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LOOKINGUP When this is the view outside your window, how can you match it inside?
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s there a skyline more WOW! than ours? Endlessly recreated on everything from candles to jigsaw puzzles to silk scarves, it’s the very definition of iconic. That view, seen from above, couldn’t fails to catch the breath of even the most cold-hearted cynics. But to have that view as your own personal wallpaper? It’s the sort of stuff New York dreams are made of. So when the top floors of the 63-story MiMA Tower, occupying the block of W42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenue, were converted from rental to luxury condos, the name came naturally. Manhattan View. Floor-to-ceiling windows pull the eyes across the city, from the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty in the south, west across the Hudson, north up to the George Washington Bridge, bringing in the Empire State Building, the New Yorker, Chrysler Building, Hearst, Time Warner … heck, on a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of Long Island Sound. And on chief interior design duty?
“I was inspired by the continually exhilarating, effervescent spirit of the great city I call home and love so much.” Who better than Chelsea-based, Interior Design Hall of Fame member Jamie Drake? A man who’s designed an LA pad for Madonna, as well as numerous projects for Mayor Michael Bloomberg (the most recent renovation of Gracie Mansion has his fingerprints all over it). “I was inspired by the continually exhilarating, effervescent spirit of the great city I call home and love so much,” he says. “With icons of the skyline sparkling and glittering outside every window, I wanted to bring that same
Opposite: Now that’s not a bad view to wake up to in the morning. Above: More muted colors in Michael Gabbellini’s room design.
Published on Aug 16, 2016
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