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Here's How David Rockwell Does Private NYC Penthouses

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Architect and designer David Rockwell may be better known for his chic restaurants and bars (and perhaps a showhouse or two) than private commissions, but there's no question that the designer brought his flair for the dramatics to this 9,000-square-foot NYC penthouse. After seeing Rockwell's work at the (now closed) restaurant Adour, the owners of the massive space tapped Rockwell for their new apartment, who agreed due to the fact that the couple—described as "active philanthropists"—wanted a home ready for some serious entertaining. "It's not the kind of work we typically do," explains Rockwell in the January's Arch Digest. "But I was intrigued by their way of looking at the project through the filter of hospitality."
Indeed, the finished product is one very party-ready home. While a neutral oak and cream-colored palette ties the rooms together—offering "a graceful flow to keep the large home from feeling too overwhelming"—luxe, slightly over-the-top elements keep the space from being, well, boring. Sparkly standouts include white onyx panels lining the entrance hall, parchment walls in the master bedroom, and a gold mosaic bathroom, because, well, why not? Also hard to miss is the silver Venetian-plastered dining room encrusted with Swarovski crystal encrusted. Meanwhile, the decidedly more restrained living room has panoramic views and is outfitted in Rockwell-designed furniture. Arch Digest has the full story, right tthis way.

· Rockwell Group Creates a Glittering New York Apartment [Architectural Digest]
· All David Rockwell posts [Curbed National]