D’Aquino Monaco Used Striking Materials for Luxury Penthouse in Central Park South
This uber modern penthouse located in Central Park South was created by combining six apartments into one – for a family of art-collecting Australians. The interior was completed by award-winning architectural and interior design firm D’Aquino Monaco.
“The clients had a vision for the space, originally outfitted with faux-prewar details. Their aversion to wood and marble led to a unique request for new innovative materials, not typical luxury ones and the designers envisioned for them poured urethane floors throughout the space, and resin doors and sinks. The building, a hotel turned condo, had a great location overlooking the park, but the apartment’s layout didn’t take advantage of those views. The team set out to fix this, but when the walls came down, they discovered structural details that couldn’t change, including columns and beams. Now, after a year’s work of reinvention, the park is visible from every room in the apartment and the columns are disguised into sculptural shapes. The pièce de résistance, in the living-dining area, is a pop-art inspired mural that wraps around a service area. The owners loved the Lichtenstein’s piece Drowning Girl, so D’Aquino recruited decorative painter Jonathan Kutzin to reimagine the painting as a mural with a color palette of soft pearl grays. The floors of poured urethane match the walls — which become ever so slightly iridescent in the master suite, thanks to Kutzin, who mixed eye shadow with paint to produce this shimmering effect. The dining area features the Monster Chairs by Marcel Wanders (16 of them!) and the entry bench and bedroom lighting fixture are by Ingo Maurer. In addition, the designers were asked to look at the apartment in an inventive way, not using typical “luxury materials.” Their response was to provide something contemporary and sculptural. Using unconventional materials and finishes, D’Aquino Monaco created a space that allows the owner’s collections and personalities to thrive. One example of this are the floors of poured urethane that match the overall soft pearl grey tone that flows throughout space. Another example are the purple resin doors leading to the master bedroom,” explain Carl D’Aquino and Francine Monaco