Working in close collaboration with our client, an art and design collector, and interior designer Christine Van Deusen, Deborah Berke Partners completed the gut renovation of a duplex penthouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Inspired by the interwar modernism of France and Austria, the apartment combines classic New York with European living to create a cosmopolitan family residence.
Located in a Rosario Candela building overlooking Central Park, visitors are greeted in a rectangular entry/gallery with a curving limestone staircase lit from above by a skylight. Limestone slabs line the floor, as larger blocks of the same stone have been carved by artisans into treads for the generously proportioned staircase. A curved railing of bronze, steel, and leather will patina over time, changing under the hand and evolving for the eye.
Up on the top floor, a rimless skylight allows the changing sky and natural light to animate the hallway and the curved plaster wall and staircase below.