From Manhattan rooftop decadence to castles in the sky, we look at New York’s hottest penthouse suites and the world-renowned designers that bring them to life.
The world-renowned Peter Marino and I.M. Pei are responsible for the stunning Four Season New York’s Ty Warner Penthouse.
Marino and Pei’s vision of the 400-square metre penthouse suite includes a prime position on the 52nd floor with 360-degree views of the city, fibre optic glass-shard chandelier hanging from the living room’s cathedral ceiling, hand-hammered bronze baseboards, lacquered walls with mother-of-pearly inlay, a baby grand piano and 18th-century Japanese silk pillows. The Calfskin-lined walls in the dressing room and straw marquetry application to the bedroom walls perfectly frame the furniture’s hand-stamped Venetian velvet and Thai silk with 22-karat gold threads. Rounding off Marino and Pei’s crisp contemporary aesthetic is the Ty Warner’s 24-hour butler service, art concierge, personal trainer and Rolls-Royce chauffeur.
Designer William Sofield’s Loft South penthouse for the Soho Grand Hotel showcases his sleek and delicate master touch in reflecting and celebrating SoHo’s 1970’s artist lofts.
The two-bedroom suite offers 120 square metres of indulgent living space and a perfectly curated 111-square metre terrace. The penthouse’s Sofield Studio custom furniture is complemented by Sofield’s ebonised hardwood floors, silk drapery and fine-grain Italian leathers. Add to this exposed concrete, marble surfaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering elegant views of downtown New York, and the Loft South’s simultaneously firm and breezy statement is complete.
The acclaimed French designer Jacques Grange brings New York its largest and most affluent hotel penthouse in the form of The Penthouse at Madison Avenue’s The Mark hotel.
With 1115 square metres of luscious living space, The Penthouse is simply “pioneering a brand new category of hotel luxury ‘super suites'” according to The Mark itself. With its own conservatory, five bedrooms, four fireplaces, six bathrooms, two powder rooms, two bars, a library, a dining room that seats 24, and a 230-square metre private rooftop terrace on which to indulge in the uninterrupted Manhattan skyline, Jacques Grange calls it his “castle in the sky”. The furnishings are all custom-designed by Grange exclusively for this castle, with the full-sized chef’s kitchen designed by ground-breaking Italian designer Piero Lissoni.
William Sofield makes this list twice, because his work on Penthouse 8 at the Roxy Hotel is simply inspired.
The penthouse’s lavish appointments including Kiehl’s bath products and Frette robes fill out the more than 80 square metres, and the exclusive rooftop terrace with panoramic views of New York is the pinnacle of sophistication and style. Enjoy the downtown city skyline with an alfresco lunch or dinner, before descending the penthouse’s private staircase built beneath a floating glass pendant chandelier.
Thierry Despont’s fabulous Empire Suite penthouse for The Carlyle Hotel is nothing less than an exercise in excellence.
Despont, a Knight of the French Legion of Honour and a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, presents a duplex that includes three bedrooms across the 240 square metres of both floors 28 and 29. Unobstructed views of Central Park from the master bedroom and main living space, and the suite’s own private art collection assembled by a curator from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, are just two of the major visual features of Despont’s masterpiece, which also features a fully equipped office, four and a half bathrooms and full kitchen. In addition to this, film maker Woody Allen plays jazz at the hotel’s café Carlyle every Monday night, which just adds to the splendour.