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Illusions of Grandeur

This incredibly luxurious apartment promises extravagance with no half measures. The finest materials, the best craftspeople and works by renowned artists – this place is breathtaking. Architect Yvan Prokesch, who was responsible for the interior design, has created a timeless, unique space. No one can achieve the impossible – except in Manhattan …

Hope for everything, all ye who enter here – that could be the motto on the entrance to this apartment block. A listed Art Deco building with several stars, it is undoubtedly the grandest in Chelsea, New York. But that’s not all – on the 11th floor, opposite the Liberty Tower, is this apartment.

Every last centimetre of this 300-m2 space oozes beauty and perfection. The tone is set as soon as you cross the threshold – everything is sumptuous, luxurious and impressive – interior design to take your breath away. Yvan Prokesch and Monika Brugger spent months working on this project – designing the interior fittings and decorative schemes, designing the furniture, choosing materials and craftspeople, selecting works of art – their client entrusted everything to them. With just one proviso – this apartment must create the feeling of being in a special, private world …

The designers rose to the challenge. Here, the real world is left behind; this is a dream world, entirely devoted to sumptuousness. Every room is a masterpiece, and consists of masterpieces – walls in pleated satin, Macassar ebony veneers, bronze lamps, a mother-of-pearl table, a dressing room with a carpet encrusted with Swarovski crystals – the finest materials have been worked with attention to detail worthy of high jewelry.

The decor combines classic and vintage items from New York’s leading antiques dealers. A print by Andy Warhol, photographs by Candida Hofer – the art collection mixes works by well-known artists with bold contemporary pieces. An idea to copy – a sublime rug by Alexander McQueen, featuring realistic-looking birds – the sky at your feet!

With its contemporary style and references to Art Deco, this apartment offers a subtle balance between masculine and feminine. The master suite, with its enormous padded headboard and powder pink walls, is the epitome of glamour, while the guest bedroom is decorated in a calming shade of grey. Each room is different from the next; going from dark tones to paler shades. The colours may vary, but the overriding impression is of pure unadulterated luxury.