A Manhattan Living Room Embraces Its Curves

“Rich minimalism” is the phrase used by Drake/Anderson, a New York City design firm, to describe the interiors of this sprawling apartment on a high floor in an iconic Tribeca tower in Manhattan. The owners, a couple with homes on both coasts, are repeat clients of the firm. They bought two 3-bedroom units from the building’s preconstruction plans and combined them to create a 7,300 square-foot four-bedroom aerie with its own gym and wine cellar. The resulting apartment has two great rooms, “east” and “west.”

This living area is one of two seating groupings in the east great room. “We decided to really play up curvaceous and sensual forms as our choices for furnishings, and that also added a contrast to the very square and block-like structure and design of the building itself,” said Drake/Anderson co-founder Jamie Drake. The strategy included emphasizing immovable forms, like the structural column on the left, which Mr. Drake had covered in a highly polished slightly metallic Venetian plaster. He also crafted an ebonized wood cabinet to hide a refrigerator and microwave. Design challenges, notes Mr. Drake, often become “real assets.” This area of the room cost approximately $300,000 to furnish. Here are some of the design elements.

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Appeared in the March 11, 2022, print edition as ‘A Living Room Embraces Its Curves.’


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