When you have a penthouse in a prime location, the views are as – if not more – important than the decor and the art selections. The challenge is creating an environment that feels warm and comfortable without fighting with the enviable vistas.
Located in Tribeca, downtown Manhattan, it’s understandable that the new owners of this penthouse apartment not only wanted to capitalise on the spectacular views, but also wanted to enhance them as much as possible. Enter interior designer Mar Silver, who was charged with reconfiguring the space and adding her trademark serene, sensorial interiors. After 16 months of renovations, the duplex has been stunningly re-imagined.
“Whether you are looking indoors or outdoors there is always something breathtaking in sight,” says Silver, whose favourite room is the vast living room. “I love the dramatic views of Manhattan and the fact that it’s interspersed with fine art.”
Take, for example, the four large-scale canvases that serve to emphasise the greatness of the space; Silver and her team created two floors that still gave 360-degree views of Manhattan without obstructions. “We opened everything up and made sure to keep an ethereal feel to the penthouse,” she says. “We’ve created an illusion that the second floor is floating by using glass panels.”
So far, so sleek. Creating the staircase presented a bigger challenge; Silver wanted to ensure that the architectural intervention didn’t block views or lose that ethereal feeling, but she also didn’t want to settle for a cold, utilitarian solution. “I used the staircase to make the entire penthouse more intimate and warmer,” she says, “with rich, hardwood floors instead of metal to make it feel softer. I also added cutouts in the wall at the bottom of the stairwell to let some light in.”
Once the staircase was in place, Silver used the walls to create additional intimate areas such as the bar on the second floor and an open bookcase on the first floor. “The staircase which we initially thought was going to be a hindrance, in turn added some spectacular elements to the penthouse,” says the designer, who has filled it with a mix of custom furniture from the Mar Silver Collection and mid-century vintage pieces. The result is a stunning, serene sanctuary in the middle of bustling New York City.
“It’s a getaway from the business and noise of the streets below,” adds Silver. “The owners are so in love with their home and felt it was the ideal place to live during the lockdowns. They especially cherished their home as respite during that difficult time.” marsilverdesign.com