This year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House had people gossiping even before designers were assigned their rooms: instead of being held in, say, a grand 16-room townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side, it would be produced in The Aldyn, a glassy residential tower that Knicks sharpshooter Carmelo Anthony calls home. Could this design-industry tradition truly transform a new-construction setting into something beautiful, and for only the second time in its 40-year history?
Not that modern architecture doesn't have some advantages. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a perch on floors 21 and 22, the two adjacent duplexes selected for Kips Bay—on the market for $15.9M and $16.9M—offer some of the city's best panoramic views of the Hudson River. As for the multiple ceiling heights, lack of moldings or charming detail, and oddly placed HVAC systems, those participating devised clever ways to circumvent the unsightly. Charlotte Moss, for example, added digitally printed Delft tiles along the baseboards of her master bedroom. Shawn Henderson wrapped the moldings in his lounge with velvet. And since every room started out as a bright, white box, essentially, color seems to explode—green is quite popular this year. It's also worth mentioning that most everyone had some sort of tribute to the late American decorator Albert Hadley, who passed away in March. View the 48 best details from this year's Kips Bay below.
Photos by Alexa Stevenson
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