What do Carmelo Anthony and the Kips Bay Decorator Show House have in common, you ask? Oh, just a fine piece of Extell glass called The Aldyn, where the Knicks sharpshooter rents a four-bedroom penthouse for $19,000 a month and where the belle of the showhouse ball will set up shop this year. According to a release, this is only the second time in its 40-year history that Kips Bay will open in a new-construction high-rise as opposed to, say, 1922 limestone mansions that list for $50M or 10,000-square-foot, 16-room townhouses. (Which many would argue was part of the fun, and certainly the voyeuristic element, of Kips Bay to begin with.)
Anyway, the 38-floor building, a mix of rentals and condos (and private pools!), is no stranger to having its white boxes stampeded by design talent: as part of its Sept. 2010 opening The Aldyn hosted the Council of Fashion Designers of America's showhouse, which served as the public reveal of Diane von Furstenberg's then-brand-new home line and Jonathan Adler's collection of kiddie furniture and decor.
This year's production will occupy 11,488 square feet inside and 7,480 square feet outside over two brand-new, never-before-lived-in units. It'll be interesting to see how Kips Bay Show House chair Bunny Williams will use the clean-lined, modern apartments—which she's called an "extraordinary space"—to pay tribute to the late, legendary decorator Albert Hadley; how the younger, edgier participants use the architecture to their advantage and how the more old-school decorators adapt accordingly; and just how much the overall feel of the showhouse will change from years past. One more question: is 'Melo invited? Here's some logistical info.
· Six Showhouses Turned Particularly Stylish Listings [Curbed National]
· All The Aldyn coverage [Curbed NY]
· Get an Early Look at DVF Home at The Aldyn's Showhouse [Racked NY]