This duplex apartment, in the iconic 1931 Century building on Central Park West, celebrates the Art Deco opulence characterizing one of the most recognizable multi-family twin-towers of New York. As with other MPA projects that have used the power of their location as a key asset, realizing value out of the unique character of their sites, this relatively small unit sets up a controlled sequence of spaces displaying a significant collection of porcelains and paintings, which MPA collaborated to curate and install in a series of site-specific displays.

From the entry vestibule, shielded by a fully custom multi-leaf screen facing an arrangement of three Rosenthal porcelains, an Eileen Gray “Satellite” mirror, and a 1940’s small table by Eliel Saarinen, the occupants can descend into the living room, whose bay window opens up onto the Central Park and the Midtown skyline.

Alternatively, a bending stair leads to the original bedroom, which has been transformed into three independent sleeping alcoves designed to accommodate the owner and two guests in total privacy. Converted from a walk-in closet and hallway, these additional compact sleeping chambers borrow characteristics from the rail car and the ship’s cabin, two typically convertible spaces, celebrating the owners’ lifestyle of long-distance travels. The master bedroom, set just above the tree line, absorbs a full view of the skyline across the Park, whose formal qualities are mirrored and abstracted in the custom millwork that divides the space. The unit therefore acquires the quality of a unique live-in private gallery, tailored to Manhattan’s hyper-dense metropolitan living.

A few years after renovation, the apartment, art, and furnishings were sold intact by Sothebys’ Premiere Real Estate, in a testament to the unique vision uniting the space so thoroughly with the identity of its historic building, and custom-fit collection.

New York Times, “A Detailed Art Deco Renovation Built Inch by Painstaking Inch,” 1993
Interior Design Magazine, “A Small Package Contains Many Beautiful Things,” 1995
Daidalos, “The Stations of the ‘Exquisite Corpse:’ An Apartment by Sandro Marpillero,” 1997

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