Franklin Report Report Card for Shelton, Mindel & Associates in New York City
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Shelton, Mindel & Associates
253 Church Street
Floor 2
New York, NY 10010
(212) 206-6406
Main Contact: Peter Shelton, Lee F. Mindel

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Sensuous, carefully edited, modern residential architecture

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FR Review:
Still forward thinking and adventurous after over 35 years in the business, Peter Shelton and Lee Mindel are icons of the "simplicity through rigor" mantra. The pair is lauded for its ability to lure clients into the spell of contemporary clarity with refined, controlled spaces that are minimal yet rich in detail. After three decades in business the firm is characterized by a signature style best described as Beguiling Modern with an underlying Blue Chip mentality. The architects are also intimately involved in the interior design of their spaces, often creating custom furniture and lighting schemes that are said to be "brushstrokes of the larger plan."

Clients report partners Shelton and Mindel are "smart, likeable, conscientious" architects who "exhibit zero attitude." The firm is also highly respected throughout the building and design professions. While we hear the focus with which the firm pursues the realization of its design vision sometimes leaves less regard for creature comforts, clients say there's no question they feel at home in Shelton and Mindel's highly original, deft architecture. The company has worked in many of Manhattan's best buildings, with 6,000 square feet being the norm.

Both began their studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Shelton graduated from Pratt in 1975 and then joined Edward Durell Stone and later Emery Roth & Sons. Mindel graduated from Harvard in 1976 and worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merill and then Rogers, Butler, Burgun. The firm was founded in 1978 and currently employs about fifteen people. There is an intellectual, collegial atmosphere at the office and many of the staff have been there for over fifteen years. The team has received many tributes, including twenty-eight AIA awards and a place in the Interior Design Hall of Fame. The company also designs products for Waterworks, Knoll, Nessen Lighting and V'Soske. A flat percentage of the overall construction is charged to cover both architecture and design fees. AIA Fellows. AD 100, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014. ID Hall of Fame. AD 100 2018.

Representative Client Comments:
"Transcending architecture, culminating in art." "I highly recommend them for their high standards, impeccable designs and strong professionalism." "A warm and unpretentious manner that belies fairly strict adherence to the Modern view." "Supremely disciplined in their focus to trim away all excess." "They can also do traditional but not the chintz thing." "You must do it their way." "Always trying to create more space or at least a sense of space, especially in Manhattan apartments." "Lee and Peter live their projects 24/7." "The back office is fabulous." "Big personality and a special approach." "An extraordinary ability to see the end game." "Costs are high but in line with the estimates." "They work and work until they create something magical." "If you are lucky enough to work with them, they are extraordinary problem solvers and resolve spaces with rigorous simplicity. I'd recommend them to anyone with a significant renovation ahead of them."

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Posted 10/17/2011
Reviewed By:
serialrenovator New York, CT

Bottom Line:
If you are lucky enough to work with them it's a magical experience and I'd recommend them to anyone with a significant renovation ahead of them.
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Project Description & Comments:
We have done three projects with SMA with three different architectural aesthetics. They are extraordinary problem solvers and resolved the spaces with rigorous simplicity. Anything they touch becomes more valuable and their interior design work is flawless, a joy to live in and intelligently curated.
        Cost of Project: $500,001 or more
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