“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).
House call: Jason Pickleman's Lakeview East attic apartment
The graphic designer's sizeable art collection brightens the former servants' quarters.