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CONTENTS

NEW YORK sPRinG/sUmmER 2015

14 PLots & PLAns 16 Additions 18

david Von spreckelsen toll Brothers city Living 1110 Park Avenue

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marty Burger - silverstein Properties 30 Park Place

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Joseph Klaynberg Wonder Works construction corp. 302 East 96th Street

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Benjamin Joseph Related companies - Carnegie Park

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Jerry Atkins, stephen Breskin Atkins & Breskin - 286 Spring Street

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Edward Baquero - corigin Real Estate Group - 20 East End Avenue

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nathan Berman - metroLoft 443 Greenwich Street

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stan Gale Jr. Gale international - 21W20

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Jane Gol - continental Ventures Barn & Vine

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daniel hollander dhA capital - 50 Clinton

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charles saulson - 204 Forsyth mark Gordon, Bill Brodsky tribeca Associates -

443 GREENWICH STREET

Baccarat Hotel and Residences

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charles Blaichman, scott shnay, michael Barry - cBsK ironstate 301 East 50th Street

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Additions index

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Ryan serhant Q&A douglas Elliman market Report Ryan Weisfisch - maxwelle Real Estate Group - Oceanbleau EXCLUSIVE MIAMI PROPERTY

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mitchell moinian the moinian Group - Sky

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Benjamin Joseph Related companies - Abington House

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cody Vichinsky - Bespoke Real Estate

CLIVE CHRISTIAN INTERIORS


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Morris Adjmi Architects Joseph Sidof - Shakúff Warren Pearl - Lefroy Brooks

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104 AROUND TOWN 105 107 108 110 112

Zuma Miller Motorcars Sebonack Golf Club McLaren Soho House

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Dream Downtown Sunset Beach Topping Rose House

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Mandarin Oriental, New York

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dear 9fi5th readers, admirers, and new discoverers, It’s almost summer. Days are long, events are many, and the air is full of excitement. At least that’s the air around the bit of Manhattan we’re sitting in. 9fi5th’s second New York edition is up to some pretty compelling digs. You may have taken note of our very posh Upper East Side property featured on the cover. Toll Brothers City Living did a great job at bringing modern luxury to a very established neck of the woods and we had the pleasure of discussing that and a few other projects with David Von Spreckelsen. Those of you looking for more Downtown Cool than Uptown Chic will be happy to read about our Lower East Side gems in form of 204 Forsyth and 50 Clinton. We also stopped by 286 Spring Street, a SoHo Addition to boot. We toured Related’s Carnegie Park and high-end rental property Abington

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ing and storage systems. With all this real estate, we of course didn’t forget about luxury lifestyle. Around Town has some great automotive lined up — think Ferrari, Maserati, and McLaren — as well as our culinary tastings at Zuma. And once you get to page 124, you’ll find out about high-end travel the smart way. We had the absolute delight to be pampered at the hands of travel experts

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toll Brothers city Living introduces 1110 Park Avenue, offering just nine exceptional carnegie hill residences on manhattan’s Upper East Side.

four Seasons Private Residences Downtown at 30 Park Place promise a whole new level of luxury living among the clouds.

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toll Brothers city Living introduces 1110 Park Avenue, offering just nine exceptional carnegie hill residences on manhattan’s Upper East Side.

L

ocated on one of the world’s most iconic residential boulevards, in the

heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, 1110 Park Avenue embraces and embodies its esteemed setting. Offering just nine distinctive residences, this new boutique

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Manhattan • Upper east side • Condo

façade that

limestone on the building’s

works harmo-

façade, was hand picked in order

niously with

to elevate this residence to the

neighboring

level its address demanded.”

structures. “The

At home in Carnegie Hill, one of the city’s most elegant

location on

and established residential

Park Avenue

neighborhoods, where new con-

presents one

struction is a rarity, 1110 Park

of the final

Avenue is a unique product, just

opportunities

steps away from Central Park

to purchase a

and the community’s celebrated

new construc-

shops, restaurants, arts and

tion home in

culture, and schools.

what is now a Landmarked

The property offers thoughtfully-designed floor plans that

condominium was conceived by

leled amenities and spectacular ar-

neighborhood,” said the President

range from three- to five-

VOA and Barry Rice architects

chitecture, in some of the country’s

of Toll Brothers City Living and

bedroom homes, and include

to complement the streetscape of

most dynamic markets. Currently

Brooklyn resident, David Von

full floor, duplex, and triplex

Park Avenue.

in development for their New York

Spreckelsen. “We worked very

residences. Residences feature

City division, are eight different

closely with our architects to

building is developed by Toll

projects. Occupancy at 1110 Park,

ensure all of the

Brothers City Living – the urban

one of their newest and may we

materials selected,

development division of Toll

add finest residences, is slated for

including

Brothers, Inc., one of the na-

fall 2015.

every piece

The intimate and elegant new

tion’s leading builders of luxury

1110 Park Avenue maintains the

homes. As a prominent residen-

inherent stan-

tial developer, Toll Brothers City

dards of its

Living is known for building

upper echelon

communities that combine the

address by ex-

energy of an urban

hibiting a time-

lifestyle with unparal-

less limestone

of Indiana

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A DDI T I O N S

PARticULARS 1110 Park avenue Place ProPerTy Plans

Carnegie Hill 9 Residences 2,855 - 6,857 (+ 1,769 of outdoor space) square feet

Price Period Perks

pleNty Of space

soaring ceilings

pher Peacock’s

with custom-

craftsmanship

crown detail-

and taste is

ing, fumed

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oak floors,

Working with

custom mill-

them is working

work details,

with the best.”

pre-wiring for

$9.25 million - $35 million Fall 2015 Wine cellar, on-site storage units, fitness center, 24-hour doorman and concierge service

Boasting a

complete home

beautiful view

automation,

of New York

and en-suite

City’s famous

bathrooms

Central Park,

in every bedroom. Italian marble,

the penthouse triplex at 1110 Park

custom mahogany paneling, and

offers 6,857 square feet of indoor

Juliette balconies can also be found

living space with five bedrooms,

in each residence.

five bathrooms, as well as a media

“The overall feel of the homes is

DINING ROOM

room, study, and separate dining

very light, airy, and open, which is

room. The residence also boasts

Toll Broth-

deco charm of its

helped by tall ceilings,” Von Spreck-

1,769 square feet of outdoor space,

ers City Living

special riverside

including a private outdoor swim-

include 400 Park

ming pool, wood-burning fireplace,

Avenue South,

barbecue, and bar.

an architectur-

elsen explained. The kitchens, designed by Christopher Peacock, were created to be beautiful, comfortable, and function-

All residents at 1110 Park Avenue

ally significant,

Torn beTween all The museums in The area? Our favorite is the Neue Galerie

location. Looking to the future, Toll Brothers City Living has three

al. Featuring Christopher Peacock

will have access to the building’s

all-glass building

cabinetry, kitchens also include

stunning wine cellar for storage and

designed by the

impeccable appliances by Gaggenau

tasting. Each resident will have their

famed Christian de Portzamparc,

development, including a 53-unit

and Wolf® as well as Waterworks®

own keyed closets, and the space

which boasts several amenities, such

condominium in Chelsea.

fixtures, and wine cabinets.

offers a fireplace and comfortable

as indoor and outdoor lounge areas,

seating for entertaining. Other

a swimming pool, sauna and steam

City – it’s one of the most exciting

our incredibly talented designers

building amenities include a 24-

room, golf simulator, and a children’s

and vibrant places in the world,

have brought to this development,”

hour doorman and concierge on

play room. In Sutton Place, the devel-

and at Toll Brothers City Living,

said Von Spreckelsen. “Barry Rice

hand for any and all needs.

oper recently launched sales at The

we are deeply committed to the

Sutton, a new 29-story condominium

communities in which we build,”

that captures the classical and art

said Von Spreckelsen.

®

“We’re so thrilled with what

Architects handled the interior design so masterfully, and Christo-

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Dramatic ceiling heights


Manhattan • triBeCa • Condo

Four Seasons Private Residences Downtown at 30 Park Place promise a whole new level of luxury living among the clouds.

voiced narrator purrs. And with

thus views. “Very unusual in TriBe-

sweeping vistas of the city, including

Ca,” as Burger put it. “The majority

Manhattan, the Hudson, and East

of buildings are three or four stories.

Rivers, and New York harbor, we are

Our first residential unit doesn’t start

purring, too. This elegant limestone

till 340 feet in the air; that’s the 34th

tower, with a nod to glamorous

floor of a normal building. So, every

New York of the 20s and 30s, will

unit is going to have great views.”

include a Four Seasons Hotel, with

(Views being the number-one deter-

189 rooms. Above it, 157 pristine

minant of sales in Manhattan.)

residences will vie for viewing rights.

“TriBeCa was one of the first

The most expensive – a deluxe pent-

neighborhoods during the indus-

house – is unpriced as yet. (The sky’s

trial revolution and thrived until

the limit, in every sense.)

the mid-1960s, which is why you

The force behind it all is Larry Silverstein, who has been working on the tower for several years with architect

have wonderful warehouses and cast-iron buildings.” Stern said to always follow the

I

Robert Stern – both stalwart New

artists. The idea is that with art

s there a more famous skyline

Yorkers and Brooklyn boys. “Larry

comes culture, and with culture come

than New York’s? We think

had a relationship with Robert Stern,

trends. The typically business-esque

not. Until recently, most of the

and we think his work on anything

vibe is overshadowed by restau-

city’s super-tall buildings were offices;

luxury is fantastic,” said Silverstein

rants and shopping, not to mention

New Yorkers have never really lived

Properties CEO Marty Burger, who

the near-completion of the World

that high in the sky. Take the iconic

took over the reins in 2010.

Trade Center Transportation Hub,

penthouses of Central Park West that

Residences range from one to

designed by Santiago Calatrava.

top 400 feet. They are up there, for

six bedrooms, all with bay windows

“Downtown has changed vastly since

sure, but 30 Park Place is poised to

and high ceilings. Of course, the

9/11,” Burger noted. “In 2001, there

trump that.

penthouses have higher ones, plus

were about 29,000 people living

terraces and fireplaces to boot.

downtown, and now there are about

Scraping the skyline in trendy TriBeCa, Four Seasons Residences

Apart from access to the full

79,000. It’s a huge difference and

New York Downtown, a veritable

monty of Four Seasons Hotel perks

has led to new schools and parks,

giant at 926 feet and 82 stories, will

(gym, spa, 75-foot pool), residents

and other amenities like the Hudson

be the tallest residential building

will have their own hangout on the

River waterfront.”

Looking to expLore the arChiteCture in the neighBorhood? Take a peek at the brand new World Trade Center Transportation Hub

downtown.

38th floor. This includes a fitness

“Living in

center with yoga studio, conservatory

“It’s got every amenity I can think of.

the clouds,”

with baby grand, a kids’ playroom,

It’s got the service and staff of the

is how

and a separate catering kitchen and

Four Seasons at your beck and call,

developer

dining room. Any need you may

and it’s in a building I built. I know it

Silverstein

have can be satiated by calling down-

is going to be fantastic.”

Properties

stairs 24/7.

evocatively

And yes, Burger is buying a unit.

Slated to open in 2016, 30 Park

Then there are the finishes.

Place has created a real buzz, with

puts it in

“Everything Robert Stern touches

over 60 percent of the units already

their promo

is going to be high-end. We have a

snaffled up – the majority of buyers

movie.

whole design team that helps with

hailing from New York City. “If we

the finishes and tells us what’s trend-

continue to go at the rate we’re go-

ing in the market.”

ing, we’ll see a fully sold-out product

“Where the birds kiss the sky,” the chocolate-

What makes 30 Park Place so special is first and foremost height and

by the time it opens.” We’ll toast to that.

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LUXURY THAT WON’T COST THE EARTH

ItalIan fInIshes at 302 east 96th street

Wonder Works’ 302 East 96th Street brings timeless design to the Upper East Side with an attainable price tag.

W

ith prices in Midtown heading due north, a canny buyer

might do well to cast his or her eyes out east — Upper East, that is. Even more precisely: 302 East 96th Street. An address like that doesn’t hang around long, and Wonder Works Construction Corp., a development and construction firm that has earned its stripes on numerous New

York City residential projects, wasted no time in snagging it. Having sealed the deal in March, the development team, which includes Mink

Development and Forbes Development, plans to raze the existing three-story park-

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Manhattan • Upper east side • Condo

ing garage and erect a cool 21-story

veloper, but still dabbles in all facets

property with 48 upscale residences.

of the process. 302 East 96th Street

This will be affordable luxury, ac-

will be a benchmark gig for them.

cording to Wonder Works’ Founder

“We wanted to implement all

Joseph Klaynberg. He highlights a

the experience we have amassed,”

huge gap in an overcooked Big Ap-

said Klaynberg. “We produce great

ple market, and they are prepared

product and we just get better with

to fill it. Buyers will benefit from

every new project. It’s not like all

Wonder Works’ already established

the same cookie-cutter stuff you get

relationships to get top-notch luxury

these days. This is not something we

at a more affordable price point.

have done before.”

With experience as contractor,

Units are projected to start at

design-builder, and manager, head-

a very reasonable $795,000 for

ing projects like 540West, District,

the 522-square-foot one-bedroom

and Chelsea Club, Wonder Works is

apartments. For those looking to

starting to spread its wings as a de-

fork out a bit more and get more

uNiquE WEt ROOms

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A DDI T I O N S space, there will be six floors of penthouses, all of which will have individual terraces as well as access to the roof. The top-floor penthouse gem will come with its very own private rooftop at an attainable $5+ million price tag. “All the buildings to the north and south are low-rise buildings, so we thought this was a great opportunity for views,” said Michael Belkin, Partner and Director of Operations, adding that all south-facing units would also benefit

“We produce great product and we just get better with every new project.” - Joseph Klaynberg

from private balconies. Each apartment will have

who has worked with Wonder

imported Rossetto Italian kitchens,

Works on a myriad of previous

Bertazzoni ranges and ovens, inte-

projects including District at 111

grated dishwashers, and Liebherr

Fulton St., Chelsea Club at 444

refrigerators. The bathrooms will

West 19th St., The Robyn at 316

bring in more from (you guessed

East 3rd St., 260 Park Ave. South,

it) Italy with Newform faucets and

and more, designed the façade at

shower fixtures with Italian porce-

302 East 96th St., which consists

lain tile on the floors and walls of

of a beautiful window wall system.

the bathrooms. Vanities, medicine

His attention to detail and creative

cabinets, and wardrobes will also be

space planning allows for efficient

outfitted by Rossetto.

and functional units that will cater

“We actively seek the best

to buyers’ needs. “Karl understands

products,” said Klaynberg, who

architecture and its impact on end

confessed to a lifelong romance with

users, which makes working with

Italian craftsmanship.

him so easy,” Brody stated.

“We go to the best sources to get

“It definitely suits the neighbor-

our materials and have direct deals

hood – it brings a more modern but

with the factories,” added Principal

not overly-dressed feel as we were

and Director of Construction Eric

trying to redefine the area as afford-

Brody. “We don’t want to pay any

able luxury. It’s a timeless design,”

middle men.” (We see no problem

added Belkin.

with that, since buyers benefit!) Noting that Italian furnish-

And time being of the essence (with a vow to wrap in two years),

ings and fabrics are super trendy

the whole team will surely be

thanks to their warmer feel reflects

working wonders to deliver, as no

what buyers are looking for. Brody

doubt they will.

reckons the finishes are going to be beyond expectations. In fact, he can’t rave enough about the interior design by Cath-

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erine E. Serreau-Thompson (of Elianart, Ltd.) “When she started working with us on this project, we simply thought ‘Wow!’ I thought her concept and approach was the best,” Klaynberg recounted. (This is Serreau-Thompson’s second project with Wonder Works.) The project also speaks volumes of their long-standing relationship with architect Karl Fischer. Fischer,

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Manhattan • Upper east side • Condo

Benjamin Joseph had this to say, “We’ve spent a lot of time asking our buyers what they expect and we’ve learned that services are perhaps the most important luxury in people’s lives.” Carnegie Park wants to treat each individual with

REDEVELOPING THE

(UPPER EAST SIDE)

PLAYING FIELD Carnegie Park of fers topend luxur y condominiums without the premium price tag.

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special and tailored care, allowing them to feel as though they are expressing themselves through their living space. “We offer a certain level of customization where input is of utmost value.” Take a look at the many different floor plans and you’ll be convinced that there’s something there for every would-be tenant. From the various smaller one- and twobedroom plans that cater to the young professional, to the larger more family-oriented multi-room plans, Carnegie Park truly strives to be something for everyone. This philosophy is also reflected in the many amenities available. Here, luxury exists in being able to take a pleasurable dip in the building’s swimming pool, to taking in the sunset from the rooftop terrace while throwing a shrimp or two on the barbecue. Tenants can spend the night socializing with friends in the entertainment lounge or finding their chi in the yoga room.

y converting one

A private playground affords

of its most coveted

parents the luxury of knowing that

rental apartment

their little ‘cops and robbers’ are

buildings into

safe at play. The building even has

luxury condomini-

its own private half-acre park in

um tower Carnegie Park, Related

case the nearby Central Park feels

Companies was able to pass along

a little bit crowded.

luxurious fivestar living on the affluent Upper East Side at relatively attainable prices. That’s quite the pitch! When asked what luxury means to him, Related’s Senior Vice President

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Model kitchen by carrier + co

family tradition of success.

kIds ready to enroll?

Luxury means having a living space designed by

designers to showcase the versatil-

So, how deep do your pock-

one of the best in the business, and when it comes to

ity of its floor plans. Having each

ets have to be to experience über

this, Robert A.M. Stern Architects are no slouches.

created their own model units,

luxury? Probably just deep enough

The look that Robert Stern managed to achieve

Carrier and Company Interiors,

to keep your hands nice and snug.

with the redesigned lobby and two floors of ameni-

GRADE, and Tamara Magel

One-bedroom units start at just

ties is modern yet classic, contemporary yet elegant.

offer their own unique touch to

under $1 million and slowly move up

the interior designs. “We’re really

the scale to $5 million for one of the

trying to offer something that feels

three penthouses. It doesn’t take an

intimately unique for everyone,”

outfielder with the Yankees to know

Joseph said.

what a great catch this is!

Residents entering the building are greeted with fresh The Dalton School is just marble floors and expansive silver-domed ceilings. As for the condos themselves, in addition to Robert around the corner Stern, Related Companies brought in three more

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BOUTIQUE

DOWNTOWN Atkins & Breskin’s midas touch revealed again, as the real estate twosome makes magic.

T

PlENTy Of sTOragE IN ThIs sTylIsh kITchEN

here’s no gambling to be seen as Jerry Atkins and Stephen Breskin gambol

to another real estate success, springing a roaring win out of their latest development, 286 Spring Street in SoHo. But what else would you expect from the Atkins/Breskin team,

sOOThINg schEmEs aT 286 sPrINg

who’ve led lives that are nothing if not colorful. “I play tournament

four residences (third, fourth, and

feet, with about 140 feet between

poker,” Atkins casually let slip, in a

fifth floors being one unit each,

the master bedroom and the living

conversational continuum follow-

and floors six and seven being the

room,” said Atkins. And lest you

ing on from his anything-but random considerations over the luxury condos

penthouse), their new development

think that L-shaped apartments are

he and Breskin have conjured into being. However, it fits; 286 Spring Street

is soon to enter the market. “Each

forced to squeeze rooms snuggly

is all about seeing an opportunity and maximizing potential. Consisting of

residence is about 3,570 square

together — the duo have thought

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of that. “All bedrooms

Up for tapaS?

are separately located from other

Walk a few blocks to Boqueria

bedrooms and bathrooms; none are conjoined,

meaning no noise will travel,” Breskin added. The building was constructed to house printing presses, so it’s solidly built. It is also, “perfectly anchored

WidE OpEN spacEs ...

in Hudson Square at the crossroads of SoHo, TriBeCa, and the West Village,” and the good news

week,” said Atkins. “But I’m also fo-

intoned. Anything else that we

doesn’t end with the location.

cused on my sculptures.” 286 Spring

should know? “Stephen and I

Despite unpromising beginnings

Street shows impeccable taste, and

also own a few bars, actually,”

— the building consists of single-

its three to five bedroom residences

he said. “That was after we had

apartment, L-shaped floors — the

have been designed by Hustvedt

some involvement in the restaurant

duo has carved out a multi-faceted

Cutler Architects and D’Apostrophe

business. Some of our bars have

apartment block that’s certain to

Design to, “respect the building’s

been featured in top Time Out

be a hot deal in the neighborhood.

industrial history.” Do any of Atkin’s

lists.” Not an accomplishment oth-

How do they spot these opportu-

sculptures make an appearance in

ers would wear so lightly, but one

nities? How do they know when

the properties? “No, they don’t.” But

comes to expect such nonchalant

to raise and fold in the property

if you fear that the apartments are

achievement and perfectionism

game? “Getting ahead of the curve

lacking the imprint of such a unique

from Atkins & Breskin.

is an instinct,” said Breskin. “You

character, he goes on to say that he

need to have a feel that a neighbor-

modeled the kitchens based on his

out for their newest project, a

hood is happening, that it’s up and

own kitchen.

conversion of a 10-story warehouse

coming. It’s not something that you

The apartments boast a 24-hour

As for real estate, keep an eye

building at 34 West 17th Street

can learn in college.” Speaking of

virtual doorman and concierge

between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

higher learning, “I studied math-

services, the penthouse has cityscape

Large floor plates will be converted

ematics in college, and he majored

views, and its owner can enjoy a

to nine 2-3-bedroom apartments

in chemistry.”

giant skylight.

each at roughly 2,400 square feet.

