Spaces: Annabelle Selldorf + Philip Johnson: Jill Stuart's home in the Urban Glass House

. Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jill Stuart has assembled an impressive collection of 20th Century furnishings, harmonious with living in an iconic building by a grandmaster of 20th Century architecture. Works include: matching Florence Knoll Sofas, a Gabriella Crespi coffee table, and Gio Ponti lamp by Fontana Arte, a Gio Ponti Superleggera chair, a Gio Ponti console with a Maison Charles lucite and stainless steel stool, Thonet Le Corbusier dining chairs, and a Poul Kjaerholm daybed.

From the article:

"Those seeking tranquillity rarely look to New York City to supply it. Yet fashion designer Jill Stuart, known for flirty dresses favored by celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Leighton Meester, and Hilary Swank, found exactly that in her serene SoHo penthouse.

Stuart and Ronald Curtis, her husband and the CEO of her eponymous clothing company, traded Upper East Side classicism for downtown minimalism two years ago: a full floor in the Urban Glass House, a striking 12-story apartment building that was legendary architect Philip Johnson’s last project before his death. The sun-drenched space comfortably accommodates the couple and their daughters Morgan, 21; Chloe, 18; and Sophie, 13, with six bedrooms and five bathrooms, while more than six dozen floor-to-ceiling windows and a 2,000-square-foot terrace offer 360-degree views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River. “It’s very quiet up here, like an oasis,” Stuart says. “I love how I can look out the window and see the Statue of Liberty or relax in my bathtub and watch boats go by. That’s true peace.”

Stunning vistas aside, the couple was lured by the expansive layout of the top-floor retreat. The distance from the media room across to the dining room runs a loftlike 67 feet. “We saw countless apartments in Manhattan, and what was really great about this one was its horizontal configuration,” says Curtis, who preferred it to the narrower multifloor places they considered. Annabelle Selldorf, the noted New York City–based architect who executed the interior design for the building, concurs. “It has a very nice flow,” she says. “You’re in one coherent space. It’s never schizophrenic.”

Photography by Simon Upton.

Via Elle Decor


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