“We connected the apartment to the sky,” designer Michael S. Smith told Architectural Digest regarding his interiors for this award-winning residence above the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park at 50 Central Park South.
This extraordinary New York City full-service residential condominium is the result of the sixth collaboration for the owners between Smith and noted architect Oscar Shamamian. Smith — whose résumé includes the redecoration of the Oval Office and the private family quarters at the White House for President Barack Obama— worked with Shamamian to unite modern sophistication with neoclassical elegance in this rarified home.
Shamamian’s work on the apartment earned his firm the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s 2015 Stanford White Award in recognition of achievement in residential architecture in a townhouse or an apartment. High above the city, the apartment exudes a sense of tranquility, with ninety feet of direct Central Park vistas.
The 4,536-square-foot, full-floor residence — one of only twelve located above the Ritz-Carlton New York on Central Park South — boasts rare and uncommon finishes, wonderful light, and 10-foot ceilings. Exposures on all four sides lend the home a feeling of openness, almost that of a bucolic country estate.
Residents enjoy a private lobby, peerless security and seclusion, an outstanding on-site fitness center and spa, and a full array of top-caliber hotel services. A private elevator vestibule opening to an ornate foyer offers an appropriately stately introduction.
The enfilade of five front-facing primary rooms enjoys sweeping views directly over Central Park. The expansive living room is flooded with light from both northern and southern exposures and features an antique marble fireplace and stucco veneziano walls.
Adjoining the living room, the formal dining room is highlighted by 18th-century-style boiserie by France’s renowned Féau & Cie. Through these two rooms runs the home’s hallmark, captivating parquet de Versailles floors made with hand-hammered German silver over wood.
An intimate and inviting corner breakfast room with northwest exposures over the park is adjacent to the Bulthaup-designed kitchen, appointed with white lacquer cabinets, sandstone floors, and a collection of appliances by Miele.
Inspired by Coco Chanel’s famous Paris apartment, the warmly inviting library boasts lacquer panels purchased in Paris and similar to the 18th century Coromandel screens lining the walls in Chanel’s home at 31 Rue Cambon, floors of tobacco-hued leather, and still more ethereal views. In the northeast corner of the apartment, the large master suite includes an oversized corner bedroom and a sumptuous private library with handsome wood paneling.
The luxurious dressing area leads to two impeccably arrayed baths — one with a shagreen vanity and surfaces of regal green marble, the other with gold tilework and a closet with walls of gold leaf and an inlaid mother-of-pearl motif.
A glamorous guest suite with three exposures includes a luxurious bedroom with views in three directions, a small study, a dressing area, and a superbly appointed marble bath.
The powder room is finished in straw marquetry.
This home affords a rare marriage of the privacy of a small residential building with the ultimate in neoclassical elegance and modern sophistication, along with the most spectacular views and service in all of New York.