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.
Key People
Catherine Bird
Project Lead
Andrew Ledbetter
Project Manager

Deborah Berke Partners


Christine Van Deusen Incorporated

Interior Designer

Louis Benech Paysagiste

Kimberly von Koontz Landscapes

Landscape Designers

Renfro Design Group

Lighting Designer


Structural Engineer

JRH Acoustical Consulting, Inc.

Acoustical Consultant

2LS Consulting Engineering

MEP Engineer

Silver Rail Construction

Construction Manager

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Galerie Magazine

October 2019