Contemporary Condo With a View
Designer Tara Benet showcases stunning Manhattan views in this beautifully streamlined New York City apartment, complete with a custom-made built-in shelf and sleek modern art.
White walls, pops of color and extra-special touches make this condo the perfect contemporary home for a family in the city.
Describe the homeowner's wish list.
This condo has amazing views of Manhattan, including Central Park, so we wanted furnishings that didn't obstruct the views. The fixtures and pieces are all streamlined, modern and airy. A geometric pillow, zigzag throws and an arched lamp echo the city.
What was the biggest issue the design addressed?
A large modular wall unit adds weight to the space which would otherwise feel too sparse. It also contains electronics and objects without cluttering the rest of the living area.
Describe an obstacle in the space.
Besides one socket for the chandelier, the ceiling had no built-in lights, and we were unable to chisel into the ceiling to add more lights. We had to do sculptural, high-wattage floor lamps that would adequately light the space without subtracting from the minimal design.
How did the end result match your original vision?
I love the way it turned out. I did the clients' last apartment, which was much smaller. We brought the sofa and rug with us, so we worked from there. The Calacatta marble dining table was an amazing addition.
What lesson did you take away from this project?
I added a lot of fur to this project to warm it up so it didn't feel cold! High contrast adds drama to minimal spaces.
What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?
The small details include the fur chairs by B&B Italia, the geometric throw pillow (which ties in the darks and lights of the room) and marble – both the dining table and credenza.