We've seen it under wraps and we've seen it in rough draft form, and now Ian Schrager is finally ready to show off his finished penthouse atop 40 Bond, the beloved Noho building he developed. In a big Vanity Fair coming-out party, Schrager talks about shunning the building's designers Herzog and de Meuron and hiring minimalist architect John Pawson (who did Schrager's 50 Gramercy Park North building) to design his penthouse?then adding an interior designer and landscape architect to mess with Pawson's vision. "I went to a minimalist architect, but I said, 'I don't want a minimal apartment,' " he explains. Why did the build-out take so long? Here's one reason: He tore out the flooring because the color was off, then approved it plank-by-plank on the second installation. Hey, we all handle stress in different ways. Click through to VF for more penthouse porn.
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