Home Selling

A Designer’s Home on Central Park, Where the Views Dictate the Décor

Adrienne Vittadini is known for her bold prints and colors in her clothing and accessories, but it was her expansive Upper East Side home that a more neutral palette prevailed.

The 9th floor apartment of the James E. R. Carpenter-designed coop at 1115 Fifth Avenue is between East 92nd 93rd Streets and Carnegie Hill. From here, you can enjoy stunning views of Central Park.

The views were what sold Ms. Vittadini to her husband Gianluigi Vittadini in 1986. They also influenced their interior design decisions. “I really wanted the outdoors to dominate the indoors,” She said. “I didn’t want anything to clash with that or impact the view.”

After many months of renovations — “The apartment was in terrible condition,” she said — they created a soothing refuge done up in shades of cream and ecru, where they could unwind or entertain after a hectic workday. They ran the Adrienne Vittadini lifestyle and fashion brand until 1996.

Now retired, they find themselves spending far more time at their homes in Italy and Florida, and have decided to sell the New York apartment while looking for a smaller Manhattan pied-à-terre. According to Kathleen M. Sloane (Broker at Brown Harris Stevens), the asking price for the apartment is $7.5million, with $9.916 per month maintenance.

The apartment is approximately 2,915 sq. ft. with nine-foot ceilings. There’s a formal dining room and an extra-large living room with an open, connecting library/study that was once a bedroom before the wall was removed.

“I wanted more view,” Ms. Vittadini stated, explaining the changes. “I now have all this view, and without the obstruction of a wall it makes a much bigger impact. It’s so much more spectacular.”

Ms. Vittadini employed Italian artisans to make custom doors and storage areas. Parquet wood floors were stained and bleached to match the silk walls in living room and library.

“I just love the coziness when the walls and the floors are the…

Further reading: www.nytimes.com