Conjuring up a home for imaginary clients is a fun exercise. We have created many designer showhouse rooms, and here an entire model apartment.
The fictional inhabitants match the demographic of the customer: global, sophisticated, lovers of New York. They could be full time residents, or this could be a second, third or fourth home. Working with the developer and their sales team, the design excitement started at the front door.
The foyer celebrates the high floor the apartment sits on, between the ground and heaven. The walls were painted sky blue and finished with a topcoat of starry mica dust. Circular motifs abound, celestial in nature, including the center table, rug, and chandelier hung from a glossy cloud white orb on the ceiling.
In the dining area, the wheels repeat, and keep the eye in motion. Furnishings of exquisite detail and material include the dining table which has a top of white Thassos marble, edged in chiseled, gilded glass in a sunburst pattern, banded in satin brass, sitting atop a pedestal base of lacquer and more brass. The chandelier is a poetic ode to Saturn’s rings, and even the light fixture in the breakfast room beyond is planetary.
We conquered the great room’s vast space by designing a meandering sofa that faces in three directions, each for a different function: gazing at the majestic Central Park view, watching TV, and enjoying cocktails and conversation. The palette is urban neutral, but the materials and textures ensure it is anything but neutral. A piano, painting and sculpture are all large objects, standing up to the scale of the room.
The main bedroom has a corner position, with captivating vistas. We anchored the bed against a laser cut brass wall screen, backlit for drama and a sexy vibe. The greys of the great room are accented with lavenders. The sateen, velvet, lacquer and silk rug all shimmer in the light.
Two guest bedrooms are perfectly outfitted for dreamy stays, but each with its own personality. A floor to ceiling vertical upholstered headboard flanked by glass panels in one brings attention to the grand ceiling heights. The second plays on the horizontal, with a wall to wall headboard, against deep walls strié glazed with eyeshadow powder glistening like a late dusk sky.