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  • Modern Penthouses: NYC's Top Properties


    Modern Penthouses in New York

    In the big apple, the hottest residential properties are the ones that literally sit on top of it all. Whether you're writing a down-payment check or just salivating over the thought of it like me, there's no denying the allure of New York's building-topping, showstopping spaces (such as Jill Stuart's edgy apartment above).

    There's hardly a bad view from the 52nd floor of the Bloomberg Tower either:

    Central Park Penthouse Views

    What could be more appropriate than Warhol's soup cans in the kitchen? Does everyone in New York have an art collection to die-for (or to at least retire on)?

    Modern Penthouse Kitchens

    And who says there's no view of the sky, stars or trees in the city?

    Rooftop Gardens New York City

    Generous use of wood extends the natural theme of this lower Manhattan penthouse apartment to the indoors. Distinctive pendant lights and modern recessed lighting maintain the contemporary feel.

    New York Penthouse Apartments

    Chrome Pendant Lighting

    George Kovacs Brushed Nickel Mini Pendant Light

    At a decent altitude, light and space are easy to come by in the city, as in this spacious Chelsea penthouse by designer Marie Burgos.

    Chelsea Penthouse Apartment

    Burgos has also applied her magic to a loft in Tribeca. I love the modern pendant lights that hangs overhead and sought out the design at Euro Style Lighting. This style works for kitchen islands as well as dining room tables. 

    Modern Tribeca Loft

    Crystal Bar Pendant ChandelierBroadway Collection Crystal Bar Chandelier

    Sure, a penthouse apartment in New York will cost a bundle. Infusing your home with the aesthetic however (minus the view) is much less cost-prohibitive. 

    Images: Small ShopWorld of Architecture, HiConsumption, Joel Sander, Marie Burgos

  • Luxury Suites at Yankee Stadium


    Yankee Stadium Great Hall

    Love the Yankees or hate the Yankees, they're always in the playoffs come October. And with that, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to the finer points of design with the luxury suites at the new Yankee Stadium.

    In New York, America's past-time is all about luxury. With 56 luxury suites (compared to 19 in the old stadium), there's no shortage of big-ticket seating or big-ticket spenders. The Legends Suite (below) sets a muted mood in Yankees blue and white. Under cabinet lights and glowing frosted glass will help set the mood for any luxe interior.

    Yankee Stadium Legends Suite

    The Audi Yankees Club is built for fans who want to keep their eyes fixed upon the field. European-inspired styling is sparse and functional with the right touch of class. In this case, turf centerpieces by floral designer Rachel Cho.

    Audi Club Yankee Stadium Suites

    Everywhere you turn, there seems to be another suite. The Yankees Club suite (below) keeps things thematic yet elegant. Hi-definition screens play the game throughout the stadium, in case anyone forgets why they're at the ball park. 

    Yankees Club Luxury Suite

    Top shelf amenities aren't just for the paying customers. With luxe tile finishes and frosted glass, the locker rooms are in step with the seven and eight figure salaries of the players who use them. Adding some bath bar lights in your home bathroom might help you feel almost as luxe.

    New Yankees Stadium Locker Rooms

    At $1.5 billion, the new Yankee Stadium which opened in 2009, is a model of modern commercial design and the second most expensive stadium ever built in the world. However, with high-priced luxury boxes and VIP lounges becoming the new standard among stadiums and arenas, it might not be long before we see price-tags like this on a regular basis around the company.

    Images: Wikipedia, Arch Systems, Rachel Cho, Yankees, Wall Street Journal

  • Modern Home Office: The Key To Productivity


    Modern Home Office

    It's that time of year again where keeping cozy inside your modern home office seems like a better idea than going anywhere else to work (if you have the option).

    Having the perfect office chair is often times the key to staying productive because if your legs start falling asleep or your back starts hurting, productivity is out the window! Finding a cozy chair to sink into (but not too far) is key! And just because you want something comfortable doesn't mean you have to compromise on aesthetic. There are so many stylish, modern office chairs to choose from these days. 

    Here are some of our top picks (below) for your crisp white modern office...

    White Office Chairs


    Home Office

    Some of you would be much more cozy with an organic-style office design. Mixing in modern design elements with pops of color, like a modern red office chair, will give your office a little energy.

