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Regrann from @archdigest - It took over 4 years to reconfigure this eight-bedroom duplex atop an iconic 1920s Rosario Candela–designed building, which was considered one of Manhattan’s ultimate trophy apartments. The previous owners had combined two apartments in the 1980s, but only in a rudimentary way. “They busted a hole in a wall, but the apartments were never properly integrated,” attests one of the new owners—the husband, a financier. The couple tapped #AD100designer @michaelsmithinc and architect Oscar Shamamian to give the storied residence a new lease on life, which proved no small task. “Oscar and I did a huge victory lap when we figured out how we could fuse the apartments,” says Smith. Once the engineering hurdles were cleared, Smith worked with the homeowners to incorporate their vast collection of museum-quality art and antiques into a harmonious design scheme. “[Michael] so knows what we want by now,” says the husband. “But it’s not really accurate to say he gives us what we want. Why should he give us what we want? We’re not design professionals. He gives us things we didn’t know we wanted. Sometimes he will keep showing me something I say no to. If I say no three times, then I know it must be great, and I say yes. In every room there is something discordant, that doesn’t belong—that’s fabulous,” he adds. In the kitchen, cube lights by Jean Perzel hang from the pewter leaf-covered ceiling. Discover more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @themichaelmundy; styling by @carolinairving; text by @jamesnreginato
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