Not to be outdone by their leisure activities and uni degrees, Breskin also practiced as a clinical psy-

Any future plans? “I have an

The project will be ready in the

international poker tournament

spring of 2016.

coming up soon,” Atkins blandly

www.atkbre.com

chologist, and Atkins was a psychiatrist. And that same practiced acumen is put to good use in their developments. What else could this duo possibly fit in, in between building, poker, and mental health? “I drop by the development about twice a

aNd slEEK baths

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OpULent LObby

corigin Real Estate Group marries luxury with historic charm on East End Avenue.

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GiLDED AGE GLAMOUR comES BAcK to mANhAttAN’S EASt SiDE t’s a dichotomy

You can imagine our delight to find out luxury developer Corigin has

as old as America

planned a 43-unit bespoke building that fuses modern luxury with an

itself: old money,

elegant prewar design sensibility, nestled in a quiet neighborhood amidst

new money; refined

some of Manhattan’s most magnificent prewar architectural masterpieces.

luxury, glitz, and

A project like 20 East End is not only rare these days; it is unheard of. We

glamour. Unfor-

sat down with developer Edward Baquero for a closer look at what’s in

tunately for the

store for 20 East End and got the skinny on what it takes to pull off such a

aesthetes among us, these days the staid luxury of yore is in short sup-

high-class project in today’s era of fast, cheap, and easy. Right off the bat, it was clear to

ply. Everywhere we look, it’s nothing

us that Baquero is not your average

but glass and steel. Personally, we’ve

real estate developer. We’ve chatted

always preferred that down-home

with our fair share of industry mo-

sensibility to a loft in a skyscraper

guls, but Baquero’s deep knowledge

shaped like a satellite. So, when we

of the development process from top

first got word of a new luxury build-

to bottom combined with a sophisti-

ing going up on Manhattan’s Upper

cated design sense is a combination

East Side, we sighed at the thought

of which you take note. Taking us

of what would surely be yet another

through the inspirations for 20 East

new shiny monument to ostentation.

End, he moved seamlessly from New


Manhattan • Upper east side • Condo

Looking to view some green? Carl Schurz Park is just steps away

The amenities are modern with a touch of Gatsby. Take the library

wine cellar and lounge. Back from a fabulous night out? Returning

“We wanted to design the common spaces in ways that extend

and its Stern-curated collection of

residents will disembark off-street

your home,” Baquero said. “We

the most important Manhattan his-

in the delicious private motor

want residents to think of 20 East

tory tomes. Not a bookworm?

court, one

End as not only their home but

The elegant wood-paneled

of only a

also their own private club.”

York history to the architectural

reading room is so adorned

handful in

evolution of motor courts.

that you may just become

“This building is about paying

the city.

But the real genius of 20 East End is that it hews to the style and

one. Otherwise, you’ll

sensibility of Manhattan’s prewar

respect to the way things used to

probably find yourself

masterpieces while providing

be done and the way they should

spending more time in

be done.” Best way to do that?

the state-of-the-art

Hire the sharpest architect in the

spa and

amenities and

game, bar none. Enter Robert A.M.

fitness cen-

finishes. “I guaran-

Stern Architects. Robert Stern

ter or the

tee you that this is

has a well-deserved reputation as

ornate

the most modern

the full range of modern luxury

a modern traditionalist. He is the

building in the

creative genius behind a slew of

city,” said Baquero.

contemporary classics, including

Gilded Age class

his critically acclaimed 15 Central

and refinement with

Park West. “Stern was the perfect

2015 amenities?

partner because he is such an

We’ll take it.

academic,” Baquero said. Literally. As the current Dean of Yale’s Architecture School, he has a full staff of architectural historians at his fingertips. We weren’t surprised when Baquero told us that for 20 East End, “less mass-produced, more hand-crafted,” is the motto. The property oozes attention to detail, extending from the 43 units decked out with the finest finishes, to the magnificent common spaces: the wine cellar and lounge, library, and magnificent lobby, to name just a few. “The design work alone took 18 months,” said Baquero. “Multiple meetings a week. We just kept ironing out those details.”

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YOU’LL BE BACK... Metro Lof t Development’s new 443 Greenwich project will be so perfect, the firm is sure buyers should look around before buying, as they’ll undoubtedly be back. 36

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T

he quality of 443 Green-

to standards that will make you weak in the knees. What has got this one in the

wich will be the best in

limelight starts with the stunning attributes Haight created more than a century

TriBeCa. Full stop,” said

ago, along with finishes, architecture, and interiors by CetraRuddy. Sounds

Richard Cantor, Principal of Can-

pretty spectacular, sure, but will it be the best building in terms of quality in

tor-Pecorella.

TriBeCa? Well, when customers

Statements

asked what 443 offers, Berman said,

like that

“Have a look at 443 and visit the best

always get the

in New York.”

crew here at

Our little investigation managed

9fi5th to put its

to turn up some exciting clues as to

sleuth goggles

what these 53 units, eight of which

on and get

will be penthouses, will offer. Firstly,

the note pads

the craftsmanship at 443 is already

out for some

evident to even the lay onlooker, but

good-old-

the level and scope of this quality

fashioned

will saturate even the smallest detail

investigative

of this federally-recognized historic

work. It turns

site. That is where this offering starts,

out Nathan Berman and Metro

meaning gorgeous brick and blue stone decoration on the façade that has been

Loft Management are offering a

carefully brought back to life for a classic, collegial sense of cool that both locals

beautiful Charles C. Haight 8-story

and international buyers will appreciate. The columns and beams throughout

building from the 1880s – renovated

the building have been kept, which, according to Berman, “was such a feat

LAndsCApEd rOOf

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Manhattan • triBeCa • Condo that it was like performing open-

residents will

heart surgery on a walking patient.”

be able to

Difficult as it may have been, their

Craving soMe great Coffee or a CuP of hot ChoColate?

efforts will be rewarded in what will essentially be a new building that boasts the original timber. The press has been covering the $53 million penthouse rather aggressively not just because it is so

Kaffe 1668

big but also thanks to its price tag.

relish at the wet bar in the middle of it all. Did we mention a Turkish-style hammam with barrelvaulted ceil-

Even the smallest of the 53 units will start at 2,400 square feet and

ings and green mosaic tiles on the

iNTERiOR GaRdEN cOuRTYaRd

walls, ceilings, and benches? Don’t

offer two bedrooms, two bath-

worry; there is a 71-foot pool and

rooms, and lofty ceilings dressed in those original pine beams. Add in

floors and capped off with a pri-

the special wide-board white-oak

vate rooftop. The eight penthouses

the planned amenities either; take

After snooping around the sales

floors and Metro Loft Developers

will have three to five bedrooms

landscape architect Hank White’s

center for renderings and probing

has ensured that there is noth-

and will start at $15 million for a

4,800-square-foot interior garden

Berman for details, we may yet put

ing standard about the building’s

3,400-square-footer and go up to

courtyard that will serve up a,

443 Greenwich as the first spot in

finishes. And that goes twofold for

$53 million for aforementioned

“slice of the Hudson River Valley

the TriBeCa trifecta. Set apart by

the Christopher Peacock-designed

mega penthouse. But these

that made its way into TriBe-

its unique combination of tasteful

kitchens that will work their tra-

stunners more importantly

ditionally-inspired magic into this

re-emphasize the qual-

revamped property. Every kitchen

ity and luxury of

at 443 will see walnut cabinetry,

the offerings at

Pietra Cardosa counters, 48” Wolf

443 that runs

ranges (60” for the penthouses), and

all the way

48” Sub-Zero refrigerators. The

through.

kitchens will also feature oversized

Nothing has been spared on

Ca,” as Berman tempted. If

fitness center in the plans as well.

restoration and supreme quality

that is not enough, Hank

of ingredients, these 53 units are

White also designed

making a pretty convincing case

the roof in similar fashion, with 5,000 square

for themselves. When we spoke to Berman and Cantor, 40 percent of the units had already been sold

feet of fun

and move-in day is not set until

that

at least late 2015. Folks, if you

white Calacatta gold marble islands

are looking at TriBeCa and want

with two dishwashers.

quality that you do not see these

Moving up to those eight penthouses, Berman has something very special in the works, culminating in an 8,600-square-

for too long, since, as Berman said, “buying here is buying the best. It’s unique and it’s not going to be done again. It’s the last of

foot space

its kind.” Not a

located on the

bad deal for

top three

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Generational real estate firm Gale international returns to the New York market with 21W20, a whole new level of plush living with space-age technology built in.

N

ew York is home to a plethora of neighborhoods, each offering its

own surplus of pros and cons. So, how is a buyer to choose between the many enclaves of the city? Well, dear reader, we’ll make it easy. Pick the Flatiron District, where we have just the right property in mind. Modeled by the seasoned hands of Gale International, a ‘local’ firm with four generations of experience as well as some serious cards up its international sleeves, 21W20 seamlessly combines classic New York City elegance with state-of-theart technology and design. Built around a landmark structure in the Flatiron District, the façade of which is being restored to its original splendor, this brand-new luxury tower just off Fifth Avenue

OutdOOr living at 21W20

stretches up ten floors with floorthrough residences and then unfolds

have just begun for the penthouses,

entire floor and include all kinds

into 100-foot-wide penthouses with

with 4,663-square-foot PH2 and

of special flair. For example, the

500+square-foot terraces. Crowning

2,710-square-foot PH4 released. All

penthouses each include, “collapsible

the property are two penthouses with

of the lower units have already sold

glass doors,” that create, what Gale

1,200+ square feet of spectacular

out and it’s not hard to understand

Jr. described as, “a truly seamless

rooftop terraces, each featuring a

why. “We are trying to bring uptown

integration between indoor and

hot tub, outdoor shower, fireplace,

sophistication into a downtown mod-

outdoor living,” a rarity in the New

and built-in kitchen with grill. Oc-

ern feel,” said Stan Gale Jr.

York market. Not to be outdone

cupancy is expected this fall. Sales

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PrIce

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PerIod Perks

Fall 2015 24-hour doorman/concierge, outdoor al fresco patio, smart device compatible in-unit technology, Cisco-enabled technology network, in-duct antiallergen air purification system

outdoor shower

Gale International has fitted

the new city with an integrated layer of technology embedded in the operation of the buildings to automate any number of aspects of daily life. “With partners like Cisco, the network backbone delivers technology to these buildings that can be controlled, whether it is with your smart phone, tablet, or your in-residence building management systems.” Applying these state-of-theart technologies and creating the highest luxury experience goes beyond what can easily be pointed or indoor fireplace

out. Gale went above and beyond glossy finishes and bold materials

these units, and more importantly

master suites alone,” said Gale Jr.

the remarkable penthouses, offer

“The layout is very thoughtfully

track record of delivery with breath-

the-scenes amenities,” such as an

residents custom white oak cabinetry

designed. There’s a lot of blood,

taking quality and technological

anti-allergen air filtration system,

in the kitchens complemented by

sweat and tears that went into this.”

design. For the past decade, they’ve

a water purification system, and

six-inch-wide rift cut white oak floors

And it’s not just ample space, light,

been completing a master-planned

triple laminated glass windows, just

development in Songdo, South

to name a few. “It’s really about

in a massive 54-inch basket weave pattern throughout. Both kitchens

and cutting-edge interior design (from David Mann, of MR Architecture and

Gale International has a proven

Korea that is

the quality of

pioneering new

life within your

smart home

home.”

and bath-

Décor) that

technologies in

rooms will

make these

the country. The

feature the

apartments

Songdo IBD is

elegant

unbeatable —

a fully func-

touch of marble as well as the highest standard in appliances & fixtures. “The penthouses will offer

and implemented several, “behind-

Feel lIke shoPPIng?

While Gale International

The shops on Fifth Avenue might be building are right downstairs the city of the

21W20 will in-

tional city, with

clude all the lat-

commercial and

Korea and implementing brand

est tech add-ons

residential areas, parks, a canal, and

new technology in their Flatiron de-

one could want. “All

South Korea’s tallest building. It also

velopment, they understand how to

includes the first LEED-certified

create real estate value, just as well as they understand forward-think-

of our homes at 21W20

future in South

have integrated home automation

convention center in all of Asia and

en-suite bathrooms for each of

systems,” explained Gale Jr. “Since

a Jack Nicklaus signature golf club

ing and environmentally respon-

the bedrooms along with sizable

technology is constantly evolving,

that will host The Presidents Cup

sible luxury. “We are not building

walk-in closets, not to mention the

each unit is wired to adapt to the

later this year, the first time it has

condo units,” said Gale Jr. “We are

1,000-square-foot footprint of the

most state-of-the-art solutions.”

ever been held in Asia.

creating someone’s home.”

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FABULOUS HOUSES in

HAMPTONS ENCLAVE

the options for living in the hamptons just got a whole lot better thanks to Barn & Vine’s range of unique styles.

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Long IsLand • BrIdgehampton • sIngLe FamILy homes

MastER bEdROOM

gaMbREl KitchEN

N

ew Yorkers are a lucky

top of the area’s real-estate market;

bunch, if only for having

one look at the properties on the

an ocean and fairy-tale

market and you’ll see why the name

countryside just a couple of hours’

is no accident. Ideally located in

drive from one of the world’s

Bridgehampton, minutes from

premier metropolises. We’re not

Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton

going to go as far as to say that it

Village, the Barn & Vine homes

goes unappreciated, but… well, we

form a loose-knit community with

could all lavish some more energy

ample outdoor space that reveals,

on exchanging pasteurized milk for

or rather revels in, the passion of

scenic pastures. Nonchalantly tread-

those behind the project. “I really

Up For some goLF?

Long Island is host to several golfing opportunities we recommend Sebonack Golf Club

ing that fine

love seeing the care and interest that

line between

people have about their neighbor-

luxury and

hoods,” said Jane Gol, who served

price is the

as a former Planning Commissioner

Barn & Vine

under Mayor Bloomberg and is cur-

collection of

rently the President of Continental

homes, which

Ventures and Continental Pine-

certainly

wood. The project is a joint venture

punches

between Continental Ventures and

above its

Pinewood Development (CPDP).

weight in

“What we’re doing with Barn &

terms of

Vine is creating a neighborhood that

the luxury

people will want to live in. For us,

obtained for

it’s all about creating communities.”

the money exchanged, giving buy-

Despite forming a recognizable

ers the feel of the country with the

community, each house is unique

convenience of the city.

and has an abundance of green

It’s not difficult to see why Barn cOuRtYaRd MastER bath

& Vine homes have wafted to the

space (no doubt beautifully colored come fall). The 37 lots making up

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A DDI T I O N S PARTICULARS Barn & Vine the project are set on around 50

ter suites, fireplaces, and en-suite

acres. “There was nothing devel-

bathrooms for every bedroom. To

oped here, not even a road when

make life even better, second master

we came,” said Gol, “so we could

bedroom suites are placed on the

really shape the area and maximize

ground floor, which will make a

the beauty of the existing surround-

comfortable guest suite for family

ings.” And they really went to some

and friends or will ensure that, “you

root-and-twig level detail. “We

can step out of your bedroom into

took down as few trees as possible,

your pool,” as is Gol’s more cheeky

creating canopies of mature trees

take. That’s right, all the houses

on the roads,” Gol added. “We

have gunite pools. Did you really

wanted to create dream homes. We

expect otherwise?

took Hampton-style architecture

“One client said she was sold on

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what grows

with each house, architecturally designed landscaping, concierge services

arrange to fly you

and did our own interpretation. It’s

the house the minute she walked in

well and

‘Hamptons living redefined.’”

and saw the thought that had gone

what fits in.

into every aspect of the home, even

Design excellence both

the staircase. We love it when buyers

inside and outside of the home is es-

your car at home to greet you when

your future home to look like. “We

see the fruits of our labor!” said Gol.

sential. It is not just about the square

you arrive, before organizing your

can make your dream home a

Level of detail and customization

footage — the concierge service is

child’s birthday party and a cocktail

reality whether you are looking for

are the foundation of a Barn & Vine

equally impressive. Chaloners at

event for you the same evening.

a quiet private oasis or a fabulous

home. The homes are designed as

Barn & Vine, an exclusive concierge

“We’ll ensure that the fridge is

entertaining environment for family

unique models such as the “Dutch

program developed for Barn & Vine,

full and the fireplace has wood,”

and friends.” The houses all have

Gambrel,” “Sonoma Barn,” and

makes these homes flawless whether

tempted Gol.

oversized mahogany entrance doors

“Sweeping Gable,” and each sit on

you are summering in

leading to two-story entry foyers

grounds carefully beautified by local

the Hamptons or are

with dramatic staircases, open

landscapers who

a full-time resident.

know the area —

The concierge can

If you hurry, you can even give some input into what you’d like

concept kitchens,

over from New York City by helicopter and drop

With that kind of service, residents may never venture back to city life.

and spacious great rooms. Homes boast expansive mas-

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TAKE THE BEST, LEAVE THE REST With 37 lean units, 50 clinton is set to usher in a new era of boutique condominiums on the Lower East Side.

T he Lower East Side is catch-

ing fire, and living there could mean paying big money or

making a big compromise – unless you are buying on the right side of the curve. We had the distinct pleasure of discussing

one of the best parts of that curve with Dan Hollander, Managing Partner at DHA Capital. Hollander’s vision for 50 Clinton is quite simple: sophistication where it matters. “We opted out of the superfluous bloat for 50 Clinton so that we could build something with enduring charm for a competitive price,” exposed Hollander. This new 7-story building will boast an outstanding location on the Lower East Side with an articulated red brick façade by architects Issac & Stern that

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references the early 20th century. Top that off with a carefully selected set of amenities and 50 Clinton has the makings for

Paris Forino design

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sleek, modern kitchen


Manhattan • Lower east side • Condo

what is sure to lure us – and many

explained Hollander. Standard

others – to the Lower East Side.

units will start at 650 square feet

Although these 37 boutique

and run up to 1,200 square feet,

units will be housed in a brand-new

unusual for the Manhattan market.

building, they and the building are

Four penthouses, each with private

deeply inspired by the early 20th-

outdoor space, will weigh in at

century texture of the neighbor-

1,200 square feet and a modest $3.5

hood. In establishing the unique,

million in their asking price. Two

boutique design, DHA Capital

are already under contract. The

has brought in renowned designer

remaining penthouses and standard

gaRdEN

Paris Forino, for a little European

units will pack their punches in

inspiration and class. Hollander

finishes and design, offering stun-

expects the industrial feel of the

for a striking effect. Large windows

building, with its red brick façade

and ceiling heights ranging from

and units decked out in white oak

9’4” to 12’’ will serve up a lofty feel,

and two-bedroom units, four pent-

kitchens that will be armed with

herringbone floors, will comple-

ensuring that every square foot of

houses, and very special, multi-level

brushed bronze hardware and Wolf,

ment Forino’s elegant, chic style

50 Clinton will put weight where it

garden homes on the ground floor,”

Sub-Zero, and Bosch appliances.

counts. “At 50 Clinton, we will offer one-

ning views (especially from the rooftop terraces in the penthouses), and

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A DDI T I O N S

“We opted out of the superfluous bloat for 50 clinton so that we could build something with enduring charm for a competitive price.” penthouse with outdoor space

- Dan hollander

All 37 units will swagger

Into hIdden restaurants and lounges? Beauty & Essex

to the beat of lean luxury, seeing master bedrooms strut large walk-in closets and

fitness

en-suite bathrooms finished with white Dolomiti marble and brushed brass fixtures

astounding 40 percent of units were

by Waterworks.

bought, attesting to the fact that clean design is back. Many buyers

“We chose the number 37, because we could still retain a

at 50 Clinton have been younger

boutique feel, but also offer a lobby,

professionals who know and love

gym, roof deck, 24-hour doorman,

New York or investors who under-

and storage space,” said Hollander.

stand the intelligence of the prop-

Assembling these elements makes for something unique that will serve as a

“We are certain that 50 Clinton

erty. Those looking to buy where

sexy social nexus for residents of 50 Clinton. And with the restaurants in this

will set a new paradigm for the

the new generation of movers and

area of the city, who wouldn’t want to swing by 50 Clinton for a cocktail or

condo market in New York,” certi-

shakers are shaking their martinis

two after dinner? The secret is already out; the Lower East Side has more

fied Hollander. And it will. During

need to look no further – the future

developments slated than anywhere else in Manhattan.

the initial three weeks of sales, an

of cool is here.

