Architects: Deborah Berke Partners
Project: 432 Park Avenue Residential Units
Project Lead: Stephen Brockman
Project Manager: Christopher Yost
Location: New York, United States
Photography: Scott Frances
We served as design architect of the residential units at 432 Park Avenue, the noted and exceptionally tall tower developed by Harry Macklowe and CIM Group. We were also the interior designer of the building’s model unit, in addition to designing the layouts, finishes, millwork and interior details of every residence.
The classically-modern apartments are shaped by their orientation to commanding views through exceptional 10 foot by 10 foot windows. The building offers distant and remarkable vistas in all directions. The apartments we designed range in size from 1,450 square feet up to full-floor units of 8,100 square feet. Our design for all the interior apartments features formal alignments that frame views and create a connection to the exterior.
We were the interior designer of the Model Residence, a half-floor apartment on the 38th floor. The interior layouts are organized to place the resident on axis with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop for the interior spaces within. For example, in the living room of the model residence, a Yves Klein coffee table, a Fortuny chandelier and an Elizabeth Eakins wool/silk rug perfectly align with the windows and the city beyond. Sculptural furnishings reflect the pure geometry of 432 Park Avenue. We worked with Ryan Lee Gallery to select works of art by Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, and Donald Sultan, among others.
Floors are pale maple, bathrooms are slab marble, and all hardware is custom designed for the building. The details are precise, minimalist, and elegant. The interiors recall the shape of the building and reference the geometry in many ways, from the grand proportions of large square rooms to the subtle detail of a recessed square panel on an apartment door.
The interiors boast true modern clarity: they are simultaneously luxurious and functional. The grand proportions are balanced with details that acknowledge the everyday. From material selection to the flow of the layouts, the apartments are cohesively whole as a setting for modern life.