Visit Simone Bodmer-Turner’s Bed-Stuy Apartment

The living room: The daybed is Pierre Chapo by Magan H. The headrest is by Minjae Kim. “I saw this painting” – right, by her friend Liza Lacroix – “in a dilapidated ornate mansion in Mexico City.” The sofa is customized in collaboration with Olivia Stutz Design.
Photo: Annie Schlechter

It’s the first time that I lived on my own, and it was fun to make all the choices of what was in the space,” says sculptor and ceramicist Simone Bodmer-Turner from her ground floor rental in Bedford -Stuyvesant. She had originally moved here with an ex. After their breakup, she took her time to reimagine the apartment with her own things. “I wanted to slowly bring in pieces as I could afford them.” Now the furniture and art comes mostly from artist and designer friends.

There’s a Pierre Chapo daybed – “my first investment” – which she loves because “the clever design allows it to turn into a full bed for friends and family to stay in town”. The dining table belonged to his parents – “It was our kitchen table growing up” – and originally came from an old mid-century store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is particularly proud of the kitchen. “When I moved in, there were all these Ikea cabinets and counters,” she says. Inspired by a Charlotte Perriand kitchen she had seen in a book, she installed a “curved cherry countertop and a floating table with a small cube for seating,” she says, with a matching cherry backsplash.

Bodmer-Turner grew up in Berkeley, California before her family moved east to Massachusetts. At school, she studied literature with an emphasis on travel writing and art. But it took him some time to get back to the artistic part. It came after a taste of farming and cooking – “my other great love”, she says. In 2013, she started working for sustainable farm-to-table food delivery startup Good Eggs. While at the start-up, Bodmer-Turner began taking ceramics classes and worked at Choplet, Gasworks and Sculpture Space before having her own studio near the Navy Yard in 2018. What turned out into another career. This year, in her first solo show at Matter Projects, which ran from February to April, she exhibited 25 pieces, many quite large, which included furniture and lighting. “I built my studio around a design line I called the Permanent Collection” – which she describes as a “seasonless line of ceramic vases that draws inspiration from ancient ceremonial vessels and modern forms” of architecture and design – “this is my bread-and-butter container group.

This line has favored wholesale accounts that have flourished during the pandemic with people focused on their homes. The exposure at Matter was bigger than she had, and “the sheer scale of the work wasn’t something that made sense for such a small studio,” so she stopped wholesale and delivered. now parts directly to its collectors. She also focuses on her personal work making sculptures and furniture in the minimal space of her studio, keeping her home base filled with things that inspire her.

Bodmer-Turner with Death: Mort is a mix of Cattle Dog, Pit Bull and Labrador. “I adopted him ten months ago,” she says. “He was found at a brickyard in Texas and transported to a shelter in Pennsylvania.” The table belonged to his parents.

The kitchen: “The countertop and backsplash were installed by Cain Cain Studio. Bodmer-Turner says, “We added shelving and an original traditional butcher block which I replaced with this curvaceous cherry counter when the butcher block started to split.

The cantilever top was designed by Bodmer-Turner and made by Cain Cain Studio.

“In the alcove is a vessel that Bodmer-Turner describes as ‘an original handcrafted Single Stem from when I made them all by hand which I have kept. There are other objects found in flea markets and hikes. The semi-circular canvas seat around the dining table is by Lukas Gschwandtner of Maniera Brussels.

The living room credenza was there when Bodmer-Turner moved in. The ceramic on tilting feet is a piece that Bodmer-Turner made during a residency in Japan in 2019. Sawfish’s teeth were found at an antique store. “I just liked the shape.” The stones come from a stone garden of a friend who is a stonemason. “We nerd on some rocks over there.”

Bedroom: Sarah Ellison designed the bed. The shelves were designed and installed in collaboration with Cain Cain Studio. The Mario Bellini-inspired daybed was a custom piece with Olivia Stutz Design, and the painting above the bed is by Hanna Eshel of Patrick Parrish.

Photographs of Annie Schlechter

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