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FORSYTH READIES FOR NEw PREmIERE The 204 Forsyth condominium show is set to begin its run star ting in the Spring/Summer season of 2016 and it's bound to get all of New York excited.

H

eading thrilling 204 Forsyth is Charles Saulson.

Starting off as a sculptor and a steel worker, Saulson very much led an artist’s life, until a lull in the market hit during the late 80s and early 90s. At that point, he became involved in a lot of side work. His experiences working on building infrastructure (as a welder) led him to learn about real estate development, an industry that he would find very lucrative later on in life. Since those early days, he has overseen the structural work on several projects including the Rivington Hotel on the Lower East Side and the Mercer Hotel in Soho, hip digs known for loft-like rooms. It’s that kind of edgy, contemporary style that Saulson can be counted on to bring to 204 Forsyth Street. “204 Forsyth is going to be modern and classy,” Saulson said with an air of excitement. The buzzwords in this case, however, don’t really do

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Manhattan • Lower east side • Condo

PaRis FORiNO dEsigN

The property itself will be made up of 11 condominium units ranging from 1,500 to about 3,000 square feet in size. The $9 million penthouse suite will boast outdoor roof space as well as gorgeous views of the city. Below justice to the pros of the upcoming

that there will be a three-bedroom

living space. Saulson elaborated

condo that takes up the entire sixth

on what really makes it stand out.

floor, a Maisonette, and several

“In a sense, it’s like living in a little

two-bedroom condominiums.

oasis — just really civilized.” The location just east of Soho, in its

building,” said Saulson. In order to

quiet demeanor, is a respite from a

give it that contemporary touch he

lot of the hustle and bustle of New

sought out interior designer Paris

York’s famed city life. One of the big

Forino. “She really helped to create

reasons for this atmosphere comes

that small loft living feel that’s also

from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, which

part brown-stone sensibility. It’s

the property will overlook.

upscale and elegant — a highly

While the section of street on

PARTICULARS 204 Forsyth pLaCe

shapes the perception of everything

on the quiet side, there are plenty

around you, a 204 Forsyth con-

of great lifestyle features acces-

dominium should really give you

sible close by. “You’re close to a

an inspiring, modern, almost edgy

great market, the subway, a lively

outlook on life.

night scene, and tons of restau-

Lower East Side 11 Residences 1,500 - 3,000 square feet $2.5 million - $9 million Spring/Summer 2016 Doorman, view of the city, location, gym, across from Whole Foods Market and a park

designed space.” If where you live

which 204 Forsyth will sit is a bit

Chrystie/Forsyth corridor

property pLans priCe period perks

“It’s a high-end boutique condo

Fresh produCe For tonight’s dinner?

204 Forsyth has a target audience

rants,” Saulson

of young, pre-family adults, and

expounded on

who better to sell that to them than

the convenience

the actual TV reality stars Fredrik

of living on the

Eklund and John Gomes of Million

Chrystie/For-

Dollar Listing New York fame? With

syth corridor.

that kind of superstar marketing

“It’s really for

power behind it, the “best of every-

the New Yorker

thing,” lifestyle might get grabbed

who wants the

up sooner than you think. The only

Whole Foods best of everything.” Market

question now is, who is going to be heading the cast list?

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A DDI T I O N S

Baccarat

Hotel aND resiDeNces Yes, we’ve been warned about living in glass houses, but what about Baccarat fine crystal?

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Baccarat Hotel and residences


Manhattan • Midtown • Condo

Y

ou could say developer Tribeca Associates takes

“educated” risks. Who else

would transform a musty public library into luxury condos plus a hotel by one of the world’s most respected brands? Their new building, Baccarat Hotel and Residences, used to be the site of a New York

Public Library built in the early 50s. “This was one of those rare cases where we got to fulfill a lifelong dream of knocking down a library,” said Mark Gordon (Tribeca’s Managing Partner) gleefully, hinting at a troubled schoolboy past. “Let’s not go there,” quipped Bill Brodsky (Founder & Managing Partner).

PENthOusE liviNg ROOm

Joking aside, it was quite a coup when the library’s CEO decided

during your meal, the housekeeper

the space was too valuable because

will whizz up in a jiffy. Tribeca Associates has had a lot

of its location just off Fifth Avenue across from the Museum of Mod-

of interest from domestic as well as

ern Art and sought a buyer for the

international buyers. “This is perfect

site. One condition: the developer

for them as they can come to New

had to rebuild the library. Tribeca

York for a week or a month and

Associates partnered with Starwood

they can have their refrigerator fully

Capital and leapt at the opportunity.

stocked. They can have a car pick

Construction on the 50-story tower is nearly complete. Like an

them up at the airport. Someone will libRaRY

make their dinner reservations for them. They can have the tempera-

exquisite piece of glassware (the space, creating

apartments or fewer. The penthouse

ture set in their residence from their

founded by French King Louis XV,

views in three

is 7,500 square feet.”

iPhone. It really is the perfect build-

making it 250 years old), Baccarat

directions. Oh,

Baccarat luxury crystal brand was

Hotel and Residences stands out from its surroundings. “We have the library component, New York’s finest luxury hotel with 114 keys, and the 59 residences above, which will be fully serviced by the hotel,” boasted Gordon. When the library designed by world-renowned Enrique Norton opens in 2016, it will be spectacular. The building was designed by

Feel like soMething FanCy?

Head to nearby St. Regis Hotel for afternoon tea

and there is

Gordon continued, adding that, “it really is the best of both worlds.

Baccarat crystal

You can have the privacy and the

Brodsky finally managed to get

sprinkled

exclusivity of living in your own

in his two cents’ worth: “Ditto,” he

home, but then if you want to drop

added playfully. “I couldn’t say

eryone gets

into this beautiful social environ-

it any better than that.” It is all

one custom

ment, you can take the elevator

crystal-clear if you ask us.

Baccarat chan-

down to the hotel and be part of a

delier. The idea

great bar, one of New York’s best

wasn’t to make

restaurants, or hang out in

it Baccarat Disneyworld.” Well, as welcome gifts go, that’s up there.

the La Mer spa.” So, if you are a

“The feedback from buyers has

also worked on One World Trade

been spectacular. In fact, none of

Center, with separate designers for

our buyers have removed any of our

hours and decide

the hotel and condos. The residen-

finishes, which is incredibly unusual

you want a snack,

tial designer is Tony Ingrao and

at this end of the luxury market.” 42

you can go down to

among his gorgeous design choices

residences have already been sold.

Chevalier or have

crystal, modern furnishings, and

and location perspective.”

around. “Ev-

Skidmore Owings & Merrill, who

are custom bronze-work with

ing from a design as well as a service

Gordon highlighted that the building was scaled to be very inti-

resident and rock on home in the wee

a fully catered meal in the privacy of your

floor-to-ceiling windows to capture

mate and private. “Most of our resi-

own home. If you or

natural light throughout each

dences are on floors that have two

your guests spill something

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Greater Than

Manhattan • Midtown East • Condo

A DDI T I O N S

THE SUM OF ITS PARTS A dream team of developers got together to make an epic real estate splash in midtown.

I

t’s not often that three

design. We’re

big NYC developers pool

like-minded

their resources, expertise,

people who have

and ideas to get a project

larger opportuni-

off the ground and high

ties when we pool

into the Manhattan sky,

our resources,”

ers and architect are proud of their green approach. “It’s more than just design,” said Blaichman. “The building has light, fresh air, and is perfect for healthy living.” The interior matches the exterior holistically in terms of style and luxury. It is filled with bespoke design and custom fittings. Comprising 57 residences, 301 East 50th Street has

landscaped terrace.

- you know it’s going to be some-

“Exactly,” agreed

thing special. This certainly is the

Scott Shnay, who

case for 301 East 50th Street, the

runs SK with father Abe. “We don’t

It’s a throwback to a classic look,

latest project of CBSK Ironstate,

all attend every meeting, but we are

even though it’s very modern.” The

who are composed of - well, all you

all aware of what’s going on at each

developers all give a lot of credit

have to do is parse the name - CB

stage of the project.”

to architects CookFox. “We aren’t

Those of the more active persuasion have access to a top-range

focused on profit per square foot in

residential complex of luxury condos,

this project,” noted Barry. (Just as

combines, “the contemporary feel of

well, with the price tag per square

projects together so far and, as a

French Modern design with timeless

foot already hitting the $2,000 mark.)

unit, really are greater than the

details to create an experience of

“We were certain we wanted to work

sum of their parts. “We definitely

unparalleled comfort and luxury.”

with world-class architects, and the

complement each other,” said

What’s the most unique thing about

result shows this. The interior and

Michael Barry from Ironstate. “We

it? “It’s definitely the design,” Abe

exterior really relate to each other.

have similar backgrounds, but we all

Shnay said. “It’s a limestone building

The architecture has a very holistic

bring something special to the table.

against a backdrop of glass buildings,

Plus, having a triple perspective on

and it goes

anything is always helpful.” All have

into very

broad backgrounds in development

fine and

and work on both residential and

sculpted

hospitality projects. “One of us had

detail.

more access to financing, another

not just about design; both develop-

tea lounge, and a

Blaichman.

CBSK Ironstate have done eight

architecture,” Barry added. But it’s

steam room, sauna,

when they’ve been doing it for years

Ironstate Development.

good, and that’s what makes great

residents, featuring a

said CB’s Charles

Their latest development, a

your finger on why something feels

a spa open to all

but when they do - and especially

Developers, SK Development, and

the rooms. Sometimes you can’t put

approach: the volume, the light, and

fitness center. You’ll have to hurry, though, because 36 units had already been sold by the time we went to press, including one of the two penthouses. Don’t worry if you can’t afford the cool $10 million for the other one; some of the two-bedroom condos can be had for a third of the price, in one of Manhattan’s most prized central locations. The European feel of the design will appeal to the internationally minded, and with the United Nations complex nearby, the area is, “a community for global citizens, tastemakers, and true New Yorkers.”

PARticULARS 301 East 50th strEEt

had more New York experience, and another knew more about hands-on

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INDEX Name

Place

ProPerty

PlaNs

Price

Period

1110 Park avenue

carnegie hill

9 residences

2,855 - 6,857 (+

$9.25 million -

Fall 2015

1,769 of outdoor

$35 million

triBeca

Wine cellar, on-site storage units,

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fitness center, 24-hour doorman and concierge service

space) square feet

30 Park Place

Perks

157 residences

1,108 - 5,937

$3,145,000 -

including

square feet

$15.7 million,

June 2016

24-hour Four seasons hotel

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concierge and room service will

11 penthouses,

deluxe penthouse

extend to private residences, hotel

189-room hotel,

not yet priced

restaurant, 75-foot pool, children's

restaurant

playroom, conservatory with adjacent loggia, fitness center with yoga room, steam room and sauna, private dining room with catering kitchen, screening room, car park, 14-foot ceiling heights, wood-burning fireplaces in penthouses

302 east 96th street

upper east side

48 residences

end of 2017

24-hour doorman, on-site

522 - 2,290

(Projected):

square feet

$795,000 -

parking, bicycle storage,

$5 million+

roof deck, indoor/outdoor

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recreational area

carnegie Park

upper east side

300 residences

complete

lounge area, gym, yoga room,

704 - 2,585

$845,000 -

square feet

just under

concierge, roof deck, private park,

$5 million

pool, playground and playroom,

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top location

286 sPring street

soho

4 residences

3,670 - 4,585

$5.6 million -

square feet

$10 million+

summer 2015

24-hour virtual doorman, con-

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cierge services, video intercom by siedle, private entrance by key-locked elevators with additional security door at entrance to residence (zero-clearance)

20 east enD avenue

upper east side

43 residences

1,900 - 6,300

$4.5 million -

square feet

$35 million

June 2016

Fitness facilities with separate yoga and boxing studios, spa with treatment room and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, porte cochère with motor court, billiard and card room, library, junior lounge

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Name

Place

ProPerty

PlaNs

443 GREENwiCH

TriBeCa

53 Residences

STREET

Price

Period

2,400 - 8,600

$7 million -

Late 2015

square feet

$53 million

Perks

A restored and renovated 1880s Charles

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C. Haight building with a 5,000-foot landscaped roof, LEEd certification and architecture by CetraRuddy, basement parking, fitness center, Turkish hammam, 71-foot pool

24-hour doorman/concierge, outdoor 21w20

Flatiron

13 Residences

PH2: 4,663

PH2: $13.965

square feet +

million

in-unit technology, Cisco-enabled

525-square-foot

PH4: $10 million

technology network, in-duct anti-

Fall 2015

terrace

al fresco patio, smart device compatible

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allergen air purification system

PH4: 2,710 square feet + 1,218-square-foot terrace

BARN & ViNE

Bridgehampton, NY

37 Homes,

3,800 - 4,800

$2.695 million -

Ready for

Location in coveted Hamptons, dramatic

designed in

square feet +

$3.995 million

occupancy

double height entryways, oversized master-

13 exclusive styles

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204 FORSYTH

Lower East Side

Lower East Side -

37 Residences

11 Residences

Chrystie/Forsyth

1,800 - 2,200

summer 2015

suites, fireplaces, en-suite bathrooms, swim-

square feet fully

through summer

ming pool with each house, architecturally

finished lower level

2016

designed landscaping, concierge services

650 - 1,200

$1.1 million -

square feet

$3.5 million

1,500 - 3,000

$2.5 million -

Spring/Summer

square feet

$9 million

2016

Mid-2016

Midtown

59 Residences

ANd RESidENCES

301 EAST 50TH STREET

Midtown

Gym, roof deck, doorman, storage

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doorman, view of the city, location,

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gym, across from whole Foods Market and a park

corridor

BACCARAT HOTEL

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57 Residences

1,167 - 7,381

$5.15 million -

square feet

$60 million

1,500 - 3,000

$2.75 million -

square feet

$10.25 million

Complete

Hotel amenities, gym, pool, La Mer spa,

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concierge, Chevalier restaurant, bar, library

winter 2015

24/7 doorman and concierge, gym, spa with

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saunas, steam rooms, tea lounge and terrace, building-wide healthy-living modification

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Manhattan • West Chelsea • Rental

D

rawing inspiration from the imaginative qualities of West Chelsea’s well-

documented rise in the art world, Abington House could be considered a canvas for those seeking a modern, social experience. Good news for pet owners: furry friends are also invited to get their paws all up in that canvas, via Dog City, a high-end dog spa and babysitting service available exclusively to residents. The pet-

Up foR a stRoll?

Get right onto the High Line

friendly atti-

paRtY ROOm

tude is further reflected in one of Abington House’s functional art pieces: The Urban Dog

by Terence Main. Painted brick red, it fits right into Chelsea’s industrially influenced architecture. This also holds true for the entire building, from the brick façade created by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, to the earth tones seen inside the nature-inspired Clodagh Design interiors. “We didn’t build a shiny glass box build-

“It’s the only building on that block that has views straight down the entire High Line.”

praised Joseph,

- Benjamin Joseph

who continued to mention that not only do the higher floors benefit from this but the lower floors do as well. That’s not the only thing you can get an eyeful of though; there are also terrific views of the New York skyline and

erings. There’s also a barbecue ter-

the river too. “We wanted to give

race that can be reserved for dinners

people who recognize Abington

as well as the aptly named Sanctu-

House’s special location a really

ary, a Zen lounge protected from

ing,” explained

special oppor-

outside noises by soundproofing.

Benjamin

tunity,” Joseph

Following the aforementioned Dog

Joseph, Senior

explained. This

City, finally, is the internet cafe that

Vice President at

opportunity also

is more affectionately known as the

Related Compa-

includes the

Mac Bar. If your ideal date is an

nies. What they

best in design

athletic hipster pioneer social ani-

did build could

and amenities.

mal with a well preened pet who at

be described as a

“Amenities

times likes to be a bit reclusive, then

modern take on

are very im-

you may want to consider taking up

the multicultural

portant to our

residence at Abington House.

aesthetics of

residents, and

Services are also a huge part of

therefore to us

what they offer. “Even the way the

as well,” Joseph

concierge greets you is a tailored

of the experi-

stated. “They

experience to suit each individual,”

ence though.

are the key to

Joseph emphasized. It’s good to

Chelsea’s history

offering the life-

know that after walking under the

is a big reason

style people are

High Line, past the gritty remnants

Chelsea. That’s a part

for its meteoric rise to popularity.

unconventional views to residents

looking for.” Taking a closer look

of the old industrial days, through a

The High Line, for example, is a

and visitors, of which it gets five

at what is offered opens a window

colorful contrast-providing garden

melding of the neighborhood’s

million annually. Thanks to its

into the lives of the tenants. There’s

courtyard and the doors of a red

industrial roots with the art scene

location, Abington House overlooks

an exclusive Equinox-designed gym

brick façade, Fido will be consis-

and the contemporary. Formerly an

the entire High Line. “It’s the only

with all the trimmings. Then there

tently greeted with the exact kind of

elevated rail-track, the High Line

building on that block that has views

are several lounges, including two

bark he expects! Oh, and a friendly

provides a breath of fresh air and

straight down the entire High Line,”

that can be reserved for social gath-

smile won’t hurt either.

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REN TA L

SIZE DOES MATTER Sky is the limit at the moinian Group’s latest rental development of heavenly propor tions.

L

et’s admit it; New Yorkers love superlatives. When one crops up in the luxury homes

market, you can bet we are all about it. So, what if we told you that there is a 71-story, 1,175-unit rental development slated for 605 West 42nd Street? To find out more, we sat down with Mitchell Moinian, Senior Vice President of The Moinian Group. “Sky is going to be big, offer bold amenities, and set new standards for residential rental luxury in the city,” said Moinian. And Sky will be the biggest residential development in Manhattan, but we should note that “biggest” is not the only superlative. The property will boast the most luxurious and illustrious pools, spas, gym, and pretty much everything else that comes to mind. It is set to be the exclusive lifestyle that will attract celebrities, worldclass entrepreneurs, and even a few NBA stars.

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Sky


Manhattan • Midtown west • Rental

“Sky is going to be big, offer bold amenities, and set new standards for luxury in the city.” - Mitchell Moinian From the get-go, Moinian wanted to create a landmark, and Sky will

very equal level of beauty. “It is based on the sheer size of

be nothing short of monumental. If

Sky that we are going to be able to

you are looking for a little taste of

offer more to each resident than

this historic significance, just peruse

anywhere else in New York City,”

fashion photographer Scott Furkay’s

explained Moinian. The man has

Up foR a gaMe of basketball? Just head downstairs for a David Rockwell designed court

elegant shots

a point; with a water club, two

that feature a

giant zero edge pools, a full service

gritty time-

beauty salon, a world-class fitness

lessness of

club, and a café, we are just scratch-

the construc-

ing the surface. If the two outdoor

tion. Furkay’s

pools weren’t enough, Sky will also

photography is

rock a spa, a Turkish-style ham-

reminiscent of

mam, and a full-sized basketball

Lewis Hine’s

court in case you are looking to

scenes of the

challenge a few of the NBA players

Empire State

who may pop in. For a little indoor

Building, cap-

competition, expect nothing short

turing the scale

of elegance at the billiard room

of the project

and a full-service restaurant, which

as well as the significance. The ar-

will offer vistas of the Manhattan

chitecture, designed by GHWA, has

skyline and Hudson River.

proven an adept subject for the im-

The units themselves will be

ages, with a clean, sleek façade that

pristine. “We will offer two finishes

will certainly speak to the luxury

that will showcase the work of Ital-

that the building promises. (David

ian artisans,” teased Moinian. The

Rockwell did all interiors, including

two finishes, “Dawn” and “Dusk,”

apartments, club, lobby, etc). When

promise sex appeal, as they will be

complete, Thomas Balsley Associ-

dressed in walnut and oak crafted to

ates’ landscape architecture will

conjure light or dark ambiances. The

match the scale of Sky with more of

units will also extend unobstructed

an earthly but

panoramic views, as there will be

POOl dEcK at SKY

aRRiviNg iN StYlE

no outdoor fans, no grills, and no grates, a pioneer-

very lux three-bedroom units to top

will be able to come home to an

ing feature for rental

things off. The premium residences

art exhibition that will complement

developments.

will boast ceiling heights of over 11

David Rockwell’s interiors. The life-

With over 1,000

feet, the best views in the city, and

style that Sky will cultivate is one of

units for rent,

a line of superb appliances. Prices

refined living intertwined with an ap-

prospective

will start at $3,100 per month for the

preciation for art, health, and luxury.

residents will

studios and move up to $4,100 and

The scale of the project aims to offer

have a choice

$6,100 for the one- and two-bed-

everything to residents because there

ranging from

room units respectively. “The most

is a time and a place for it all. With

studios and

expensive residences in the building

the leasing office open and staggered

two-bedroom

will be priced in the double digits…

move-in dates slated for the end of

for good reason,” said Moinian.

the year, we are pretty sure living

units to five floors of penthouses and some

The contemporary art component is sure to impress as well. Residents

large is going to be a whole lot of fun at this palace in the Sky.

