Nursing home-turned-condo the Abingdon has had no trouble finding interested buyers for its sprawling, ultra luxury homes, and earlier this summer, we found out how the building has enticed the richest of the rich: a fourth floor model unit jam-packed with super cool, super expensive furniture and art. Developer/designer Flank Architects tapped Todd Wilson and 2Michaels, twin sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels, to do the interiors, which are filled out with "Nordic-pale, modernist-inflected decor." Gallery-owner Todd Masters (husband of the building's project manager) provided the art, including a taxidermic fox submerged in a concrete pedestal by Timothy Paul Myers. The current issue of Interior Design has a 34-photo spread of the unit, revealing just how pricy some pieces were.
[Photo from Interior Design magazine]
The most expensive piece in the model unit is the walnut headboard in the master bedroom. Created by famed architect/designer Gio Ponti in 1949, the work is valued around $10,000+ (or so the internet tells us). In the living room, there is a custom flat-weave rug adapted from a Swedish 1940s original, and atop that sits "an extremely rare" table with a dark green glass top by Sérgio Rodrigues, which ID says is pricy, but "not even close" to the cost of the headboard. There are also armchairs by Franco Albini, a headboard in the kids room that was made for the Hampton Designer Show house in Southampton, a daybed by Swedish designer Carl Malmstem, and art by Norman Mooney, Peter Buechler, Karl Klingbiel, and more. Geez, it's easy to understand why the ID article is titled "Living the Fantasy."
· Living the Fantasy [Interior Design]
· Flank Architects [official]
· Inside New West Village Condo Conversion The Abingdon [Curbed]
· All Abingdon coverage [Curbed]