This Manhattan apartment by Drake/Anderson has a global flavour that befits its iconic backdrop
SEP 12, 2020 | By Aneesha Bhadri
Perched on the famous Billionaires’ Row in Manhattan, this 4,500 sq ft apartment—designed by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson of New York based practice Drake/Anderson—is a haven of contemporary design and iconic vistas.
A long foyer opens out to the living room that frames delightful vistas of Central Park and upper Manhattan. Bold fluted plaster walls line the foyer and adjoining space, creating a strong backdrop for the curated furnishings, art and sculpture.
“The foyer and hall set the tone for the entire apartment and are emblematic of our style—bold, strong backgrounds with interesting furniture choices, and unique art,” says Drake.
A cloakroom made of gold lacquer and mother-of-pearl panels connects to a powder room on the right. This cosy space features a grand floor-to-ceiling window. We absolutely love that the openness of the living and dining areas on the northern side of the apartment is further extended with the windows that face the park.
The living room houses two separate but connected sections—a seating spot with a large sofa and several chairs, and a second zone for TV viewing. Here, a bespoke floating wall clad in bronze and chiselled silvered glass separates the living and dining areas.
Despite creating discrete spaces, the partition allows the entire layout to unfold smoothly. The dining area is furnished with a long white lacquered table flanked by 14 plush chairs, which are clad in satin and woven leather. A striking custom chandelier is suspended above. Nearby, the kitchen has a breakfast area with simplistic modern furnishings that make the most of the morning sun.
“We commissioned a wall sculpture by Rob Wynne to run the length of the bedroom hallway. Its glass elements are celestial and enhance the sense of movement. Each room has a unique palette, which flows from one to the other based on its relative lightness. This light quality is balanced by darker accents,” says Drake.
At the far end of the apartment lies the main bedroom, housing two baths and dressing rooms. “The bedroom suite was especially delightful to design with multiple functional rooms opening to the vast sleeping chamber. We were able to fully indulge the sense of luxury here and it is amplified by the cool lavender palette, recalling late day clouds outside the windows on a summer night’s dusk,” says Anderson.
The walls are upholstered in silk and velvet, and hand printed with metallic elements. A large vintage Orrefors glass chandelier hovers over the bed like an elegant flying saucer. Bedside tables and a long dresser that conceals the TV are custom designs in lacquer, bronze and gypsum stone.
A silk and metallic thread rug accentuates the sensual quality of the boudoir. Indeed, this theme continues in the dressing rooms, where the wardrobes are lacquered with rock crystal pulls.
Two guest bedrooms complete the layout of the spacious apartment. The first of which features a teal and turquoise scheme, balanced with ivory tones, bronze accents and playful art.
The other guest room is a symphony of citrine green tints in various textures—silk walls, velvet on the bed and satin accents. These are balanced by dark masculine tones of espresso on the casegoods, mirror and accents. An abstract landscape painting seems to have been the inspiration for the palette but was, in fact, the last piece to be added.
Sumptuous textures such as bronze, velvet, lacquer with mother-of-pearl, poured glass, ebonised wood, fluorite and leather pervade the home. Coupled with a light and dreamy palette, it emanates urbane sophistication and understated luxury like few other homes can claim to!
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