This penthouse on the Bowery in New York's East Village neighborhood is a study in the balance of structure and form. With interior design by
Magdalena Keck, the home is characterized by striking architectural details, including floor-to-ceiling transverse beams, which are complemented by a carefully curated collection of furnishings. 72
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Two chaise lounges and a dining table in the large central space echo the geometry of the ceiling and contribute to the home's open feel. Keck placed the furnishings away from the windows and walls to create a sense of airiness and allow full exposure of the views. A variety of light sources, including the low hanging vintage chandelier and a Tom Dixon ball floor lamp, allows the mood of the room to be easily adjusted. The living and dining parts of the space are united by the warm gold tone silk and wool rug.
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Instead of sofas, Keck used two oversized Flexform chaise lounges for seating. The coffee table plays on the concept of transparency in structure and material with a thin steel base and lucite top, and a vintage Japanese wood puzzle adds decorative detail. Thomas Jackson’s
Assorted Foliage hangs on the only non-glazed wall of the room and invites a surreal playfulness.
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The dining area features Cassina chairs and a Molteni & Dada extension table.
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The minimal kitchen is tranquil and in keeping with the balanced restraint of the rest of the apartment. The white powder coated steel island floats in front of the large windows and truss while the bamboo flooring extends the warmth of the space.
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In the master bedroom, dark walls and furnishings are naturally lightened by the large windows, which frame views to the north and east. The diagonal structural element behind the black wool bed was left untouched for contrast.
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A vintage cabinet and Pierre Paulin’s f444 lounge chair are set against the black wall and skyline views. The reflections and shadows created by light filtering into the space create a dramatic mood in the master bedroom.
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The guest bedroom has a carefully edited look with a tailored bed, geometric pendent light and organic solid wood Totokaleo table.
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The roof terrace has 360-degree views of Manhattan. The greenery and extra-long sofa mark the boundaries of the terrace against a background of glazed railings. Distinctively silhouetted black Hardoy lounge chairs provide plenty of seating options.
Photography by Jeff Cate