35 Hudson Yards Provides Residents with the Finest in Luxury Living
Designing the much ballyhooed 35 Hudson Yards—the tallest residential building in Manhattan’s most glamorous new neighborhood—required an A-list talent roster: The developer, Related Companies, retained architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to build the structure and decorator Tony Ingrao to imagine the interiors, from spec’ing the finishes to kitting out the amenity areas (a screening room, a playroom, a room with a golf simulator, and more) to furnishing the three model apartments.
The surprise result? Common areas and stylish, lavish model units that look like people actually live in them. “The developer asked for the most luxe finishes available—from the rarest wood and stone to the highest quality hardware,” says Ingrao, whose commercial credentials include the Baccarat Hotel & Residences in New York and Honolulu’s Waiea condo tower. “The design directive was to attract an international clientele that travels and is accustomed to luxury, so we selected top-of-the-line items that are anything but generic.”
Ingrao kept all this in mind when he set out to decorate the largest of the model apartments, an $11.85 million 3,099-square-foot three-bedroom on the 65th floor. (The 92-story building also contains the nation’s first Equinox Hotel, an Equinox sports club and spa with indoor and outdoor pools, a SoulCycle, and three restaurants, in addition to 143 residences that start on the 53rd floor, with current offerings ranging from a $5.125 million two-bedroom to a $27.75 million five-bedroom.) Satisfying Related’s request for the best, Ingrao chose a rich smoked oak for the floors, hand-picked large slabs of various European stone for all three baths (rather than tile), and outfitted the sleek kitchen with white quartzite countertops, high-gloss white eucalyptus cabinetry trimmed in bronze, and Gaggenau appliances.
As with any model unit in a luxury building, there’s a fine line between boring potential buyers and completely turning them off with over-the-top statements. “For a model apartment, it’s best to keep things neutral and add interest through texture,” explains Ingrao. “But I didn’t want the palette to be too cold, so everything has a slightly warm tint. Besides, the apartment has three exposures and stunning vistas, so it was important not to interfere with them. You have to let the views be the feature.”
In fact, Ingrao played them up further by selecting furnishings with reflective surfaces that help “open up the space and make the scenery seem even more impressive.” From luminous wall coverings in the guest bedroom and den to a metallic plastered column in the living area to glittering light fixtures, Ingrao conjured a design scheme that commands attention in an understated way. In addition to custom pieces and new furniture from brands like Fendi Casa and Lorin Marsh, he incorporated vintage items—including a pair of 1960s Murano glass lamps and a Jean Royère cocktail table sourced from a Paris flea market—just as he would with a residential commission for a private client. He didn’t skimp on the art, either, curating a fine collection of modern works that “are striking, but not in your face. The challenge for this home: appeal to potential buyers with interiors that look luxurious, but never ostentatious.”
A version of this article appeared in the September 2019 issue of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Sky High.