Sting and wife Trudie Styler have decided to part ways with their duplex penthouse in Robert A.M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West. Amid rumors that the couple are scoping a pad in the architect’s newest ode to limestone along Central Park, the high-profile couple have listed their 16th and 17th floor duplex for $56 million with Suzun J. Bennett at Sotheby’s and Deborah Kern at Corcoran. The couple purchased the apartment for just shy of $27 million in 2008.
Leave it to Sting to infuse some much-needed character into the typically staid apartments of the Limestone Jesus. The listing pictures for the condo tout a proclivity for Inherent Vice-tinged mod, with its custom Fibonacci-spiral fireplace and Eero Aarnio Ball Chair, and a feeling for color.
The couple brought Lee F. Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Associates on board to create a design plan to unify the formerly separate apartments. A description on the designer’s website goes deep on the design rationale:
An architectural triptych defines three bays of activity and is a backdrop of Italian surrealist artist Piero Fornasetti’s Metaphysical Room, now divided into three sets of panels or bays. Each section drawn by Fornasetti is like a three-dimensional etching of an idealized city though the imagery of Piranesi-like drawn architectural elements. This had the potential to link the views of the Park to urban silhouette of the Hudson River.
The floating processional staircase with the red VÍSoske rug foreshadows the staircase drawn by Fornsetti that occurs just beyond it, in the center triptych of the Italian masters work. The organic custom freestanding fireplace separates living room and library, is informed by the shape of the stairs and the Fibonacci Spiral. The VÍSoske rugs that unify the spaces are inspired by the shadows created by the trees of Central Park and are edged in Magritte surrealist red as a continuous tab along that unify the outer edge of tall the spaces.
The apartment includes 44 feet of frontage along Central Park that’s padded with a nearly 400-square-foot terrace. The interior is spread out over nearly 5,500 square feet and includes three bedrooms and a home office (or a fourth bedroom.)