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AT HOME

65 CHELSEA GEM

68 RyAn SERHAnt Q&A

72 BLEAU OASIS

Wonder Works’ unique six-story townhouse is a perfect jewel in the best location in town.

Power broker Ryan Serhant shares his vision and path to success.

oceanbleau is a tranquil sanctuary far from the hustle and bustle.

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POWDER ROOM


Manhattan • Chelsea • townhouse

CHELSEA GEM Wonder Works’ unique six-story townhouse is a perfect jewel in the best location in town.

Say you could live anywhere in your beloved Manhattan, where would it be? The Upper East Side has been your stomping ground, but it’s a tad pristine and buttoned-up and that is just not your scene anymore. You want something more edgy and eclectic. Take Chelsea, for instance: it’s nice, bohemian, and creative. But there's never anything on the market, you moan, and when you have a growing family, loft living is not really that feasible.

We hear you. But imagine a 25’ wide five-story townhouse with a rooftop terrace snuggled in the midst of this wonderful hood with all that vibrant nightlife and some of the best schools around; a quick walk from Chelsea Market, the foodie Meatpacking district, and the High Line. We bet that’s got you excited, right? For a worldly, well-traveled, educated individual like yourself who respects great design and architecture, we know the perfect 11,900 square feet of indoor and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space for you to put your stamp on: 357 West 17th Street – a single family home on five floors, plus a cellar and rooftop terrace. It’s a home with all the amenities of ultra luxury condo living. Wow, indeed! ENtRY hallWaY NEW YORK SPRING/SUMMER 2015

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HALLWAY

OK, right now let’s say it’s yours, and we invite you to go there in your mind's eye. As you drive up to the architecturally-striking townhouse, you admire the elegant frontage. Architects Lisa Chow and Jason Allen from Workshop Design + Architecture, PLLC were in charge of the overall space planning and façade design, and you love their hip taste with those Italian awning windows and glass-fiber reinforced concrete. You drive into your garage with a big smirk on your dial, knowing you have the ultimate New York luxury – private parking! As you get out, you nip down to the cellar and grab a couple of bottles of that cheeky Australian Riesling. Just the thing to impress for tonight's dinner party.

As you pass the pool,

Men.) You glance into the fitness

you wonder if there’s time for a

room to see if the significant other

dip and spa before you're needed

is doing Pilates.

in the kitchen. Maybe later.

Moving up to the entrance hall,

Perhaps if everyone's in the mood

the sense of space hits you with

after dinner, you could all watch a

the 15-foot ceilings. Pristine yet

movie in the home-theater, that is,

lofty. It’s a cool touch that you can

if the kids haven’t bagged it first.

see your automobile – makes you

(Which reminds you: you must

feel mighty to glimpse your cars

watch that last episode of Mad

from above.

SPA

This space inspires you. The materials are subdued and comforting – beiges and blues, alongside beautiful water features. It’s tranquil. You like to not feel as if you’re in an art gallery. Modern design can feel harsh, but this one manages to be homely. You mentally thank Interior Designer Andres Escobar of Andres Escobar & Associates for his genius eye in creating a sense of calm in a busy family home. With five bedrooms, and 11 bathrooms, you all have enough space not to get on MASTER BATHROOM

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each other’s nerves.


You go up to the spacious, state-of-the-art chef ’s kitchen. Here, the materials are bold. It is like walking into a wellappointed first class lounge, you think. The custom Italian kitchen includes Gaggenau and Miele appliances and dark Emperador stone countertops, which you adore. KITCHEN

Moving upstairs to the formal

You continue up the staircase

past the library and bedrooms, noting that Italian

dining room, you admire the cabinetry

furnishings and fabrics lend such a warm feel, and into the master bedroom that fills an entire floor: a pin-

with its Macassar Ebony finish, made for

drop quiet oasis with huge windows. The luxurious bathroom – grandiose is the right word – has a deep tub

entertaining. You love the fact that you

where you get your best ideas.

can take your own contemporary elevator to every floor (if you and your guests don’t want to walk up the chic staircase) – such a good party piece.

DINING ROOM

LIBRARY

Crowning it off is your special rooftop, which has witnessed the hippest of parties. You never tire of that extraordinary panorama, and right now, it’s the perfect place to reflect on your good fortune with this perfect home. Now, how to make this reverie a reality when it’s so hard to find such a jewel in highly-coveted Chelsea. A little bird told us 357 West 17th Street, co-developed by Wonder Works Construction and Girona Ventures, aims to set a record in its price listing. So, you'd better move fast if you want to claim your territory.

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out of money. A friend suggested real estate and I just went with it. I didn’t expect to work 24/7, but the silver lining is the success I’ve achieved, which far surpasses my wildest dreams. 9fi5th: What are the biggest challenges a broker faces? Do people underestimate the amount of work that goes in? Ryan Serhant: Brokers face many challenges and it depends on their market. At the end of the day, real estate is a relationship-based business and most challenges can be overcome if you can manage people well; emotional intelligence is key. Learn to use emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior and always focus on the solution. 9fi5th: You sell a lot of homes; what is your own home like? What do you

Ryan Serhant: I had the

as the broker with the most

metrics of business success

most expensive listing in

expensive listing in NY his-

are measured by numbers

Ryan Serhant: I just bought

NYC at one point for $118

tory. Sale or no sale, that kind

on financial statements,

a penthouse and I am still

million. It was a once-in-a-

of exposure was incredible

which are nominally blind

overwhelmed by its beauty.

lifetime opportunity to own

and absolutely worth it.

as to whether increases in

What I value most in proper-

the top two floors of The

ties is literally their value.

Ritz-Carlton and it was

9fi5th: What creates value

Real estate is a low risk, high

worth every cent. There were

and what is the biggest indi-

return investment in NYC.

multiple owners who owned

cator of luxury/wealth?

value most in properties?

Power broker Ryan Serhant

RYA N S E R H A N T

money flow are value-creat-

separate apartments that

ing or not. The Greek Philosopher Epictetus said, “Wealth consists not in having great

shares his vision

9fi5th: What has been your

made up the top two floors

Ryan Serhant: New value

possessions, but in having

and path to

most expensive listing? Do

of the building. My name

is created through either

few wants.” I agree with

you think it was worth it?

was heard around the world

mutually beneficial exchange

this, and not just because my

transactions or producing

fiancée is Greek.

success.

something valuable out of raw materials through hu-

9fi5th: What is your favorite

man effort and/or ingenuity.

neighborhood in the city

9fi5th: At what point did

Positive business activities

and why?

you realize you wanted to

make money because they

be a Real Estate Broker?

apply the effort of human

Ryan Serhant: Soho,

And has it been the type of

beings towards creating new

Hudson Square, because I

career you expected?

value, versus other activities

live there and it is thrilling

that generate money but

to watch the neighborhood

not value. This distinction

evolve into one of the best

is significant because many

locations in the city.

Ryan Serhant: I was living in Korea Town and running

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Want to live here?


9fi5th: Who was your biggest

Ryan Serhant: The episode

influence/mentor? What has

where I shut down Times

been the most important les-

Square to propose to Emilia.

son they taught you?

It is awesome that we have that special moment cap-

Ryan Serhant: My dad.

tured on film.

He taught me that hard work is the only path to take

9fi5th: We saw that you just

towards achieving success,

got engaged - congratula-

and he also instilled in me

tions! Now that you’ll be

the value of the dollar.

married, will your needs and wants in a home change?

9fi5th: In your opinion, what is the next up-and-

Ryan Serhant: I am work-

coming area in NYC?

ing on creating a better

Where should investors start

work/life balance. Emilia is

buying now?

incredibly supportive of my insanely busy schedule, but I

Ryan Serhant: Downtown,

want to devote as much time

Hudson Square. Also, the

to her as possible. OR hERE?

East Village, in particular Alphabet City. The alphabet

9fi5th: Any deals you

streets are A: for affordable,

wish you would have

brokers? From Luis

Ryan Serhant: The show

9fi5th: Tell us about the

B: for booming, C: for cool,

made in hindsight?

and Fredrik?

has made my career. It is a

evolution of home pur-

and D: for Darwinian be-

Wished you hadn’t?

one-hour commercial for

chase during the different

cause the neighborhood is in

Ryan Serhant: I just stay

my business that airs all

periods in people’s lives. Is

the midst of an evolution.

Ryan Serhant: I never

true to who I am. We all

over the world, and that’s

it best to plan for the future

look back. I spend my time

have our own methods

advertising that no broker

and get the bigger home

9fi5th: How often do you

focusing on what is happen-

for creating success, and I

could ever afford.

now or go step by step,

travel? What is your favorite

ing now but have certainly

stay in my own lane and

destination?

become a better broker by

use my creativity to inspire

9fi5th: What is the most

learning from past mistakes.

originality. Also, I believe

fun part about being

Ryan Serhant: Bottom line,

Fredrik is currently on vaca-

a broker?

purchase only what you can

Ryan Serhant: I travel

upgrading as necessary?

frequently for work, mostly

9fi5th: What are buyers

tion in Italy and Luis is in

to LA to visit my team and

looking for these days? And

Miami, and I’m in the car

Ryan Serhant: Interacting

another “You” in the future

office there in Beverly Hills,

more importantly, what

in between appointments

with smart and interesting

looking at your apartment

but my favorite destination

should they be looking for?

answering this question.

people.

the same way you’re viewing

afford. There will always be

so far has been Greece, it

it now in terms of who you

is where my fiancée Emilia

Ryan Serhant: Buyers are

9fi5th: What has been one of

9fi5th: What do you do in

is from.

looking for a good invest-

your craziest requests?

your down time?

ment. Everyone is value

can sell to. 9fi5th: Where do you plan

9fi5th: Luxury is a term

conscious. That doesn’t

Ryan Serhant: A 4-bed-

Ryan Serhant: I don’t know

loosely used these days;

mean people are not will-

room, 4-bathroom apart-

what down time is; I haven’t

in your own words, what

ing to spend money; it just

ment on Central Park West

experienced it in a long time.

defines luxury?

means that if they’re going

with unobstructed park

to go from here? Future? Ryan Serhant: In the future, I would like to

to spend $6 million, it can’t

views, and the client had

9fi5th: Any celebrity

venture out into the universe

Ryan Serhant: Luxury can

be an overpriced $6 million.

a budget of $1.5 million. I

clients we can mention?

and develop properties on

mean many different things

The apartment really has

told the client immediately

Did you find them their

habitable exoplanets. I am

to people. If you can derive

to be worth $6 million. The

that they were crazy. I also

dream home?

confident that technology

great value from something,

beauty of NYC real estate is

once dealt with a client

I would define it as luxury.

that it will always be a good

who had a kangaroo. That

Ryan Serhant: I value

to allow for an interstellar

investment.

was fun.

all of my clients’ privacy

lifestyle, and with nearly

and their trust; therefore,

2,000 potentially habit-

9fi5th: Which was your

will evolve in my lifetime

favorite episode of MDL

9fi5th: How do you set

9fi5th: How has the show

I don’t disclose their per-

able exoplanets discovered,

and why?

yourself apart from other

changed your career?

sonal information.

anything is possible.

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Elliman REpoRt

Manhattan Sales Quarterly Survey of Co-op & Condo Sales

1Q-2015

Co-opS & ConDoS

DASHBOARD

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

year-over-year

PRICES

Median Sales Price

PACE

Absorption Rate

SALES

Closed Sales

INVENTORY

Total Inventory

MARKETING TIME

Days on Market

NEGOTIABILITY

Listing Discount

-0.2%

$1,300,000

5,000

$1,200,000

4,500

$1,100,000

4,000

$1,000,000

3,500

$900,000

3,000

$800,000

2,500

$700,000

2,000

$600,000

1,500

1.4 mos 19.5% 5.5% 15 days 2.1%

• Median sales price essentially unchanged

NUMBER OF SALES

manHattan

$500,000

05

06

07

08

09

PENDING PRICE INDEX

10

11

12

13

14

1,000

15

PENDING SALES INDEX

manHattan

200

200

180

180

160

160

140

140

120

120

100

100

80

80

60

60

40

10

11

12

13

14

15

40

from prior year result • Number of sales and average sales price

fell short of prior year highs • Listing inventory edged higher, but re-

mained well below long-term averages

CO-OP CONDO

manHattan montHlY aBSoRption RatE 45 40 35 30 25

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20 15

(8.2 Month Rate, 10-year average)

10 5 0

10 <500K

11 13 $1.5M-$1.99M $2M-$2.99M $500K-$999K $1M-$1.49M 12

Loft Market Matrix

LOFTS

Average Sales Price Average Price per Sq Ft Median Sales Price

• Price indicators expanded from prior year levels • Number of sales declined as inventory climbed • Days on market and listing discount fell

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$3M-$4.99M

14 $5M-$9.99M

15$10M+

1Q-2015

%Chg (Qtr)

4Q-2014

%Chg (Yr)

1Q-2014

$2,989,033

21.8%

$2,453,492

19.1%

$2,509,619

$1,528

12.6%

$1,357

5.6%

$1,447

$2,425,000

31.1%

$1,850,000

23.2%

$1,969,015

192

12.3%

171

-19.7%

239

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

85

-20.6%

107

-24.1%

112

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

2.2%

Listing Inventory (Active)

321

-1.2%

325

7.7%

298

Absorption Rate (Months)

5.0

-12.3%

5.7

35.1%

37

Number of Sales (Closed)

5.7%

2.5%

Note: This sub-category analyzes all co-op & condo loft sales available. The data is also contained within the co-op & condo markets presented.

Prepared by Miller Samuel Inc.


CONDOS

Condo Market Matrix

• Number of sales declined as

Average Price per Sq Ft

%Chg (Qtr)

4Q-2014

%Chg (Yr)

1Q-2014

$2,157,129

2.5%

$2,104,048

-1.3%

$2,185,548

$1,530

-1.4%

$1,552

-3.8%

$1,591

$1,360,000

-5.0%

$1,431,250

0.4%

$1,355,000

1,035

-7.2%

1,115

-23.5%

1,353

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

115

10.6%

104

-17.9%

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

9.7%

Listing Inventory (Active)

2,734

1.7%

2,687

10.7%

2,469

7.9

9.7%

7.2

43.6%

5.5

Average Sales Price

Median Sales Price

inventory moved higher

1Q-2015

Number of Sales

• Negotiability expanded despite decline in marketing times • Median sales price showed stability as other metrics fell

Absorption Rate (Monthly, Active)

Condo Mix

Sales Share

Median Sales Price

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

140

3.2%

4.0%

NUMBER OF SALES

MANHATTAN CONDO

$1,600,000

3,000

$1,400,000

2,500

8.2%

$635,000

1 bedroom

39.6%

$948,000

$1,200,000

2,000

2 bedroom

27.1%

$1,781,000

$1,000,000

1,500

3 bedroom

19.3%

$3,044,284

$800,000

1,000

5.7%

$6,650,000

$600,000

500

Studio

4+ bedroom

$400,000

05

06

07

LUxUrY Market Matrix

LUXURY

Average Sales Price

year levels ing discount edged higher • Listing inventory expanded faster than overall market

Sales Share

Median Sales Price

Co-ops

37.6%

$4,895,000

Condos

62.4%

$5,345,812

New Dev.

12.0%

Re-sales

88.0%

11

12

13

14

15 0

1Q-2015

%Chg (Qtr)

4Q-2014

%Chg (Yr)

1Q-2014

$7,270,961

-1.8%

$7,402,207

-1.6%

$7,390,037

-5.8%

$2,747

-4.4%

$2,706

7.1%

$4,800,000

-10.6%

$5,753,112

266

-2.2%

272

-19.6%

331

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

90

-43.8%

160

-31.3%

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

3.2%

Listing Inventory (Active)

1,575

1.0%

1,559

14.1%

1,380

Absorption Rate (Months)

17.8

3.5%

17.2

42.4%

12.5

$3,375,000

0.7%

$3,350,000

-9.2%

$3,715,000

Entry Threshold Luxury Mix

10

$2,587

Median Sales Price Number of Sales (Closed)

• Days on market dropped as the list-

09

$5,142,162

Average Price per Sq Ft

• Price indicators fell short of prior

08

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

131

2.4%

0.9%

NUMBER OF SALES

MANHATTAN LUXURY

$7,000,000

500

$6,000,000

400

$5,000,000

300

$9,320,237

$4,000,000

200

$4,500,000

$3,000,000

100

$2,000,000

NEW DEVELOPMENT • Price indicators were mixed as sales slipped • Closed sales accounted for 12% market share • Days on market and listing inventory expanded

05

06

07

Sales Share

Median Sales Price

<$1M

18.1%

$769,389

$1M-$3M

60.6%

$1,680,102

>$3M

21.3%

$5,228,581

10

11

12

13

14

15

0

1Q-2015

%Chg (Qtr)

4Q-2014

%Chg (Yr)

1Q-2014

-4.4%

$3,156,968

6.6%

$2,832,812

$1,857

-0.7%

$1,871

1.3%

$1,834

$1,625,000

-9.0%

$1,785,000

-6.1%

$1,731,025

Number of Sales (Closed)

320

17.6%

272

-12.8%

367

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

146

43.1%

102

28.1%

114

1,440

22.1%

15.9

40.0%

Average Price per Sq Ft Median Sales Price

2.8%

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

1.0%

Listing Inventory (Active)

1,345

-6.6%

12.6

-20.8%

Absorption Rate (Months) new dev. Mix

09

$3,018,596

neW deV. Market Matrix Average Sales Price

08

Sales Share of Overall Market

AVERAGE PRICE PER SF

13.4% 1,102 9.0

10.0%

12.0%

16.1%

MARKET SHARE

MANHATTAN NEW DEVELOPMENT

2,000

30%

1,800

24%

1,600

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BLEAU OASIS Oceanbleau is a tranquil sanctuary far from the hustle and bustle.

SunriSe Pool

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MiaMi • Hollywood BeacH • condo Haim for the interiors. “Fanny's work is timeless el-

sleeping and lounging

egance,” gushed Weisfisch.

areas and European-

These condos have been designed with family and convenience in mind. There’s extra storage, extra

OcEaN bEdROOm

designed, marble his-andhers bathrooms. The amenities are what you would expect: first-class

parking (with valet too), and

resort style that include

indoor cabanas on pool

a lavishly landscaped

level with showers and kitch-

entrance, adorned with

enettes to store things and

cool water features and

clean up, which Weisfisch

ornate greenery, as well as

pointed out is extremely

a flash fitness center with

helpful if you have children

an aerobics studio you can

or grandchildren.

use for your private Pilates

Each apartment will

“This is really something special,” said

master suite will feature

class. Sunrise and sunset

balconies the size of a

feature 10-foot ceilings

pools aim to satisfy the sun

typical two- bedroom city

(12 for the penthouse) and

junkies and early risers. “People who want a

Charles Sieger, Principal

apartment. (The four pent-

private elevators. Kitchens

and namesake at Sieger/

houses up the ante on this

will be custom-made

Suarez Architects, when

of course.) “It alleviates a lot

European with snazzy chef

appreciate the exclusiv-

describing Oceanbleau.

of those downsizers who are

peninsulas, integrated seat-

ity, level of service, and

boutique condominium,

The master planner whose

timid about being trapped

ing, spacious storage, and

privacy that Oceanbleau

projects include a myriad of

in an apartment.”

concealed cabinetry, as well

delivers,” said Weisfisch.