     Red Office Chairs


    The key to having a productive workspace is getting your office clean and organized. This will bring you clarity and allow that creative energy to flow. Hope you're all staying cozy and being productive as the weather continues to cool down.

    Images: FreshHome, Dust Jacket Attic

  • Cool + Collected 1.3


    Marimekko Textiles

    +Design Milk features a great piece on the making of print art, covering a tour of the textile printing factory of Marimekko.

    +Space shuttle Endeavor made its final journey to the California Science Center, marking the end of NASA's shuttle program. Los Angeles Times has some great videos of the shuttle's trip through the streets of Los Angeles.

    +Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has come out with a book called "The Small House Book" and it's receiving wave reviews. Want to know how to build a small home for $20,000?

    +Learn how a home went from average to modernly chic with a reasonable budget over on Design*Sponge. The blog post even provides a complete list of sources used for the renovation as well as budget details.

    +If you're heading to the "City of Brotherly Love" anytime soon, Travel + Leisure's November issue features a complete Philadelphia restaurant guide, along with the ultimate travel bucket list and it even includes packing tips.

  • Skyline Design: New York City's Future


    NYC Future Skyline Design

    With real estate prices literally through the roof, building increasingly higher is the only foreseeable course for the future of the Manhattan's skyline. Since 9/11 building plans, in the world's most competitive urban canopy, became understandably more conservative, with most buildings topping out around the 1200 ft. mark. Unlike emerging cities like Shanghai, Dubai and Hong Kong, New York's skyline is no longer in the race for world's tallest. These days, smart growth is the goal, and to that end, ambition gives way to jurisprudence.

    Here are a few of the top new projects popping up around town:

    World Trade Center Site

    On the former site of the Twin Towers, One World Trade Center (pictured above) is proof that boardrooms don't always make great designers. Architect Daniel Liebeskind's original "Freedom Tower" proposal (sketches at the top of this post) called for a breathtaking memorial atrium in the sky, but over time his weightless glass tower gave way through a highly public design process to the more conservative WTC 1, composed of 8 triangular sides inverted upon one another, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merril. With a pinnacle height of 1776 ft., it will eventually stand as the highest point in the New York skyline.

    One World Trade Center Lobby

    At ground level, a 185 ft. concrete safety wall is wrapped in ultramodern lighting fixtures composed of LEDs behind a glass curtain (above). Through the use of modern lighting fixtures, you can always count on good design as a final result.

    Worlds Tallest Residential Towers

    In Midtown Manhattan, 432 Park Avenue (pictured above, courtesy of will offer an interesting collection of stacked vertical boxes. At 1379 ft. when completed, it's roof height will surpass that of even the Freedom Tower making it the tallest residential tower in the country. 

    Building upward has always been the aim of developers in Manhattan, and only through a series of forward-thinking building codes has the entire island been spared going 100% vertical over the years. It's these codes that mandate ground-level access to sunlight (spawning the classic set-back look of NYC's art deco skyscrapers), and it's this very regulation of sunlight access that has stalled the construction of Tower Verre (pictured below), arguably NYC's most adventurous building on the books.

    Proposed New York Skyscrapers

    Originally designed to be 1,250 ft., Tower Verre has been approved at a reduced 1,050 ft. to curb the reach of an afternoon shadow it could potentially cast over Central Park. 

    Like the Tower Verre, quite a few towers are being proposed at the 1200 ft range, approximately the height of the Empire State Building. Among them is the Vornado Tower (below) which is mildly reminiscent of The Shard in London.

    Empire State Building Photo

    15 Penn Plaza Street View

    Ground floors of the Vornado Tower (above) would contain retail spaces, lit by the light wells of the atrium like walls, and augmented with state of the art recessed lighting and energy efficient fixtures.

    Lastly, the massive Hudson Yards Development seeks to transform rail yards at the far western end of the island into a cluster of supertall Class A office buildings, providing Midtown Manhattan with an always-needed infusion of floor space.

    Hudson Rail Yards

    While it's unlikely that New York will ever hold the world's tallest building again, the city will always hold the world's heart as the consummate vertical urban environment. 

    Images:  Studio Daniel Liebeskind, the Atlantic, New York ObserverCurbed NY, NYC Architecture, City Land, Chelsea Now

October, 2012