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Friday, June 1, 2012

An Aughts time capsule hits the market

 Cary Horowitz courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens via The New York Times.

A Thad Hayes-designed apartment hit the market yesterday. So what's so unusual about this property? It's a 5000-square-foot full-floor unit of 944 5th Avenue, one of New York City's most prestigious addresses, and commands sweeping views of Central Park. Should it sell for the list price, it will be one of the biggest residential real estate deals of the year. That's all well and good, but how have the interiors held up since the space was fully renovated in the late 1990s?

 Image via Thad Hayes, Inc.

Pretty well, actually. In the listing photo (top), we see that other than adding a tiny throw pillow and a small painting little has changed with the ascetic aesthetic of the master bedroom (see Hayes' portfolio image above). In fact, comparing the listing pics to the photos from the home's publication in Architectural Digest's April 2002 issue, the only difference is some accessory staging. Props to Hayes for creating an environment so well-suited to his clients' lifestyle.

Scott Frances for Architectural Digest.

Had the homeowners decided to age in place rather than doing the empty-nester downsizing thing, do you think would this apartment become a time capsule of the early Aughts ideal of contemporary Classicism?

The Gloves Are On [The New York Times]
Thad Hayes, Inc. [official site]
Two Different Worlds [Architectural Digest]


Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Possibly -- it's certainly pleasant, cozy enough and not gimmicky. All good attributes.


maison21 said...

it's lovely, as time capsules go, it wouldn't be a bad one.

The Down East Dilettante said...

these pictures also demonstrate the value of a good stylist.

But that fireplace surround---it's just bad, bad, bad, no matter who designed it.

Sketch42 said...

Im always boggled by how much worse real estate listing photos are (see also: hotel website photos) than portfolio shots. Why didnt they use the ones they had from AD?