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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:
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)?
And who says there's no view of the sky, stars or trees in the 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.
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.
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.
Broadway 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 Shop, World of Architecture, HiConsumption, Joel Sander, Marie Burgos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
In Midtown Manhattan, 432 Park Avenue (pictured above, courtesy of 432ParkAvenue.com) 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.
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.
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.
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 Observer, Curbed NY, NYC Architecture, City Land, Chelsea Now
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...
1)ZUO REGAL WHITE OFFICE CHAIR 2)ZUO PERFORMANCE COLLECTION WHITE OFFICE CHAIR 3)WHITE LEATHER HIGH BACK SWIVEL OFFICE CHAIR 4)ZUO SCOUT WHITE ARMLESS OFFICE CHAIR
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.
5)ZUO ANGLE RED OFFICE CHAIR 6)ZUO ADMIRE RED ARMLESS OFFICE CHAIR 7)ZUO HOLT COLLECTION LOW BACK RED OFFICE CHAIR 8)TRAFICO 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
The Wythe Hotel located in the heart of Brooklyn, has been receiving many praises since opening in May of this year. This 8 story, 72-room urban hotel blends into the historic core of Brooklyn and it's prime waterfront location. The building itself, a former textile factory, has many impressive features and loads of character that have been beautifully preserved. Making this gem of a hotel shine brightly, but not too bright for it's surroundings.
The interiors stay true to the surroundings, mixing a modern edge into the decor and providing an impressive design. It is also a place you walk into and immediately feel like you're at home. The wood ceiling, exposed brick, and floor to ceiling grid windows are prominent elements throughout the hotel.
A gorgeous mix of grays, greens, blacks, and natural elements blend to create a warm and inviting space. Industrial wall sconces will always make a statement against exposed brick walls.
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The rooms are minimal, full of natural light and feature brilliant views of the city.
Custom wallpaper makes a bold statement in the guestrooms allowing the black accents to really pop against.
A minimal black desk lamp can stand alone when paired with a contrasting material, such as cool reclaimed wood. The modern black leather chairs look as cozy as could be and are placed in a perfect spot to sip coffee and enjoy the views these beautiful windows provide.
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Not only does that Wythe Hotel have a beautiful lobby and guestrooms, but Reynards Restaurant is the go-to place for locals and travelers alike. The impressive architecture, globe lighting, painted concrete tiles and exposed brick walls make this a gem of a space. Just look how cozy this place feels!
So whether you are a New Yorker or in New York with family, friends, your band or co-workers, Wythe Hotel is the perfect place for all. It's stays true to the Brooklyn vibe, with history providing tons of character.
Images: Wythe Hotel
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