ituated in an iconic mid-century building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this intimate terrace perches proudly over Central Park. With an uninterrupted view of the park and Manhattan’s skyline as a dramatic canvas, the design approach necessitated simplicity.
The immediate goal was to create a visual link between the terrace and park, using the borrowed landscape to produce the illusion of an unfolding. To achieve this sensation, the designer filled sleek, unobtrusive planters with a low boxwood hedge around the perimeter of the space; these harmonize with the park’s cloudlike canopy, framing the iconic skyline beyond.
A custom-designed herringbone Ipe deck echoes the interior flooring, while a stained black cedar trellis wraps an existing wall, allowing vines to dress an otherwise ordinary corner. The soft glow of vintage Hans-Agne Jakobsson lighting brings alive the evening garden. A mix of Hydrangea, Nepeta, and Rhododendron planted in a vessel hidden by seating provides seasonal flowering. LYNN FELICI-GALLANT STEAL THI S:
The herringbone Ipe deck
Sometimes it’s best to step back and allow an area’s natural canvas to direct a design. Resist the temptation to overcomplicate a space in such situations by taking your cue from the surroundings and keeping all plantings and elements simple.