Inspired by the bright lights of the city with all its glitz and glamor, this Upper East Side apartment was designed as a chic pied-à-terre for a client who wished to entertain friends and experience the city in a whole new way. The dramatic two-bedroom apartment was designed in the tradition of New York Art Deco and inspired by the Neobaroque Modern Miami Fontainebleau Hotel by architect Morris Lapidus.
Set on a backdrop of black, white, and gray walls, floors, and ceilings, the interior is punctuated by bold colors, reflective surfaces, and the sparkle of chrome and crystals. The living room, dining area, and entry hall floors are surfaced with high gloss enamel paint, typically used in high-end retail spaces and automobile showrooms. The apartment boasts large, voluminous spaces, high ceilings, and impressive city views.
The kitchen is comprised of imported white lacquer Italian cabinets with a custom designed stainless steel hood enclosure and Viking, Subzero, and Fisher Paykel appliances. The kitchen countertop is Thassos, while a yellowgreen laminated glass countertop defines the eating bar. Architectural lighting with recessed coves and spots highlights key architectural elements.
The bedroom floors and cabinets throughout the space are made of laminated bamboo, adding serenity to rooms meant for peace and repose. Cabinets include a makeup vanity, a master bathroom sink vanity, and an oversized sliding closet door that integrates a TV into the wall. White painted trim incorporates a half-round bullnose, harking back to the streamlined era of Deco Design, while cove shaped crown molding adds to the apartment’s classic feeling.
Originally a two bedroom and two-bathroom apartment, an additional powder room was added. The bathrooms are finished with silver leaf wallcovering, blue- and silver-backed glass tile, and marble.
Centralized, thermostatically controlled air conditioning replaced an outmoded PTAC system to provide heating and cooling. Heat is provided through perimeter radiators, while cooling comes from ceiling mounted diffusers. Through-wall condensing units and radiators are stealthily hidden behind convector covers located under each of the ten-foot-high windows. An integrated Lutron Control System operates architectural lighting, rolling blinds, AV, and HVAC, adding a touch of convenience and comfort for this home away from home.