Wednesday, June 18, 2008

High shine.




From New York Magazine, via Jules:

Highlights:


Every surface in the south-facing apartment, with the exception of the DDC couch and chairs, is reflective. “At night you can see the taxicabs in the ceiling,” says Christopher Coleman. “On the 39th floor!”


The clients did have a few more-mundane needs. They’re news junkies, so “there are, I think, eleven televisions. They disappear into slots all over the apartment,” says Turett, who even installed them in the bathrooms and the husband’s closet.

“I remember asking them, ‘Don’t you want a bookcase somewhere?’ And they said, ‘We don’t need to have books out. We know that we know how to read.’ 



I love these people already.

31 comments:

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Did an assortment of sunglasses come with the apartment? I'm wincing just thinking about the glare.

modernemama said...

and the dust? and the fingerprints? and my poor burnt out retinas...

Anonymous said...

I'd feel like Pigpen walking through there, with clouds of lint and dirt drifting off me wherever I went.

cake. said...

haha this is just a little too much.

Anonymous said...

What's there to do in this place?
Except watch taxi cabs?
I think I'd jump from the 39th.

Jennifer said...

Come on, no one really lives there, right?

Petunia Face said...

This reminds me of that old Twilight Zone where the guy was hermetically sealed in his pristine white house because he was so afraid of germs, bugs and dirt. In general, I try to avoid design direction that reminds me of Rod Serling.

Anonymous said...

I would totally model my wardrobe after Rod Serling though...

katiedid said...

Hmmmm....I keep expecting the boy in the bubble to walk around the corner any minute. Brrr.

katiedid said...

Wasn't John Travolta the boy in the bubble?

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you need a bookcase if you owned any books?

I would be turned off if my doctor's office was this sterile looking.

Jean said...

All that and eleven television sets, too? It looks like the love child of an operating room and a ship's lounge. No, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Eleven television sets and no piles of unread art books lying around phonily? I am likin' these people.

Anonymous said...

To each his own. I'd have a nervous breakdown after a day in that place, but they obviously wanted it that way, and it does have style.

Reggie said...

All its missing is an operating table. But on second thought it maybe just didn't make it in to the photos...

Jules said...

Anon @ 11:57: exactly.

Although, having books around you doesn't mean you're trying to prove you can read. Some of us just love books. I couldn't exist in a home w/o books. TV, on the other hand, I rarely watch.

Be the change..... said...

I love and appreciate that they know what they want -and I love that I know that I personally HATE this place!

Jules said...

This apartment is so far removed from my life I find myself captivated, and I can appreciate the open, CLEAN space. But it is a bit much, and as a migraine sufferer I wouldn't last a week with all those reflective surfaces.

If you read the article, one of the comments says it perfectly (to paraphrase):

Interesting place, but I can't help but think these people are assholes.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like sour grapes.

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... looks like you could eat off those floors!

Anonymous said...

Yuck.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

jesus christ, since when does owning books make you phony and pretentious? But then again, I find this place kind of inhuman, so, as always, different strokes...

Anonymous said...

Not "owning," displaying. The quote reads "We don’t need to have books OUT." i.e., on display.

Like the Libertine guy, Johnson Hartig, sending his assistant out to buy a whole bunch of books right before domino came to shoot his house.

Sucker For Marketing said...

While I like the design and concept...that is so totally non-liveable. Come on, who really lives like that, except for a photo shoot?

I get really disgusted when places are so perfect for photos. I want to see how other people LIVE, not what their place looks like then the camera team shows up.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to see how people live. If I want to look at mess, I can shut the magazine/ blog and look around my house.

Anonymous said...

I love you, Anon 6:53.

Sucker For Marketing said...

Sadly, I must disagree with you Anon 6:30.

I know there are many, many people who live in homes that are wonderfully decorated and styled yet look great. And, I mean they really LIVE in these homes. No, they are not movie stars, or Enron CFOs. They are regular people with regular jobs.

If someone came into my home to shoot it and the photos ended up looking like those...totally unlivable...I wouldn't approve them.

Anonymous said...

Who are you talking to? Anon "6:30"? Huh?

alis said...

it's blinding. you could get a nice tan just by walking around naked.

Anonymous said...

Yea, I would love to get a phycological profile of someone who lived in a place like this. This exterior is a sure-sign that their "interiors" are twisted.

jill s said...

Heaven help us all! Nothing like the sensitive personal touch!Touches a bit of a nerve with me, that some architects and decorators are just on an ego trip and couldn't live for 1 minute in such a goldfish bowl! Grrr!