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Publication Date: 2017-12-18

Behind the Design

Manhattan from the Top

Ever since the opening of the Dakota in 1884, Manhattan's storied apartment buildings have inspired envy with their sprawling layouts, staggering views, and plentiful amenities. Now 15 of the best are celebrated in Life at the Top: New York's Most Exceptional Apartment Buildings (Vendome Press). The detailed text by Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker showcases the developers and architects who created these luxurious residences and their prominent inhabitants, who included Brooke Astor, Lauren Bacall, CZ Guest, and Elizabeth Arden, as well as a slew of the city's top social families, industrialists, and financiers. 


Michel Arnaud's lush photography provides inside views of more than 19 contemporary apartments, ranging in style from Arts & Crafts abundance to sleek minimalism. And with prices for Manhattan real estate climbing ever higher, the market continues to supply fresh visions of luxe urban living—witness Robert A.M. Stern's 15 Central West and Rafael Vinoly's 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, both of which are featured in this stunning book.

An Italian chandelier from the 1960s hangs above a custom-designed table in the dining room of Beth Rudin de Woody at 10 Gracie Square. The apartment was originally designed by Alan Wanzenberg and was updated by Beale-Lana Interior Design.  

The master bedroom of an apartment at 720 Park Avenue, designed by Jamie Tisch. The walls are covered in Bennison's Songbird fabric.

The foyer of an apartment at 960 Fifth Avenue which was designed by architects Rosario Candela and Warren & Wetmore.

In the media room of an apartment at One Sutton Place South, updated by architect Peter Pennoyer, interior designer Michael S. Smith installed a Japanese screen above a Jasper sofa upholstered in a Rose Tarlow fabric.

An elegant curved stair spans the three floors of an apartment designed by Studio Sofiled in the River House.


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