Friday, May 15, 2009

The House behind the Showhouse

The 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse was held in this spectacular Upper East Side brownstone that is currently on the market for a cook $75,000,000 (yep, that's 6-zeros!).

Per the Sotheby's listing:

"This grand and elegant neo-Italian Renaissance mansion is exceptionally wide (45’) and one of the largest and most important townhouses in New York. Commissioned in 1922 by Julius Forstmann, a prominent German merchant, the house was designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, the renowned architect who created majestic mansions for the leading families of the city. Behind a stately and distinguished limestone façade are five floors with an additional garden level and a full sub-basement comprising a total of approximately 21,000 +/- sq ft. The dramatic entrance foyer leads to a magnificent reception hall and grand-scaled rooms which feature many superb original details, including a spectacular sweeping marble staircase, an enormous skylight, marble fireplace surrounds, hand-carved moldings, and soaring high ceilings. This extraordinary townhouse offers the rare opportunity to own a Manhattan landmark with the versatility of luxury residential or trophy commercial use."


Handpainted mural wallcoverings by Boston artist Susan Harter in the entranceway at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. She says she was inspired by the recent butterfly exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.
(Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy of Newsday)


A second-floor landing designed by Christopher Corcoran at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. It includes open fretwork panels finished in a high-gloss lacquer positioned in front of the existing marble walls.
(Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy Newsday)


A portion of the building's staircase by Amy Lau Design for Maya Romanoff at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Lau worked with paper artist Jo Lynn Alcorn to create the three-dimensional cut flowers on the walls between the second and third floors.
(Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy of Newsday)




Designer Christopher Coleman's lounge at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House featuring fashions by Angel Sanchez. The room includes a ping pong table in polished steel.
(Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy of Newsday)


A room decorated by Huntington-based Eileen Kathryn Boyd at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
(Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy Newday)

Designed by Charlotte Moss

Designed by Charlotte Moss





The grand salon designed by Bunny Williams at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The room features a hand-painted sisal rug.
(Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy of Newsday)


Design by Juan Montoya

A lounge designed by Charles Pavarini III Design Associates at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Pavarini designed furniture featured in the room. (Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy of Newsday)

A space designed by Matthew Patrick Smyth for Gloria Vanderbilt at the 2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. (Photo by Charles Eckert. Image courtesy of Newsday)

View all images from Newsday here. View the Sotheby's listing here, should you be in the market - and if so, I'm available to decorate!



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5 comments:

Tricia Mitchell said...

Linda, thanks for the tour.

The house is amazing. The scale of the foyer feels like a hotel lobby it is so big, and that staircase is spectacular.

Love the rooms of Charlotte Moss, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates and Matthew Patrick Smyth.

Not so sure about the kitchen (looks like one would need roller skates just to make coffee in the morning). Just a little spread out for my taste but I'd gladly find a way to suffer through living in such a grand space.

Tricia - Avolli

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

WHOA! Huge...almost too much to digest at once. Did you see it in person? Some of the rroms are amazing...others not so much.

Linda Merrill said...

Linda - the place IS huge. Too big. I didn't get to go - my IFDA chapter did a trip, but I was already booked for that day and couldn't join them. I agree - based on images from around the internet - some rooms fantastic, some, not so much!

Linda Merrill said...

Tricia - you're right about the kitchen - way too big. But, for a professional kitchen with staff, maybe ok. This place would make a fantastic boutique hotel, wouldn't it? Wanna go in with me? A Scandinavian inspired get away in old New York?

French Furniture said...

wow, what a place! I love the palm trees in the conservatory!

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