A Home Like No Other
New York, NY 10019
NO BOARD APPROVAL. The south-facing maisonette duplex 1A is a treat to behold. The elegant and authentic Japanese detailed design, overseen by the Master Shigeru Kobayashi together with the owners’ devotion & strict adherence to transform a loft space into the Japanese aesthetic sensibility was amazingly achieved. The apartment, in exceptional condition, is a sprawling foot-print that encapsulates harmony and peacefulness. The 9-room apartment with its flexibility of space, and multi-functioning rooms, an inherent characteristic of Japanese design, allows for a broad range of entertaining styles & events. “Shoji”, sliding translucent screens, & “fusuma”, opaque sliding doors, can conserve space, or allow adjacent rooms to open up. Both types of partitions are creatively used in the apartment, and expertly installed.
The duplex is joined by a solid staircase at the rear of the entry gallery, a walk-in closet to its right, & a good-sized office/interior bedroom on its left. Throughout the apartment there is creative use of space for storage. The kitchen is well designed with stainless steel appliances. The bath is separated into 2 distinct rooms which includes a Miele washer/dryer. The highlight of the apartment with approximately 15' ceilings is the living/dining rooms joined with shoji screens. The south-facing dining room with filtered light through the floor to ceiling shoji panels is the central focus of 1A. The upper level has 2 Tea Rooms, joined by sliding doors, & can easily be used as bedrooms. The open "loft" space overlooks the high ceiling living/dining room. 2 adjacent bedrooms can be opened at will with sliding partitions.
While the essence of traditional Japanese design has been realized, the convenience of central a/c has been installed in the apartment. It is housed in a well maintained 1911 loft building; located in close proximity to Central Park, Whole Foods, Lincoln Center, & MoMa; also extremely convenient to public transport.