Made in Manhattan

OMG, I Want This House: Manhattan

Suffer from apartment envy? Wait until you see this New York townhouse where art and modern design are entwined.

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If you're prone to bad cases of New York City apartment envy, click no further. This Upper East Side abode was one of nine Italianate-style, terraced townhouses built on the street in the late 19th century, but had been gutted by a previous owner. Architect Peter Pennoyer and interior designer Victoria Hagan undertook the challege of redesigning this seven-story house with a classical, modern interior. Here, a dramatic curved staircase connects the home's many floors.

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A piece of art by Kiki Smith catches the eye above an antique English mantelpiece in the living room. A pair of 1930s club chairs flank the fireplace.

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The entrance hall embraces minimalism, with artwork, a designer chair, and a period fireplace.

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Dark colors are no problem in this large townhouse. In the dining room, the walls are made with waxed plaster for the optimal dramatic touch. On the table sits a sculpture by Alyson Shotz.

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A spacious, traditional, and counter-friendly kitchen comes equipped with Arne Jacobsen chairs and a Saarinen table.

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The kitchen's dining area strikes a more modern tone with contrasting white and green features.

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The walls of this curved staircase are used to display a collection of photographs and drawings.

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A black-and-white motif lends a crisp appearance to the media room, where a screen descends from the ceiling for the perfect movie-viewing experience.

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A landing is turned into a library area with a custom-made bookcase and comfy armchairs.

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A watchful Abraham Lincoln keeps an eye on the dark living room with wood panelling and a midnight blue color palette.

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A stark black-and-white architectural photograph dominates the wall at the top of the stairs, while a small piece of contemporary art rests in the window.

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Simplicity and textures are key to maintaining the calm feeling in this neutral-hued bedroom.

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A colorful window area in the living room shows off sculptures by Kiki Smith, which sit on a travertine-top Lucite table beneath a lithograph by Ellsworth Kelly.