For decades, this stunning duplex in a 1907 Italian Renaissance–style building was the home of design powerhouses Massimo and Lella Vignelli. Their former living space, measuring approximately 3,900 square feet on two levels, is as smart and sleek as one would expect.
Massimo and Lella Vignelli—who would come to be revered as two of the world’s most prolific and influential designers—moved to New York in 1965 to pursue careers in art and design. They soon chose a duplex on the sixth and seventh floors of a 1907 Italian Renaissance–style building designed by American Renaissance architect Charles A. Platt.
The Vignellis brought to the space a singular style that manages to accomplish a rare feat, combining consummate visual allure with day-to-day ease.
At the heart of the approximately 3,900-square-foot residence is the dramatic living room, where coffered ceilings soar to nearly 20 feet, a wood-burning fireplace warms a space floored in richly hued random-length oak planks, and a towering leaded-glass window original to the building admits glorious light.
The layout takes practical concerns into account, with more than 600 linear feet of bookshelves and two offices—a library and a study with a fireplace—adjoining to allow for easy collaboration.
A mirror-paneled powder room is tucked between the two rooms. Steps from the kitchen, the study could also serve as a formal dining room.
The first of the home’s three bedrooms is located on the main level, enjoying the convenience of a private entrance and an en suite bath highlighted by a whimsical cylindrical shower.
The master suite and third bedroom are secluded on the upper level, at the top of a striking sculptural staircase.
The master suite features two generous closets and dressing room areas, which together could be converted to serve as an additional bedroom. A gallery at the top of the stairs overlooks the stylish spaces below.
In an interview with the New York Times, Rowan University graphic design professor Jan Conradi said of the Vignellis, “They wanted things that had longevity and quality and lasting value.” They achieved that goal, with a home that is sleek and smart, a tribute to a carefully curated aesthetic that is clean but far from austere and as stylishly timeless and elegant as they come.
Offered at: $6,500,000
Location: 130 East 67th Street, Apt 6E, New York