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Photography: Richard Powers

Park Ave Penthouse

Apartment by Kelly Behun | STUDIO in New York, NY

Perched near the top of this Rafael Vinoly designed Park Avenue tower, the highest residential building in the western hemisphere, this penthouse apartment gives new meaning to the notion of living with your head in the clouds. The idea was to create the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the unparalleled views of Manhattan, the materials and palette were kept warm and luxurious, with touches of gold strategically scattered throughout. Key design elements are the custom bas-relief plaster wall by Callidus Guild that was based on an art deco pattern from Kelly's archive, a shaped silk rug that follows the outline of the omni-directional sofa, a jagged glass chandelier by Jason Koharik that mimics the city skyline, a walnut panelled library that emits a beckoning glow and a 20 foot long channel tufted headboard that is an homage to Frank Stella's iconic Protactor Series of paintings from the 1970's. Artwork by such luminaries as Lynda Benglis, Helen Frankenthaler, Juan Usle, Jack Pierson and Dean Levin create the vibe of a living gallery in the sky.