Inside the Manhattan apartment Drake/Anderson’s Caleb Anderson shares with his partner, DeAndre DeVane.
Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

Designer Caleb Anderson Turns a Blank Canvas into His Own Highly Curated Home

The partner in New York design firm Drake/Anderson deftly mixes old and new inside his lovingly restored prewar apartment

Caleb Anderson, with his partner, DeAndre DeVane, carried out the renovations with the team at his firm, Drake/Anderson. Photo: Brittany Ambridge

When interior designer Caleb Anderson purchased his apartment in New York City’s Sutton Place neighborhood three years ago, he knew his life was about to change. He just didn’t realize how much, or that the entire world around him would change, too.

Anderson, who is a partner in the firm Drake/Anderson with decorating legend Jamie Drake, acquired the 1,500-square-foot two-bedroom as part of an estate sale. Describing the apartment as “a blank canvas,” he explains that it had been in the same family since the building was completed in the 1920s and nearly everything was in its original state—a blessing and a curse. “It needed a huge renovation,” he says. The outdated layout still had a maid’s room and bath, the latter of which Anderson co-opted to expand the primary suite. But otherwise, he left the existing walls and plan intact. “Being from Texas, I’ve always been enamored of prewar architecture,” he says. “I’ve always liked proper rooms.”

An antique Swedish clock overlooks the office’s Louis XV–style 19th-century desk and bespoke chair clad in leather by Keleen Leathers. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

In the foyer, a 19th-century rococo gilt-wood mirror from David Duncan Antiques joins modern touches, like the custom console designed by Anderson and the Bucky Vitrine pendant by Christopher Boots for Jean de Merry. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

Anderson moved into the unfinished space in March 2020, just before the city went into lockdown, which prolonged the renovations by several months. He was joined in the new apartment by his partner, DeAndre DeVane, whom he met on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica in 2018. While Anderson spearheaded the furniture and decor selection, the couple shopped together for art, mostly settling on large abstract works. DeVane, an information technology specialist in the finance industry, says that living with a designer “definitely sharpens your eye to details.”

When Anderson joined forces with Drake in 2015, he complemented Drake’s well-known penchant for punchy colors with an understated flair rooted in historical design. “Jamie is always one to push boundaries. Working with him has given me confidence to push my own,” says Anderson. “And he’s given me a broader appreciation of design in general. It’s not about just one look or aesthetic.” The duo’s range will be on full display in a new book coming out from Rizzoli in the fall. Entitled Bold: The Interiors of Drake/Anderson, it presents 11 projects completed since forming their partnership.

In the second bedroom, which doubles as an office, a Catellani & Smith pendant is suspended above a daybed custom made by Peruvian Touch and flanked by the Bright Group pedestal tables. An Allison Gildersleeve painting hangs atop a wall covering by the Alpha Workshops, and Remains Lighting sconces are mounted on columns painted in a Benjamin Moore yellow. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

An essential quality that Drake and Anderson share is an affinity for livable luxury, and it’s evident in every square inch of Anderson’s apartment. He’s the rare thirtysomething designer who has a passion for antique gilded French chairs and ornate rococo mirrors and also possesses the sophistication to combine them with minimal, modern pieces. “I love the mix of old and new,” says Anderson, who set out to give each room a distinct identity. “It all connects. It’s a reflection of my different moods, different seasons, different energy.”

“It all connects... It’s a reflection of my different moods, different energy”

Caleb Anderson

The vibe in the neutral living room is decidedly calm and composed—“a clean, ethereal moment,” as Anderson puts it. Not that the space lacks glamour or visual interest, from the fluted plaster fireplace surround and the sculptural cocktail table in hammered brass designed by Anderson to the abstract, neo-Expressionist-style triptych by Vicky Barranguet that spans the wall behind the midcentury-like curved sofa in sumptuous gray velour.

For the living room of his 1920s Sutton Place apartment, Caleb Anderson designed a midcentury-style sofa and a hammered-brass cocktail table that he paired with Vladimir Kagan lounge chairs and a matching ottoman from Holly Hunt. A triptych painting by Vicky Barranguet adds a chromatic splash to the neutral scheme, which includes an Edward Fields carpet and a 19th-century Italian bronze urn. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

Elsewhere, Anderson deploys some memorably bold color choices, not least in the compact dining area, with its scarlet ceiling, walls, and upholstery. A vintage Baccarat chandelier shimmers in the space’s mirrored panels and brass details, creating “a dining-out vibe in a chic setting,” says DeVane. The second bedroom, which doubles as a home office and TV room and is furnished with a mossy green daybed, features mustard-yellow doors and trim, framing gold-flecked wallpaper by the Alpha Workshops, a decorative arts nonprofit that Drake and his firm have long supported.

Anderson installed an antique Louis XVI Baccarat chandelier above the dining area’s custom-crafted spider marble table, which is bordered on one side by Willy Rizzo chairs and on the other by a banquette upholstered in an Élitis fabric matched to the Benjamin Moore currant-red paint used on the paneled walls and ceiling. The painting is by Elise Ansel, the wall sconces are by Remains Lighting, and the candle holders are vintage Tommi Parzinger. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

Anderson hung a Lappalainen mobile in the window next to the La Cornue range and decorated the adjacent wall with a collection of plates by Laboratorio Paravicini. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

At the entrance to the primary bedroom, artist Christina Watka created a site-specific installation of small, hand-molded ceramic circles that resemble a constellation emerging from the room’s deep blue, fabric-covered walls. Anderson used the same material on the bed and a similarly hued one with a mesmerizing moiré effect for the curtains and side walls. “I wanted something dark and moody, like a cozy cave,” says Anderson, who topped the custom shagreen-wrapped nightstands with antique French girandoles.


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For Anderson, a period that was already going to be a time of upheaval was only magnified by the pandemic. It prompted him to start Well-Designed, an organization he is launching later this year that will focus on wellness and building community among design professionals through educational events, retreats, and symposia. DeVane is helping Anderson with the rollout, turning it into a fledgling family venture.

A Matthias Meyer painting hangs above the custom-made bed, which is upholstered in the same Dedar fabric as the wall behind and topped with pillows in a Jim Thompson silk. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson

“This apartment has taught me a lot of lessons, even about myself and about what’s actually important,” Anderson says, explaining how the process has, among other things, mellowed his perfectionist streak. “I’ve been on a personal journey of wellness, and this apartment is a chapter in it.”

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2022 Spring Issue under the headline “In His Comfort Zone.” Subscribe to the magazine.

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Cover: Inside the Manhattan apartment Drake/Anderson’s Caleb Anderson shares with his partner, DeAndre DeVane.
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