Tech Tour: The SkyHouse

Name: Bryan Bennett, LEED AP, Director, Design Resources,; Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC
Location: Manhattan, New York
Size: 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath, 2200 sf
Years lived in: Bachelor pad model apartment

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Today we're showcasing the SkyHouse, an unique house tech tour that we'd categorize as "aspirational" for most of us. But it's such a shining example of how to stylishly and invisibly incorporate technology into the home, including a Crestron Home Automation Control Systems with wi-fi integration, iPORT In-Wall docking stations, pinball machine, in-wall keypads throughout the home and a HD home theater. There's plenty here for everyone to just peek into and enjoy for decor alone. It's admittedly an ideal and staged setting, but sometimes it's fun to see what a whole lot of money can get you when coupled with a discriminating eye for design...

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AT Survey:

My/Our style: A sophisticated, masculine mix of ‘40’s glam, 70’s disco, ‘80’s material heyday and today’s industrial chic, all united through a contrasting black and white palette.

Inspiration: Ultimate bachelor pad filled with iconic boy toys.

Favorite Element: 1978 Playboy pinball machine

Biggest Challenge: Working with a three-week deadline!!

What Friends Say: That it looks like someone actually lives here.

Biggest Embarrassment: That I display 2 sets of dining chairs. The first set came in too small for the table, so I hung them on the wall (they were vintage, and non-returnable!)

Proudest DIY: The dining area has a small ‘punched-window’ that is deeply recessed into the wall. I wanted to maximize the amount of light and view from this window, so I designed a composition of framed mirrors to surround the window and camouflage its size.

Biggest Indulgence: Falling in love with the photography of a London artist named Michael Collins; tracking him down, and purchasing a large-scale work.

Best advice: I originally installed the Power Pole wall sticker from Ferm Living to the bank of kitchen cabinets. Looked amazing, but the contractor gently reminded me that the cabinets were real cherry, which is a natural material that changes over time. If I had left the sticker up, it would have burned a ‘reverse-shadow into the surface.

Dream source: www.1stdibs.com – Quality vendors, quality materials, and if you see it on the site, then it is ready to go – no lead times!

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Resources:

Appliances:


  • KitchenAid Architect Series in kitchen

Electronics:


  • House Systems Audiovisual Experience

  • Crestron Home Automation Control Systems with WIFI Integration (Expandable)

  • iPORT In-Wall Docking Stations (for iPod connection to multi-room audio)

  • Home Theatre HD Experience with Surround Sound Speaker Systems (HDTV Plasmas, LCDs)

  • Multi-Zone Audio Distribution via In-Wall Keypads

Accessories:

Lighting:


  • Dining area Chandelier, barware and crystal Buddha: Baccarat

  • Twin vintage OC White industrial lamps in master suite: Get Back, Inc

  • Cinema Spotlight: Darr

Rugs and Carpets:


  • Black mohair rug in master suite. ABC Carpet & Home

  • White shag in living room

Window Treatments:
All treatments by Horizon Window, in Chelsea.

Beds:


  • White lacquered Ligne-Rosse

  • Philippe Starck lounging sofa in living room: Cassina

Artwork:


  • Industrial Photo: Michael Collins – www.recordpictures.com

  • Illuminated Channel sign: Bryan Bennett (me!)

Paint:


  • Master bathroom wall covering: Phillip & Jefferies Quilted Lacquer, through Holly Hunt

Flooring:


  • White marble floors in bathroom.

  • Hardwood floors through out.

Other:


  • Polished chrome fittings by Grohe in bathrooms.

  • Fully integrated home media system by House Systems controls televisions, sound systems and computers throughout the space.

(Thanks to Lorraine Gimblett, Bryan Bennett and Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel)

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Photos provided by Food Shelter/Lorraine Gimblett

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