Pierre's Lair in the Clouds

Pierre's Lair in the Clouds

Jill Slater
Sep 30, 2009

Name: Pierre
Location: Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
Size: 850 square feet, 1-bedroom rental
Years lived in: less than 6 months

"At least I allow some mess," explains Pierre when trying to distinguish himself from Maxime, his muse and host of a recent housetour. Pierre admires Maxime's style and asked him to help him set up his first solo apt in NYC.

Pierre has lived with roommates for a few years since graduating from Cornell, and has accumulated very little along the way. Max took Pierre shopping. Max likes a lot of white elements, and clean lines. Pierre concurs, but likes a bit more of what he sees as a West Coast natural aesthetic added to the stark modern lineup.

Having grown up in a large Parisian apartment, Pierre likes the idea of having more than one place to carry out the same task. So, even in his one bedroom apartment, Pierre set up two offices, and multiple lounging opportunities. In this way, he has the excuse to move around the apartment a lot. Moving around makes it feel bigger.

Pierre found this apartment as a result of a distinctly expat desire — to tower over Times Square on the 49th floor! The views over the Hudson River are spectacular and, alone, are enough to fill the space. As a result, Pierre's home needs very little additional visual stimulation. Maxime and Pierre pay homage to the view from every angle. It plays a primary role while all other elements of Pierre's home complement rather than compete.

The apartment looks and feels stunning. The care and attention to detail that Maxime brought to it, and that Pierre continues to execute are evident at every turn.

Apartment Therapy Survey
Style: Modern/west coast … or at least my interpretation of it.

Inspiration: Fairly eclectic, my friends mostly

Favorite Element: The egg chair in the corner window.

Biggest Challenge: To divide the living room into different parts while keeping the unity (thanks, Maxime)

What Friends Say: "Can I take a picture of your view?"

Biggest Embarrassment: The computer cables still running in the open

Best Advice: Plan a lot of storage space.

IKEA for bookcases and long narrow table along wall in living room
Room & Board for couch in living room
West Elm for white lacquer desk in living room
White on White for mid-century reproductions

Images: Jill Slater

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