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The Own­ers: A pri­vate fam­ily

The Home: An apart­ment sus­pended in the sky Lo­ca­tion: Man­hat­tan, New York In­te­rior De­signer:

Shalini Misra The Firm: Shalini Misra Ltd.

Of­ten de­scribed by vis­i­tors as a house float­ing within the clouds, this apart­ment in Man­hat­tan is surely a dream abode for the fam­ily. The fam­ily wished to em­pha­sise the breath­tak­ing views of the sur­round­ings that drove the con­cept for the de­sign. To em­pha­sise this defin­ing fea­ture, de­signer Shalini Misra se­lected a colour pal­ette that mir­rors the tones of the sky and the clouds. It opened up the space to cre­ate a light and airy feel, us­ing glass and wall mounted fur­ni­ture and strong ver­ti­cal el­e­ments in the fur­ni­ture and light­ing. Upon en­ter­ing the apart­ment, you’re greeted by an over­sized bronze floor mir­ror. Art­fully placed, the mir­ror re­flects the golden sheen of a two-toned che­quer wood ve­neer by Maya Ro­manoff that cov­ers the wardrobe doors and a re­cess in the ceil­ing. This ve­neer is play­fully re­flected again in the vin­tage bronze chan­de­lier cen­tered over the space. From the en­trance you move into the main liv­ing ar­eas, the hall­way, liv­ing and the din­ing rooms. Each room is vis­ually con­nected with the same light blue silk wall­pa­per. The wooden floor­ing through­out is stained with light muted grey that com­ple­ments the light blue of the walls.

Reach­ing the liv­ing room from the hall­way, the height of the apart­ment is im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble, with views of the Cen­tral Park and the sur­round­ing sky­scrapers stretch­ing out into the dis­tance. To in­crease the flow in the apart­ment and to draw the eye to the view­points, one of the two kitchen en­trances was opened adding more space and nat­u­ral light be­tween ar­eas. Some tiles were re­moved in the kitchen in or­der to con­nect the main din­ing and liv­ing space to the eat­ing area of the kitchen. The most eye-catch­ing piece in the liv­ing area is a ham­mock com­mis­sioned from Jim Zivic. Sus­pended from the ceil­ing, this seat­ing choice frees up floor space in a sim­i­lar way to the other wall-mounted fur­ni­ture.

The kitchen fea­tures vin­tage Amer­i­can el­e­ments, with a cus­tom-made, diner-style ban­quette seat­ing area. The back was stretched as high as pos­si­ble, to en­hance the height of the room and to ex­ag­ger­ate rather than just repli­cate the iconic Amer­i­can quo­tid­ian piece of fur­ni­ture. Above the ban­quette are open shelves fea­tur­ing me­tal frame­work, com­mis­sioned from an Ital­ian com­pany. The bed­rooms pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to de­vi­ate from

the fluid de­sign of the com­mon ar­eas. For the master be­d­room a cherry blos­som pat­terned wall­pa­per was com­mis­sioned from Fro­men­tal. Barbara Barry for Kravet’s linen silk mix fab­ric was used for floor to ceil­ing cur­tains in neu­tral and blue tones. The pat­tern, tex­ture and colour of the cur­tains co­or­di­nate beau­ti­fully with the bed linen, head­board and car­pet, which are all cus­tomde­signed to syn­chro­nise to­gether. Chests of draw­ers were com­mis­sioned by Vic­to­ria Ha­gen with the cus­tomi­sa­tion of blue leather wrapped draw­ers to com­bine them seam­lessly with the blues in the be­d­room scheme.

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