Mr. Rice happened to be in the process of selling his Harlem brownstone, which would provide him with the funds to buy the house. Back in Manhattan, a few days later, “we met for lunch in TriBeCa and did a handshake deal,” Mr. Rice said, after agreeing to a price of $1.32 million.
“I just fell in love with the house and thought everything about it — including the process by which I was getting it — was amazing,” he said.
After closing in December 2018, he needed to furnish the home, but he was prepared for that, too: An aficionado of design, Mr. Rice runs a side business called Supervision, buying and selling vintage midcentury-modern furniture and accessories. For the living room, he brought in a pair of teak-and-cane sofas designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen in the late 1950s, plus a pair of slouchy armchairs with lacquered wood frames and blue suede upholstery from the 1970s. For the primary suite, he installed a Norwegian Westnofa rosewood bedroom set from the 1960s and vintage French resin benches with multicolored geometric bases.