This Central Park West penthouse apartment, designed by Foley Fiore Architecture and interior design firm Kathryn Scott Design Studio, is hidden beneath the curved copper mansard roof of a Manhattan, New York landmark building. It was artfully created by the former owner out of storage rooms, a one bedroom apartment, and unused space in the building’s decorative turret. The goals for this renovation were to provide ample communal living spaces with private retreats for a young family with two teenage children; to maximize the views to Central Park and the interior garden; to create a great working kitchen with a connection to the living spaces; and to shake the eighties feeling out of the design. The unique steel structure supporting the mansard roof was exposed to create a loft-like feeling.
Working with metal fabricator Jake Ducharme, Foley Fiore Architecture designed a sculptural curved zinc wall which houses a dining banquette; a zinc kitchen bar; and hanging steel benches at the park-facing windows. Large scale metal sliding doors provide a gateway to the garden beyond and steel and glass doors create privacy for the master bedroom and second level loft bedroom while maintaining the view. Kathryn Scott Design Studio provided elegant yet comfortable furnishings in a neutral palette to provide balance to the steel and glass. Gunn Landscape Architecture worked with the owners and Foley Fiore Architecture to create an internal oasis at the center of the apartment with a sense of light and beauty at all times of the year.
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Olympia Center Penthouse has been designed by interior design firm jamesthomas, situated in Chicago, Illinois. This gorgeous two-level property is the conversion of two units into one cohesive, contemporary home, which allowed the designers to fully utilize all design resources: space planning, architectural design, project management, interior decorating, art procurement, custom furniture design and accessories. This fabulous home features a neutral design palette throughout and incredible city views through large expanses of windows.
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The CHWH Apartment, which translates to Cool Head, Warm Heart, is a high quality fit-out of a Bangkok penthouse apartment, designed by MCK Architects. With an emphasis on a sophisticated blend of clean architectural lines and contrasting finishes of quality materials to form a series of unique bespoke spaces. The application of a strong conceptual line of thought informed the process and shaped the final outcome being the Cool Head Warm Heart (CHWH) Apartment. The design offers a blend of respite from the Bangkok street with enough intimate areas that provide the ‘cosiness’ of a home. The owner was also genuinely involved in the design process and his ideals were often incorporated into the design and ultimately, into the finished product. Materials, furniture, furnishings and artwork were selected to sit harmoniously and to provide a high level of visual richness. The finished product is an amalgamation between contemporary and eastern ideals.
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The exquisite triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower building, erected in 1915 on the DUMBO (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) waterfront, is one of the largest poured concrete buildings in Brooklyn, New York. What used to be a machine room for the clocks is now housing a 6,500 square foot penthouse apartment boasting a breathtaking quadrangular view of New York city. The custom kitchen, designed by Canova for a renovation by developer David Walentas, founder of Two Trees Management Company, embodies all the style and charm of Italian ingenuity. With Italian sense of aesthetics, the kitchen has been conceived both to perfectly suit a dream domus and to create a winning combination with the atmosphere of the four clocks. A provocative infusion where the kitchen stems out as a full-relief sculpture in the middle of this dream apartment. This penthouse was originally listed for $25 million in 2009, but was price-chopped down to $18 million by the Corcoran real estate team. If it sells, it would be one of the most expensive homes ever purchased in Brooklyn.
Some incredible features includes, solid rift quartered sawn 5-inch white oak plank floors; a custom glass-enclosed 3-story private elevator and architectural wraparound stairway.
The tower has four famous 14-foot-tall glass clocks encircling the apartment, offering one-of-a-kind 360-degree views.
A highlight to the home is the soaring ceilings, averaging between 16 and 50 feet high.
The entire penthouse measures at just under 7,000 square feet, so you would have tons of space for entertaining.
The home has 360-degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here you can see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The kitchen was custom designed by Canova with white lacquer cabinets, and sandstone and stainless steel countertops.
It also has top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.
The home has three spacious bedroom with private baths, but this one is an obvious favorite with its his-and-hers sinks and gorgeous soaking tub. The master suite will delight you with views of lower Manhattan.
The en-suite bath offers fabulous views of the Manhattan Bridge to the Statue of Liberty from your soaking tub.
Additional features includes a recreational space, sky roof cabana and open deck which also showcases views from The Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building.
Impressive views over Barcelona, Spain surround this penthouse apartment spotted on Mi Casa, refurbished and decorated with recovered materials to become a cosmopolitan haven for a couple. The home is situated in the city center with views of the rooftops of the Gothic quarter, the oldest core of the city and its historic center. The penthouse exudes authentic charm, distributed over two floors and restructured completely in a reform that the owners planned to gain luminosity and open and interconnect spaces. The result is fabulous, with a living/dining room integrated with the kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a spacious and cozy rooftop terrace.
