A Lighted Cube above New York: East Side Penthouse by Steven Harris Architects

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Look at the top of this building and you’ll see an intriguing “cube”: that’s the glass-walled penthouse that showcases a living/dining/kitchen combination of this New York City duplex, as renovated by Steven Harris Architects. Designer items — a Milo Baughman chair in the living room — and natural materials, among them Indiana limestone, grace these interiors, while indoors and outdoors blend wonderfully through a long terrace featuring rectangular cedar planters filled with native grass — a lovely way to have “lawn” even several stories in the air! And while the interior is smoothly neutral — wood grain, white walls, glass and steel — it doesn’t shy away from color: witness the multicolored “chain” fixture above the dining table, a custom-made Murano glass light with undeniable panache. Mere steps away in the kitchen, white Corian and stainless steel give the workspace a clean, uncluttered look.

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Lined in wire-brushed oak, the study beckons with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves enough to please even a voracious reader. A rosewood desk and sleek white modern chair afford you enough room to get real work done, bathed in natural light from the expansive glass. A bathroom, just made for pampering, is sheathed in wood-grain marble; the oak vanity provides ample storage for incidentals, and twin marble sinks give you plenty of space to get ready for work — or adventure — in the morning. The glass-doored shower is not only roomy but has a view; the bedroom is all plush comfort in gentle tones of white and blue, with modern sculptural lamps and an easy chair in one corner. This is what “living above it all” looks like for the occupants of this penthouse — light, airy, and expansive.

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