Miami’s best and brightest has worked vigorously with Maxwelle Real Estate Group Director Ryan Weisfisch to launch the luxury condo building, on exclusive Hollywood Beach. Weisfisch, a long-time Hollywood resident, knows the scene and can’t stress enough how special and truly out of

This project really is

as all the latest appliances

Whether it’s the sand,

about space. Not just in the

by Sub-Zero, Miele, and

the sea, the pools, the

units, but outside too, which

Wolf. (You know the drill:

amenities, the location, the

is a veritable garden of

integrated dishwasher, wine

oversized residences, or just the views, Oceanbleau

earthly (and seaside) delights.

storage, and stainless steel

the box Oceanbleau will be. He has long stood by, watching

So jog, bike, canoe - what-

under-mount sink, etc.) Each

land in the area getting snapped up, so when he became

ever floats your boat; it’s all

aware that this parcel was available, he put on his roller-

down there, with a marina

blades and moved like the wind to grab it. “I remember

within walking distance for

working with my attorneys and the seller to sign the deal on

those who really do like to

Labor Day.”

hang about on boats. Or

It is not hard to see why he’s a fan. Surrounded by just over 2,000 waterfront acres of parks and beaches, it sure is as

down the boardwalk and park yourself at a chill little

parks, and views,” mused Weisfisch. “Plus, we have old Florida

beach bar.

Thanks to a handy caveat from bygone days, Oceanbleau

To execute his vision, Weisfisch assembled a

will also be the last tower to rise at its height. “We have a rare

dream team. Sieger Suarez

exception from years ago granting us the right to build a tower

Architectural Partnership

at this height,” said Weisfisch. “The remaining sections of

is design-

North Beach are strictly limited to 35 feet of height.”

ing the

You won’t see any of the ubiquitous 60-story towers sprout-

building in

ing up like everywhere else. What you will see, is the endless

conjunction

blue of the Atlantic Ocean in all directions from this coveted

with EGS2

northern tip of Hollywood. That, and the verdant green of

Corp., the

the parks. The whole vibe is charming and coastal.

landscaping

Weisfisch worked with Sieger/Suarez to completely claim

guys. He’s

that panoramic vista. “The 16-story building is elliptical. It is

thrilled to

angled to maximize the views in all directions. You get endless

have highly-

of ocean and intracoastal views and miles of beach.”

sought-after

To this effect, the 48 units will offer expansive outdoor living spaces of more than 1,100 square feet. We’re talking

to it all.

you can simply rock on

close to paradise as you can get. “We have beaches, boating, charm without all the traffic.”

appears to cater

local designer Fanny

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Miami beachfront Fendi Château Residences will cater to your every whim.

We know, we know, Miami is full of beautiful developments. You’re looking to buy but just can’t decide which one should be the one. To make things a bit easier, we thought we’d present you with one option that will probably tick all your wish list’s respective boxes and do it with some Italian panache - may we introduce Fendi Château Residences. Located just three blocks south of Bal Harbour Shops, Fendi Château Residences is perfectly situated

arriving at Fendi ChÂteau residenCes

ItalIan Class wIth argentInIan expertIse

for both sun and shopping. The boutiques are mere minutes away should you wish to buy a new bathing suit or water toy. And speaking of aquatic suits

PARticULARS FENDI CHâTEAU RESIDENCES

and toys - with the beach right downstairs, residents will benefit from Miami’s greatest amenity along with

Place ProPerty Plans PrIce PerIod Perks

ample building amenities to keep them occupied when not basking in the sun. There will be personal concierge services to cater to your every whim, a pool

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$6.5 million - $25 million June 2016 Fendi-branded property, fitness,

Harbour, spa, kids club, wine

you prim and proper, and a

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3,300 - 7,000+ square feet

edge pool, location close to Bal

pool, spa services to keep

aromatherapy Jacuzzi.

58 Residences

aromatherapy Jacuzzi, infinity-

deck with an infinity-edge

relaxation terrace with an

Surfside

the Lounge

lounge, cigar lounge


MiaMi • SurfSide • Condo

thE pOOl

thE REcEptiON

Sound good so far? We thought so. Fendi Château Residences will also offer a fitness center overlooking the beautiful beach in front of it and a wine and cigar lounge to savor the finer things in life. Kids will get ample entertainment in the Kids Club or can spend time pursuing their favorite flicks in the home theater.

aNd pONds

But lest you think Fendi Château Residences is all about the amenities, think again. The 58 residences themselves will offer floor-to-ceiling windows to really make use of those 10- to 12-foot ceilings and ocean views. And as the name suggests, interior design will be by luxury brand Fendi in collaboration with Fanny Haim. Offering 3,300 to over 7,000 spacious square feet of livable space, the flowthrough units will also be ready for Miami’s famous indoor/outdoor living style, as terraces will reach up to spaciOus tERRacEs

12 feet deep.

Finishes will include Calacatta marbles, Gaggenau appliances, Franz Viegener and Kohler brands, and be pre-wired for add-ons. If you had been torn between the many properties currently available in Miami, we may go as far as suggesting that Fendi Château Residences will probably sway you. FENdi KitchENs

FENdi chÂtEau REsidENcEs

To find out more, get in touch with Monica Venegas at Venegas International Group 786-567- 4122 mvenegas@venegasinternationalgroup.com

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LeveL-Headed

Bespoke’s Meteoric

$10-MiLLion+ rise

said Cody (and we’re only reproducing a part of the exhaustive list he regaled us with). “We provide a unique level of insight. What drives value is what you can do with a space, not just its size. You need to hire a variety of experts to truly understand the market you’re in.” And it’s not just the es-

C O DY A N D Z AC H VICHINSKY

sentials. They send private

concepts when driving

transportation to pick you

Serious-minded brokers for those

back and forth between the

the luxury end of the bro-

up. Limo or helicopter, it’s

Hamptons and Manhat-

who can afford to be frivolous.

kerage scale. Many people

your choice.

tan. “We’re very close and

had to put up with a medio-

share the same vision. My

of buying and selling is

brother is my best friend.

weren’t happy with.” The

done for clients, which is

It’s all collaborative and we

Vichinskys’ boutique firm

very unusual and equally

had always wanted to do

became an industry name

important, especially for

something as a family.” But

in New York and Miami.

foreign clients. “Foreign

it’s not all modesty.

How did they make their

buyers want to be near

way into and then above a

towns,” explained Cody.

and most successful broker

“It’s all about location first;

in the country,” remarked

crowded market?

Quimby Lane

90 percent of the work

cre level of service that they

“I might be the youngest

“You only need to have

water trumps all, and peo-

Cody matter-of-factly, with-

a few clients at this level,”

ple also want a great view.

out a hint of arrogance. It

said Cody. “We work very

That’s the sexy-modern

seems he really can handle

hard on a select number

approach.” Any exceptional

the heady peak of the

of clients. It’s simply a

stories? “One client needed

market without getting his

three contiguous properties

ego involved. “There are

Meet Bespoke Real Estate’s

the first and only brokerage

matter of math,” he added,

to focus solely on properties

knowing what he’s talking

Cody Vichinsky, who co-

priced $10 million and

about as he worked in data

house, and a staff house

founded the company along

above, and after listening to

analysis for top Manhattan

in South Hampton, with

this is a lifetime, momentous

with brother Zach Vichin-

Cody, we might say that the

firms before taking the

a coastal view. Oh, and it

decision. We have to earn

sky. They’re the first and

normal limitations don’t ap-

plunge and setting up Be-

had to be perfect for sunsets.

clients’ trust, which is hard,

last people you’ll ever need

ply to the Vichinsky family.

spoke. “You just can’t give

That’s a pretty restricted

and do it relatively quickly.

the same amount of service

universe!” laughed Cody.

We want to provide the most

to speak to, should you

What’s in a name? A lot,

-- a main house, a guest

millions at stake here,” he added. “For some people,

decide to splash the cash on

with these guys; Bespoke is

to numerous people.” And

a multi-million-dollar pad

really as bespoke does. “The

for Bespoke, it’s all about

ket at the upper echelons

in the Hamptons, because

idea marinated for a while

the level of effort and per-

of property, the Vichinskys

one needs to buy and no

they’ll not only find you

before we started Bespoke,”

sonalized service. “We work

keep a close-knit family

one needs to sell.”

just the right property but

said Cody. “We did a data-

with municipalities, lawyers,

operation. The

will take care of everything

dive and knew that there

land-planners, architects,

brothers mull

else for you too. Bespoke is

was a gap in the market at

landscape architects,

over new

housekeepers — everyone

ideas

you need, on your behalf,”

and

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BOCONCEpt

86 CELEBRITIESâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FAVE FURNITURE CHAIN, FROM DENMARK TO NYC

88 KITCHEN DESIGN THAT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

BoConcept, leading Scandinavian furniture brand, is a hit with NYC celebs thanks to power-couple store owners.

Relying on the heart and soul of a family-run enterprise, Eggersmann USA has positioned itself in such a way to take advantage of offering clients exactly what they want.

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STORAGE

CALIFORNIA CLOSETS

This reach-in closet is the epitome of understated organization. Shown here in a master bedroom, the subtle, set back design offers ample storage with little interference in room aesthetic. Its shaker style cabinetry, crafted in Italian melamine, is showcased beautifully in a soft, Mocha Latte finish. Only to be emphasized by the subtle accent of a delicate leaf resin insert, creating just the right amount of feminine flair and appeal. Employing an array of shelving and storage solutions, this closet is a true complement to the space.

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Another reach-in option, this beautiful system is fit for a shared master bedroom. Its rich, walnut finish emits a more masculine draw. Exceptional hardware and accessories speak to the quality and craftsmanship within the design. Sleek and structured elements keep the focus on organization and function, making every last inch usable while the alluring cabinetry wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have you rushing to close its doors.

But what about those smaller spaces in your home? You know, the ones you pay very little attention to and those that typically need the most TLC. A functional laundry room can make or break your daily routine and this smaller wardrobe is the perfect way to streamline tasks. Sorting areas, sliding surfaces, and drop-down tables are some of the few options a set like this can offer. Not to mention a simple white finish so beautiful you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to hide it away.

Now, this is what closet dreams are made of ! This walk-in beauty embodies comfort, luxury, and pretty much anything else you could want from a wardrobe. Another unit with shaker style cabinetry in a mocha latte finish, this armoire leaves ample room for even the biggest of fashion collectors. It not only adds to the room aesthetic but also defines the energy of the space. Being able to survey your space at a mere glance coupled with the pure beauty of a truly custom closet has never been so accessible!

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all about

CHANGE

ABC MArket

ABC Carpet & Home gives participants the chance to make a positive change in their lives and those of others around the world. 80

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n the late 1800s, ABC Carpet began as a textile business. Take a look at the evolution of the com-

pany and you’ll understand that the right minds were behind the wheel. Sure, in the 1980s, ABC Carpet added “Home” to their name and co-founder of the Home business, CEO and Creative Director Paulette Cole, set a new direction. This pivotal change saw the company take a mission-oriented perspective. Together with Cole, ABC Carpet & Home envisioned changing

“We Work to translate tradItIonal technIques and approaches to desIgn Into a modern context, helpIng to keep alIve IndIgenous art and processes.” - colleen neWell

the world through purpose-

how that piece speaks to

they’ve not just purchased a

vegan focus called abcv. They

ful commerce.

you, and how it creates

product but have also helped

are continuing their partner-

meaning in your home.”

to make meaningful change

ship with Jean-Georges

a complete experience to

The result is an internation-

in the world. “People can

Vongerichten, the chef who

each participant who comes

al, ever-evolving, sustain-

let their purchases speak to

has made culinary history,

in,” said COMO Amy

able product line. Recently,

their values in life and vote

working together to manifest

Chender of ABC’s iconic

ABC visited Vietnam and

with their dollars,” said

their collective vision of

landmark destination in

India and came back with

Chender. These initiatives

beauty within. “We view

Manhattan. “We engage

exquisitely embroidered pil-

resonate beyond just the

food as medicine,” Chender

people’s creativity and values

lows and quilts among other

purchase of objects but

commented. “We make

in different facets of their

things. “We work to translate

toward a platform to make

critical choices that affect

lives, from where they live

traditional techniques and

positive change. And in

our wellness each day—what

to what they wear and eat.”

approaches to design into

turn, by setting the bar high

we put into our bodies and

A complete experience is no

a modern context, helping

with their manufacturers

on our bodies (sustainable

exaggeration and is probably

to keep alive indigenous art

(sourcing organic, sustain-

clothes and apothecary), and

how ABC has come to be

and processes.” Their mis-

able, and pure materials/

what we sleep on (organic

compared to a three-dimen-

sion helps bring back to life

processes), ABC Home can

mattresses). With purity as

sional living experience.

art forms that often decline

influence manufacturers to

the benchmark, expectations

due to homogenized pieces

start implementing these

are set high for abcv.

of today’s globalized world.

processes throughout.

“We see ourselves giving

“We are committed to designing and sourcing

uNiquE fiNds

ABC COCiNA

Integrating every facet of

“Local and sustainable is

life and turning their land-

eco-conscious products that

One of the goals of

support personal wellness as

working abroad is to use

also the mission of our res-

mark Manhattan location

well as the well-being of our

commerce to bring sustain-

taurants,” said Chender. Join-

into a platform to amplify

fragile planet,” Chender ex-

able living to less devel-

ing ABC Kitchen and ABC

positive change has also seen

plained. ABC has a team of

oped areas. Through this,

Cocina will be a new restau-

ABC bring in several leaders

buyers who travel the world

participants can feel that

rant with a vegetarian and

and change makers along

in search of indigenous art

with exciting events. They

that can be integrated into

hosted Barak Obama during

today’s modern households.

his re-election campaign, as

It’s about the intention of

well as Yoko Ono and her

the product - how it’s made,

environmental exhibition,

if it is socially responsible,

“Imagine No Fracking.” It’s

and if it is beautiful. “We’re

quite obvious that parallel

not looking for indigenous

to their own evolution, ABC

art alone,” said Colleen

Carpet & Home has helped

Newell, Senior Director of

to bring meaningful change

Design and Merchandising. “It’s about the discovery,

thAilANd iNstAllAtiON

to the world through beauty and commerce.

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Mercer cocktail table

Ta I l o r E D

Luxury

Hellman and Chang fuse Brooklyn hip with highend design by creating furniture pieces from design to production right in their own shop.

H

their very first products won Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Bushwick studio/workshop to

Award in 2006. That led directly to their first order

get the scoop on how it all

from the Four Seasons

began for these young cre-

Hotel. Not bad for a first

atives. Chang and Hellman

client! Since then, it’s been

are a type you may or may

a steady path to design

not be familiar with—you

superstardom, providing

know, the wildly-talented-

pieces for the sets of Gossip

ere at 9fi5th, our

cool these days, but simply

peerless luxury furniture to

while-making-it-look-total-

Girl and Sex and the City

focus is always on

put, if it’s not luxury, we’re

high-end clients for whom

ly-effortless-type. “When

2, and outfitting a who’s

luxury above all else.

not interested.

money is no object. At this

we were 17 or 18, we

who of five-star hotels and

level of luxury, perfection

discovered that we shared a

fabulously wealthy private

about Hellman-Chang, a

wrong? Let’s just say that

comes standard. All of their

common interest in design-

clients. Their products are

Brooklyn-based duo turning

the beautiful pieces Dan

products are made to order

ing and building furniture,

now featured in the most re-

out gorgeous ultra-high-

Hellman and Eric Chang

and totally customizable in

and we picked it up again

spected luxury showrooms

end, handmade furniture,

are hand-making for clients

up to eight different sizes

as a hobby after college,”

across the country. We’re

we were a little skeptical.

ranging from five-star hotels

and 18 finishes. Hellman-

Chang said. Hellman and

going to go out on a limb

We’ve got nothing against

to A-list film and television

Chang caters to those who

Chang’s path from humble

and say that quitting their

organic, fair-trade, artisanal,

sets are more Versace than

want it all—and can pay for

DIY origins in a shared

day jobs was the right deci-

sustainable, and all the other

Etsy. Hellman and Chang

it all, too.

Williamsburg workspace to

sion—both for them and for

luxury hand-made furniture

luxury furniture mavens the

has been rapid. One of

world over.

So, when we heard

Could we have been more

buzzwords you hear coming

are uncompromising in their

out of the world’s capital of

mission to deliver absolutely

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“It Is almost lIke sculptIng. the pIece Is comIng to lIfe and we can make changes on the fly.”

Da n H e l l m a n a n D eric cHang

- dan hellman No doubt, Hellman and

Although they’ve added a handful of master furni-

Chang are making huge

ture makers to their ranks

waves in the luxury furni-

to keep up with increasing

ture world. But they’re also

demand from their high-

single-handedly changing

end clients, Hellman and

the image of Brooklyn

Chang’s creative process

as they do it. “When you

has remained intact. “Dan

think of Brooklyn, you

and I are still the two-man

think of a guy with a plaid

team that drives the compa-

shirt and a beard,” said

ny,” Chang said. But in our

Chang. “We channel that creative energy that Brook-

humble opinion, Chang and Hellman are more

HaYdEN NigHtstaNd

lyn has, but we bring to it the credibility of global

artists than athletes. They conceptualize, design, and

done yet even after we start

changes on the fly. We are

that fluid and dynamic

refinement in luxury and

build each piece themselves

making it,” said Hellman.

totally in tune with the

design process are some

craft. We are proving that

in a process so organic they

“It is almost like sculpting.

entire process from start

of the most thoughtful,

the finest furniture in the

should package it and sell it

The piece is coming to life

to finish.” The results of

elegant—and yes, comfort-

world does not have to

at Whole Foods. “We know

and we can make

the design is not

able—pieces we’ve ever seen.

come from Europe. It can come from right here in Brooklyn.” Sold!

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SEARCHING For

HEART AND SOUL

L

uxury loathes

quality is a given — it is that

compromise. So

heart of soul that we are

does Clive Chris-

after,” admitted Christian.

tian. That is why

Way to set the bar high.

the world’s most

When everyone else is all

expensive perfume,

fussed over the materials,

and arguably its

cost, and design, Christian

best, bears Christian’s name

won’t even step into a room

on it. It is also why his

until the premier constitu-

interiors carry the mark of

ents are procured.

uncompromising quality, an

gravitated toward kitch-

soul-filled style. We managed

ens because they are the

to catch Christian just long

natural heart and hub of

enough to get the mysterious

a home. But 40 years ago,

formula to Clive Christian

they needed to be made

No1 and a few of his cov-

more spacious,” explained

eted interior design secrets.

Christian. This home-like

The recipe for No1 is one

feel is what has defined Clive

we will never disclose, but the

Christian Interiors since

interiors? Those secrets are

its inception in 1978, and

too great not to tell. “We

today, that is what states its

work on the premise that

signature look. Christian

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Clive Christian Interiors have been drenching rooms with craft, heart, and soul for nearly 40 years and have redefined luxury in the process.

“When I started out, I

ecological conscience and

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alpha deco grey kitchen

alpha deco white dressing room


mEtRO dEcO WalNut libRaRY

works like a conductor who ponders the building and the client and then feathers those two together before injecting just the right dose of crafted soul. His price per room ranges from $100,000 to $250,000, with the great variance being determined by the client’s requirements and materials. “Our company has its roots in architectural detailing and our mission is to blend interiors and archi-

mEtRO dEcO WalNut dREssiNg ROOm

tecture seamlessly,” noted

mEtRO dEcO stEEl WalNut KitchEN

Christian. Today, the firm

Regency line in the Classical

ture, fully glazed entrance

offers two interior collec-

Collection offers a heap-

with its oak and gold leaf

tions, the Contemporary

ing spoonful of honey oak

vestibule. If you are lucky,

Collection and the Classical

drizzled over classic cream

Clive Christian himself will

Collection. The Contem-

and gold leaf touches to

be there to inspire a little

porary Collection features

create an aesthetic so beauti-

magic soul food for your

two independent lines, the

fully caramelized you’ll think

own kitchens and interiors.

Metro Deco and the Alpha

Downton Abbey austere.

Deco, the former of which

Clive Christian Inte-

“The secrets of our work often reveal themselves to

is cleaner, sleeker, and very

riors also fashions pieces

residents over time,” teased

smart in aesthetic. The latter

from their Artisan furni-

Christian. “When I was sit-

incorporates soothing Eng-

ture line specifically for

ting in my own living room

lish white and cool walnut.

their interiors. “When our

one evening, these surprises

“Even with the Metro Deco,

artisans craft a selection

revealed a few tricks to me.

Clive Christian Interiors is

of furniture, they do so at

It was during a moment

not sterile; soul is intrinsic to

exactly the same time with

when the amber hue of the

everything we do,” assured

materials sourced from

setting sun reflected off the

Christian. The Metro Deco

the exact same location,”

lake and into the chandelier

paints in cool walnut as

noted Christian. If you are

for a chorus of light,” re-

well as beautifully crafted

looking to catch a glimpse

membered Christian with a

maple and brass inlays. At

of what the Englishman

warm smile. Secrets of de-

the other end, The Classical

has for New York, the 150

sign that reveal themselves

Collection includes three

East 58th Street flagship

years later are the mark of

lines that boast gorgeous

showroom is a fine place to

exquisite craft. One might

and defining exhibitions

start. Upon entering, one

say that only this level of

of classic elegance. The

is greeted by their signa-

craft can create soul.

