After purchasing two neighboring apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, the owners called on architect
John B. Murray and his firm to combine and renovate the spaces and create a design that matched the beauty of the home's stunning park views. Full of rich architectural detail, the result is an elegant and inviting duplex with timeless interiors designed by Cullman & Kravis that is a stunning example of classical design.
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In the entry gallery, a patterned marble floor with brass inlay is reminiscent of an 18th century Parisian hotel. Views of Central Park are seen through the two paneled openings—one through the living room on the left and the other through the library on the right. The fluted ornamental plaster element on the ceiling adds elegant decorative detail to the large space.
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The plaster ornamentation seen in the gallery is continued into the living room, which has an elegant and classical look. The marble fireplace was custom designed and anchors the room.
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The kitchen and breakfast room can be concealed from the formal gallery by closing the polished French mahogany pocket doors, which feature hand drawn glass inserts.
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The combined breakfast room and kitchen are the main gathering space in the home. Coffered ceilings help define both the center of the breakfast table and the kitchen island. Painted wood millwork is accented by wide plank oak flooring, hand drawn glass cabinet doors, countertops of polished Costa Esmeralda granite, and a backsplash of honed Calacatta Caldia marble.
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The dining room is an intimate area with intricate architectural detailing at the ceiling and paneled wood wainscot. Custom millwork around the windows elegantly conceals a cast iron radiator, drapery hardware, and motorized solar shade.
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The polished French wood paneled library frames a majestic view of Central Park. The architecture takes its cues from the famed Larentian and New York public libraries. On the ceiling, plaster banding echoes the layout of the room while the subtly sculpted central medallion adds decorative detail. A pocket door leads to the master bedroom on the right.
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The master bedroom has impressive views of the park and city skyline. Its architecture reflects Art Deco qualities.
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The music room features textured detail with wood paneling and suede insets. The guitar wall conceals a fold-down bed flanked by built-in bookcases.