The decoration is also the common thread of this project for which the owners used the creative advice from the firm Úsame, specializing in the design of furniture and objects through reused materials. The ceiling, the walls coated with mortar and lime, stucco or brick, are all mostly recovered. When open, the doors of this house can be seen by the original elements with respect and admiration for the parts recovered. The stylish rooms are decorated with a deep aesthetic sensibility and overflowing with personality, adding plenty of luminosity and gave freedom in circulation of spaces.
This contemporary penthouse apartment mixes cool, clean interiors and reclaimed pieces in this city work space located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. The space was too bare and the detailing boring, so the homeowner’s called on the designers at Groundswell Design Group to add character to the home. The designer’s specialize in reclaiming and re-purposing, which came into play on the walls and through the furnishings. To meet the needs of the client, one of the two bedrooms was opened up and turned into an office and lounge. The contemporary style of the home was mixed with rustic and salvaged pieces. The main living area features galvanized metal from a chicken coop roof which adds horizontal bands, rusty patina and an industrial edge to one end of the apartment. The furnishings throughout the apartment function as art.
Interesting facts about the project: The cost of the reclaimed barnwood call, 12 by 20 feet: $13 per square foot; $3,120 total. The cost of the galvanized tin wall, 11 by 18 feet: $7.50 per square foot; $1,485 total.
The team designed the mural and had it executed by graffiti expert Sean Gallagher.
The horizontal lines of the painting on the window wall inspired the design throughout the house, as did the horizontal movement of the Delaware river outside.
The computer desk was made by the design team of reclaimed metal and has a glass top. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was inspiration for the desk.
The high-top desk serves as a unique conference table for client meetings.
Groundswell designed the shelves, which are made of metal and reclaimed joists.
The bar and the live-edge shelves above it are reclaimed poplar wood. The bars between the shelves are supports from old school locker room benches.
The designers composed the half wall and another wall with wood reclaimed from barns in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The silvery gray wood is hemlock, and the brown wood is mushroom wood.
The designers knocked down the wall separating what was the second bedroom from the foyer, opening the whole space up as an office and lounge.
The reclaimed hemlock and mushroom wood combination carries into the bedroom on a large headboard. It’s 8 inches from the wall, allowing room for backlighting.
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FORMA Design was commissioned to re-design this corner Penthouse apartment at The Metropole Condominium, in the bustling Logan Circle area of Washington, DC. Their task was to improve the functionality throughout, update the finishes, custom design extensive cabinetry in the Living areas, Kitchen and Study, open up the space to the abundant natural light of the two-story atrium and bring the apartment up to par, in order to act as the backdrop for the clients’ extensive Art and Furniture collections. The textured stone walls are the backdrop to the custom quartersawn light oak cabinetry that houses the AV equipment and provides ample storage. The owners’ eclectic art collection and the modernist furniture are bathed in the natural light streaming from the two-story atrium windows.
The two-story atrium windows bathe the space in natural light. The upper balconies to the sleeping areas and the study are open so they could share the atrium light.
The open plan allows the views and light throughout to be shared. The kitchen and dining areas open up to the living room.
The open plan allows the views and light throughout to be shared. The modern furniture allows for different sitting configurations that are flexible depending on the number of people and activities in the space.
The open plan allows the views and light throughout to be shared. The kitchen and dining areas open up to the living room.
The bedroom area is open to the atrium, sharing the light and allowing for views out in all directions. The stone backdrop to the bed unites the finishes with the other stone accents throughout the apartment.
The study area opens up to the atrium, sharing the light and allowing for views out in all directions. The stone backdrop to the cabinetry unites the finishes with the other stone accents throughout the apartment. The pendant glass sculpture was commissioned by the client for that location.
The living room atrium allows for abundant light and views in all directions, as well as views to the bustling intersection below.
The open railings at both the bedroom and the study areas allow for uninterrupted views to every part of the apartment and the skyline beyond.
The master bedroom suite on the upper level was opened up to a large sleeping area and a study area beyond, both opening onto the atrium that floods the area with light. Daytime and night-time blackout shades are electronically operated to turn the whole area dark for sleeping.
The study area has custom millwork in quartered oak and lacquered counters that match the details downstairs. The glass pendant sculpture was commissioned by the clients for this location and playfully reflects the light.
The custom cabinetry was specifically designed for the space, and is set against the rough stone wall beyond. The clients’ eclectic artwork animates the space throughout.
The expansive living space is open to the study room above.
The foyer leads towards the atrium, and the stairs lead to the private areas above.
The living room sofa adds eclectic style to the modern space.
