High and Mighty

Towering above Lincoln Center, this Deco-inspired pied-à-terre is all about the views.

At a lofty 50 floors above the streets of Manhattan, you could call it the ultimate pied-à-terre. The French term literally means “foot on the ground,” but here the residents sometimes have their heads quite literally in the clouds.

Not surprisingly, the views were a big part of the attraction to this apartment, says designer Ron Marshall. So was the brand- newness of the luxury high-rise building. “My client’s main home is on the water in Connecticut,” he explains. “The house is traditional, rambling and bustling with three generations of family life. For their city retreat, the couple wanted the opposite—modern, open, quiet, new and easy.”

In the master bedroom, where the ceil- ing approaches 14 feet, designer Ron Marshall accentuated the sense of height by keeping the furniture low, the walls uncluttered and the palette mostly white. The room overlooks the Hudson River and the entire breadth of New Jersey.

Marshall took care of “easy” with breathtaking efficiency. The clients are renting, so they naturally wanted to settle in quickly after signing the lease. Giving himself a mere month to create a home from scratch, Marshall went shopping at Safavieh’s Stamford, Connecticut, store and chose all of the furnishings from available stock.

This strategy enabled a lightning- fast move-in: “The owner picked up the keys at 8 A.M. Wednesday,” Marshall recalls, “and at 9 A.M., the Safavieh delivery trucked rolled up to the service entrance.”

Designer Ron Marshall kept the furniture low, light— and in the case of a tub chair and waterfall console, see-through—so as not to compete with the sweeping views. He treated the dining area as a simple lounge, with armchairs and a drinks table, again allowing the view to star.

When the couple returned 48 hours later, everything was in place: AV and sound systems connected, art on the walls, towels on their bathroom racks, food in the pantry, books on the shelves and coffee tables... perfectly orchestrated by Marshall with help from Safavieh.

For all the speed of the installation, nothing was sacrificed on the aesthetic side. Marshall’s Art Deco-inflected setting is sophisticated and visually “quiet,” so as not to compete with the sweeping views through 14-foot-high windows. The perch is so high that the couple can actually see the Connecticut shore in the distance, but here they feel truly a world apart. Design mission accomplished.

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