Design firm Tsao & McKown, known for such notable design projects in New York City as the Mercer Hotel and the Cipriani Residences and Club, was tapped to model a one-bedroom residence in the newly completed One United Nations Park, a sleek, black glass building on Midtown East. The model residence is located on the 32nd floor and encompasses 760 square feet with pricing for a one-bedroom start at $1.385M.
The residence features an open layout with an interior bathed in light from the floor to ceiling windows located in both the main space and the bedroom. The windows offer privacy to residents while providing outstanding views of the city and the surrounding neighborhood. In the residence, there’s an elevated attention to detail with exquisite finishes including wide plank floors of white oak and solid core wood interior doors. The bathroom features sculptural Dornbracht fixtures while the kitchen is appointed in white marble and natural stone with Gaggenau appliances clad in custom-crafted Italian white lacquer.
Tsao & McKown envisioned the space for a working professional in the city and imagined them as someone who would want to relax after work and occasionally host friends. To accomplish that goal, the firm prioritized efficiency in the design and used architectural forms to heighten zones for activity. Once they distinguished the different spatial zones, they created a calming look with muted, warm colors, and natural materials throughout the residence.
The central design challenge to the one-bedroom model residence was to improve the functionality and procession throughout the space. The firm devised a series of customized creations to maximize the footprint of the space. For example, the team used a sleek custom credenza to separate the kitchen and dining area from the living room while creating a sense of procession through the main room. They devised the living room to be a meditative area that offers a sophisticated collection of antiques and custom furniture.
Tsao & Mckown created an intimate and cosy bedroom that features g a wraparound bookshelf, custom millwork, and curved one of the structural beams so that light would flow around a softer corner for the resident.
This efficient and modern one-bedroom home (as well as all the homes at One United Nations Park) also includes a fully-integrated Creston home automation system. It’s the first “smart home” package of its kind in Manhattan, allowing residents to use a touch screen to customize and control lighting, motorized window shades, and climate. The system can be controlled through Amazon Alexa, as well as iOS and Android devices, and is designed to evolve with technology. You can set “scenes” for waking up in the morning or arriving home after work to adjust lighting, music, and more—it’s almost like living in the future.
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