Franklin Report Report Card for Harry Schnaper Inc. in New York City
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Harry Schnaper Inc.

692 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 980-9898
Main Contact: Harry Schnaper

Interior Design

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Streamlined, traditional interior design

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FR Review:
Blessed with a keen eye for beauty and a chardonnay-dry wit, Harry Schnaper creates rooms that radiate taste and poise. An accomplished veteran of the industry, Schnaper is best known for traditional but can do other styles–contemporary, French, Deco, and more–with aplomb. Lately, the look has been trending slightly more modern, but he still uses antiques (or perfect reproductions) and references emphasize that “each project is its own world.” In all cases the focus is very much on the client, whether that entails taking a general concept and bringing it to life with details, or giving advice on late-night 1stDibs indulgences. Schnaper is said to be a “sheer delight” to work with–an easy mix of bonhomie and can-do professionalism. Clients come to love the process as much as they love their finished homes.

Equipped with a degree in psychology and schooled at the Chelsea School of Art, Schnaper worked with Gay Matthaei and Robert Metzger prior to opening his eponymous firm in 1989. While most of Schnaper’s work is in Manhattan, other projects have taken him to the Hamptons, Baltimore, Washington DC, Boston and Windham. Schnaper’s “crackerjack back office” has been with him for years and is said to “have the process down cold.” Generally speaking, he only undertakes three to four major projects at a time, allowing him to be the point person for every decision. The firm’s fees are considered to be very fair for the value they deliver. Many clients are repeat customers, crediting Schnaper’s handsome designs, solid implementation skills and winning charm. AD 100.

Representative Client Comments:
“Everyone’s just wild about Harry and his designs. I keep expecting him to become huge, but he is not a self-promoter.” “He successfully worked with John McEnroe, so I knew that he could handle my husband. He is delightful and charming.” “While his love is the more modern, he has a great range of styles that he does so well.” “Harry understood the requirements of being newly divorced—how to make the apartment kid-friendly but also sophisticated for my new life.” “He really falls in love with the design process.” “He’s very very honest, and he owns things. If some furniture is delivered late, he doesn’t pass the buck, but puts his foot down and deals with it.” “Responded to my texts within five minutes, even if he wasn’t in town.” “When you hire Harry, you get Harry–he never pushes it off on anyone else.” “Harry is a gift. He lightens things up, lets us not take things too seriously.” “While I know he can be expensive, I did not have the budget for that, and he was amazing.” “A very funny guy–he’s a riot to work with.” “Each one of the projects he has done for me have been completely different. He can do it all.” “I’m very expressive, my husband is very analytical. We both love Harry.”

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