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Jamie Drake’s trendy New York apartment

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Manhattan-based interior designer Jamie Drake lives in a much-ballyhooed tower by architect Annabelle Selldorf that boasts a car
elevator, allowing residents to park in their own private attached garages.  The luxury apartment can be found on the western side of Chelsea neighbourhood.

Drake is a superstar designer who wanted his apartment to not only reflect his elegant sensibility but also function a bit like a chic cocktail lounge. “People come here for drinks before or after dinner and to hang out,” says the designer, whose clients include New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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Drake embraced most of Selldorf’s choices—especially the Wausau windows that miraculously mute street noise—there was one conspicuous element he found challenging: a large column in the center of the living area. Instead of trying to minimise it, Drake built it up, enveloping it within a six-anda-half-foot-square cabinet, an exquisite piece of craftsmanship featuring ebonized wood, charcoal-grey lacquer, stainless-steel-and-brass-mesh door fronts, and patinated-steel corners that are a nod to the building’s exterior. The structure effectively divides the space in two: One side, furnished with a 13-footlong sofa and a cocooning Milo Baughman lounge chair, is meant for watching the television encased in the unit; on the opposite side, the cabinet houses a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, and an L-shaped sofa provides seating for cocktails and conversation.

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Drake put his personal touch in the master bath by ebonizing the vanity’s drawer fronts and finishing the upper portion of the walls in peachy-pink Venetian plaster.

When it came to the building’s signature en-suite garages, Selldorf kept things minimal, so Drake added his own embellishments to the double-height space. He Sheetrocked two of the concrete walls, installed an aluminum-slatted ceiling at a rakish 45-degree angle, and hung a sculptural chandelier designed by Ted Abramczyk for Ralph Pucci. After moving in, Drake realised that if he parked his car elsewhere when he had big parties, the garage could serve as a lounge space for more guests. “This apartment suits my entertaining style perfectly.”

Images courtesy of Marco Ricca

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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July 16, 2013 | Property | View comments

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