This past weekend marked the premier of At Home: Sotheby’s Third Annual Designer Showhouse in New York. The event, sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty Inc. and presented in association with Architectural Digest, celebrates artfully designed rooms by a hand-selected group of world-class designers. Explore four exclusive homes that were showcased in Architectural Digest and discover a designer showhouse of your very own!
As if its address weren’t desirable enough, this extraordinary Central Park South condominium residence atop The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park comes with a top-notch design pedigree. Designer Michael Smith — who President Barack Obama chose to design the White House private quarters and redecorate the Oval Office — collaborated with esteemed architect Oscar Shamamian, whose work here received an award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. High above the city, the 4,536-square-foot home — an enfilade of five primary rooms — combines neoclassical elegance with modern sophistication and full hotel services. Exposures on all sides, including a 90-foot overlook of Central Park, fill the spaces with serene light.
World-renowned designer Juan Pablo Molyneux was asked to craft the interiors of this majestic 24,600-square-foot estate, which sits on a rare 2.25-acre estate with frontage on both a private Atlantic beach and the waters of Lake Worth. Known for interiors reflecting a strong sense of place, Molyneux brought his trademark eclectic elegance and ornamental richness to the home, where the palette — incorporating gold, turquoise, citrine, ocher, coral, and terra-cotta — mirrors the glorious landscape just outside the door.
When designer, Rela Gleason and her husband Don, conceptualized their Napa Valley home they enlisted the assistance of architects Bobby McAlpine and John Sease. Rela drew the floor plans, and selected materials for interior and exterior application – steel, glass, native stone, concrete and western cedar. The McAlpine genius for combining rooflines and classic elements joined Rela’s concept of three pavilions, linking them with breezeways and loggias inspired by classic Edwin Lutyens country homes and farmhouses. Gleason blended contemporary furnishings and textiles from her own collection, and acquired antiques. The team conjured a home decidedly and magically the best of the Napa Valley.
Legendary decorator Mario Buatta, fondly referred to as “the Prince of Chintz,” lent his considerable talent to the appointing of this sun-drenched penthouse. Ideal for the grandest of entertaining, the four-bedroom home features a majestic living room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling and soothing sherbet hues, a card room with faux-tortoise-shell walls, and a dining room that, outfitted with multiple tables, comfortably seats up to 30 guests. Elsewhere, Buatta imbued spaces with a calming classical glamour and used textures in eye-catching combinations. Enveloping it all is a “garden in the sky,” a beautifully tended terrace with a fireplace, decorative stonework, and a trellised gazebo.
The Sotheby’s third annual Designer Showhouse is open to the public in the Manhattan headquarters located at 1334 York Avenue and will conclude with an auction on April 17th.
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