Saturday, January 15, 2022

24 of the most beautiful New York City apartments

Before moving to South Australia's Limestone Coast in 2006, Emma Wainwright had lived and worked in a lot of places.

A camel farm in Alice Springs, two car hire companies and a hotel at Yulara, the juvenile detention centre at Cavan, an Adelaide post office.

"In my 20s and 30s I'd just get a job anywhere and not think twice about it," Emma says.

Emma changed house, jobs and lifestyle at 52 — because she's no longer afraid of making mistakes

Photographed by Sean Litchfield and interior design by Crystal Sinclair Designs. From a sumptuous Manhattan apartment that could easily pass for Paris

Two words diplomatically describe the housing situation in New York: spatially-challenged. There are more than 3.49 million homes in the city and 70 per cent of them have two bedrooms or less, according to a study. In fact, more than eight percent of New York dwellings are studio apartments. It’s a concrete jungle where people pay millions for minuscule spaces—even more if those spaces have views.

As a result, architects and interior designers have to get creative. To make an apartment feel more spacious, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows are often accentuated to make the most of natural light and aspect. Walls and ceilings are painted in light-reflecting hues to act like a canvas to display art and furnishings. Mirrors are used to trick the eye into thinking a room is bigger than it actually is.

Read on to see inspiring New York City apartments from the archives of Vogue Living.

24 of the most beautiful New York City apartments