Photos: Courtesy of FORMA Design
This incredible penthouse apartment is located in Sant Cugat del Vallés, just outside of Barcelona, Spain. Both the interior and exterior decoration is the work of interior designer Mireia Masdeu, who knew how to apply for each environment light, harmony and relaxation. Stairs connect the terrace with the interior of the house, whose reform was also conducted by Mireia. The outdoor terrace provides sweeping views of Montserrat and the Collserola mountains. The amplitude of its surface was enough to create two distinct areas, the dining room is unified by a magnificent awning that covers all of the terrace and the platform floor of oiled ipe, a type of wood that is weather resistant.
The living room consists of a sofa with chaise lounge and a fiber armchair, which seems to glow thanks to lacquered shelves of the same color as the wall and built-in lights. A metal trunk inherited, on which rests old magazines, serves as a coffee table. The designer demolished the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room to create a unique atmosphere in the dining room with a unifying element: the generous container table with wooden top and legs and lacquered iron plates in white forming the cabinet storage.
The sofa was made with recovered pallets, as well as the coffee table with wheels, created on the spectacular terrace lined with wood.
The master bedroom was conceived as a space for rest, providing only the essential elements to this: a large bed, closet and a stool and a folding table that acts as bedside tables.
The bathroom is covered with porcelain tiles in anthracite grey, and stone in a horizontal format and cream tones. The same tone was used in the countertop resin basin and shower curtains.
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This beautiful Central Park Penthouse is situated in the Upper East Side, New York. The home has been designed by Robert Young Architects in collaboration with interior designer Jarlath Mellet. The home can only be described as tasteful, elegant whimsy, the order of the day for this lovely couple and their two young daughters. Jarlath created a playful retake of the classic design of Upper East Side residences. The result is a space that has a sense of lightness with a nod to tradition.
Traditional parlor chairs covered in an elegant Maharam fabric sit atop a playful wood ring rug in the entryway, setting the stage for a home filled with both humor and refinement. In the living room, a colorful Kyle and Kath rug depicting an oil spill serves as the foundation for a custom JM ottoman in vintage saddle leather, a custom JM chaise, and Suite New York’s Raffles sofa in camel-colored moleskin. The tin-covered kitchen table, a playful take on a farm table by Conran, is juxtaposed with mid-century GioPonti chairs reupholstered in waxed green leather.
Photos: Michael Moran & Tria Giovan
Interior architecture firm TG-Studio has transformed this three bedroom penthouse located in England’s famed St Pancras Chambers. The apartment is one of three penthouses in the 52 unit development by the Manhattan loft corporation. It covers the top three floors of the west tower of this famous London landmark. The client hired TG studio to transform the unit from the standard developer spec into a personal and luxurious home.
As the property is of highest public interest and the interiors listed by English Heritage as very significant, the floor plan had to be broadly maintained but all staircases were replaced. The Studio and client worked closely together removing all bathrooms, floor finishes, built in wardrobes and the kitchen. The master bedroom, which is located on the top floor, is now reached through a new staircase that turns around an oak clad storage room reached off the main entrance hall. The floor area on this level was enlarged and separated into a walk in wardrobe, finished in oak and sheep leather and personalized to the client’s needs. The master bedroom space is open plan but can be closed to the triple height living room by an electrical operated curtain.
The lower open floor plan is laid out as a relaxed kitchen zone, dining area and TV watching area. The TV area is located opposite the kitchen and balances in its elevation the open plan kitchen. The joinery accommodates the AV equipment and a visible library and is kept very white with arrabascato stone as a vertical feature behind the TV. The dining table is from Poliform as are the chairs; the sofa is from zanotti, the rug from the rug company.
The middle and lower floor (floor 4 & 5 of the building) are occupied by two levels of entertaining. A new staircase has been designed connecting both levels, featuring oak veneer, plain glass and wooden stringers painted in off white. The staircase consists of a bridge that connects to a library which is cantilevering the main part of the staircase. This library unit is the feature of the staircase and also forms the balustrade to one side. It offers storage for books, statues and other artifacts collected by the owner.
The upper floor measures approximately 800 square feet and accommodates a very comfortable seating area and a zone for the pool table, a collector’s item owned by the client. The living room features furniture from Poltrona frau, knoll and Lema.
The penthouse gives access to two bedrooms with a dressing area and en-suite each a secondary entrance to the apartment and a guest WC and storage. The two en-suite bathrooms are located in two gothic towers of the building which gives them great views of the surrounding area and a triple ceiling height. They have been finished in Arrabascato marble and each feature a low hanging chandelier to play with the unusual ceiling height.
The bathroom features an extra-large walk in shower with a flush TV and a bespoke double sink unit finished in the stone, mirror and the textile oak present throughout the Penthouse, which enhances the earthy and organic feel of this sanctuary.
The Studio selected and furnished the entire penthouse and a meridiani bed in blue velvet was chosen in this bedroom flanked by vividly colored lacquered bedside tables from Lema. The master en-suite has been enlarged too and now features a Portuguese travertine stone which has a cave like quality.