Luxury real estate and art are among the most demanded investment tools for wealthy people. No wonder these two worlds have established a strong connection. As developers and real estate agents understood that sculptures or paintings create a certain ambiance – which can be crucial when selling properties – gallery-worthy art collections have become the must-have amenity for lobbies and other shared spaces at new luxury developments across the country.
17 Jane Street
Designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield and developed by Edward J. Minskoff, 17 Jane Street is a boutique condominium located in the heart of the historic West Village. This ground-up building features Corks (Couple), a monumental 10-foot bronze sculpture by American artist Jeff Koons. Although it is a private residential building, the architect designed the jewel-box lobby to be an illuminated presence on Jane Street, making it the perfect showcase for contemporary art.
A one-of-a-kind new rental building from the internationally known Danish architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, The Smile features a lobby decorated with rainbow colors and Harlem-inspired murals – not to mention an expansive work by KAWS, an American graffiti artist and designer. Prominently featured behind the lobby’s desk, the 10 silkscreen prints are part of a series of 100 titled No Reply.
Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street
A new luxury condominium and a five-star hotel in the city’s historic Back Bay neighborhood, Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston features a bespoke, gallery-worthy art collection curated by the team of Bostonian art consultants at Kate Chertavian Fine Art, led by David Bowie’s former art consultant. Displayed throughout the residential and hotel common spaces, the art includes pieces by artists Duke Riley, Yinka Shonibare, Jennie C. Jones and James Stroud, as well as a number of commissions created specifically for the development.
Arte by Antonio Citterio
The first US project designed by master Italian architect Antonio Citterio, Arte is a 16-residence oceanfront condominium in Miami. The building’s front entrance features an original “ART” sculpture by legendary American artist Robert Indiana, who is best known for his iconic “LOVE” sculptures. A work by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is the centerpiece inside an elegant lobby lounge. Also on view at the moment is a work from Mads Christensen called NEW HORIZON II, 2019. The developers personally selected these blue-chip works with the help of Monica Kalpakian, an art patron recognized as a founding member of Art Basel Miami Beach, a member of Tate Modern’s International Council and a former board member of the BASS and Moca Miami Museums. One of the many services that Arte offers to residents is personalized art consulting with Monica, who can advise on everything from curation to installation.
A starchitect-designed mega-development on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Waterline Square is home to an impressive collection of gallery-worthy art hand-picked by Culture Corps. The unique art advisory and creative consultancy firm curated the art displayed throughout Waterline Square’s lobbies, residential corridors and amenity spaces. The art was specifically chosen to reflect the building’s world-class architecture, waterfront location, and lush green space, and the selection includes pieces by famous American and international artists such as Jean-Michel Othoniel, Kiyoshi Otsuka, David Row, Landon Metz, Miya Ando, and many more.