Franklin Report Report Card for Donald Kaufman Color in New York City
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Donald Kaufman Color
114 West Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 568-2226
Main Contact: Donald Kaufman & Taffy Dahl
Painters - Decorative, Wallpaperers & Colorists

Services & Specialties
First-class architectural color consulting

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Donald Kaufman and his partner Taffy Dahl are recognized as America’s foremost architectural color consultants. Using their own proprietary pigment-saturated paint, the duo mixes custom paint colors to uniquely suit the site location, the intensity of the light, the interior fabrics and trim hues and the personality of the client. Both trained in the fi ne arts, Kaufman and Dahl have developed a devoted clientele of color aficionados including Richard Meier, Mariette Himes Gomez and Philip Johnson (who gave them “color carte blanche” for his New York apartment). About half of their work is done for architects and decorators and the other half directly for homeowners.

In business since 1975, Kaufman and Dahl arrive with a large rolling suitcase filled with thousands of brushed samples, and go to work considering each room rather like doctors approaching a patient. They bring to this specialized craft a wealth of experience and specific, discrete analysis. While clearly masters, there is a “yin-yang” to their views, with Kaufman more focused on the technical, and Dahl more sensitive to the ambiance. Between them, they get it exactly right, and are never miffed if the client asks for a “whiter shade of pale.” The firm has created custom color palettes for innumerable residences across the country, and also for galleries and museums including the Frick, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Fine Arts Center. Commercial endeavors include the Delano Hotel in Miami and the Calvin Klein flagship store in New York. There is a minimum consultation cost of $10,000. The pair has also written two books on color, which display and outline their philosophy. If your budget is smaller, you can choose from 104 shades of specialty mixed paint; call (201) 568-2226 for details.

Representative Client Comments:
“Genius, they understand color better than anyone.” “I was a skeptic that their paint colors could make a difference, but the depth and luminosity of the paint is magical.” “All of the fi nest decorators and painters in New York know and respect Don and Taffy.” “The millwork glows as it never did before.” “I would highly recommend them to anyone. While not cheap, they clearly can make more of an impact than a decorator if you are on a tight budget.” “They make an otherwise agonizing process fun–with a glorious result.”

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