Mike’s Fantasy Addition in the Sky

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Name: Mike Lubin
Location: Upper West Side — New York, New York
Size: 1500 square feet — 2 bedroom penthouse
Years lived in: 9 years

Oddly enough, Mike’s home is akin to a collection of late 19th and early 20th century curiosities carefully arranged inside the early 80’s nightclub, Studio 54. Mike does not shy away from his penchant for the disco era and its infamous style.

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Twelve years ago — 88 years after original construction — the co-op members of Mike’s building got together and decided it would be a good idea to build an extra unit on their roof. Two years later, Mike moved in. During the construction of the penthouse, Mike had the rare opportunity to guide the design of the final product toward his personal taste and preference.

Now he lives amidst water towers, the city’s skyline, and the heretofore hidden gardens and roof decks of neighboring buildings in the neighborhood.

With his partner and their 9-year-old son, Mike lives amidst luscious black hallways, silver-sequined bathroom curtains, leopard printed rugs, as well as Chinoiserie, a pagoda-inspired living room, elegant window seats lined with silk, and incredible oriental rugs. Mike’s son’s room is more old world than new, replete with a standing world globe, musical instruments, and muted primary colors.

Mike has succeeded in bringing together an incredible mix of patterns and palettes to create a home in which both children and adults can feel comfortable and wowed.

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Apartment Therapy Survey

Style:: Eclectic

Inspiration: Tony Duquette, Diana Vreeland, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge

Favorite Element: Experiencing the garden from inside the apartment.

Biggest Challenge: Making an unconventional space work to accommodate a family.

What Friends Say: People who come over are often very surprised which I take as a compliment.

Proudest DIY: Hanging the bathroom window nine years ago with silver sequin curtains I bought on a whim from a remnant shop.

Biggest Indulgence: Nightly fires all winter.

Best Advice: Don’t ask people for their opinion. Take your own risks. A famous decorator suggested I paint my black lacquered foyer walls “beige.”

Dream Source: The Yves Saint Laurent sale at Christie’s in 2009

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    • Parson’s Table: Conran
    • Wallpaper: Scalamandre


    • Classic Sofa
    • Artistic Frame
    • Slipper Chair: Hinson and Co.
    • Mirror: Mecox Garden
    • Rug: Mansour


    • Leopard Carpeting Enstein Moomjy
    • Night tables: Laurin Copen Bridge Hampton
    • Shoji Screens. Miya Shoji

To see details of Mike’s kitchen, check out Mike’s Penthouse Kitchen on the theKitchn.com

Images: Jill Slater