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We bet the people who live at the top of New York City’s high-rises have all the money in the world to turn their homes into an actual veritable paradise, but there is more to design than just throwing some money at a blank canvass. Great design also requires innovation and imagination, and these three New York City penthouses are real-life testimonies to that. So if you’re in search of some design inspiration, then look no further than these beauties.
This duplex penthouse at the top of The Lucida divides its space into four distinct zones. It has an open floor living and dining area, a family area with kitchens and breakfast rooms, an opulent master suite, and a color-blocked children’s area. Maximizing the sunlight are the glass walls that line the common rooms, resulting in a luxurious yet outgoing look. According to Russell Groves of Groves & Co, “The living room is subtle, glamorous and refined, with dark wood, chrome accents and a muted palette of tan, yellow gold and soft touches of lavender complementing this gracious approach.”
The New York Times notes that residents can also enjoy a bicycle room, fitness facilities, a residents' lounge and a playroom. And while a majority of buildings today may not have all those amenities - or even the custom sofas and the cascading Swarovski crystal chandelier that reflect off the glass staircase - this penthouse's mix of reds, blues, and greens can be a great source of design inspiration.
image credit: Zeckendorf Development
This was the most expensive home sold in 2018; the penthouse at 520 Park Avenue is a six-bedroom property with over 270 square feet of outdoor balcony space. Bought by vacuum mogul James Dyson for a whopping $74 million, this luxurious unit boasts an open design that makes good use of the sweeping vistas around the unit. A central staircase flows through the center of the penthouse. The 11-foot ceilings in each room are accentuated by long white drapes.
The end result is a tastefully austere design that you can definitely take inspiration from. The white finish is also a great point to note, as it enables the penthouse's unique textures to stand out.
This co-op penthouse at the top of the 50 Gramercy Park North has an impressive 50-foot facade, a wood-burning fireplace, and a terrace. The frames on the walls emphasize the angular orientation of the space, but the rustic weave carpet and the greens add a real vibrancy to the unit. The white theme and brown accents also make good use of the natural light.
The building's original interior design was courtesy of minimalist British architect John Pawson, and it still remains intact. Although Yoreevo notes that co-ops are generally less flexible than condos Yoreevo notes that co-ops are generally less flexible than condos when it comes to designing or refurbishing, 50 Grammercy Park follows condo rules and is practically a "boutique condo" — despite tenants not technically owning the property. Thus, the unit's clean, sparse furniture as well as homely orientation leaves a lot of room for the owner's personal taste and interpretation of the space as they settle in, something that you can draw inspiration from when starting to redesign your very own home.
With an inquisitive mind and an open eye, there are plenty of sources of inspiration when designing a penthouse and we could help ourselves but create one penthouse-inspired design concept using SampleBoard.
Who would fancy spending their days in this living room?