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CELEBRITIES’ FAVE FURNITURE CHAIN, FROM DENMARK TO NYC BoConcept, leading Scandinavian furniture brand, is a hit with NYC celebs thanks to powercouple store owners.

T

hose northern Europeans sure

New York celebrities.” With bursts of

do know their furniture, and

unexpectedly self-deprecating humor,

while Sweden’s Ikea may have

the larger-than-life twosome told us

built a brand recognized the

like it is.

world over, the Danes are running

Shaokao, a brainy John’s Hopkins

neck and neck, having designed and

grad, worked in IT before taking

constructed BoConcept, “the brand

the plunge — he and Niki plowed

name of Denmark’s most global

their savings into opening their

retail furniture chain with 260 sales

first franchise. Effervescent Niki’s

units in 60 countries around the

background is in architecture, among

world.” It’s also a leading name in

other experiences. “I did a few things

North America, and its success in

after coming to the US. I definitely

New York is in no small part down

wouldn’t hire myself as a waitress,”

to the vision and hard work of Shao-

she laughed, but she couldn’t have

kao and Niki Cheng, self-described,

found fault with her commitment; as

“social movers who are connected to

ever in these respectability-to-riches stories, the unique vision runs in combo with a whole lot of effort, and Niki detailed just how involved they are. “We just do interviews every day!” she laughed. “No, seriously, we’re permanently visiting all our stores.” They own several in Manhattan and have also branched out to Queens and New Jersey. And do they find the time to pick the inventory? “We stay on top of trends by visiting Denmark yearly,” Shaokao said. “In a franchise, you can pick the lines that will sell in

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your city.” A great deal of thought goes into the makeup of each store, with the location necessitating stark variation in the designs in store. “In Chelsea, people are generally living in smaller apartments, so we show smaller pieces and setups. However, we can do lots of bright colors and

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funky designs there,” Niki elaborated. “In our Upper East Side store, we’re much more conservative, stocking classic and vintage pieces. Here, we tone down colors; browns and copper are popular.” The furniture is very customizable. For example, “the sofas come in sections like Lego,” said Shaokao. You can choose pieces of it based on the size of your room. With this modular approach, pieces MEzzO BEd

can fit any size apartment. And what does the future hold — how do Shaokao and Niki see the business improving? Well, what’s north of the North Pole; when Sarah Jessica Parker is in the habit of wandering into your store for a poke and browse, there are not many nooks left unexplored in the realm of success. “We work very hard already,” Niki laughed. (We honestly tried to think of another appropriate verb,

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“In Chelsea we show smaller pIeCes and setups. we Can do lots of brIght Colors and funky desIgns there. In our upper east sIde store we’re stoCkIng ClassIC and vIntage pIeCes. here, browns and Copper are popular.” - nIkI Cheng

but couldn’t.) We know she does, in between hobnobbing with the

just walked in to one of our stores.

great and good. “We want to double

Naomi Watts…” We’ll pause to get

sales, do projects with developers,

our breath back. If that’s not lavish

maybe open some more stores and

praise for what they’re doing, we

furnish more celebrities’ homes,” she

don’t know what is.

added. In a 20-second period, Niki

Surely, the price reflects the level

dropped a flurry of names that we

of celebrity interest, we hear you

humble mortals feel too starstruck

wonder. Actually, not really. “Our

to jot down. Jay Pharoah, Lucy

designs are priced mid-range, with

Liu, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige…not

great entry-level offers,” Shaokao

so humble after all. “We did Brooke

said. “We go from stylish and trendy

Shields’s dressing room once,” Niki

to classic and timeless, with designs

said nonchalantly. “Susan Sarandon

to suit all ages.”

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or over a century,

“All our kitchens are still

produced their

family-owned and

produced in Germany,”

kitchen,” Soltoff

run Eggersmann has

explained Michael Soltoff,

said, showing the lengths

had the undeniable

CEO of Eggersmann

to which they go to ensure

in 2010.

ability to produce amazing

USA. Being compact has

satisfaction. Consequently,

It’s a mate-

custom-designed kitchens

allowed the company to

Eggersmann is able to

rial that’s typically

and more. They have

remain very flexible to

produce kitchens that can’t

designed for industrial use

wielded their expertise to

their clients’ desires. Over

be found anywhere else,

thanks to its durability,

locate rare and fine materi-

60% of what they produce

including full stone islands.

while also being extremely

als and brought them back

is custom made!

That sounds beautiful, but

scratch-resistant.

home to their factory in

What are some of the

what about durability?

Germany where the real

more interesting projects

“If we wanted to live

als that Eggersmann uses

magic begins.

they have taken on as

in an indestructible world,

that set it apart from the

a result of this vision?

everything would be stain-

competition, such as the

mann has brought its

One particular client was

less steel!” Soltoff joked. He

Koa veneer it has secured

brand to the rest of the

keen on building their

continued to explain how

from Hawaii. The Koa tree

world, including show-

home using stone they

they have developed their

is currently a protected spe-

rooms in four different

had already purchased.

own hot-rolled stainless

cies. So, in order to obtain

cities across America. But

“We shipped their stone

steel for which they won

the wood, Eggersmann had

some things never change.

to Germany where we

the Good Design award

to find a way to purchase

Since then, Eggers-

There are other materi-

EggErsmann’s full stonE kitchEn island


old Koa that’s still available. Uniquely enough, they’ve also recently started using Eucalyptus. A quick look at the high gloss on their Ebony and it's obvious that they are no slackers when it comes to lacquers. That’s not to say Eggersmann is buzzing

slEEK stORagE

down trees with no regard for the environment. They

making high-end wardrobes

amplify their desire to main-

were the first company of

and furniture that work in

tain good relationships with

their kind to obtain an FSC

tandem with their flagship

their customers. Needless

certificate, which is handed

product. It’s all top of the

to say, Soltoff ’s own family

out from the Forest Stew-

line/modern, including such

has also taken the reigns at

ardship Council.

nifty add-ons as biometric

Eggersmann USA.

With such a wide array

clOsEts

fingerprint security.

So, if you’re looking for

of unique materials, it’d

“We spend more time

be a shame if they only

with our customers than

in addition to some of the

produced kitchens. Thank-

any other company in this

world’s rarest material choic-

fully, the German brand

line of business.” Soltoff

es, you may want to pay this

has also put its skills into

explained how family values

family-run operation a visit.

unique and custom designs

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SEATING Tugging on our youthful hearts, ABC’s powder pink Amelie swivel chair looks as if it was plucked right out of a dollhouse! This gorgeous and dainty chair speaks to all of our inner princesses with its plush seating and soft pink fabric. (Don’t worry; for those who have more of an inner prince, the chair also comes in gray and taupe, fashioning a more masculine throne). Designed with a cozy, deep seat and high armrests, the chair’s destiny is to be adoringly lived in. The smooth curved lines of the Amelie delicately balance out any modern living space while the small framework exudes a snug and relaxing aura. And, in true ABC fashion, the chair isn’t just easy on the eyes, but easy on the environment as well. The Amelie chair is handmade and the special cotton and linen quilting leaves a very small footprint, making sure to convey the company’s ultimate balance of luxury and life.

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The Almora armchair for B&B Italia is one of the brand’s latest pieces to be added to their already vast collection of chic fittings. The chair, designed by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of Doshi Levien, embodies relaxation and style. Their first piece for B&B Italia, Doshi Levien wanted to make sure it not only represented their vision but created a bold statement as well. They found the inspiration for the design while recounting a trip to the Himalayas, wanting to recreate their feeling of being wrapped in a soft blanket amidst the cool, pronounced mountains. But trying to replicate this energy was no small feat. After nearly two years of design and redesign, the Almora armchair was finally perfected. And, as only what any great masterpiece can achieve, this chair immediately takes you into another world filled with comfort and relaxation. At first sit into the crisp and cool leather, you instantly melt into the chair’s cocooning domain. The headrest is lined in soft shearling (with a wool option as well) and the rounded shell and smooth curves enfold you as you sink in. The chair itself is mounted on an aluminum swivel, creating effortless movement and interaction. An ottoman, with the same rounded

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base and upholstered seat, serves as a footrest, the cherry on our seat sundae. This Almora armchair not only looks the part, but it fulfills the purpose of a good chair: true relaxation.

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i n s iDe “When I design a space, I always remember that women have a favorite room and men have a favorite chair,” said Niki Cheng, owner of BoConcept New York. And finding a product that caters to both worlds, maintaining that healthy balance of purpose and style, is every great designer’s challenge. Enter the Boston Chair. Designed by Henrik Pedersen, the Boston chair offers a sleek and slim design. Its rounded, inset frame offers up a chic yet cozy feel, perfect for both the minimalist and those with more lavish taste. “The Boston chair is the perfect masculine chair when it comes to comfort and design,” agreed Cheng. Upon further investigation, the chair’s slender exterior masks a thick, soft cushion made of molded foam, a material easy to melt into after a long day. Not to be defined just by its seating power, the chair also offers adjustable neck support and a matching footstool, ready to absorb all of life’s stresses. The modern and straightforward shape make it an easy fit for any room and, adding to the many pros of the piece, buyers can customize their chair down to the very core, from the fabrics used to the option of a swivel or tilt function. Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too.

BoConCepT BosTon CHair “As we’ve been known for our signature dining tables and case pieces, we’ve been focusing heavily on an upcoming launch of a full seating line later this year,” said Eric Chang, of luxurious furniture brand, Hellman-Chang. And what a line it will be. The first lounge chair in the brand’s most popular Tao line, the Tao lounge chair is the perfect mix between business and pleasure, or comfort and function, if you will. “After demand from our clientele for quite some time, it’s going to be a great way to round out our collection and build upon the brand and our design philosophy,” said Chang. In keeping with their brand ideology, Hellman and Chang wanted to align the design of this chair with their trademark focus: negative space and solid wood. But one doesn’t always connect woodwork with comfort, and this is where Hellman-Chang step up to the forefront of luxury furniture making. The sleek lines and minimalistic style provide for a sturdy and unobtrusive structure, while the soft, decadent upholstering create an inviting space to rest. This chair could not only be used for gorgeous seating around your living room but in your dining room as well, not to mention, that it comes in any color or finish you want. As a made-to-order business, Hellman-Chang has an extensive list of wood finishes and fabrics, creating endless possibilities for a timeless, long-lasting product designed to your own taste. The sky is

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definitely the limit here.

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Proudly Italian

B&B Italia’s legacy still goes strong as a luxury furniture maker at the forefront of design with collections that are developed in collaboration with the most talented international designers.

I

n an oversaturated mar-

Maxalto; these have their

American flagship stores

something different. It’s im-

ket of sophisticated fur-

own brand identity but

(two in New York, one

portant to challenge yourself

niture, B&B Italia stands

share the same philosophy,

in Chicago, and one in

and leave your comfort zone.

out in an industry where

namely a tasteful blend of

Washington DC) as well

This was an opportunity in

most high-end furniture is

innovation and design to

as various international

a new company, in a new

also coincidentally Italian.

create products whose style

locations in both North and

country with a different cul-

and elegance are unmistak-

South America. “That was

ture, in a new position.”

able. Think: gorgeous.

September 16, 2014,” said

“Sure, because we have taste,” joked Mattia Crippa, Managing Director

Crippa came on board

at B&B Italia USA. “We’re

when B&B Italia was look-

not only selling a sofa; we

ing for the right person to

are selling elevated design

helm their four

The fact that B&B Italia

Crippa. “My life in Italy

is a family business (founded

was very nice but I wanted

in 1966 by Piero Ambrogio

and lifestyle.” Since its founding in the 1960s, B&B Italia has been a leading comp any in the field of contemporary furnishings and as testament to this achievement, it will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. The company’s “Home Division” is present in the luxury home furnishings market with the trademarks B&B Italia and

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Busnelli and still owned and managed by the family) has great value for Crippa. “I’ve always been interested in the dynamics of family businesses. Apart from this, I was fascinated by B&B Italia’s call to research and innovation, which is mirrored in collections of furnishings that represent an essential

“I was fascInated by b&b ItalIa’s call to research and InnovatIon, whIch Is mIrrored In collectIons of furnIshIngs that represent an essentIal segment of ItalIan desIgn hIstory.” - mattIa crIppa

segment of Italian design

next level, as its Italian

When you open a store, you

history. The commitment to

meaning implies, Maxalto

are able to take all the com-

research and development,

was established in 1975

pany learnings and innova-

and the emphasis on creat-

to accompany the B&B

tions and realize them in

ing timeless yet modern

Italia collection. This year

the local market. The new

design, made this position

marks the 40th anniversary

store will be something that

truly unique.” Every year,

of Maxalto. Through its

everyone in the industry will

B&B Italia invests 3 percent

visitation of classic themes

be talking about.”

of the company’s turnover

with contemporary flair, it

The company has a

(that was €154 million in

provides an aesthetic that

large presence in private

2014) in research and devel-

differs from that of B&B

homes and residential build-

opment. Through research

Italia. Designed and coordi-

ings, and Crippa hopes to

and development, B&B

nated by Antonio Citterio,

make a bigger impact in

Italia responds to the needs

Maxalto is an expression

the American hospitality

of the market and looks

of a “new classic” style,

market. Expect some real

to develop innovative and

bridging the gap between

elegant state-

timeless products that last

sophisticated craftsmanship

side projects

a lifetime. “We work with

and modern technology.

sometime

internationally renowned

“We are working on

designers to develop prod-

opening a new B&B Italia

ucts that support the emerg-

store in New York, which

ing needs of our clients. It is

of course will also display

a partnership.”

the Maxalto collections.”

Taking things to the

soon.

The company’s new space will be located on Madison Avenue. “It will be amazing.

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DISCREET ElEgANCE Pembrooke & Ives brings understated luxury to interiors.

A

where they want to have their cup of coffee in the morning in that apartment.” (Probably a room with a view?) Sheinman describes Pembrooke & Ives’s design aesthetic as new traditional. Along with that, the firm always tries to incorporate local artisans and craftsmen into their projects to create a certain discreet elegance. “Luxury is comfort, and we are recognized for using luxurious

n interior design firm that not only

materials - silks in carpets,

encompasses decorating but also interior

suede in sofas, cashmere on

architectural design is a company with its

drapery, bespoke pieces -

finger firmly on the style pulse. But inter-

that register with people,”

estingly, Pembrooke & Ives prides itself on

he noted.

flying under the radar. “We don’t adver-

Sometimes his job

tise, everything is word of mouth, and we

includes protecting clients

are very low-key,” said Founder Andrew

from themselves. “When

Sheinman. Okay, when your client list includes a host of

clients come up with an

über-wealthy celebrity types, the buzz gets out.

idea that won’t fit, I try to

Having traditionally centered on residential, about four

develop a vocabulary of

years ago, the company

letting them understand

developed a new area

that it won’t work.” There

of the business: the real

has to be a lot of respect

estate development side.

in the process, he believes.

They have partnered up

Pembrooke & Ives are

with developers such as

frequently interviewed for

HFZ Capital on both

projects, but Sheinman

ground-up and renova-

says they are not interested

tion properties. They are

in accepting just anything

also working with notable

but rather working with

architects such as Norman

those who can appreciate

Foster on a pretty big

the quality and style that is

hush-hush 900-foot tower

their signature.

on the Upper East Side. Sheinman believes people are much more design-savvy than they used to be, and developers gravitate toward them because they have an understanding of the market. “We are focused on high-end residential opulently elegant

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and we know what those clients expect. We know

as well as functional

tasteful interiors


Currently, Pembrooke &

style. “We’re designing and

Ives has about 30 projects

drawing every single detail

on the go, and Sheinman

right down to the hard-

likes to have his eyes on

ware,” he said.

them all. There is one

“I love the intellectual

project, The Chatsworth,

challenge of interior archi-

he is particularly pleased

tecture, but decorating is

with, having been re-

a tough but integral part

sponsible not only for the

of what we do. A perfect

interior architecture and

project is one where you

decorating but also for the

can mesh the two.”

upscalE KitchENs

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From a glass twisted building overlooking the High Line to the brightly colored Scholastic Building on Broadway, Morris Adjmi Architecture’s seductive constructions come with no shortage of panache.

Shakúff is employing its extraordinary glassblowing skills to create one-of-a-kind lighting, tiles, and décor in a whole new way.

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T he amount of attention

Morris Adjmi’s buildings receive due to their sexy contemporary designs is outstanding. You could

even swear that you heard a “take a picture, it’ll last longer” from somewhere. It’s not just the outstanding design of the buildings that creates the eye-popping effect. To say that would be an understatement. As a matter of fact, Adjmi works hard to maintain the spiritual essence of the neighborhood with his projects. “We design buildings that feel modern but preserve the look and feel of the neighborhood,” he guaranteed. The frequency with which his projects are

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approved would seem to showcase that.

familiar yet undeniably

which Adjmi is bringing

where — bright. “We like to

innovation.

introduce a lot of light into

So, maybe one of the

different. Looking at an

reasons the buildings seem

Adjmi façade will show

so exhibitionistic is the

that there are definitely

thing with the interiors,”

materials that are used.

classical and traditional

he explained. “We want to

rials for his projects, Adjmi

“We like to use new ma-

elements that exist but

be as innovative with the

uses a lot of local suppli-

terials to emulate historic

with an entirely new spin.

materials on the inside as

ers. “Sometimes we’ll go to

architecture,” Adjmi said.

But it’s not just façades to

we are on the outside.” Ad-

Europe for the fittings,” he

Like swapping an ingredi-

jmi wants interiors that feel

admitted. We’re sure those

ent or two for something

spacious, natural, and to

European fittings won’t

new in a recipe, the result is something

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“We’re doing the same

the bane of

our units,” he said. When it comes to mate-

MORRIS ADJMI

have any difficulties fitting

cently, we’ve been look-

vampires

in with their American

ing at a Dutch company

every-

counterparts. “And re-

for single burners that


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his residential projects to

architecture and drama

the modern conventional

offer rooftop access to all

of the façade give people

amenities. “It’s modern

residents. “Typically, we

the best of both worlds.”

and special, and doesn’t

have some space on the

Indeed, residents can feel

feel like a glass box.” Our

roof that is accessible to

proud of owning part of

apologies to glass boxes

all the residents, and then

such sleek and contem-

everywhere, but we’d have

there’s also exclusive space

porary designs while still

to agree. There’s definitely

for the penthouse, or pent-

having access

something more special

houses.” That sounds like

to all

at work here that’s more

a really diplomatic

than just glass; it’s special

way to share such a

enough that when we hear

rare resource. Adjmi

can be installed directly on

up water. Seasoned chefs

the counter.” What that

can easily put in eight

means is that the valued

separate cookers and start

kitchen counter becomes

making infinite batches of

a lot more customizable

spaghetti sauce.

and versatile. If you don’t

the urge to “take a picture,” we’ll be more

describes

than happy to

his design

make it last

style

longer with a

as very

few well-

dramatic.

angled

“The

snapshots.

What about bringing up

cook at all, you can have a

a plate of that spaghetti to

single burner for heating

the roof ? Well, Adjmi likes

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an idea and walk out with a plan to build their dream fixture. We then set about bringing that plan to life,” said Sidof. Shakúff works with powdered pigments, glass, and metal, then weaves them delicately to form a finished piece. Their portfolio encompasses an impressive range of works that straddle a line between the naturally inspired and the otherworldly. “These results are all in the technique, which is a combiSUN

I

nation of fusing and blowing glass,” explained Sidof. t all started when

He cites Israel, his home

I first fell in love

country, as a place of great

with the beauty of

inspiration, and the Shakúff

glass,” remembered

team certainly draws upon

Joseph Sidof, owner

both talent and materials

of Shakúff. If you haven’t

from the Levant. Take the

heard, Shakúff has been

Breath Collection, cre-

building a reputation for

ated and designed by their

itself as a purveyor of some

blown-glass artist, Boaz, who

of the finest custom lighting

learned the craft from his

in the world. Sidof himself

uncle and finds inspiration in

is a visionary with a passion

the cityscapes of Israel. The

and Shakúff ’s works run the

collection features industri-

NOGA

gamut from tiles to light-

ally influenced lights woven

ing, to gorgeous, framed

into beautiful and organic

Collection, named after its creator Simon Peleg, who works in a tranquil mango grove in Northern

décor. All are completely

shapes, like cocoons and

Israel. The Peleg collection features gorgeous fused glass panels with pigment baked right into the

custom-made and fall into

mesh. There is “Saturn,” a

mix. Pieces like “Galaxy” and “Sun” burn with deep and rich tones and shine with dripping, glossy

the realm of true art. But

canopy light with its crimson

appeal that do the titles justice.

