Chances are that Philip Rafshoon and Robert Gaul’s perfectly appointed “comfortable eclectic contemporary” Midtown loft outshines your personal expression of style at home, no matter how fabulous.
Original art, one-of-a-kind custom furniture, fine-crafted accessories, wine storage as art, and myriad antiques make this an inspirational gay condo worth exploring (photos, above and below). Don’t mind if we do!
While you wait on a personal invitation from the homeowners (right) to bathe in their unending natural light and full expanse of fabulosity, a recent AJC “Private Quarters” feature lets you snoop uninterupted, including how Gaul and Rafshoon punch up their light and bright surroundings by keeping things “dark and dramatic” in the bedroom.
The dark and dramatic master bedroom walls, painted Benjamin Moore's Newport Blue, are a backdrop to chrome "Raindrops" sculptures by Curtis Jere, circa 1970. The bed, designed by homeowner Robert Gaul, was made from maple and white lacquer by C M Renovation in New York. The bedside cabinets are vintage and the Italian lamps made of Murano glass are circa 1920s and from a flea market in New York City.
Visually impactful touches throughout the space – from ‘70s funk to mid-century modern to centuries-old Japanese ornamental – are all chosen by Gaul. The architectural designer also chose artwork by artists like gay Atlanta’s own Robert Sherer. He personally designed custom features including the bed, dining table, and a room-length work-study desk in the home office.
You may know Gaul's partner Rafshoon better as the former owner of Outwrite, Atlanta’s gone-but-not-forgotten LGBT bookstore. Rafshoon is now director of the annual Decatur Book Festival.
Check out some more choice shots below, and view the full album via AJC by Christopher Oquendo.