House call: Jason Pickleman's Lakeview East attic apartment
The graphic designer's sizeable art collection brightens the former servants' quarters.
“What sold me was the contrast between the antique exterior, that classic Edwardian front, and what we saw we could turn into a white box attic,” Pickleman says of the top-floor, 2,000-square-foot apartment he shares with his wife, Leslie Bodenstein, their son, Willem, and cat, Dustball. After moving into the former servants’ quarters of the 90-year-old mansion seven years ago, the graphic designer–artist and head of graphic-design firm JNL Design filled the place with his ever-expanding art collection. “My process of acquiring work is that I’m constantly desirous,” Pickleman says. That explains the 100-plus works, displayed on every surface (not to mention the few hundred additional pieces in storage or on display in his office).