Shakúff also creates distinc-

rings, and “Mod,” with its

“A number of our projects come directly from the end user while the rest can be featured in

tive, functional pieces that

classic physique and perforat-

major hotels and developments,” noted Sidof. For a little taste of what larger-scale projects mean,

can take form in sinks or

ed exterior. For a little more

take a look at the Silver Dollar light fixture that is really bang on the money at Bar Vdara in Las

tiles. “We work with artists

nature and just as much

Vegas. For something a little cooler, Shakúff created a blustery storm of white rectangles to form a

who draw creativity from

complexity, enter the Peleg

cooler ceiling canopy called “Tanzania.” The price points for lights generally run between $5,000

the world around them and

and $8,000, which positions Shakúff very competitively in the

we source materials from

custom lighting business. If you are looking for something a

exotic locations, like Israel,”

little more extravagant and unique, you can also go for gold

inspired Sidof.

or silver leaf-imbedded fixtures, which are part of their latest

We dropped by Shakúff ’s studio for a little taste of the company’s creative method,

collective. The sky, or rather the ceiling, is the limit, and so far, Shakúff ’s priciest piece ran up to $85,000. “We nurture our clients with information and assist them

one that is really turning de-

to tailor the perfect custom piece for their space,” explained

signers’ heads. What makes

Sidof. But on top of that, Shakúff is very adaptable with a fluid

magic though is that Sidof is

response to the market needs; they distribute to about ten differ-

adept at bringing concepts

ent locations in the United States and have done work in China,

that clients have – be they

Dubai, and throughout Europe. This, along with their style and

individuals or corporate

vision, is what has since attracted the attention of Chanel and

designers – to fruition. We at

Louis Vuitton. With a résumé like theirs, we are sure Shakúff ’s

9fi5th think the man is a mind

sexy, custom-made lights will be setting the mood in swank

reader. “Clients come in with

locales for years to come.

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arren Pearl has always rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous. Heavens, fresh from school, his first gig was with Jimi Hendrix, and

we’re not talking about a guitar break. He helped build the guitar hero’s recording studio. Seriously.

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The kind of well-

this couple that makes $800,000 - and

connected life Pearl led as

where do they go shopping? Restora-

a builder in 60s New York

tion Hardware! Every designer has

meant hanging out with

the Restoration Hardware catalogues

the likes of Andy Warhol

in their library,” he said.

and Roy Liechtenstein.

“If you are looking for luxury

And it was through celeb-

product, no one is going to be able

rity decorator Jed Johnson,

to compete with us on price. No one

that he got his break.

is going to be able to compete with us

During one project in the late 90s (for the

in visual quality.” But why would someone buy an ex-

Schlumberger fam-

pensive plumbing fixture when the fixture you

ily no less), he saw that

buy at Home Depot for $150 is perfectly adequate?

Johnson had used Lefroy

“It’s about self-indulgence. Why do you want to spend a lot of

Brooks plumbing fixtures.

money on a chair? It’s self-indulgence. I say the people who

“At that time, it was a

buy these expensive luxury products are cursed with good

tiny company in England,

taste. They appreciate art. And when we are talking about

and it was very English

buying something in luxury, it’s about art. Whether it’s a hand-

design. I said, ‘Oh, this is

bag, a plumbing fixture, or a chair, it’s about transcending the

interesting. I like this stuff,

functional into the art world. Yes, it may function as well as the

and I want to sell it in the

Home Depot faucet, but it is in the realm of art.”

States.’ So, I called up the

But where Lefroy Brooks is 20th-century style, Pearl’s new

owner, Christo, and said

company, Cooper and Graham, that will launch mid-summer,

I’d like to represent it in

is 21st-century design. “I thought to go to the 10 giants of

the US,” recounted Pearl.

the industry and get them to create their interpretation of

Long story short, the

21st-century design of plumbing fixtures, hardware, and light

brand revolutionized

fixtures. Cooper and Graham will be that recognized school

luxury plumbing fixtures

of design that will be studied as 21st century modern in the

with an identifiable

future. I have an amazing tub…. We are now doing rose gold

design vocabulary that

for Cooper and Graham, which is outrageously gorgeous. It is

spans the last century,

jewelry for the bathroom.”

and Pearl, as President/ Owner, has helped the

Sounds very exciting if you ask us. Time to take the plumbing world to the next level!

company blossom to a world-wide brand. The majority of business comes from massive projects like new developments and hotels. “The MaCKiNtOsH

real market is Asia; the pipeline of high-end hotels is astronomical,” he said, boasting that his company is registered in the People’s Republic of China – no small feat – and in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand. Pearl is thrilled to have the line in Restoration Hardware in the US. “They are closing their mall stores and upgrading their image. There’s this new consumer that didn’t exist 10 years ago who is

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World-cl ass restaurant and bar Zuma makes its neW York debut.

ne of our favorite spots in Dubai has always been Zuma. When in town, we go there for dinner, for drinks, in between dinner and drinks, and pretty much any time we are looking for good food and a good crowd.

Imagine our delight when we heard that this Asian fusion restaurant and

bar was finally making its debut in New York. YEllOWtail With PONzu SaucE

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On we went to our table and perused the menu. The scene was buzzing, full of lively chatter amidst elevated design. Our wait staff ’s first recommendation came in form of the watercress and avocado salad with fresh wasabi and cucumber. We have to confess that this may have been the best salad we’ve ever had. Big words, medium-sized plate, lots of flavor. Definitely something you should add to your list when visiting next. So good was this salad that we just skipped right over another delicious contender for best

spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli, and sweet soy

dish of the night — the seared tuna with chili daikon and ponzu sauce. Bright and fragrant, the tuna was seared ever so lightly and presented in a beautifully complementary sauce. Food of the gods? Zuma’s seared tuna may just be it. marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf

Clearly, we also had to take a dip into the prawn and black cod dumplings as

It did. It was a differ-

well as the lobster with spicy

ent flavor combination all

of them but finally, and with

ponzu and wasabi mayon-

together but a welcome

some help, decided that

naise. As far as gyozas go,

one nonetheless. Rich and

the Zuma mocha bamboo

the dumplings were delight-

earthy, the chicken was ex-

would be our best bet.

ful. Tasty and tangy, they

pertly cooked to create what

Presented much like a pot-

had an earthy flavor that

would be the ideal Sunday

ted plant, the little bowl of

mingled with the two differ-

early evening dinner.

chocolatey goodness made

ing types of seafood within.

Dishes and flavors had

had our eye on quite a few

us sit back, savor the flavors,

The lobster, dear reader,

come and gone, conversa-

and breathe a little deeper.

lived up to the hype. Lobster

tion had flowed nicely, and

It was rich and dreamy, and

can so often be overcooked

we had enjoyed every min-

should we have had any

or bland. Zuma clearly spent

ute of it thus far. Zuma New

more room left in our glee-

York was clearly as bustling

fully stuffed bellies, we may

as the Zumas of trips past.

have finished it all. Alas, a

The intimate, dark colors

few bites remained.

some time perfecting this dish. Would we recommend

watercress and avocado salad

it? Highly. Warm and fragrant, the

our filling Asian stew. We’ll

and layout of the space were

biggest hit wonder would,

hot pot was presented with

have to admit that we were

a fitting accoutrement to a

drew to a close. We sam-

however, be the very popular

a spoon to ladle into our

pretty satiated at this point

menu planned well. Happy

pled some stunning food

rice hot pot with wild

individual bowls. This dish

- but the robata chicken

diners? Indeed.

and have been back since.

mushrooms and Japanese

reminded us of a wintery

breast teriyaki with shiitake

vegetables. Highly touted by

evening, in front of a roaring

mushrooms and shiso was

was dessert. The menu left

similar fare, you may want

our wait staff, it also featured

fire. It made us want to curl

still on its way. “Would this

much room for indecision,

to head to this Midtown

prominently on several other

up with a blanket and slowly

still taste as good as the first

as so many of the dishes

food mecca. We promise

tables in the restaurant.

bask in the warm glory of

bite?” we pondered.

were high contenders. We

you won’t be disappointed.

It seems our evening’s

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What was left to sample

And so, our evening

If you’re in the mood for


ALL IN THE FAMILY...

Doing business with Miller Motorcars Means becoMing part of a faMily of autoMobile enthusiasts with unMatcheD taste.

S

orry about the

European manufacturers

California T a genteel edge,

brand receives representation

mess,” apologized

and represents each with a

but Koppelman himself

at an exclusive showroom

doesn’t play favorites, the

Richard Koppel-

clear understanding of its

particularly appreciates the

in order to stay true to its

attainable all-wheel-drive

man before we began our

nuanced attributes. “I do

mere 14 seconds it takes to

identity; take Miller’s Ferrari

Maserati Ghibli SQ4 might

tour of Miller Motorcars’

not have a favorite car, but I

bring the top down.

showroom, decked out with

be today’s jack of hearts.

service center. What we

do have favorite cars for dif-

sleek tiling and styling that

The 404 HP 3-liter twin-

saw was immaculate; you

ferent occasions,” explained

portrays the modern image

turbo V-6 can hit 60 mph

could perform surgery on

our agent of cool. He

of the brand. “Once

in 4.8 seconds, and it looks

their floors. But this was just

enjoyed the Maserati

someone starts

just as menacing. Stop by

one of the many testaments

Ghibli as a means

of the care that Owner Koppelman and his team provide their clients. This

the most

more,” smiled

driving tips or even let you

crew treats cars like patients

recent and

Koppelman.

take the Mc-650 out for a

and customers like family.

particularly

Miller Motor-

little Mc-spin.

“We ensure that buying one

callous New

cars promises

of our cars also means enter-

York winter.

a staff that

devastatingly cool vehicles,

ing a lifestyle,” explained

“The Ghibli

knows each

what Miller Motorcars does

Koppelman. After a gran

has proved to

car, can suggest

best is treat each customer

turismo of Miller Motorcars’

be a new venture

showrooms, we were pretty

for Maserati, not

convinced by Miller’s case

just in that it is a sport

for this lifestyle – a family feel

utility vehicle but also in

with a stately sophistication.

its modest $85,000 ask-

Whether clients own

ing price,” said Koppel-

Although Koppelman

driving a Ferrari,

and you will be sure to get a

of roving un-

they don’t want

smiling member of the team

furled through

a driver any-

the right occasion

who is happy to give you

Even with all of these

like family. Clients are

to drive it, and can

always dropping by on

even recommend what

weekends to peruse the

stitching suits the upholstery

showroom, test out new

best. “If you have a favorite

models, and chat about

Koppelman became rath-

nail polish color and want

their favorite cars, interiors,

multiple specialty motorcars

man. When the icy streets

er animated when he started

your Ferrari to match, we

and driving gloves. Koppel-

or are just starting out down

thawed, Koppelman read-

talking about innovation and

have you covered,” smiled

man personally works every

that road, Koppelman and

ied the Ferrari California T

new trends; Miller Motorcars

Koppelman. That’s right,

day and we are pretty sure

his team serve as purveyors

for touring the Connecticut

not only sells pre-owned and

ladies; you can custom order

if you stop in for a visit,

of class. Miller Motorcars

country roads. The Testa

new models but also offers

your paint right in Miller

you’ll find yourself with a

deals in automobiles from

Rossa-inspired profile gives

maintenance and service

Motorcars’ showroom to

bunch of very knowledge-

seven of the most esteemed

the modern V-8 of the

for cutting-edge rides. Each

match your manicure.

able friends for life.

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F r o m

mErELY

Par

AmAteurs And ProfessionAls Alike tee off At hAmPtons’ Premiere sebonAck Golf club. a true golfer’s dream

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Bear’s unparalleled feel for the game and the minimalist design vision that has landed four of Doak’s courses on Golf Magazine’s list of the top 100 courses in the world. It’s also downright beautiful. Every hole on the course seamlessly incorporates Southampton’s rugged natural features—from its austere sand dunes to its majestic shoreline to the brilliant views overlooking Great Peconic Bay—that bring so many of the nation’s rich and famous here in the first place. Since its opening in 2006, Sebonack has quickly earned a reputation as the area’s premiere golf course and cemented the Hamptons’ reputation as not only a fabulous vacation spot but also a golf destination

T

in its own right. And you

SpENd hOuRS ON thE cOuRSE

don’t just have to take our word for it. Others have noticed as well, including a little organization called the USGA, which selected Sebonack to host the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open. But amateurs shouldn’t fret—so long as they’ve got a true passion for the sport. The

here’s no denying that the

number one requirement

Hamptons occupy an out-

for membership is “a true

sized space in the Ameri-

love of the game,” Pascucci

can imagination. They also

told Hamptons Magazine

occupy an outsized space

back in 2013.

in the American wallet. With a median home sale

Someone once said aNd bREathE iN all that fRESh aiR

it’s not about what you

price hovering above the

know; it’s about who you

million-dollar range, it

took the liberty of playing a round at each of the Hamp-

award-winning course de-

know. And if you’re in the

is no secret that the real

tons’ top courses, only to better inform you, our dear and

signer Tom Doak, to create

exclusive group of people

estate here is reserved for

dearly paid readers, about where to tee off this summer.

a golf club that would put

who can both garner an

A-list celebs and the very

Here’s the skinny: The Hamptons boast their fair share of

this Hamptons enclave on

invitation to Sebonack

wealthiest business ty-

lovely golf clubs, but Sebonack in Southampton remains a

the map as a golf destina-

and also swing the annual

coons. And what do you do

cut above the rest.

tion once and for all. Let’s

membership fee, well,

when you’re sitting pretty

just say everything went

you’ll be the member of

in the Hamptons? Well, for

siast Mike Pascucci decided he was going to be the one to

according to plan. Se-

an elite club of people

one, you golf.

address that deficit. Sparing no expense, he brought together

bonack perfectly expresses

who we’ve got a hunch are

two of the most famous names in golf, Jack Nicklaus and

the fusion of The Golden

well worth knowing.

That’s why we recently

It was around 2006 when business mogul and golf enthu-

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I

n late March, the McLaren 570S broke cover at the 2015

Technology and Production Centre, a building from where

New York International Auto Show, marking the fifth

one would expect a movie villain to be plotting the next

launch of the UK super car company since production

scheme for world domination, McLaren Automotive has in

kicked into high gear with the 2011 debut of the MP4-12C.

fact done just that. In only a few short years, the manufac-

Indeed, work at McLaren has progressed at neck-breaking speed

turer has evolved into the menace of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super car

over the past four years.

establishment, haunting the boardrooms over at Ferrari,

Operating out of the striking Woking-based McLaren

Lamborghini, and Porsche.

the new 570S


PLEASURE, EVERYWHERE, EVERY TIME: Yet, as the good-humored chief test driver pointed out, it is not all about the power, weight, and look of the car. “Yes, the 570S needed to look amazing and have more performance than built tO put a smilE ON YOuR facE

AND THAT MAKES THREE: With the 570S,

Goodwin said the 570S

McLaren introduced its

of age. “We’ve gone from a

third model category:

racing car company, where

Sports Series. The com-

people built cool, extreme,

pany’s existing models are

and really fast sports cars

now labeled under Super

in relatively small numbers,

Series (650S, 650S Spider,

to a more mainstream car

and 675 LT) and Ultimate

manufacturer,” Goodwin

Series, comprising the sold-

explained, adding that the

out P1 and the P1 GTR

570S is a, “much-higher

track car.

volume, lower-cost car,” of

Speaking to 9fi5th in New York, chief test driver Chris

represents McLaren coming

which around 2,000 units will be produced.

its competitors, but where it really sets itself apart is in terms of the drive,” Goodwin said. “What we wanted this car to do is, bearing in mind its lower price and level of power within our range, was

570-Hp V8 ENgiNE

to actually make the car just as much or even more fun to drive. The

THE RIGHT DNA: Omitting the McLaren M81 Mustang

characteristics of the

project, the company burst onto the scene in 1992 with the

car, whether you are

McLaren F1. The brainchild of Gordon Murray, widely regard-

driving slowly across

ed as one of the industry’s greatest minds, the car incorporated

town or skidding and

all the elements that would become McLaren’s DNA almost two

sliding through corners

decades later. It was track-oriented, but the potential for daily

on a racetrack, need

use didn’t suffer as a result. Additionally, the F1 had excellent

to put a smile on your

aerodynamics and the body generated enough downforce to do

face, and that is what

away with ugly-looking spoilers and other types of wings. One

the 570S is all about.”

look at the new 570S, or any other current McLaren for that

The 570S’s daily

matter, shows that the spirit of the F1 is still very much present

drivability was as big

in today’s production cars. Lightweight? Check! Powerful? Aero-

a feature of the car’s

dynamic? Blistering performance? Check!

development program as anything else. “You

THEY DID IT THEIR WAY: This should come as no

can drive this car to

surprise, as General Manager of McLaren’s London branch

the racetrack or your

Andrew Gull explained. Talking to us earlier in March, he said

mountain holiday home

that the company has its own way of doing things. “In every

in comfort. When you

other car business I’ve been a part of, it has been about busi-

get to the track, you

ness. At McLaren, it is about the cars – that drives everything.

PACKS A PUNCH: Yet the model hasn’t been designed

can drive it hard, beat

They are, at heart, an engineering company,” Gull said. This

and engineered on a dime. Built around a carbon fiber mono-

the lap times of your

is reflected in the type of clients he welcomes. “Our customers

cell, commonly referred to as the bathtub, McLaren drivers

mate in their Italian or

don’t just come in to buy a super car, they want to be involved

almost literally bathe in Formula 1-derived technology. The

German cars, and drive

in the whole process.”

unit weighs around 175 pounds. With a dry weight of 2,895

home again with ease,”

pounds, the 570S reduces the competition to obese dinosaurs.

Goodwin said. These

cars ever built in the history of performance vehicles. Consider-

While listed as an entry-level model, you should make no

The McLaren F1 is recognized as one of the greatest super

characteristics weren’t

ing how much of the original F1 DNA has been incorporated

mistake about the 570S’ performance potential. Powered by

developed overnight,

in today’s models, they will probably be remembered as the

a 570-horsepower V8, it rockets to 60 miles per hour (mph)

nor for the 570S in

cars that made an unheard of performance potential uniquely

in just 3.2 seconds and reaches 124 less than 7 seconds later.

particular. They have in

accessible. Not since the 1991 Acura NSX has racing Ferraris

The vehicle’s top speed is a bruising 204 mph, “punching well

fact been some 20 years

been this easy. And guess what Gordon Murray drove to work

above its price point of $184,900,” according to Goodwin.*

in the making.

in while developing the F1?

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London to L.A. Jones, as the CEO, continues to be SoHo House’s creative force,

hen Nick Jones opened the first

ensuring that each and

SoHo House in London in 1995

every new House continues

as a gathering place for the world’s

to up the ante in furnish-

creative superstars, he envisioned a

ing members with a stylish,

tasteful members club of the olden

sophisticated gathering

days, where members cherished the social experiences and

place wherever they are.

close-knit networks they formed with their peers rather

Personally, we’ve got a soft

than the prestige they gained from membership itself. It was

spot for New York’s SoHo

a winning concept. Fast forward to 2015, and the SoHo

House. Opened in 2003 in

House brand has gone international, providing elegant but

Manhattan’s trendy Meat-

understated homes away from home to the brightest young

packing District, it is one

creatives in the art and media industries the world over, from

of the originals, the first


dRaWiNg ROOm

By late afternoon, it’s

prizing talent and creativity over net worth and celeb-

time to let loose. Relocate

rity. In a world where crass paparazzi culture reigns,

to the rooftop lounge for

it’s refreshing to see that “taste” is still alive and well at

artisanal handcrafted

SoHo House.

cocktails and views of the Hudson River and iconic downtown Manhattan skyline. Bring a swimsuit, just in case. The pool’s open year round. But don’t keep your friends waiting. An old friend in from L.A. has been dying to hear your thoughts on her latest cut of a future Sundance award-winner in the cozy 44-seat screening room. SoHo House location in the US and the second in the world

Jones calls SoHo House,

after London. Unsurprisingly, Jones and his team spared no

“a comfortable home for a

expense in making sure it was up to the high standard of the

community of like-minded

original SoHo House while at the same time totally unique,

creative people wherever

with architecture and design finishes reflecting the neighbor-

they are,” and when he

hood’s rich history.

says “home,” he means it.

