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URBAN RETREAT

While the minarets and souks of a Moroccan city are not visible from the fifty-eighth-floor perch of this Manhattan apartment, it’s easy to imagine that details of the North African country might come into focus on a clear day. On the streets far below, Manhattan can sometimes take on the chaotic energy of a marketplace in Marrakesh. However, up here, in one of the city’s most elegant new apartment towers, the calm atmosphere of an urban oasis prevails.

 

“The first thing the client told me is that she and her husband wanted the apartment to have the feel of Morocco,” says Kerry Joyce, who has, to date, designed six residences for the couple. “She’s a very accomplished actress and he’s very successful in finance and when she first saw this apartment, she was not immediately for it,” Joyce recalls. “She feared the Midtown neighborhood was too busy and that by night it would have that empty village feeling.”

 

But after Joyce’s transformation of what had then been a raw space occupying two-thirds of the building’s floor, with views in three directions through giant square windows, the client dismissed her initial apprehension. As Joyce recalls, “The minute she walked in after the apartment was done, she announced she never wanted to move any place else. There is something ethereal about being here, high in the clouds.”

 

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY KERRY JOYCE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSHUA MCHUGH

WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO

 

This story appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of MILIEU.