”
Five years later, Philip and his girlfriend Nathalie Jonas have become daytime fixtures in town. In 2013, Nathalie opened The Living Room, a mixed use event space, a community driver, on Main Street downtown. In addition to hosting weddings, private parties and concerts, The Living Room partnered with a local coffee shop, The Pantry, to host the Bazaar on Hudson, a weekly indoor flea market promoting local makers and artisans.
“There’s something very natural about limiting your acquaintances and increasing the quality of them,” Philip says of his social life in Cold Spring. “If you live in a place with limited cultural offerings, you go to all of them. If you’re in New York and not entirely focused on one thing, you see nothing. [up here] you don’t have a contemporary crisis of choice.”
And North Note: Philip recently became the editorial director at SHoP (an architecture firm based in NYC) and now takes the Metro North to and from Cold Spring almost every day.