Here’s our ideal day at SoHo House New York: Start

club baR

SoHo House New York

with an hour or two catching up on e-mail in the rustic

is a place where creatives

drawing room overlooking 9th Avenue, full of vintage sofas,

can unwind and let their

armchairs, and workspaces sourced by the in-house design

guard down without wor-

team. Move from your armchair to a more group-oriented

rying that what they say or

arrangement when your New York-based colleagues and

who they mingle with will

friends arrive to talk shop or just shoot the breeze. For

be all over TMZ the next

lunch, head to the club bar for a delicious bite at the full-

day. That means they’re

service restaurant featuring seasonal Italian and American

extremely careful about

inspired fare.

just who they let in, always

staYiNg at sOHO HOusE

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A TOUCH OF THE EAST Mandarin Oriental, new YOrk has Managed tO create a beautiful Zen envirOnMent in a building that is hOMe tO a shOpping Mall and luxurY cOndOs.

aMEthYSt cRYStaL StEaM ROOM

offered welcome tea at check-in, there are fresh

dogs. (and on the subject of four-legs, the hotel’s

orchids in vases, and soft oriental tones, purple

pet policy allows dogs under 25 pounds.) the 46

and gold especially, mixed with art Deco furniture

suites, of course, really up the ante on luxury and

and tiled walls.

give the subtly exotic more space to truly dazzle.

the 244 guest rooms (including 46 suites) feel

but the spa is another matter altogether. With

thoroughly modern, thanks to the elegant asian

a menu of delicious treatments, it is a destination

décor, hi-tech electronics, and sumptuous bath-

for hotel guests and new Yorkers alike. covering

rooms (deep-soaking tubs and heated toilet seats

14,500 square feet, the spa fills the 35th and 36th

Perching 280 feet above street

- nice). every room

floors of the hotel

level, Mandarin oriental, new York occupies

boasts those glori-

and features a body-

the upper floors of the time Warner center, a

ous floor-to-ceiling

pummeling vitality

mighty two-tower complex that’s home to cnn,

windows so you can

Pool, an aromatherapy

high-end residential condos, and a flash shop-

take in the spectacular

steam room, and a 75-

ping mall. (all of which sounds rather hectic and

views of the park from

foot lap pool.

exhausting…)

the luxury of your

but actually, Mandarin oriental, new York has managed to create a Zen oasis in the midst of all that action. starting at the 35th floor where you’re already

king-sized bed. Posh touches in-

the spa’s design and treatments, like everything else in

clude lovely silk throws

the hotel (including

and italian linens

the restaurants), are

up there among the birds, the sky lobby has

on the beds, super-

influenced by asian

giant floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto

comfy robes, and a window-side chaise longue for

tradition. each treatment starts and ends with the

the city and nearby central Park. bird’s eye

admiring the skyline yet again. and if you still

chime of tibetan cymbals, and the oriental tea

views don’t get better than this.

need more Zen vibes, you can grab the yoga mat

room provides a nice setting for decompressing

from the closet and do a couple of downward

and Zen time. ommm’s the word.

tranquil asian influences abound: guests are

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DON’T DREAM IT

dream presidential suite terrace

The über-edgy dream downTown is The coolesT kid on The block. Dream Downtown - part of hotel wunder-

the top of the hotel’s south tower, with a cham-

it becomes an exclusive nightclub. while the lounge

kind Vikram Chatwal’s whimsical new York brand

pagne bar and snazzy glass-bottomed – oh lordy!

itself is dark and moodily-lit, the outdoor terrace

- opened in 2011. this is the Downtown venture

- Jacuzzi.

is what gets the cool kids queuing up for. Grab that

on west 16th Street – smack-bang in a cool hood of bars, restaurants, and galleries. You have the meatpacking District and Chelsea market

all beds are divinely oversized, but of course, sleeping is probably not high on your list of things to do here. From dusk till dawn

cocktail and gaze at the manhattan skyline before hitting the dance floor. and if you need to chill from the penthouse revelry, head south to Bodega negra restaurant. with so much tex mex atmo-

right at your doorstep,

and beyond, the party

sphere, you may well think you are truly south-of-

and the High Line is

(almost) never stops at

the-border. If those tequilas make your head swirl

just round the corner.

Dream Downtown. one

a tad, electric room is the perfect subterranean speakeasy to get your focus back.

Bold and arty, the

the hippest spots to hit

property’s exterior is all

is rooftop lounge PH-D

glittering steel punch-

(short for Penthouse

on the terrace beach – real sand, no kidding! – and

holed with round

Dream). It’s open to

munch on a burger and fries. But maybe you want

porthole windows.

hotel guests from 5pm

to lie in late, as this is one fabulous Dream from

to 9:30pm, after which

which you won’t want to wake up.

Step inside the funky lobby, which is decorated with potted trees and futuristic couches, and the edginess couldn’t get more, well, edgy. Look up, and you glimpse swimmers doing laps in the glass-bottomed pool – open all year - on the terrace above. the coolness continues in the 314 guest rooms, with industrialchic cement floors, leather furniture, and retro chrome bathrooms. the porthole windows are echoed in the polka-dotted wallpaper and Swiss cheesy headboards of the beds. For incredible indulgence, there’s the just-launched $5,000-anight penthouse duplex GuestHouse, located on

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GIMME SHELTER Opened in 1997 by charismatic hOte-

60s-meets-modern minimalism, with a splash of st. tropez thrown in the mix just to keep it high-end.

lier andré balazs, whose shiny portfolio

but the pace of this sleepy island is what guests pay for. stake your posse on the beach, or head to the

includes the mercer and chateau marmont,

Game room, which is sun-drenched for most of the day, and grab a white, linen day-bed piled with pais-

sunset beach hotel is on the other end of upscale

ley blue cushions and surrounded by hundreds of books ... ah, yes…. and try not to think about real life.

– where the showiest gesture is probably the

but if you really insist on moving that bod, there’s no shortage of activities: bikes for exploring the island,

eponymous sunset itself.

a ping-pong table (amid pots of lavender - très French!), kayaking, volleyball, horse riding, sailing, jet

With only 20 rooms right on the shore of shelter

skiing, tennis, golf, fishing – and if all that is too exhausting, there’s beach lounging, of course. there are

island, sunset beach is a divinely intimate enclave

also morning yoga classes (follow that by an in-room massage, maybe).

of charm where less is more. you can get there by

the dress code is super casual (but effortlessly glam — a dog poking its head out of a handbag would

ferry from the hamptons or you could wing it, by

go down well), and sitting sand-covered in your bikini for a long lunch is perfectly acceptable. but if you

taking balazs’s stndair, which shuttles guests to his

really feel underdressed by dinnertime, you can always splash out on an attractive little number at the

hotel in a mere 45 minutes and offers a flight menu

hotel’s very own designer boutique and get something très chic to wear at the hotel’s French bistro, bar,

of sunglasses and his own private vintage rosé.

and terrace. (note, too, for the fishy peeps out there: the chef will prepare and cook your catch of the

every inch of sunset beach hotel, which is only

day!) the bar is part of the restaurant and has the same lively energy to sip on the house rosé, the drink

open from may

du jour, or a perfectly mixed cocktail to watch the sun do its splashy thing. sublime.

to september, is French-inspired and beachy. the rooms are tastefully white with hardwood floors, include 400 thread-count sheets, and have a view of the sea from a private sundeck that heads straight to the ocean. there are cheeky touches like beach balls and bright orange sinks to jazz up all that fresh white décor. all in all, it’s a stylish yet casual retreat, a kind of

bREEzY iNtERiORs

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shimmERiNg suNsEts at suNsEt bEach

André BAlAzs’s BeAch hideAwAy on shelter islAnd is perfect for fleeing frAntic new york.


P IL LOW TA L K

TOPPING

IDEA

This luxury hoTel in The hampTons is The perfecT choice for a guilTy pleasure geTaway.

topping rose house

Although the hotel

doughnuts, or signature

ABout relAxing, and topping rose House

provides room service, the

burger, and you will be

is an ideal destination for fleeing the madding

action is in the bright din-

forgiven for drooling

crowd. this 22-room luxury hotel, an 1842 greek

ing room or al fresco on

with pleasure. (Well,

revival mansion, with a lovely pool, and ubiqui-

the lovely wraparound ve-

everyone else will be,

tous veranda, is pure indulgence. it even has that

randa during the summer.

too…) And at breakfast,

cool factor in sustainable lifestyle – a farm-to-table

the on-site farm provides

order the Bridgehamp-

restaurant (chef Kyle Koenig operates the whole

the majority of produce

ton town fry - local

setup, so we are not talking mom’s home-cooking).

for the restaurant; actu-

organic eggs, house-

the hotel’s color palette is soothing – yellow,

ally, the seasonal produce

cured bacon, oysters

gray, and white - and the décor a mix of sophisti-

influences the daily menu,

with chili dust – a great

cated and contemporary: classic furnishings and

and ingredients not grown

pick-me-up, even if you

plenty of costly objets d’art to remind you that

on-site are sourced from

haven’t overindulged in

excess is actually a pretty good look.

other farmers and fisher-

the extensive wine list

An escApe to tHe HAmptons is

guest rooms and suites are located in the house, studio, and cottages; each is tastefully adorned with paintings from local and interna-

men in the area. (organic and sustainable are the way to go, don’t forget.) With Koenig at the helm in the kitchen, any-

the night before. But appetites aside, there’s all manner of understated luxury to titillate your every sense in this

tional artists. (Bring your platinum card, as you

thing rustled up will send your taste buds directly

perfect slice of Hamptons heaven. For sure, you

might want to expand your art collection.) the

to nirvana. try the beetroot risotto, brioche

will feel to the manor born.

rooms in the main house have an historic charm, and those in the cottages are more modern, with a bathtub just made for relaxing after a taxing day poolside or at the beach. Blackout curtains and double-glazed windows make it certain you will get your catch-up sleep, and probably a nice sleep-in too. thanks to a fitness suite, you have got all wellbeing bases covered. (And lucky cottage guests can have private pilates and yoga sessions on their decks.) if you need to get out and about, there are numerous beaches, tennis courts, nature walks, and galleries a bike ride away – plus the hotel has bikes to borrow. But for exploring a bit further afield, borrow a hotel lexus to visit a local farm or vineyard. And if you mean to quaff rather than sip the local fare, the staff will patiently drive you around in the vicinity.

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time to relax


OFF THE WALL

PO IL FFLOW T H E TA WAL KL L

121 THE FINE PRINT Gary Lichtenstein presents a collection for collectors.

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Jessica stockholder, trees


GaRY LichtENstEiN, RichaRd MEiER

G a ry L i c h t e n stein presents a c oL L e c t i o n f or co LLectors.

G

ary Lichtenstein is

work. We sat down with

screen printer to

Lichtenstein at his gallery

the stars. A painter

and studio at Mana Con-

and visual artist, he

temporary in Jersey City

collaborates with the art

to discuss his painstaking

world’s best and bright-

artistic process, his unique

est—the likes of Marina

business practices, and his

Abramović, Bob Gruen,

favorite new clients—who

Robert Indiana, and

else, but developers!

Richard Meier—to create

First, the backstory:

complex, colorful, limited-

Lichtenstein started screen

edition prints that are

printing (aka silk screening)

recreations of, or comple-

as an art student in 1970s

ments to, the artists’ own

San Francisco. “Back then,

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O FF T H E WA L L

everyone collected posters, but the idea of limited-edition prints was just gaining ground,” he recalled. “I saw a niche for myself—a way to make a living.” So sensible—he hardly sounds like an artist! Actually, what really got him was the color. “I was hooked. What I loved about the process was that every color was mixed by hand.” Pretty! But we saw for ourselves at his studio that the process of screenprinting is no picnic. Each color in any given image comprises its own layer that is printed separately and requires its own laboriously crafted screen. The completion of a complex print with many colors could take Lichtenstein as long as a year, and along the way he constantly touches base with his artistcollaborators. Most colors he’s ever done? “100 or so,” he told us, “but that was in the early days, when I was a little crazier.” Not that he’s scaled back on innovation, by any

THE FINE PRINT apparently—over the years, he’s had some 60 artist clients!

Lichtenstein’s prints

go for $2,000-$35,000,

“In recent ye a r s , we have seen a sh Ift when I t comes to th e expans Ion o f ar t collect I o n s In I ndustr I es

lIke hosp ItalI t y. ” - Gary lIchtenste In

depending on the

artist, the scope, com-

plexity, and the size of the print run (usually between 5 and 100).

He sometimes exhibits his prints at Art Basel, but walk around any

to find Gary Lichtenstein’s work. “A lot of the work I make

means. He’s silkscreened

for artists ends up in

plastic, canvas, board, and

other galleries’ booths

glass. Recently, for the

or at the galleries that represent the artist,” said the screen

artist Jessica Stockholder,

printer, who has plans to exhibit more widely on his own.

he printed on trees, to be used in an exhibition

Lichtenstein & ALfred LesLie

art fair and you’re sure

These days, Lichtenstein has a new class of clients, developers for whom he produces work on a grand scale,

at Connecticut’s Aldrich

both in size and number of prints. He is currently work-

Museum. “Sometimes

ing with award-winning architect and visual artist Richard

someone asks me to do

Meier (a longtime collaborator) on a large piece for a build-

something unusual and it

ing in Taipei. “The developers wanted a 10-foot Richard

is a challenge—something

Meier. He doesn’t do that, but I’ll work with him to make

I never would have tried

it happen,” Lichtenstein said. He has also made prints for

on my own,” he said. “I

hospitals and hotels, which, according to Lichtenstein, have

Lichtenstein loves working with them at that scale. “When

have always been drawn to

really stepped up their game, art-wise. “In recent years, we

you’re done, the whole edition disappears into the environ-

collaborative work and love

have seen a shift when it comes to the expansion of art col-

ment,” he said. That’s just a turn of phrase, of course:

working with other artists.”

lections in industries like hospitality.” His developer clients

Lichtenstein’s prints are far too vibrant and eye-catching to

The feeling is mutual,

might require 50 or a 100 prints, one for each room, and

ever truly disappear.

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FOUR DAYS IN PARADISE

ExclusivE REsoRts puts up onE ovERwoRkEd EditoR foR a vERy spEcial mEdia ExcuRsion.

L

ast year,

pictures were not doctored,

residences to go along with

whim and know your pref-

we had the

there was no filter, and

them, can host you and

erences and desires down

pleasure of

paradise truly did reside in

your guests in top spots of

to a T. Now that’s what we

traveling

the island groups known as

the Caribbean, the Medi-

call luxury!

to Eleu-

the Caribbean.

terranean, the Far East,

thera in

Having said that folks,

After we had done a bit

and many other equally

more research into mem-

the Bahamas. That was

we just arrived for our

mesmerizing locations. Not

bership and benefits, we

our first taste of Caribbean

second Caribbean piece

only does Exclusive Resorts

knew Exclusive Resorts to

perfection. We had seen

of, yes, paradise, hosted by

provide the ambiance,

be the perfect fit for 9fi5th

the commercials, the odd

none other than Exclusive

the preplanning, and all

readers and their peripa-

movie reference, and knew

Resorts. The travel experts

the prep-work before you

tetic needs.

that Caribbean islands had

known to have a firm grip

arrive; they also assign you

their paradisiacal draw.

on the world’s best loca-

a personal concierge who

let’s jump right in to day

Little did we know, that the

tions and the most opulent

will cater to your every

number one.

thE pRivatE pOOl iN paRadisE

So, without further ado,

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FOUR DAYS IN PARADISE

ExclusivE REsoRts puts up onE ovERwoRkEd EditoR foR a vERy spEcial mEdia ExcuRsion.

L

ast year,

pictures were not doctored,

residences to go along with

whim and know your pref-

we had the

there was no filter, and

them, can host you and

erences and desires down

pleasure of

paradise truly did reside in

your guests in top spots of

to a T. Now that’s what we

traveling

the island groups known as

the Caribbean, the Medi-

call luxury!

to Eleu-

the Caribbean.

terranean, the Far East,

thera in

Having said that folks,

After we had done a bit

and many other equally

more research into mem-

the Bahamas. That was

we just arrived for our

mesmerizing locations. Not

bership and benefits, we

our first taste of Caribbean

second Caribbean piece

only does Exclusive Resorts

knew Exclusive Resorts to

perfection. We had seen

of, yes, paradise, hosted by

provide the ambiance,

be the perfect fit for 9fi5th

the commercials, the odd

none other than Exclusive

the preplanning, and all

readers and their peripa-

movie reference, and knew

Resorts. The travel experts

the prep-work before you

tetic needs.

that Caribbean islands had

known to have a firm grip

arrive; they also assign you

their paradisiacal draw.

on the world’s best loca-

a personal concierge who

let’s jump right in to day

Little did we know, that the

tions and the most opulent

will cater to your every

number one.

thE pRivatE pOOl iN paRadisE

So, without further ado,

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B EYO N D Catching an early

such natural features with

to all drift into each other,

flight out of JFK,

the high level of Exclusive

our penchant for checking

we arrived in

Resorts and Ritz-Carlton

the phone disappeared, and

Grand Cayman

services just put the cherry

we finally were in com-

on top.

plete holiday mode. Sleep

fresh as a daisy and ready for some island sunshine. We

We had lunch by the

were picked up in a comfort-

beach (Mahi Mahi tacos

enjoyed the lush comforts

ably cool BMW sedan and

and fresh ice tea). And

of our king-sized bed and

were on our way to our villa

eventually the hours seemed

drifted off into revery.

came early that night as we

within Exclusive Resorts and the adjoining Ritz-Carlton property. As our trusty concierge Karisha opened

seven Mile Beach

the doors to our roomy and elegantly designed villa, we knew we had arrived. Along with the Exclusive Resorts team, Karisha had arranged for our stay and had already taken care of any and all needs prior to our arrival (foods, activities, reservations, recommendations, and so forth). Nestled in their own separate portion of the larger property, Exclusive Resorts villas come with their own private pool, plenty of room for several of your guests, and will be comfortably stocked with your heart’s desire prior to your arrival. Our hearts? They desired fresh fruit, some cereal, and vanilla soy milk. Once we had settled in, we threw on our bathing suits and jumped right into our golf cart (one of the best parts by the way) to make our way to Seven Mile Beach.

sophisticated interiors

Now, you may have heard that this is one of the world’s

Waking up at villa #4 made for quite the morning. Fully rested, we slowly slipped out of bed and made our

most beautiful beaches, and

way to the stocked kitchen for some cereal to be had by our private pool. Birds were chirping, water gently

if you hadn’t, well then you

cascaded into the pool, and we thought of the dolphins we would be swimming with in just a few hours.

are reading about it now. The rumors are true. Having had the pleasure of seeing quite a few beaches in our humble lifetime, we can attest to the

Karisha had done all the prep work and all we had to do was be ready for pick-up. Swimming with dolphins truly is a lifetime experience. Something to definitely sample when in Grand Cayman next! The remainder of our day was spent by the beach and pool where we pondered life’s many questions … just kidding, we were blissfully at peace and had not a care in the world. We dined at Taikun that evening. Having sampled some outside fare the night before, we thought we would give the

crystal clear beauty, the white

Ritz-Carlton in-house restaurants a try. And boy did they live up to our expectations. Taikun presented us with fresh

sandy beaches, and the stun-

sushi, impeccable wine pairings, and an ambiance to match. Coupled with the dishes we had sampled at Bar Jack dur-

ningly vast length of Seven

ing the days, we knew that this was not just resort food for the sake of it.

Mile Beach. Complementing

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Day three was off to a great start as we had gotten the hang of all the facilities, locations, and best routes to get to them. Karisha had booked us a massage at La Prairie Spa for the afternoon, which already had us excited at the tender hour of 9 a.m. The majority of the day was spent between the beach cabanas, the gym (have to put in some work, don’t we?), and shooting some hoops at the basketball court. By the time our afternoon appointment rolled around, we were ready to be pampered. Silver Rain Spa, is in fact decorated in such fashion - silver tones mixed with gentle whites to create a restful environment. We were led into our treatment room (after a cheeky muffin) and enjoyed an hour of deep tissue rejuvenation. While we’re not usually big on massages, we have to confess that this particular rub-down coupled with our personal choice of music,

As we got up with

ery and the private pool

of the most luxurious prop-

made us massage converts.

an air of melan-

before us, birds sang songs

erties around the world and

choly, we were

in the background and the

a concierge team to truly

keenly aware that

light breeze caressed our

go above and beyond in

shoulders.

service, we would say that

this was in fact our last day in tropical paradise. It was

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the amenities of the Ritz-

On that note, we bid

go back to chaotic Manhat-

Carlton, yet tucked away

you adieu. It’s been a fan-

tan didn’t sound as great as

to make you feel as though

tastic few days and we are

it usually does.

you’re on your own little

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