The take a look at of a first-rate intelligence, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, is the potential to carry two opposing concepts in thoughts at the identical time whereas nonetheless managing to perform.
Chloe Flower (neé Won), the composer, pianist and influencer can relate: For the previous three years, she has lived fortunately on the 63rd flooring of New York by Gehry, an condo tower in the monetary district. And but, she can be “really scared of heights.”
But Ms. Flower, 35, the spirited, couture-clad presence at the keyboard when Cardi B carried out “Money” at the 2019 Grammys, is nothing if not pragmatic. The music movies she shoots in her two-bedroom rental — the cityscape a key factor — have helped her construct a sturdy following on social media.
“I took one for the team because of Instagram,” mentioned Ms. Flower, whose repertoire contains hits by the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, performed in the model of Bach and Beethoven — or, as Ms. Flower characterizes it, pop-sical. “But really, when you look out the window and straight across, you don’t have a sense of depth.”
Chloe Flower was born Chloe Won, however was nicknamed Flower as a baby, and flowers are all the time shut at hand. An association sits atop the bedazzled Baldwin live performance grand, a loaner from the Liberace property.Credit…Katherine Marks for The New York Times
Chloe Flower, 35
Occupation: Composer and pianist
Special Delivery: “During Covid, I was buying cabinets online from Restoration Hardware, and I forgot to remove the bed I had put in the shopping cart. When the guys from the shipping company arrived, they said, ‘We have your bed,’ and I said, ‘What bed?’ So now I have an accidental blue bed.”
Also, up there in the stratosphere, Ms. Flower is at a substantial take away from ambient avenue noise. She was, thus, capable of file most of her self-titled debut album at house. It’s due out July 16.
Location. Location. Location. So goes the actual property mantra. To which Ms. Flower responds: Who cares? Who cares? Who cares? “Whenever I’m looking for an apartment, I’m never concerned where it is, because I’m either working from home or working in a studio,” she mentioned.
“I prefer certain areas of New York, of course,” added Ms. Flower, who beforehand rented in Union Square and Gramercy Park. “But New York has everything everywhere. Same with Los Angeles.”
In truth, she was residing in L.A. when she and her boyfriend, Michael Sepso, a New York-based entrepreneur, determined to maneuver in collectively and commenced searching for appropriate quarters.
It was the musician Questlove who launched his pal Ms. Flower to New York by Gehry. He is a tenant, “and when I saw his place, that was it,” she mentioned. “I was, like, ‘Wait. Hold on. The view.’ I was so excited.”
One attraction was the bay window in the front room, which “makes the apartment feel much bigger,” Ms. Flower mentioned of the house, which is nearly 1,400 sq. ft.
Much of it’s ceded to the Steinway Spirio|r, a piano that may file and play again performances, and to a Baldwin SD10 live performance grand with a clear lid and a cladding of a whole lot of glass tiles, a loaner from the property of Liberace so as to add flash to these Instagram movies. The man generally known as Mr. Showmanship usually took it on tour. “Aesthetically, it doesn’t look like any piano you’ve ever seen. It’s really, really cool,” Ms. Flower mentioned.
“I love Liberace,” she added. “I know he’s not a traditional classical pianist, but he used his flair and drama and passion to break into the mainstream pop world. I like to celebrate him.”
Ms. Flower loves having family and friends go to. Pre-Covid, everybody in her orbit referred to the second bed room, now an office-slash-workout space, as Hotel Chloe. But guests don’t have too many locations to perch. There aren’t any simple chairs, and Ms. Flower ditched her purple Ligne Roset couch two years in the past, when the Liberace joined the Steinway.
“It was beautiful,” she mentioned. “But when I had to choose between a second piano and a couch, it was, like, ‘A piano, of course.’”
To make sure, there are different issues in the living-and-dining room: a wooden eating desk; a teak tree-trunk console, a Yamaha keyboard, a pair of sculptural bookshelves, a vase or three of flowers, and plenty of white candles. Ms. Flower buys them by the dozen from Amazon, lighting and shuffling them round as the spirit strikes her.
“I love their glow. I like the way they look when they’ve burned down,” she mentioned. “They’re romantic and I think they set a mood, especially at night against the city lights.”
But the décor should all the time serve the music. “When I’m composing, I don’t like to have a lot of distractions, and clutter is distracting,” she mentioned. “I like the space to be clear, so I feel I have a clean slate.”
Ms. Flower wrote her newest composition, “Tamie,” on the Steinway.Credit…Katherine Marks for The New York Times
Consequently, with the exception of a gilded mirror and a TV display screen that doubles as a canvas to show digital artwork, the partitions are naked. So are most surfaces.
The annotated piano books and sheet music that Ms. Flower has had since childhood — “if there were a fire, I’d take them out first” — had been briefly on a shelf in the front room.
“But they just looked a little messy, a lot of loose paper,” she mentioned, so she consigned them to a Restoration Hardware cupboard in the couple’s bed room. She even turned down the provide of a candelabra from the Liberace property as a result of it could block the view — a key supply of inspiration throughout the artistic course of.
Ms. Flower describes herself as a homebody. But she can be that a lot happier at house if it had a devoted recording studio and ample house to indicate off a few of her mom’s art work.
“And,” she mentioned, “there’s a third piano I want to buy. I asked my boyfriend, ‘What if we got rid of the dining table?’”
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