Home Decorating Wonder Boys


Where to begin with this prewar Manhattan penthouse, owned and decorated by fashion-industry luminaries Mark Lee and Ed Filipowski and featured in the October 2011 issue of Architectural Digest?

Let’s go with the living room, a veritable master class in Nuanced Neutral decor. From the shades of gray, silver, tan, ivory, and brown to the sophisticated textures (flannel, velvet, and Ultrasuede upholstery! Fur throws! A trio of rugged cocktail tables made from selenite and teak!), we’re ready to move in. We also love the how the vintage art is simple enough to complement but not compete with bolder elements like the large, graphic area rug and the pops of unexpected color on the furniture and the flowers. The massive built-ins keep clutter at a minimum and allow the eye to focus on more interesting elements, such as the bulbous, liquid-filled glass table lamps and the collection of geodelike spheres on the side cabinet.


In the kitchen, an expanse of smooth gray cabinets with sleek nickel hardware is balanced by a raised-panel island and military-green lowboy stacked with plates and landscape photos. In the adjacent breakfast nook, check out the thick slab table and who’d-have-thunk-it? pinstripe-upholstered sofa. The collection of crackle-finish and colorful vases are a nice touch, but our jaws dropped when we saw those vintage Moroccan pendant lamps with copper detaling. Does kitchen lighting get any more sophisticated?



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