Pied-à-terre Off Central Park
When an out-of-town couple set out to look for an NYC home base, they found 15 Central Park West—now a famous NYC landmark.
The apartment started out as a total blank slate. A huge white box. My challenge was to honor the gravitas of the apartment’s building—in one of the most prestigious locations in New York City—while transforming the space into a warm, yet impressive home away from home. I initiated a complete gut job and oversaw every detail—with the couple’s total trust and faith!—to reinvent the space for their modern luxury living and entertaining.
The clients loved how the sophisticated pied-à-terre turned out. I filled it with custom details throughout—high-end finishes, custom upholstery, wool and silk carpets, onyx countertops, handcrafted bronze tile—fab details everywhere! I even designed a one-of-a-kind cocktail table to suit the space. The home now rises to the level of its remarkable building—and is a refuge of relaxation for the couple and their guests.
The living room features a monochromatic color palette and has generous seating for guests. As in many urban apartments, the living room doubles as a family room to watch TV. A beautiful, modern built-in showcases that even if you have a television in your room, you can still maintain a high level of design.
Robin designed the coffee table in the living room to have removable pearlized leather cushions so that it can be used to prop up your feet, as extra seating, or as a proper table for serving food when entertaining.
A calm, neutral color palette, expressed with a mix of materials, creates flow in the open living area. Two different, coordinating fabrics were used on both the living room sofa and the dining chairs for textural interest.
The glass wall sculpture adds an unexpected element as a backdrop for the dining area. The hand-blown glass of the sculpture brings out the beauty of the Murano glass chandelier over the dining table.
The metal accents on the base of the dark stained-wood dining room table give the piece a modern look.
This detail shot of the dining room’s glass wall sculpture and the Murano glass vase on the dining table highlight play of texture in the room.
A great, modern look for a kitchen: two-toned cabinetry. To create the look in this kitchen, Robin made the bottom cabinets a rich, matte stained wood and the upper cabinets a high-gloss white lacquer. This gives the feeling of a white kitchen,while adding extra visual interest.
Open wood shelving over the sink, juxtaposed with the white cabinets flanking it, highlights the play of dark and light elements.
This luxe kitchen features white onyx countertops and a backsplash made of two-tone glass tiles set in bronze.
The entry foyer with a view to the bedroom hallway has bespoke decorative plaster walls and custom wood doors inlaid with metal.
The foyer floor makes a stunning first impression with its custom stone, glass, and bronze inlaid tile.
The luxe, silver leaf walls in the bedroom hallway set off a tall, modern, life-sized sculpture. Even the hallway areas deserve important art!
This close-up shows the beauty of the doors’ stainless steel inset and custom hardware.
For a cohesive look in the master hallway and the master bedroom, Robin used a custom matching runner and rug. Venetian glass fixtures light the way into the space.
Thinking outside the box, Robin created a valance to go under the tab-pleated drapes in this master bedroom to frame the city view.
The soft, luxurious decorative wall plaster texture envelops the master bedroom, and accentuates the bedding’s subtle pattern.
The master bed is dressed with a sumptuous array of pillows.
Decadence is in the details. The delicate glass ball trim on the accent pillows adds that little something extra.
The loveseat in the corner of the master bedroom is the perfect spot to relax with a cup of tea and take in the view.
The clients wanted a glamorous master bathroom with a place to put on makeup and get ready for the day. Robin created this spectacular large mirrored vanity with a white onyx countertop to optimize the space.
Custom glass-and-mirrored tiles create a beautiful mural on the master bath wall. The front and deck of the tub are fashioned from white onyx, and handcrafted tile floors ground the space.
The dark brown geometric-patterned wall covering welcomes you into the guest bedroom. The theme is repeated in the wool and silk Tibetan rug, and also in the design of the vintage ceiling light.
The studded modern window valance in the guest room exudes a cool vibe. The geometric pattern of the wall covering is repeated on the window sheers for a unified, sophisticated look.
On the other side of the guest room, a large, sleek dresser anchors the television and balances the room. Strong tailored sconces complete the bold look.
In the guest bath, the custom vanity sets this space apart. The 4-inch-thick stone counter has an integrated angled sink with linear carving. The glass tiles in the shower are organic yet modern.
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